House to Home Column: Utilise your tiny utility room

Interiors-obsessed blogger Becky Pink shows how you can declutter and brighten up your utility room, to make the most of the small space at your disposal

When we moved to our house, apart from the extra space, I was probably most excited that we had a utility room.

Not having the washing machine in the kitchen is living the dream, right? But our utility room is tiny, and had a really inconvenient layout, including two doors.

So we ended up filling it with things we were planning to put on eBay, out of season stuff, comedy hats, champagne, Vanish, and paint. A whole lot of paint. You know, just the normal junk…

We have finally got around to decluttering it, and changed the orientation of the appliances by knocking out that piece of old worktop in the ‘before’ picture.

After painting over the old yellow paint, we laid some vinyl flooring over the bare concrete, which instantly made it look better. We moved the washing machine and freezer to the end of the room, from the side, and now we can open the doors properly.

We added more storage racks from IKEA, plus slim shelves for laundry liquid and cleaning products. I got a small dehumidifier so we can now dry clothes in there in the winter, thanks to the slim drying rack, that fits behind the other door, next to the radiator.

Finally, I painted the old brown door blush pink. Now, our teeny utility room is light and bright, despite the fact it doesn’t have a window and it makes such a difference.

Have a great August,

Becky Pink is a freelance copywriter and journalist who blogs about her family, life and home at You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @pinkscharming.

This column was published in the August 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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