Nobody likes doing the laundry. On the list of household chores, it is one of the least appealing. Though not exactly scut work, it takes time and it literally never ends. Did you know that the average family does 400 loads of laundry a year? That’s more than one load each day.
Yes, the washing machine and the dryer are a godsend, but it still takes longer to do a load of laundry than it does to prepare a home-cooked meal. Washing and drying takes about two hours in total, and then you have to separate and fold the clothes. Doing the laundry may never be fun, but there are accessories that can make it easier, even bearable. In this article, we will discuss a few of the most popular laundry room organizers on the market today.
If there is any room in the home that requires organization, it is the laundry room. Not only is it used every day, but the laundry room is often undersized. It is also important to mention that each family has different laundry needs. But whatever your needs, there is a way to streamline the process. Setting up different stations, such as the storage area and the folding area, will help you get in and out more quickly.
There are dozens of different kinds of hampers. There are folding hampers, collapsing hampers, rolling hampers, hanging hampers, rollout hampers, flip-top hampers and more. On a recent visit to a home improvement center, we discovered an entire aisle devoted entirely to hampers.
Why are they so popular? Hampers are considered a more versatile and fashionable alternative to the standard plastic laundry basket. Made of canvas, wicker, even sea grass, hampers do not have to be hidden away. They can be placed in hallways or in common areas where every member of the home has access to them.
While sizes and materials may differ, we like the triple laundry sorter–it makes mom’s job much easier. These hampers include three separate compartments for colors, whites and mixed clothes. So mom (or dad) won’t have to waste time separating the clothing in the laundry room. If you have small children, it might be a good idea to label each compartment. The triple laundry sorter can be found online or at any major department store or home improvement center. They are available in collapsible models and with casters, so they can be rolled when they contain a heavy load.
If you have enough space in your laundry room, a laundry center is a versatile organizer. You sometimes see them in hotels that offer laundry service. They include a triple laundry sorter, a hanging rod for dry delicates, and a shelf on top for additional storage. The laundry center is perfect for households that do a lot of ironing. Dress shirts can be hung from the rod and ironed at your convenience. The average laundry center is rather large, but it does have wheels. This item was designed for more commodious laundry rooms. If you don’t have much space, it will probably only get in the way.
Hideaway Ironing Board
Technically, an ironing board might not be a laundry organizer. But if you do any ironing at home, then you know that few things are more frustrating than finding a place for a collapsible ironing board in the laundry room. Most people just stow them in a crowded closet along with the vacuum cleaner and sundry cleaning fluids and dig them out when they need them. Wouldn’t it e easier to mount a hideaway ironing board on a wall in the laundry room? That way it’s always there when you need it.
Hideaway ironing boards only take up a few feet of wall space. Even the smallest laundry room has that much unoccupied space. They simply fold down like a Murphy bed and are stored away in a small cabinet when not in use. Installing a hideaway ironing board only takes about an hour and nearly anyone can follow the simple instructions.
For some strange reason, some architects neglect the laundry room. Not only do they design rooms that are far too small, but they also do not include enough shelf or storage space. Since many families use the cabinet space in their laundry rooms to store extra food, beverages and cleaning supplies, that leaves little room for the laundry necessities. One simple solution to this space issue is the laundry caddy.
The laundry caddy is a handy little storage accessory that fits between the washer and the dryer and rolls out smoothly when needed. It has three compact shelves for bleach, fabric softeners and detergents.
Doing a load of wash may never be fun, but the aforementioned organizers can make the process a whole lot easier.