basement: pantry and freezer area to the left, laundry room to the right.
But since we put up the wall panelling last fall, we haven't done much else except insulate the mudsills (That area right up under the rafters, ours are all pink or blue styrofoam--whatever the previous homeowners left for us.)
- Space for major appliances of washer and dryer (fortunately, check)
- Storage for laundry supplies (a mess, above)
- Area for pre-treating and soaking items, for stain removal (nonexistent)
- Drying area (for those clothes or other items that don't go in the dryer) (nonexistent)
- Laundry folding; (check) and
- Ironing (check; upstairs)
As I don't have a laundry sink, pre-treating and soaking items in the laundry room is a challenge. Currently, I hand wash things in a dish pan upstairs in the bath tub. (Not good for my back, really.)
I did stack two dishpans on the table next to the washer to hold my cleaning cloths which I bleach--and I guess I could put items treated with stain remover in them too--if I ever thought to treat them more than five seconds before they go in the washing machine!
I used to have a long cord suspended from the rafters for drying clothes. I hated it. It was just a clutter catcher and everything on it just got in my way. I really, really wanted to buy something like this:
(PORTIS from IKEA)
It isn't even all that expensive! But, as ever, in the interests of frugality, I decided to see what I already had on hand: and so I invented my own.
from chez larrson