Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

While the laun­dry is not the most glam­orous room, it is es­sen­tial to any well-run home. For some homes, the laun­dry is a ded­i­cated, multi-func­tional util­ity room, for oth­ers, the laun­dry is lit­tle more than a space tucked be­hind a cup­board door.

Re­gard­less of the size of your laun­dry, there are strate­gies to en­sure you make the most of this space.

When choos­ing a wash­ing ma­chine and dryer, do your home­work so you only purchase what you re­ally need. For in­stance, large ca­pac­ity wash­ing ma­chines are great for big fam­i­lies, but can be overkill for sin­gles or small house­holds, and ex­pen­sive to op­er­ate.

An­other choice for some house­holds is de­cid­ing whether or not you re­ally re­quire a dryer. Again, for large fam­i­lies, or those liv­ing in an apart­ment, they may be a nec­es­sary evil. But for cou­ples or sin­gles, these high en­er­gy­con­sum­ing ap­pli­ances can be a lux­ury nei­ther you, nor the planet, can af­ford.

Steam clean­ers and ironers how­ever can be an ef­fec­tive ad­di­tion for house­hold laun­dries as they are now read­ily avail­able at rea­son­able prices.

For space-poor laun­dries, a de­sign tip is to raise your wash­ing ma­chine and dryer off the floor. This can be done with cab­i­netry that can also al­low for stor­age space or a sink un­der­neath the ap­pli­ance.

To trans­port laun­dry from bed­rooms or bath­rooms, there are many at­trac­tive laun­dry bas­kets to choose from. By choos­ing light­weight ma­te­ri­als such as straw, jute, bam­boo or can­vas to store your laun­dry you will make it that much eas­ier to move laun­dry from room to room.

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