Photography by Donna Griffith
Laundry day doesn't have to be a chore with these simple steps to an efficient space.
1. Double duty
To make this space work harder, use it as a utility room to store household essentials such as toilet paper and paper towels. Remove items from packaging, then place them in baskets. The uniform look is tidier, and it makes everything more accessible.
2. Hang on
Walls are often underutilized when it comes to storage, but they're a great place to stash cleaning supplies when floor space is at a premium. Thread twine or a leather lace through the hole on a broom's or mop's handle, then tie the loop securely. Hang the loops on hooks that work with the room's style; here, rustic metal adds charm and patina. (Make sure all items are thoroughly cleaned before putting them back in their place!)
3. Out to dry
A spot for hanging clothes to dry is a must. Make the most of every inch and gain counter space without sacrificing floor or wall real estate by tucking a permanent or pressure-mounted rod under the counter and stocking it with sturdy hangers.
If you have room, assign different laundry hampers for each category of dirty items, such as whites, darks and linens. Bins with three sections in one system are a great tool for small spaces.
— Susan Macaulay, Professional Organizers in Canada, Winnipeg