Sure, some folks have moved their laundry operation upstairs to the main floor or even second floor. But many of us still make the downward journey to the basement to get the laundry done.
Sort it out: Make it easy - establish three bins (lights, colors, darks) for quick sorting.
Easy Access Storage: Build or buy simple shelves, and then add wicker or cloth baskets to store everything you need quick access to. Laundry detergents, stain removers, dryer sheets, and more. Bonus: if you have extra space, hang a curtain along the counter to hide bulk storage of paper products underneath.
Room to work: Create a convenient folding area with a large table, island, or even a repurposed door. Be sure it's at a height comfortable for your back. If you have the space, allocate a spot for each family member and let it be their responsibility to retrieve their clean clothes and put them away.
Minimize Ironing Time: Hang a long bar from the ceiling, or use a rolling garment rack to immediately hang clothes as they come out of the dryer - group them by family member so they can easily put them away. Don't forget to delegate the task of returning empty hangers to the laundry empire (a great kid chore).
Keep it Clean: You can't/shouldn't clean clothes in a dirty space! Keep a sweeper and other necessary cleaning supplies handy in a broom closet or handy corner to keep on top if it.
Express Yourself: No need to hold back - this is your domain! You are not limited by "main house" style rules - have fun with color, words, art, and more!
If your laundry is located upstairs, maybe you should consider moving it the basement. After all, basement laundry just might be a little more fun! Total Basement Finishing can help you come up with a basement finishing plan and put that plan in to action!
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