COME CLEA N

Put the washer and dryer where they right­fully be­long, in the laun­dry room. By SAN­HITA SINHA CHOWD­HURY

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Wash, dry, fold, iron, wear, and re­peat. The vi­cious cy­cle of laun­dry is a thank­less but es­sen­tial chore and lack of or­gan­i­sa­tion com­pli­cates the process. We rely on the moody sun to dry our clothes, stuff them unironed into cup­boards where they get fur­ther wrin­kled and cause havoc on a busy week­day morn­ing. An ideal sit­u­a­tion is one where all these dis­joint bits come to­gether in the form of a laun­dry room where ev­ery­thing has its right­ful place. Put an un­used cor­ner to use to avoid chaos and make the mun­dane task seem less dreary.

In Ge­orge Bernard Shaw’s 1894 com­edy, Arms and the Man, the un­couth Ma­jor Petkoff tells his wife Cather­ine, in the midst of their per­pet­ual ban­ter, that civilised peo­ple do not hang their wash­ing out for oth­ers to see. In In­dia, our clothes­line puts on a re­peat show of yes­ter­day’s clothes, choos­ing the eva­sive sun over a more hy­gienic, me­chan­i­cal dry­ing cy­cle. While wash­ing ma­chines have be­come a ne­ces­sity, the washer- dryer pair is yet to make a full- fledged en­trance. Dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing be­tween the two, Vishal Ra­man, Na­tional Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­ager, Elec­trolux says, “The wash­ing cy­cle of a ma­chine in­volves spin dry­ing which re­moves mois­ture de­pend­ing upon a speed of 100 per cent to 60 per cent. A dryer dries clothes up to 97 per cent.”

The washer- dryer duo how­ever eats into space and de­mands its own niche sta­tion. Be­sides these two con­trap­tions, a model laun­dry room will need a ta­ble top for sort­ing and fold­ing clothes, a basin for scrub­bing del­i­cates and ‘ hand wash only’ items, stor­age space for de­ter­gents, bas­kets to sep­a­rate dirty and washed clothes, a dry­ing rack and an iron­ing board. If space is a con­straint, opt for stack­able washer and dryer units and in­stall wall- mounted shelves. Your per­sonal laun­dro­mat can also dou­ble up as an in­door pot­ting or a pet wash­ing area, if it has a util­ity sink.

“Put a laun­dry room where most of your dirty gar­ments have a des­ig­nated space and you do not have to lug them around,” says Mona Ross Berman, owner of a Philadel­phia- based de­sign firm. She rec­om­mends hav­ing some fun with this wishy- washy room: get cre­ative with spir­ited or­anges, blush­ing pinks and eclec­tic teals and spruce up the space.

Laun­dry rooms can be built ac­cord­ing to the space avail­able and typ­i­cally have small foot­prints ( above); they can also serve mul­ti­ple pur­poses by dou­bling up as a stor­age room or an of­fice area ( be­low)

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