Love Your Little Laundry

Unless you own a bottomless wardrobe, the laundry is one room you’ll frequently use. Laundries tend to be one of the smallest rooms in the home, if you have one at all. Anyone with a small laundry can understand the frustration that comes with doing the washing in a cramped space. Give some thought to your laundry’s design to make the most of the limited room.

Tiles

If you can’t build a bigger laundry, you can at least create the illusion of one. Tiles are often used in laundries because of their waterproof quality. Choosing the right tile can make your small space seem bigger. A good rule to follow is to use no more than two or three types of tile. You want to prevent the room from looking too busy. Laying tiles diagonally will draw the eye out, and using larger format tiles will minimise grout lines for a more spacious feel.

Function

Assess how you use your laundry. Do you need a sink for hand-washing? If you fold your laundry in another part of the house, you can minimise the need for bench space. Will your laundry be air-dried or will you use a dryer? Your laundry requirements will define how to organise your space.

The washing machine

The workhorse of the laundry, there are pros and cons to both top loaders and front loaders. A top loader might be more suitable if you have a large family as they can generally handle bigger loads. Front loaders can be installed underneath a bench to save space. Combination washer dryers can be a godsend for apartment living if you have limited space for air-drying outside.

The sink

Not everything can be machine-washed, and for that, it’s useful to have a laundry sink. Install a sink with a cabinet underneath to increase your storage. When not in use, a sink cover can transform your sink area into more bench space.

Laundry baskets

Free-standing laundry baskets can eat up valuable floor space. If you are designing your laundry anew, look for ways to integrate laundry baskets into your cabinetry with designs like built-in pull-out baskets. Collapsible laundry baskets can also be conveniently folded away when your washing is done.

Shelving

Utilise vertical space to install shelves or cabinets to keep your bench clear. Sliding doors on cabinets will eat up less room. Alternatively, opt for open shelving that doesn’t need space for doors to open out.

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Back-to-school Ready at Home

Whether your children are starting school or they’re going back for another year, you might be feeling a little stressed at the prospect. Making sure they have everything they need on time, at the right time, every weekday can frazzle the nerves. Establishing an efficient routine during the school term can help to keep your house in order and you sane.

Create a drop-off zone

Keep your floor tidy by designating a drop zone. Cubbies and baskets are perfect for storing shoes and backpacks when they’re not in use. Put up some wall hooks to hang up jackets and hats. With the essentials in one place, you can get your kids out the door with minimum fuss. Whether you create your drop zone in your entryway or garage, you’ll never have to trip over a misplaced school bag ever again.

Set up a homework station

Create a dedicated homework ‘station’ for your kids’ stationery supplies. Find the combination of storage solutions to meet your child’s needs, be it pen cups, desktop drawers, magazine holders, or trays. If your child does homework on the kitchen table, make their homework station mobile. Give your child more deskspace by storing stationery in a trolley that can fit under a desk. Don’t need that much storage? Pop their supplies in a tray for easy transportation.

File it away

Permission slips, newsletters… as the papers accumulate, it’s easy to lose what you’re looking for in the pile. File your paper clutter as you would your email inbox as soon as you get it to minimise mess and confusion. Have an in-tray and a “to do” tray for things that you need follow-up. You can use labelled document drawers or file holders mounted to the wall to keep everything in reach.

Save the date

Everyone has calendars on their phones these days, but having a wall calendar or planner at home where you can see important dates at a glance can help you keep on top of everyone’s schedules. You can even have your children write all their upcoming events on the calendar themselves. If you find a monthly calendar too overwhelming, try using a weekly calendar instead to help break the school year down into more manageable chunks.

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