It’s easy to identify technological advances over the past decade or two that have made our lives easier. Mobile phones. GPS devices. Laptop computers. E-mail. And the list goes on.
But one of the household burdens we must deal with on a regular basis hasn’t gotten much simpler: doing laundry. We still have to gather up our dirty clothes, separate them out, put them in the washer, then throw them in the dryer or hang them up to air dry. Sure, a few new features have been added to the machines that clean our garments. But the whole laundry experience is still as cumbersome and aggravating as it has been throughout recent memory.
Now here’s the good news: there are some clever laundry room organizers than can make this chore a little easier.
Wicker Between Washer Dryer Drawers
No storage cabinets? No problem. This four-drawer unit only requires 8½ inches between your washer and your dryer. The easy-sliding drawers give you plenty of space to store detergent, stain treatments, dryer sheets, fabric softener and other laundry room necessities while keeping them hidden from view. The front façade of the cabinet resembles stylish, hand-woven wicker.
Washing Machine Wire Shelf
Why rummage through cabinets when you can keep whatever you need within easy each? This innovative wire shelf mounts perfectly over the back of your washer to expand the storage space in your laundry room. It gives you an accessible place for boxes, bottles and other containers of laundry supplies. And its coated finish won’t scratch appliance surfaces.
Commercial Deluxe Laundry Center
Think of it as a complete portable laundry room. It has three separate mesh hamper bags which are removable and washable. The clothing bar gives you space to hang drying garments, while the top shelf lets you store and transport folded clothes. All of these features are placed on a six-foot tall heavy-duty coated steel frame with rolling wheels.
Commercial Chrome Accordion Drying Rack
It’s not one of those flimsy wooden or plastic laundry room units. This expandable drying rack features sturdy steel construction with a shiny chrome finish to help repel rust. You’ll have more than enough space to hang up whatever garments you don’t trust in a dryer. When you’re done, the rack folds down to just three inches in height for convenient storage in a closet or under a bed.
Smart Laundry Pole
You wouldn’t think that a laundry room organizer could be called “smart,” but this item earns that title. This metal pole opens up to become a standalone drying rack. Four arms in the middle provide space for hanging fragile garments, and a rod on top allows you to secure clothes hangers to help dry shirts, blouses and jackets. The pole is made of durable metal and is fully adjustable.
Retractable Drying Rack
If you don’t have enough available space to store a drying rack, then mount one to the wall of your laundry room! When closed, it’s about the size of a paper towel rack. But it expands to give you several racks over which you can hang towels, shirts or delicates. Even when retracted, there are still five hooks, which you can use to dry bras, caps or small garments.
Here’s a nifty little device you can use instead of (or in addition to) a regular washing machine. This blender-shaped 14-inch tall unit can be carried easily with its plastic handle, and it doesn’t require plumbing. Just plug it in to an outlet, fill it up with detergent, water and clothes, then set the timer. Use it for delicates or special-instruction laundry items.
Stackable Sweater Dryer
Tired of trying to hang up your sweaters all over the laundry room? This sturdy plastic-and-mesh sweater drying rack unfolds to give you ample space to spread out a damp sweater. You can buy several and stack them on top of one another to dry several sweaters without taking up much space. During the summer, you can fold each dryer back up and hang them on a clothing rod for easy storage.
Lingerie Laundry Bag
One of the most aggravating parts of doing laundry is getting your smaller delicates tangled up or stretched in the washing machine. This polyester mesh bag lets you put in those troublesome washables and not worry about washer damage. The zippered four-compartment design lets you separate your panties, lingerie and other delicate items. It also works well for baby clothes, handkerchiefs and other smaller items.
Our lives are so busy these days that we need all the help that we can get. Keeping ourselves organized will help us achieve that goal – and it starts with the everyday tasks like laundry. So if one of these drying rack can simplify your life even a little bit, then it can have a substantial positive effect on your mood and outlook. And that in itself can be priceless.