Have you ever let laundry pile up because you just couldn’t face your cramped and crowded laundry room? Laundry isn’t fun but it doesn’t have to be such a dreaded chore. Take a look at the product options that will make your laundry room more functional and make laundry (at least somewhat) a more pleasant task.
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Items to help dry your clothes
There are times when you want or need to be able to dry clothes or other items outside. Maybe the dryer is on the fritz or you’ve got a large comforter that you just don’t want to run through the dryer. But you also don’t want to have an ugly, permanent clothes line in your back yard. This retractable outdoor clothes line is the answer.
My grandmother had one of these right outside her back door. Whenever she needed to put items on the line she simply pulled out the line and hooked it to the hook on a pole across the patio. If you’ve got any outbuilding such as a garage or shed then you can make a retractable clothes line work for you.
Now I admit right up front that I don’t have the wall space for this wall-mounted drying rack in my laundry room but I wish I did! I would definitely be hanging some towels on it to dry. We seem to have this continual mountain of towels at my house so the dryer is always running – which is expensive. This would solve that problem!
Some items just don’t drape well over a clothesline. They may be too lightweight like scarves, or they may just not fold and drape (like a pair of sneakers). When this is the situation you need some sturdy clothes hooks that will hold items securely to the line. These chrome hanging hooks have a rubber coating at the tip so they won’t snag or tear delicate items but are sturdy enough to hold heavier items.
Of course, when you’re traveling you’re not going to want to take heavy hanging clips with you in your suitcase. But that doesn’t mean that you might not need to hang something to dry in a hotel room yet not want to hang it from the shower rod. These plastic clothes hooks are lightweight enough to travel easily without weighing you down.
Making ironing less of a chore
I hate ironing. In fact, one thing I’ve taught my daughter is to always check the care label on any article of clothing she’s considering buying. There are darn few things I love and want badly enough to making the commitment to ironing them.
But there are times when you have to break down and iron something anyway. Whether it’s a dress shirt for your honey or an outfit for a special occasion, sometimes there’s no other choice but to just suck it up and get the job done.
One thing that’s an irritant about ironing is having to find a place to store the ironing board when you’re not using it. This built-in ironing board solves that problem. I remember my grandmother’s house had an ironing board build in to her utility room and I always thought it was the coolest thing ever. She just opened the little door when she needed to press something and then folded it back up and shut the door when she was done.
Years later when we bought our last house it also had a built-in ironing board. However, it was in the most awkward spot ever and we ended up removing it when we painted the kitchen. I felt like Grandma was probably looking down frowning at me for getting rid of something so useful.
If you don’t want to have your ironing board on the back of a door and you don’t have space for a rolling laundry station, this retractable ironing board can be mounted inside a cabinet or on to a shelf. This would truly have your ironing board out of sight when not in use which is especially nice is you live in a smaller space and don’t consider an ironing board an aesthetic addition.
Products to make laundry easier, prettier, and more comfortable
I need this tin for powdered laundry soap because I’m tired of looking at the ugly box of detergent sitting on top of the dryer. There are some things that are easier to have out in plain view, but that doesn’t mean they can’t look pretty. In fact, things that are on display should be made to look pretty!
This magnetic stain removal cheat sheet can be stuck on the side of your washer or dryer for quick reference when you’ve got a stain you’re not sure how to treat. I’ve cut guides of of magazines in the past but then I can never find them when I need them. This puts the information at right where I’ll need to find it.
Another pet peeve of mine is listening to items (like sneakers) thumping around in the dryer. This mesh dryer bag attaches to the dryer door so that heavy items get dry without driving you crazy or damaging your dryer.
A colorful rug adds a bit of whimsy…and it feels good under your feet.
Add a little fun to functional
There’s no reason your laundry room has to be dull. In fact, considering the drudgery of the chore, it’s the perfect place to inject your personality and sense of humor. After all, no one said you can’t have a little fun while you wash and fold – even Disney princesses get to sing and dance while they work!
Okay, these little hedgehog dryer balls are just fun!
While doing laundry may never rise to the top of things I love to do, there’s no reason not to make it as pleasant as possible since it’s a task we’re never going to escape (unless that Disney fairy godmother waves her wand). There’s no reason not to make the space and job more pleasant…we might even start to whistle while we work.
Before you go be sure to check out these bathroom storage ideas and these simple habits to keep your house clean without extra effort.
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