Thursday, September 11, 2014

Laundry in the Kitchen

Hoover: While travelling across Europe, some of the places we stayed in had their laundry facilities integrated in their kitchens. This is an ideal solution for small spaces such as apartments and condominiums. Read on:

In European homes it's fairly common to find laundry facilities integrated in the kitchen, and yet here in the States the combination is rare. But laundry in the kitchen is a workable and sometimes necessary small-space solution for those who lack the space for a separate laundry room. What are some practical ways to make it work?

We've compiled some of our favorite tips here:
• Consider the top of the washer or dryer as extra counter space. You can install a butcher block or other surface over the top of the machine to make it work.
• Enclose your washer and dryer in a kitchen closet or behind a curtain to disguise them when they're not in use. Alternately, you can try under-counter units that don't look out of place with the rest of your appliances.
• Keep dirty laundry out of the kitchen until it's ready to go into the machine. (This is a no-brainer, really, but it does seem important to acknowledge that certain laundry tasks, like storing and sorting dirty laundry, should be done elsewhere in the home if possible.)
• To minimize the risk of soiling clean clothes with food, designate another space outside the kitchen for folding as well.
• Try doing small loads more frequently in order to avoid overtaking your kitchen completely on "laundry day."

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