Wash day is a chore and the key to making it as little of a hassle as possible is to design it in a well organized way. Whether your washing machine is set away in a tiny utility room or occupies a spacious basement, ensure that every square inch of the area is used in the most coordinated way. With limited shelving space, keep your working area as tidy as you can to avoid clutter.
A built in counter top over a washer and a dryer, for instance, will allow you a convenient storage surface which you can use for sorting your laundry. In a smaller laundry room, design it so the space is well lit with task or accent lighting, particularly if no natural light is available.