A specific room, a corner of your bathroom, even a part of the basement, or the laundry is a place which is often neglected, but if it is well-organised, it provides comfort and ease of use. Let’s see how to turn a chore into an easier task.
In addition to the washing machine and, possibly, the dryer, your ideal laundry area should contain a range of items which are essential for looking after your linen. You should choose durable and washable materials to improve hygiene.
You should begin by placing one or more dirty linen baskets in your laundry area, depending on the size of your family and your routines (such as the Curver Infinity 60L laundry basket). These can be kept in your laundry area, in the bedroom or even in the bathroom. It all depends on the layout of your home, the age of your children and your daily routines.
You should place some shelves high up, where you can store laundry care products (stain remover, detergent, softener and so on), out of the reach of children, of course. In order to prevent product spills and to facilitate the maintenance of these shelves, I like to place the containers inside a small tray.
Rather than leaving the clothes pegs permanently on the clothes rack (which is not always possible anyway), consider keeping them together in a box, like the Knit collection round XS.
Finally, choose a pretty round or square bowl for washing your delicate fabrics and fragile undergarments by hand.
Ironing and folding the linen
I recommend fixing a hook on the wall, where you can hang the ironing board, without it touching the floor. You should be able to clean the floor in this room with ease.
You will need a place to store the iron, steam iron base and demineralised water. Shelves placed just above the machines are ideal for this. Don’t put them up too high, so as not to sprain your shoulder when reaching for your heavy steam iron!
It doesn’t often come to mind, but a flat surface is needed, big enough to put your laundry basket on, or folding clothes that don’t need ironing. You can easily fix a folding worktop to the wall if you need more space.
Put out one or more laundry baskets that can be used for clothes and household linen, once they’ve been washed and ironed (the Infinity dots 40L basket, for example). It is better to choose nestable ones to gain space when they are not in use.
Finally, check out whether you can hang a short rail under a shelf for storing empty hangers. These can be used for drying clothes that need to keep their shape or for hanging up shirts which have just come out of the dryer, so they don’t get wrinkled if you don’t iron them.
It’s always essential to keep the sewing box well-organised. Choose a box with dividers for each type of item: buttons, threads, needles, scissors, etc. (like the boxes in the Infinity range with lids and cups). It’s important to mend clothes before they’re washed, so as not to make any damage worse (holes and tears).
Personally, I add an extra box for shoe care products.
Finally, your laundry area would not be complete without a pedal bin for all the little bits of thread, pocket contents, fluff from clothing and so on.