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How to Make Your Family Fight to do the Laundry

Published: May 25, 2013

Let's face it, laundry isn't one of our favorite household chores.

Compared to some of the more satisfying household tasks, such as dusting or vacuuming, doing the laundry just isn't all that interesting.

It can be. If your laundry equipment is relegated to a corner of the kitchen or bathroom - or the dingy basement - no wonder laundry time is a chore, and family members don't pitch in.

Whether you build a new laundry room or re-model a corner of your kitchen, your laundry space should be conveniently located, bright and well organized.

Here are some suggestions to make doing laundry fun for the whole family:
  • Replace old appliances. Today's high-efficiency equipment makes laundry day easier and saves on energy. New washers and dryers also look good and come in lots of colors. If you don't have room for side-by-side appliances, think vertical; stackables are an effective use of space, and they do the job. However, you may find you do smaller loads more often.
  • Storage is a must. If you're on a budget, new or repurposed kitchen cabinets provide storage for all your necessities. A big box store wardrobe unit will give you lots of room to hang clothes, and a pull-down ironing board is a big space-saver. Don't forget a shelf for folding.
  • Dirty clothes have to go somewhere; consider a slide-out shelf to hold dirty clothes hampers.
  • Make it fun and comfortable. These days, men are as likely as women to take on laundry duty, so make the space family friendly.
  • A TV and a comfy chair for waiting out the dryer are great additions. Fresh paint will brighten up any space (even a dingy basement). Add framed posters, a book shelf and a good reading light.
  • If possible, don't scrimp on finishes. A show-stopper laundry room adds value to your home.

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