3 Helpful Hacks for the Laundry Room
Laundry is a never-ending cycle, especially if you have a big family. Studies show the average Canadian household does about 400 loads of laundry a year! Extrapolate that further to the number of socks lost during the same period and you’ll be dumbfounded – where do they go? Socks aside, doing the laundry is a necessary household chore that’s not only time consuming, but takes a little know-how to do it well. Turn the tables on this household chore today with a few tips guaranteed to make it more pleasant and possibly a bit more efficient.
Keep it Light and Bright
Lighting can have a significant impact on so many things – your energy, your mood, your productivity and your eyes. Be sure your laundry space is well lit (natural light is a bonus). Poor lighting can cause eyestrain, poor posture and headaches. If lighting is compromised, invest in a few battery-operated puck lights to brighten up your work area. They stick to pretty much any surface so add one or many, depending on the size of your space.
Every load of wash has an item or two that can’t go in the dryer. Some items need to be laid flat to dry, while others can be hung on the line. Sadly, accidents do happen, whether you forget or someone else switches the load from the washing machine to the dryer. The answer? A dry-erase marker. Turns out, the enamel finish on most washing machine lids is like that of a whiteboard. You can leave a little (or big) reminder on the lid of your washer, easily removing it with a dry paper towel for the next load.
Stop Losing Socks
Unless your washing machine and dryer are built-ins, your laundry room has a narrow wasted space between or beside them. This is the scary place that swallows socks and grows a terrifying amount of lint. If you’re the handy type, a simple plywood shelf will fill the gap. Put some wheels on it and your shelf becomes a versatile cart to hold all your laundry supplies. Less handy? Stuff a strip of foam pipe insulation (or a pool noodle) into the space. Not only will you lose less socks, the foam pipe will also reduce vibrations.
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