While there are many many benefits to living in a small space, which one day I promise to list for you all, there are times when it can be a challenge. Lately, I've been dreaming of a laundry room. You know - like those beautifully designed, lit, and matching ones every mother on Pinterest seems to have. Neatly lined up products, matching coloured washing machines and tumble driers, cute baskets, a ceramic sink for hand-washing clothes, ample drying space (yes, my dreams are pretty boring...but ever so pretty!)
We've tried a few solutions over the years. A baby brings a lot of laundry with them - more if you use cloth nappies (we don't and this is why!), toddlers are generally quite messy and two adults who both work in the food industry makes for a fair amount of loads a week. Keeping on top of it all is the first problem and the second problem is lack of space. I know people living in the same or less amount of space as us who use laundrettes - avoiding the question totally of where on earth to put a washing machine!
Keeping on top of it
- One load a day, every day. Ugh - I know.
- A specific day a week for sheets, towels, bathmats etc. I do all of that in one day and then clothes for the rest of the week. Usually when I hang sheets they take about an afternoon and a night to dry. This free's up drying space for the rest of the week.
- Putting it away straight away when it's dry. When I have a full basket of clean and dry clothes not yet put away next to the wardrobes, it backs everything else up.
Lack of space
- We have a washer/dryer combo. It's honestly not great - the washing machine is fine but the dryer takes a LONG time to dry anything and it's pretty noisy. Nonetheless I would definitely recommend getting one if you don't have space for a dryer. It's great for towels and emergency situations (of which there are many when kids are involved!)
- Get yourself some woollen dryer balls (as above - six for €12 on amazon) they speed up drying time, make your towels fluffy and you can pop some drops of your favourite essential oil on them for scent. They eliminate the need for dryer sheets or fabric softener really and I love them.
- Our current drying solutions are two wooden drying racks from Habitat (€29 each). In the summer they fit out on our tiny balconies to get some sun on them and in winter we stick them next to our radiators. They're durable, sustainable material and honestly - I like the way they look. Which is important because they are up practically ALL the time!
I know that this isn't very interesting, but I do also know that when you're living in a tiny space you're always looking for solutions. Laundry has to get done! As always, when kept simple and attractive, things start looking brighter and more manageable!