When we moved into the house where we live now I was lucky enough to have a good size laundry room, however it was not set up very well. We have a small closet which we use for keeping our vacuum, brooms, mops, ect. off that there is a large cubby which holds a small water heater. I asked my husband if it would be possible for us to put extra selfs in and after checking to make sure it would be safe he agreed.
Above the water heater he built a large shelf that allows me to store things like my Christmas tree) next to the water heater (allowing 3 ft clearance each way) he put four large shelfs that each hold a laundry basket. White's, Lights, Darks and Linen... since they all have their own place it is easy keeping the clothes off the floor, once the basket reaches half full I toss it is the washer and work my way up the shelf system until all the laundry is done.
I also keep a small hand vacuum in my laundry room to vacuum up the lint that gets everywhere while cleaning the lint trap. This makes keeping the laundry room clean a lot easier, which helps me keep up on the laundry.
I had my husband install a wooden rod over my washer and dryer. As I take the shirts and pants out of the drier I immediately hang them on hangers that are on the rod. This keeps them wrinkle free and makes it easier to put them away later. I can also hang clothes to dry.
We collect our dryer lint in a Kleenex box as Lori Goldstein recommends. We use it when we camp out to get fires going quickly. We also throw the lint outside in the early spring months and the birds will use it to line their nests.
I have my laundry basket sitting on a small table. It sure saves on my back .
Set empty Kleenex box near dryer and toss lint from the dryer's lint catcher in to it.
By Lori Goldstein
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