small space solutions: the laundry room
A beginning-of-the-semester cold has kept us at home this weekend, but, on the bright side, we finally caught up on laundry. To celebrate the empty laundry baskets and neatly stowed clean clothes, I’m showcasing the way we make the most of the storage space in our super-tiny laundry room. Our condo maximizes living space – which we wouldn’t trade for anything – but this comes at a price: small storage spaces. (You can see my small closet solution here.) Fortunately, what our little laundry room lacks in horizontal square footage is balanced by quite a bit of vertical storage space. We use it all, and then some.
That’s the extent of the horizontal space, but there’s more than meets the eye here (or the camera lens, at least). Behind the door (on the right), we’ve stowed a badminton net, camping supplies, and the mast, sail, and pontoons for the sailing canoe. A tent hangs from a nail on the right wall (upper right of photo). We installed a tension rod for hanging clothes across the back wall. Tension rods are a fabulous small space solution: in our tiny apartment on campus, I hung pots and pans from a tension rod over the stove in the kitchen.
I wish I had “before” pictures of this space – before I realized that baskets were my storage friend. As you might imagine, a place so small and so full of stuff can easily get out of control, and it did. I tamed the space with baskets last winter, and it’s been remarkably easier to keep the space (relatively) uncluttered and, even more amazing, to find more space for storing new additions, like sailing canoe gear from this summer. Viva baskets!
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