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Doing the laundry does not rank high on the list of things we'd like to do with our free time. In fact, I’ve had clients refer to laundry as ‘the world’s most boring chore.’ We let our pile of clothes turn into a mountain of clothes and then grumble about it when laundry takes all day. Or, it sends the lazier among us to buy new clothes, just to avoid the washing machine a little bit longer. (Just between us, I have been guilty of this on more than one occasion.) Laundry day doesn’t have to be something we dread. The trick is to make it feel less like work. This can be done with clever ways to sort, space-saving ways to dry and simpler ways to organize. Making it easier (and prettier) might just mean you can convince someone else to handle that mountain of clothes – maybe.
Cabinetry & Storage
No matter the size (or lack thereof) of your laundry room, your local designers can help you select sophisticated cabinetry to maximize functionality. Cabinetry that will transform your room into a place where everything you need to get the job done is readily available. Cabinetry can hide detergent and cleaning supplies, as well as an ironing board and more! Make your space even more efficient by adding a laundry sink. Next to the sink, create a countertop workspace; the perfect area to fold clean laundry. Your new laundry room design can be as nice and tidy as the clean clothes coming out of your washer.
Properly sorting your laundry can help get your clothes as clean as possible and keep your clothes from ruining each other from bleeding dye. We’ve all been there: red sweater plus white shirt equals pink shirt. We all know the importance of pre-sorting, but rarely have the time or energy to sort piles of laundry before starting the washer. You can make laundry day as easy as possible by sorting your clothes into separate hampers. It takes no extra time to put whites in a white bin and colors in a colors bin. This little step will save you 5-10 minutes of sorting per person on laundry day. It’s a little change that makes a big difference. Come laundry day, you'll be happy everything's sorted out for you.
This chrome hamper is set upon swiveling casters, making it super simple to transport your sorted laundry to the washer (no heavy lifting required). The liner is 100% cotton, which means it’s machine washable. It also has the option to add a monogram, keeping your whites and darks clearly marked for optimal organization.
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We all have items that shouldn’t go through the dryer, but finding the space to dry them can sometimes be an issue. A wall-mounted rack is ideal. Store extra hangers in your laundry room, some for shirts and some with clips for hanging pants, and you are ready to hang dry any piece of clothing. This smartly designed drying rack from Pottery Barn expands for laundry day and then tucks away when your clothes are dry. Added bonus: the upper shelf gives you extra storage space for spray bottles, cleaning supplies, clothespins and other necessities. It keeps them accessible, but out of the way. To gain even more floor space, pair your drying rack with a wall mounted ironing board rack.
Washer & Dryer
Of course, a laundry room wouldn’t be a laundry room without a washer and dryer. A lot has probably changed since you bought your last washer or dryer. Get up to speed on all the latest options and features before you buy. For example, keep an eye out for the energy star rating. Washing machines that feature the energy star logo use approximately 35% less energy and over 35% less water than conventional machine, all while delivering superior cleaning performance. If you often find yourself having lots of laundry to do, also consider capacity size. The tub dimensions are most important and can range from about 2.45 cubic feet up to 5.6 cubic feet. You'll find the largest capacity on a front loader or in a top loader without the central agitator. Larger interior dimensions will give you more flexibility and can also handle oversized household items, like comforters and sleeping bags.
The right laundry supplies will extend the life of your clothing, reduce wrinkles and make washing clothes easier and more pleasant. If you or family members have skin allergies or scent sensitivity, choose unscented laundry detergent. If you have a front-loading or energy-efficient machine, you'll need a high-efficiency detergent (look for "HE" on the label). Woolzies drying balls are a natural solution for softening laundry, reducing wrinkles and eliminating static without harsh chemicals. They are Hypo-allergenic, meaning they will not shed. With a life span of 1,000 loads, you will save time, money and energy by cutting down on drying time. Unlike plastic versions, these eco-friendly laundry aids make no noise, and will not melt.
Do you have any laundry essentials that work for you or is laundry day an ongoing hassle in your house? Tweet me @whalenkristin!