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How do I keep the dirty laundry out of sight (and under control)?

Keep the laundry monster at bay with these smart solutions.

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LAUNDRY IS POSSIBLY everyone’s least-favourite chore – it can seem to be a never-ending and laborious process.

We usually don’t get around to it every day, so various amounts of dirty laundry need to be stored somewhere in the house for short periods.

Depending on the number of people in your household, that can accumulate pretty rapidly – so an efficient system of storing and organising that dirty laundry is essential.

1. Move it

A laundry sorter offers the ability to pre-sort dirty laundry for maximum efficiency. Bonus points if it’s on wheels, so you can stow it out of sight – for example under the stairs or in a utility room.

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2. Stack it

If you have the luxury of having a dedicated space in your home for doing laundry, then you could consider a laundry sorting unit. The Trofast system from Ikea offers both horizontal and vertical options in a range of finishes and colours. The plastic bins slide out so you can easily carry the laundry to the washing machine. If you don’t have a dedicated laundry space, a more decorative option such as the Kallax system (also from Ikea) has the option of a range of different storage baskets that look attractive enough to be placed almost anywhere in the home.

3. Stow it

Laundry pedestals are the latest thing in the world of laundry! These enable you to raise up your washing machine and tumble dryer so that you don’t have to stoop over to load and unload. Some of these pedestals come with a drawer or space for a basket that can be used to stow dirty laundry right underneath the washing machine. A laundry pedestal is also a great DIY project if you have some woodworking skills.

4. Hide it

A fantastic option for storing dirty laundry is to hide it in plain sight using a customised piece of furniture that also looks really good! This monk’s bench laundry box from Argos would look great in a bathroom or bedroom, as would this laundry cabinet or this wicker laundry trunk from Wayfair.

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