For some, doing the laundry sparks joy; but for the vast majority of us, washing clothes, towels, and bedsheets is simply the worst. Compounding the misery: Washing machines are often located in dank, dark basements, or crammed into an extra closet, with little care given to the decor or efficiency of the space.

But if you take some time to outfit your laundry area with the most essential (and stylish) features, this task might become a bit more enjoyable.

“If you’re lucky enough to have a real laundry room, make the space as inviting as any other in your home,” says Drew Henry of Design Dudes. This means not only considering colors and patterns that’ll enhance the space, but also including smart details that’ll make the job quicker and easier to accomplish.