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I have just experienced the best thing in my life; the family closet. I turned my laundry room into a laundry room/family closet. Now, I can wash, dry, fold and put away all in one room. No more lugging laundry baskets or keeping kids closets organized. A winter hanging closet and a summer hanging closet and a cubby for each person in the family. I have now converted the kids closets into shelves for all their toys, games, etc. This keeps it up off of their floor. My laundry time has decreased by more than half.
By BarwickJ from Ottumwa, IA
I use a small plastic 3-tier shelf lined with plastic dishpans to separate clean laundry. Each dishpan is labeled with each person's name and one labeled "upstairs." 2 of my kids are old enough to put up their laundry and they know to check their bins each day. It keeps everything neat and organized, teaches them responsibility, and saves me from having to put up five people's laundry.
My laundry room doesn't have any standard doors that would support a hanger hook. The breaker box door was the perfect location as it was out of the way so I came up with this.
I had a white, metal cabinet that I used in my kitchen years ago. I've moved it to the laundry room. I was able to add two shelves to it by disassembling the white, metal unit I had that stood over the commode in the bathroom.
On the wall in my laundry room, I put some of the removable 3M Command hooks, the large size. I keep hangers on them so when I pull laundry out of the dryer, I can hang it up right away.
With 5 in our family and a small laundry room, this can be a challenge for us. The kids each have a basket in their rooms. Then there's a 'general' basket in the bathroom.
I found a great time-saving tip for laundry day. I use different colored baskets for different loads of laundry, ie: white basket-white clothes, red basket-bright clothes, blue for dark clothes, and green for hubby's work clothes...
I went to an estate sale and purchased two very rough bathroom spacesavers. They were only $5.00 for both and I thought if nothing else I could use them for shelving.
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Set empty Kleenex box near dryer and toss lint from the dryer's lint catcher in to it.
By Lori Goldstein
I have my laundry basket sitting on a small table. It sure saves on my back .
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.
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.
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 need help designing a linen cupboard and storage for other laundry items. The photo is of the over all area, and to the left side is where the new cupboard will be. The measurements of this space are: 440mm wide by 2020mm length and 820mm in depth. Thank you.
By Bevy M. from Melbourne, Victoria
Wish I could help but I, probably like most people, don't know what the mm measurements are. I would not know how to convert the mm's to feet, yard, etc.
I think your mm measurements equal to:
440 = 1 ft 5>"
2020 = 6 ft 7.5"
820 = 2 ft 8"
Is this correct: 6'7.5" tall x 1'5" wide x 2' 8" deep?
Either way it would be better to know a little bit more about what type of items you wish to store. You mentioned linens but if this is your laundry room then there may be too much moisture for storing this unless you plan to make tight fitting doors.
Mainly I would think you would measure the height and width of any of your potential items and make your shelves accordingly (distance in height if cabinet is tall).
Your unit is not going to be very wide (1'5") so keep this in mind when planning contents. It seems you already have a lot of storage space but maybe you plan to make changes there also?
Your shelves now accommodate linens so maybe the moisture is low in this area. Someone will probably give you some better ideas as Thrift has a lot of "space" conscious responders.
Check at Home Depot and Lowes. I got a similar cabinet for my basement that someone had ordered, paid for, and never pick up. I got it for just a few dollars--cheaper than what I could have made it for.
There are many converters online that will convert mm to inches. Make sure your cabinets have adjustable shelves that pull out.