Save time in the laundry room by organizing and prioritizing with these home organization tips
• Separate colours, whites and delicates before washing by using a three-bag sorter, set on casters for easy moving. Label each laundry bag with adhesive felt letters or a fabric marker to make it easy for everyone to know what goes where.
• Hang a rack above laundry bags for additional storage. Avoid wire hangers, as they are more likely to distort clothing and rust.
• Mount a bar or place a garment rack near the washer and dryer for clothing that needs to be hung to dry. Use a wall-mounted drying rack for clothes that need to air-dry but can't be hung.
• Designate special baskets or boxes for clothes that need mending, stain-removal products, sponges and other small supplies.
• Install a recessed hideaway ironing board to save floor space.
• Mount a bar near your ironing station, or invest in a garment rack to hang clothes before and after ironing. Adapt a regular piece of furniture, such as a vanity, as a folding station. Fold your clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer to prevent wrinkles.
• Utilize the space above the washer and dryer by installing ready-made shelves to store detergents, fabric softeners and other laundry supplies within easy reach.
• Conceal shelving with a retractable curtain.
• Save floor space with a stacked washer-dryer set. Leave enough room in between the units to install a pullout shelf for folding laundry.
• Hide your washer and dryer behind a matchstick shade if the laundry area shares the same space as a small bathroom or hallway.
• Install a bath towel holder to the bottom of shelving to hang clothes.
• Empty large boxes of detergent into smaller containers for easier use and refill as needed.
• Affix a fold-down shelf from the wall as a folding station. Switch the door to the opposite side on the washing machine / dryer to allow for easier loading and unloading.Laundry Organization More Organization Options
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Add a ventilated shelving system with additional shelves for quick vertical storage. Customize with a pull-out laundry hamper to make your closet laundry room store more.Shelves
Corral small items, such as hand towels and mismatched socks, in wicker baskets to contain clutter in a tight space.
A side-by-side washer and dryer maximize counter space. Upper cabinetry hides laundry necessities. Shelves between the cabinets display your prettiest laundry goods, such as sachets and linen water. Add a bulletin board -- or use chalkboard paint -- to create a message centre for family to-dos.
Stacking a washer and dryer opens up floor space. Hide dirty clothes in cabinetry hampers. Hang an ironing board on the closet doors. A shower rod or curtain rod puts hangers within arm's reach. Add shelving for blankets, duvets, pillows, and other seasonal linens. A basket stores a fresh set of towels, extra blankets, and other linens for drop-in guests.
A two-in-one washer/dryer increases space for other items, including a vacuum cleaner. A rubber mat protects the floor from messy brooms and mops while favourite tools hang from perforated hardboard hooks. Build custom-size, brightly painted boxes and fill them with ironing tools, laundry supplies, and lightbulbs
Stack your washer and dryer to make room for a rolling tool chest that stores tools, cleaning products, or DIY supplies. Above the upper appliance, store laundry goods in one convenient place. Perforated hardboard hooks store your most frequently used tools. Add a shelf for household items such as lightbulbs or towels.
A laundry on the main floor or upper level -- instead of in the basement -- is a step-saving convenience you'll appreciate for years. From a hall closet
measuring only 3 feet deep by 5 feet wide with a 4-foot opening, we created this compact laundry station after checking it for the necessary space and access to utilities.
Technology upgrades to washers and dryers have changed how we do laundry. Before you start a load of laundry, remember these key points.
Upkeep. To reduce buildup in a front-load washer dispenser drawer, use only high-efficiency detergent and bleach. Detergent and fabric softener may build up in the dispenser drawer. Residue should be removed once or twice a month.
Weight control. In a front-load washer, wash like-weight items together. (Do not mix lightweight delicates with heavy bath towels.)
Size matters. Combine large and small items in a load; add large items first.
Pillow talk. Pillows and comforters should not be mixed with other items to avoid an out-of-balance load.
Keep it clean. Clean your front-load washer's drum monthly. Run the clean cycle with 1 cup of bleach or a cleaner like Affresh to avoid odours.
Bolted down. If you opt to place a stackable dryer above the washer, you will need a stacking kit to safely secure the machines. Some come with a kit, but check before you leave the store.