Laundry tips when you’re living in a small space
Not everyone has a big room in their home dedicated to doing laundry. Those of us in condos and apartments might have a washing machine in a closet, or we regularly schlep our dirty clothes to a laundry facility. So how do you love your laundry when you’re living in a small space?
Organizer and designer Tinka Markham Piper of Solve My Space has some thoughts…
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Create a portable laundry kit
Don’t have much space to store products? Pick a cute bin or carryall and tuck all your laundry gear in there. Don’t include any other cleaning supplies in the kit: Tinka recommends “individuating the task” to make it feel easier. Store it under the sink in the bathroom or in a closet. And if doing laundry involves a trek, using a backpack leaves your hands free to carry clothes.
Use multitasking products
When you’re in tight quarters, having less stuff to store is always a plus. Instead of having separate products for wools, delicates, baby clothes, and hand-washing and machine washing, pick one that does it all – like Soak.
Don’t let that warehouse-sized detergent eat up valuable space. Buy smaller containers or decant from a big bottle (then stow that bottle in your locker or share it with a friend).
Tinka Markham Piper is the founder of Solve My Space. A self-described “chaos counsellor,” she’s part organizer, part designer, part life coach – and fully committed to transforming spaces to help transform lives. She also has a home advice column and you can find her on Instagram at @solvemyspace