|Sliding Pocket Door|
This is what you see when you open the door:
It is a rather utilitarian space. To the left from the doorway, there is my top loading washing machine; tucked into the space between it and the wall is my ironing board and the big drying rack also slides in there, when it is not being used practically every day! Currently, it is permanently set up in the family room!
|Washer and Ironing Board|
Overhead, directly above the washer is the access to the attic space - it is not a finished attic and I don't store anything up there. The only time anyone goes up there is when some roof or electrical work needs to be done:
|Access to the Attic|
I had these wire racks installed on the wall for storage, but now, I am thinking that I should have had cabinets installed, instead, as that would have resulted in less visual clutter:
I should get some baskets or something to store the items, so that it looks less chaotic. The bath rugs and floor towels are being stored up here after being washed, until the flea situation is more under control. The brown grocery bags under them (we pay $.10 per bag) will come in handy when I bag up stuff for donations. On the other side of this long wall is my bathroom.
To the right of the doorway, opposite the washer is the dryer, with the laundry baskets stacked on top.
There is a window above the dryer, so this space is quite bright during the day. The only problem is, I keep the dryer pulled a bit away from the back wall because the vent hose is behind the dryer and I don't want it to get too twisted and kinked up (although, since the dryer doesn't heat and I don't use it, I suppose that should not be a concern, anymore), and being short, I can't quite reach over the dryer to open the window! I have to keep the step stool in front of the dryer and climb up to sit on top of the dryer and twist around in order to reach the window handle:
I store one of the two smaller plastic drying racks in the space between the side of the dryer and the wall (the second plastic drying rack has been set up in the bathtub in daughter's/visitor's bathroom, so really wet items can drip, if needed).
|Small drying rack|
These two smaller drying racks were bought from Woolworth's when my daughter was born! Still going strong!
I have this small wire rack in front of the washer, to store the container of laundry detergent, bottle of bleach, iron, box of dryer sheets, and some other miscellaneous items (a plastic clothes line, the broken dial knob from the washing machine, a roll of wall paper border); the bottom basket is empty, right now, but I used to store some extension cords there and I might store the bottles of flea sprays, etc., there.
Today, I wiped down the walls, wiped the washer and dryer, washed the wire rack, wiped all the things I store there to remove dust and cat fur, and swept and mopped the floor before I put everything back. I tossed an old sponge, but that was all I found to declutter from here, today.
It took me longer than I liked to wipe down everything, but, I am hoping that now that I've deep cleaned it, I will be able to keep it up with regular maintenance.
What does your laundry area look like? Any suggestions as to how to keep the visual clutter to a minimum?