Usually kept as a storage room for dirty laundry, the utility is a great bit of extra space to have in the home, and, if utilised properly, can be of huge benefit to the family.
If yours has become a no-go zone with piles of dirty clothes and shoes cramped inside, it’s time to make a few changes.
Here are ten ways to make the most of your utility room:
1. Put the fridge and freezer in there
This will free up extra space in the kitchen, and stop you opening and closing it in the search for food!
2. Pet cleaning corner
Rather than let your muddy dog walk around your kitchen set up a special cleaning corner in the utility room to catch any dirt before they go into the house.
3. Washing line
While you aren’t going to get a long line in the room, popping a small clothes horse in there will be handy when it’s raining outside.
4. Ironing area
Rather than having to open and close the ironing board every time you use it, instead set up an ironing area in the utility room and have it ready at all times.
5. Incorporate a sink if possible
This will come in handy when you have to clean muddy football boots.
6. Have a clothes folding area
This will mean you can wash, iron and fold in the same area, making better use of your time.
7. Mount lots of shelves
Make sure you have plenty of shelves to store clothes, towels and any other items up off the floor.
8. Store dangerous domestic items
Keep your bleach, cleaners and anti-bacteria sprays out of the reach of children on a shelf in the utility room.
9. Install a hanging rail
This will come in useful for hanging freshly washed clothes that you don’t want to put in the wardrobe.
10. Pop the washing machine in there
The washing machine can make an awful noise so keep it in the utility room away from the rest of the house.