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<p>(BPT) - With the average American family doing more than 400 loads of laundry each year, it&rsquo;s no wonder that the laundry room has become one of the most popular remodeling projects in the house.&nbsp; Often out of sight and out of mind, most laundry rooms are designed like closets rather than efficient utility rooms. But according to Decorator Jenny Komenda, who blogs at <a href="http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com" rel="nofollow">The Little Green Notebook</a>, with just a few inexpensive changes, you can brighten your clothes and your mood by transforming your dark and dingy laundry room into a bright, functional (and even enjoyable) place. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Check out these tips from Jenny, <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/" rel="nofollow">The Home Depot</a>, <a href="http://www.tide.com/en-US/index.jspx" rel="nofollow">Tide</a> and <a href="http://www.maytag.com/" rel="nofollow">Maytag</a> for the <a href="http://www.tideandmaytag.com/" rel="nofollow">Brilliant HE Clean</a> campaign on how to create more efficient and enjoyable laundry rooms:</p><p>*Dealing with a dark, cave-like laundry room is a chore in and of itself. By taking off the doors on a few of your upper cabinets, you'll open up the space and create a place to store baskets. Assign baskets for every member of the house, which makes sorting a breeze.</p><p>*Why not decoupage or paint the insides of your cabinets for a fun pop of color? It's a guaranteed smile each and every time you reach for your detergent. Also don't ignore the door. Adhere some cork panels on the inside of the cabinet doors and create a space to pin all those stain removal tips.</p><p>*Don't like the cabinets, floors and countertops in your laundry room? Every surface can be painted or resurfaced. Update your laundry room with paint and a concrete overlay for less than $30 in materials. Say goodbye to the outdated linoleum, brick pavers and old, dark cabinets.</p><p>*A rolling laundry butler can be your best friend, doing triple duty with a hanging bar, a rolling basket and a drying rack. It's the perfect choice for smaller laundry rooms that haven&rsquo;t been updated in a few decades.</p><p>*Don't neglect your laundry room walls. Hanging interesting art and mirrors will elevate your room and make it feel less utilitarian and a little homier. Suddenly those 400 loads of laundry most of us will do this year might actually be enjoyable.</p><p>*A folding station makes all the difference. Use a slab of stone or a simple piece of painted medium-density fiberboard (MDF) on top of washer/dryer units to create a folding station that also prevent socks from slipping in between the appliances.</p><p>Learn more about the campaign and enter to win a $5,000 laundry room redesign from Jenny and a Maytag Washer and Dryer by visiting <a href="http://www.tideandmaytag.com" rel="nofollow">www.tideandmaytag.com</a>.</p>

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