How to make laundry easier and faster part 2: Create a fabulous laundry space for less than £15!
Laundry must be one of the most mundane household tasks, but one that has to be done with the most frequency!
- Our tips in this series will
help to make things a little
easier and speedier.
This week, we tackle your laundry space. Having somewhere pleasant to work, with everything you need close to hand will make the task much more bearable, and quicker too.
Here’s how to create the laundry/utility space that best suits you in just 6 steps:
- Make a list of the items that you actually need in your utility or laundry room.
- Empty everything out of the room and sort through your belongings. Throw or donate anything that’s not useful or beautiful. Find a more appropriate place for anything not on your list from step 1.
- Clean! Scrub all surfaces and the floor and clean your washing machine by adding a cup of bleach and washing (empty) on its hottest setting.
- If necessary, give everything a fresh lick of paint. If you have a small space, choose white to give a lighter brighter feel. You can add colour with accessories.
- For a pleasing space choose a colour scheme of two or three colours (perhaps taken from a picture you wish to use). Sort your belongings into types and pop into baskets, boxes or bags in your chosen colour scheme. Move or fit shelving and/or hooks to accommodate these baskets or boxes and larger items such as an ironing board and mop.
- Put everything in its new place and accessorise with pictures and ornaments.
When we moved into our current home we inherited a truly horrible utility room. I despised it and had grand plans to demolish it.
However, after a little planning, one day’s work and a spend of only £14.49, I transformed the space into a pretty and practical laundry space.
- I followed the steps above, with (a lot) of scrubbing and a fresh coat of white paint. After a huge sort-out, I housed essential items in boxes and baskets.
- I re-used a few baskets/boxes that I already had and bought six new boxes from Home Bargains.
- I re-used my household box, filling it with laundry liquid etc. As it’s attractive and houses the items that I use most frequently, I have left this out on the worktop.
- A new over-door hook and pretty re-usable bag is now a handy store for carrier bags on the back of the utility door. I also hung all the keys on a hook on the wall.
- A new wall hook bought for a couple of pounds from Home Bargains is perfect for the ironing board and mop.
And voila from gross to gorgeous (well, almost) in just a day and with less than £15 spent.
You might also be interested in How to make laundry easier, simpler and faster part 1.