Upgrade Your Appliances
As long as your old appliances work, you might not think you need an upgrade, but they could be costing more than you think. Look into high-efficiency laundry appliances that save on water and energy costs. ENERGY STAR washers can save you more than $100 a year on utility bills. Look for innovative appliances like dryers with steam technology that reduce the need for ironing and dry cleaning which also saves time, money and energy.
Stack Your Appliances
By stacking your front-loading washer and dryer, you'll save space and won't have to worry about straining your back while unloading laundry. Stacking kits make it easy and safe to attach the appliances on top of each other—and you’ll free up space for other laundry essentials like a folding table, ironing board or a drying rack.
Clean Up the Clutter
Streamline your routine by organizing and storing laundry supplies by type and arranging them where they'll be used. For example use a caddy to organize and store bleach, stain removers, detergents and laundry boosters by the washer. Do the same for fabric softener and dryer sheets, but store them near the dryer. Keep separate bins or bags for lights, darks, delicates and dry cleaning to help with pre-sorts and a small container for mismatched socks or loose change is also a good idea.
Ironing and Household Ergonomics
Laundry can be physically challenging. If you have to iron, make sure the board is at a comfortable height that doesn't require hunching over. As a general rule, the top of the ironing board should be level with your hip, and the same goes for a folding table or counter.