Laundry Makeover

Doing the laundry can be the most tiresome of all the daily chores, but if you give your laundry a spruce-up the job won’t seem quite so onerous. Shannon has some ideas for brightening up this most important room.

  • First thing is to tidy up and throw out all those old bottles, rags and things you never use.
  • Bring in lots of laundry items in bright and bold colours – ironing boards, dirty laundry bins, drying rack, clean laundry container (1 each per household member), folding table, peg containers. You have to do this chore nearly every day so you might as well surround yourself with bright things.
  • Use pop up laundry bins – maybe one each for colours, white and delicates – to divide your dirty laundry. When the bin is full, it’s time to put a load on.
  • A shelf unit can store each family member’s clean laundry containers. Put all clean laundry in the containers, and ideally the family member will then put away all their clean clothes!
  • A clothes rack is great for hanging your ironed shirts on. It’s on wheels so the clothes can be transferred to your wardrobe uncrushed.
  • A clothes drying rack is essential for indoor drying on those raining days. It’s also handy for laying your knits out flat for drying so that they don’t stretch out of shape.
  • Another handy gadget is the circular hanging peg rack. All your smalls can be pegged to this round hanging rack, and it’s very handy for trying a quick handwash in a small space.

Things to consider
  • Ever wondered why it’s only ever the blue pegs which go missing from the washing line ? It’s because magpies are attracted to blue shiny objects and are renown for collecting them.
  • Be environmentally conscious and conserve water by only washing when you have a full load
  • AAA rating machines and white goods conserve the most energy and are the best products to buy. Most top loaders use 153 litres of water per wash. The most energy efficient machines are “best practise” front loaders that only use 68 litres of water for the same size wash.
  • Washing can be made more enjoyable. Put aside a couple of hours, put on some music, and while the washing machine is going, soak your delicates in the laundry sink, and do your ironing. Get it all done in the one go and out of the way for the rest of the week !
  • Install an outdoor shade screen over your washing line in the back garden. It not only stops your washing from getting saturated in an unexpected downpour and hinders any bird droppings from soiling your clean washing!

Equipment and Suppliers
Howard’s Storage World
  • Casa Mia stainless steel clothes drying rack $125

  • Bayview circular peg hanger $8.95

  • EIC9598 large chrome shelf unit $110

  • IS plastic coat hangers $4.95

  • Ironing board $225

  • Skubb bags $6.95 ea

  • Slugis storage boxes $8 ea

Room Interior Products
Gowings Building
Level 1, 45 Market St, Sydney 2000
T: 9261 0969
  • Pop up laundry bins $44.90

Fisher & Paykel

Dorf Clark Industries

Chameleon Touring Systems
7/41-45 Bourke Rd
Alexandria NSW 2015
T: 9310 5222

Beach Culture
Bent St, The Entertainment Quarter
Moore Park
Tel : 9360 1470

Country Road

Piggot’s Store
53 Queen St, Woollahra 2025
Tel : 9362 8119

Willis Retail
386 Oxford St, Paddington 2021
Tel : 9360 7266

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