The disheveled goddess and the Chinese laundry or Making the most of your laundry

This is why my house looks like a Chinese laundry. How to fix up the laundry including a little do-it-yourself maintenance - easy as one, two and three. Sometimes making the house a home is by paying attention to to those rooms we don't use much,
This is why my house looks like a Chinese laundry. How to fix up the laundry including a little do-it-yourself maintenance - easy as one, two and three. Sometimes making the house a home is by paying attention to to those rooms we don't use much, | Source

The laundry is probably the place we think of least and since the invention of washing machine it is the room as a domestic goddess we would spend the least time in. Unless something unfortunate happens such as the washing machine overloading spewing dirty water all over the floor resulting in a few hours of cleaning it up.

Sometimes making the house a home is by paying attention to to those rooms, we don't use much, which aren't as aesthetic or seemingly homely because not paying attention to the laundry can result in wasted space and lost storage solutions.

The dryer

You would think the invention of the vindictive shrinking machine, err rather dryer, there would be little reason the house would look like Chinese laundry or even a need for a washing line at all. Some financially fiscal domestic goddesses would put up with the Chinese laundry experience at home, than pop the holiday pennies in to the dryer. Although there are times, we get frustrated or leave ourselves too short a time and have to use the dryer.

There has to be a better quicker way to dry clothes as we know in winter it becomes challenging as the temperatures drop.

DIY: Laundry/ Drying Room: The bench, the bar to hook up the clothes.
DIY: Laundry/ Drying Room: The bench, the bar to hook up the clothes. | Source
DIY: Shelf, with the bar and line for hanging washing.
DIY: Shelf, with the bar and line for hanging washing. | Source

The making of a drying room and the added bonus of extra storage

To remove the Chinese laundry experience from this domestic goddess’s life and to ensure peace ruled in the home, the laundry commenced a makeover.

The aim of the Laundry makeover, remove clothes air drying from all over the house, and cease the doorways and walkways becoming rainforests of clothes.

How:

The Laundry before had a bench with cupboards beneath it the dryer sat upon it and linen press opposite it.

The space between the linen cupboard and sink fits a chest freezer and washing machine. The makeover mounted the dryer above the washing machine.

The space above the chest freezer is going to have two more shelves put in, to fit all the detergents and buckets. On the wall at the end of the bench is going to have a rack to hold the mops, brooms, and dusters.

Installation of the rack: Will require a drill, screws, stud finder, pencil, measuring tape, a rack from an outlet.

The stud finder is not negotiable, and it is not to find a studly looking guy to do the work for you. This tool is used to slowly move along the plaster or dry wall to find a beam which is behind it. It beeps when it finds a stud, at this point, use the pencil to mark the beam, check if the beam goes up or across. You could use the rack itself to measure out where the screws will need to go, or a measuring tape. The drill is used to screw in the rack to the wall. Avoiding using the stud finder will result in the screws not finding a solid base and may fall off the wall.

There has been another shelf added above the bench, which will hold things such as suitcases the washing baskets.

Installation process: This shelf was added using the same process to find the studs, at each stud point a brace or bracket for the shelf, you can use MDF board be placed at the top creating the shelf.

Underneath a pole to run the length at the bottom, to allow for hanging washing, and use the green washing line to run beside for the another line to hang clothes off.

Adding a heating vent to the room this is so much more effective if you have central heating, Otherwise, heat the room another way which can requires little attention and is away from everything. To create a drying room in the opinion of this domestic goddess creates a functional laundry.

Don't leave anything flammable in the laundry, it might be time to look at other options for cleaning, also would be more environmentally friendly.

This can easily be adapted to a drying cupboard idea, however ensure to put a vent in to ensure adequate ventilation to prevent the dry wall or plaster going moldy.

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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Good idea. I hardly ever use my clothes dryer anymore. I try to save money by hanging laundry outside. We have many beautiful sunny days here in S. Fl.


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Abbasangel 3 years ago from Australia - The land down under Author

That's great! I found it really difficult when working full time, to a. not sunburn the clothes and b. get them in before the evening dew settled, or it rained... So I found it easier to hang them inside.. plus when the clothesline is being used in other endeavors... well I needed an other option!!


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

It sounds like you fixed up just the perfect solution for your situation. I used to have one of those outdoor rotary lines you show in one of your pictures, but at that point, I lived where it was too cool and moist; the clothes never dried--they'd mildew instead, and I had no space inside to fit drying clothes, so I had to have a dryer.

You've described your fix very well, and I'm glad you found a solution. Cheers.


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Abbasangel 3 years ago from Australia - The land down under Author

Thanks DzyMsLizzy, yes and my laundry is big enough which is another bonus, I know in some places the washing machine is in the kitchen.

Thanks again. I think there are things we can all learn from each other!

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