Frequently Asked Questions

How do I organize my utility room? 
How do I organize my utility room?
Here are some of our favorite tiny laundry room storage hacks:
  1. Wall Storage for Laundry Supplies.
  2. Hang a Drying Rack From the Ceiling.
  3. Add Shelving to Unused Corners.
  4. Put Supplies in Baskets + Storage Containers.
  5. Use Curtains to Separate Your Space.
  6. Create a Folding Station.
  7. Use Pedestal Drawers Under Your Washer/Dryer.


How do you organize things on shelves? 
How do you organize things on shelves?
To show off your stuff:
  1. Create little vignettes. ...
  2. Empty space is important too. ...
  3. Be thoughtful about your books. ...
  4. Put the things you don't access every day on top. ...
  5. Choose a color palette for your storage. ...
  6. Put the largest and heaviest storage vessels on the bottom.
Mar 17, 2016


How do I organize shelves in my wardrobe? 
How do I organize shelves in my wardrobe?
General Tips
  1. Use ALL available space, but keep it organized.
  2. Keep out-of-season (winter/summer) clothes out of the way.
  3. You're more likely to wear something if you can see it.
  4. Keep 1-2 hooks empty for quick-n-dirty clean up.
  5. Don't forget the backs of deep shelves, and high-up places.
Feb 12, 2014


How do you organize dirty clothes? 
How do you organize dirty clothes?
  1. Use a Divided Laundry Sorter with Color-Coded Tags for Kids. ...
  2. Throw Loads in Throughout the Week. ...
  3. Don't Use Hampers In Kids' Rooms–Rooms Stay Neater and You Can Keep a Handle on the Laundry. ...
  4. Use a Lost Socks Rack or Have a System.
  5. Use an Over-the-Door Hanging Rod to Drip-Dry Even the Longest Things.


What do you keep in a utility room? 
What do you keep in a utility room?
Here are 10 great laundry room items that a laundry room should have!
  • LAUNDRY BASKETS. Laundry baskets come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. ...
  • DRYING RACK. ...
  • FOLDING STATION. ...
  • PLACE TO SAVE LOOSE CHANGE. ...
  • A JAR OF STONEGABLE HOMEMADE LANDRY SOAP. ...
  • DRYER BALLS. ...
  • IRON AND IRONING BOARD.


How should I sort my laundry? 
How should I sort my laundry?
The Process
  1. First, sort clothes based on color. Sort dark clothing from brights, lights, and whites. ...
  2. Next, sort the color-categories based on weight. Keep jeans from fading by washing them in a separate load. ...
  3. Then combine loads where possible. ...
  4. Wash the most urgent load first. ...
  5. Finish with underwear and socks.


How do you organize open kitchen shelves? 
How do you organize open kitchen shelves?
How To Arrange Open Shelves In The Kitchen
  1. You don't have to go for open shelves everywhere. ...
  2. Place the things you use every day on open shelves. ...
  3. Keep those everyday items within easy reach. ...
  4. However, not everything on your shelves has to be used every day. ...
  5. Stick with all white. ...
  6. Likewise, stick with clear glass. ...
  7. Keep a simple color palette.
Nov 17, 2015


How do you organize books without shelves? 
How do you organize books without shelves?
7 Creative Ways to Organize Your Books Without a Bookcase
  1. Lay It All Out. The term “coffee table book” exists for a reason. ...
  2. Show Them Off. Wall shelves work well where bookcases often do not. ...
  3. Stow Aways. A storage ottoman is an excellent piece of furniture for keeping items out of sight. ...
  4. Basket Case. ...
  5. Use Every Available Space. ...
  6. Easy Access. ...
  7. Create a Great View.


How do you style bookshelves? 
How do you style bookshelves?
Style Your Bookshelf Like a Boss With These 10 Items
  1. Showcase Souvenirs. Ignite conversation by using bookshelves to display trinkets from your travels. ...
  2. Add Life With Greenery. ...
  3. Always Use Odd Numbers. ...
  4. Hang Artwork From Shelves. ...
  5. Mix in Natural Materials. ...
  6. Add Interesting Shapes. ...
  7. Mix in Metallic Elements. ...
  8. Add Whimsical Touches.
May 27, 2015


How do I organize my deep closet shelves? 
How do I organize my deep closet shelves?
Steps
  1. Take everything out of the closet before reorganizing. Unpack the closet contents onto nearby counters or a section of the floor. ...
  2. Re-organize seasonally to put less-used items farther back in the closet. A large, deep closet probably contains items used in each season. ...
  3. Store boxes of photographs on their own shelf.


How do I maximize my closet space? 
How do I maximize my closet space?
  1. First thing's first: Pare down your clothes inventory. ...
  2. Build extra rod space if your room can handle it. ...
  3. Here's a simpler (but still classy) DIY rack. ...
  4. Loft your bed. ...
  5. Hang multiple garments in one spot with soda can tabs. ...
  6. You can also use chains and s-hooks. ...
  7. Use old shoe boxes as drawer organizers.
May 20, 2013


What to Fold and what to hang? 
What to Fold and what to hang?
What to hang:
  • Dresses. Slinky silk dresses should be hung on a padded hanger, and lightweight gowns should be hung up by their loops.
  • Blouses. Be sure to keep the top button closed when hanging a button-up to keep the collar intact.
  • Trousers and dress pants. ...
  • Jackets, blazers, and coats. ...
  • Skirts. ...
  • Scarves. ...
  • What to fold:
  • T-shirts.
Apr 13, 2015


How can I reduce my laundry load? 
How can I reduce my laundry load?
11 Ways to Reduce Laundry Costs
  1. Make your own detergent. ...
  2. Use vinegar as your softener. ...
  3. Wash only (very) full loads. ...
  4. Dry your clothes by hanging them. ...
  5. Wash your clothes in cold water. ...
  6. Use the shortest cycle. ...
  7. Be diligent about removing dryer lint. ...
  8. Remove obstructions from the external dryer vent.
Nov 2, 2018


How do I keep my laundry up if I work? 
How do I keep my laundry up if I work?
How To Keep Up With The Laundry
  1. Everyone has a hamper. Mine is in the walk-in closet of our master bedroom. ...
  2. Every hamper has a stain stick attached. ...
  3. Use a sorter in the laundry room. ...
  4. Do laundry at least twice a week. ...
  5. Know the length of your wash cycles. ...
  6. Speed up drying time. ...
  7. Remove from the dryer properly. ...
  8. Sort items as you fold them.


How do you tackle a lot of laundry? 
How do you tackle a lot of laundry?
Tips on tackling that mountain of laundry
  1. Story Highlights.
  2. Break the laundry process up into small tasks that can be undertaken at different times.
  3. Use bags that are close to the top of the stairs and gently roll them down.
  4. When folding clothes, consider the space you'll put them into.
  5. Once the dryer is warmed up, subsequent loads will dry faster.
Oct 7, 2009


Is a utility room a habitable space? 
Is a utility room a habitable space?
The code defines habitable space as a space in a building for living, sleeping, eating or cooking. It specifically excludes bathrooms, toilet rooms, closets, halls, storage or utility rooms and similar spaces from being considered as habitable spaces.May 14, 2017


What size should a utility room be? 
What size should a utility room be?
Based on nearly 40 years of dealing with laundry rooms, I feel the minimum size for one of these rooms should be 9 feet wide by 11 feet long. Bigger is better. The door leading into the room should be at least 32 inches wide. Most are only 30 inches wide.Feb 6, 2018


Do you need planning permission for a utility room? 
Do you need planning permission for a utility room?
You may not need to extend your home to make space for a utility room. ... Permitted development allows you to make internal alterations to your home without getting planning permission. This includes conversion work such as turning part of your garage into a utility room.Jun 15, 2018


What Colours can be washed together? 
What Colours can be washed together?
 Darks: Grays, blacks, navies, reds, dark purples and similar colors are sorted into this load. → Lights: More pastel-type colors such as pinks, lavenders, light blues, lights greens and yellows are placed in this pile of laundry. → Jeans: All items with denim material are washed together in this load.Oct 25, 2010


Can you wash GREY and white together? 
Can you wash GREY and white together?
Once the handwash and dry clean only clothes are separated, sort the remaining washable laundry by color. Whites, pastels, light gray, and white background prints will go in one pile. Dark colored clothes–black, red, navy, brown, dark gray–go in another pile.Mar 2, 2019


Can you dry white and colored clothes together? 
Can you dry white and colored clothes together?
It might seem alright to dry everything together, but it's not, primarily because of colorfastness or color bleeding. Even slightly damp dark or colored clothes can transfer dye to white or pale-colored articles in the dryer, just as they might in a washing machine -- even if they've been washed a few times already.


How can I organize my kitchen? 
How can I organize my kitchen?
  1. Getting Started. You're going to be taking everything out of your cabinets. ...
  2. Step 1: Clean It Out & Decide What Stays In Each Cabinet. Take everything out of your cabinets. ...
  3. Step 2: Measure & Line Your Shelves. ...
  4. Step 3: Divide & Conquer. ...
  5. Step 4: Organize Pots, Pans, Lids, Food Storage Containers and Baking Sheets.
Apr 14, 2019


How much space should you leave between shelves? 
How much space should you leave between shelves?
Average Shelf Spacing. A good average spacing for shelves is between 8 and 12 inches. If you have oversize books to store, you might prefer to increase the spacing to 15 inches.


How much space should be between shelves? 
How much space should be between shelves?
Shelf depth is determined by the size of the items to be stored, generally within the range of 6 to 24 inches. Shelf depth for a general purpose bookshelf is usually 10 to 12 inches. Shelf spacing will generally range from 7 to 15 inches with 8 to 12 inches being common for bookshelves.


What is the best way to organize books? 
What is the best way to organize books?
Here's how to decide which books to keep or get rid of.
  1. Separate your hard covers and paperbacks. ...
  2. Arrange your books by color. ...
  3. Don't be afraid to stack books. ...
  4. Organize books by genre or subject. ...
  5. Display your favorite books front and center. ...
  6. Organize your books alphabetically. ...
  7. Group together the books you haven't read yet.
Mar 29, 2018


Is it better to store books upright or flat? 
Is it better to store books upright or flat?
In general, small and medium-sized books will be safe either lying flat or standing upright—if you do store them upright, don't stack anything else on top of them. Heavier, large books should be laid flat.Feb 20, 2019


How do you arrange books in a cupboard? 
How do you arrange books in a cupboard?
How to organize bookshelves with a lot of books: The hoarder's edition
  1. Go horizontal. ...
  2. Use your shelves for support. ...
  3. Use books usefully. ...
  4. Stack books in unused spaces—under beds, in empty drawers, under coffee tables.
  5. Hang shelves from any space that's not being used.
Sep 11, 2017


What should I put on my bookshelf? 
What should I put on my bookshelf?
Here are seven stylish items you can add to your bookshelf along with your beloved books.
  • 1 BASKETS. Baskets are perfect if you have a lot of knick-knacks and small trinkets of sentimental value that you don't want to throw away. ...
  • 2 PLANTS. ...
  • 3 CANDLES. ...
  • 4 GLASS JARS. ...
  • 5 PICTURE FRAMES. ...
  • 6 FIGURINES. ...
  • 7 CHALKBOARD. ...
  • 8 BONUS: PAINT.
Aug 9, 2016


How do you style a book case? 
How do you style a book case?
How to: Style a bookshelf
  1. Start with larger items first. It's easy to come undone when you begin styling your shelf with small decorative items. ...
  2. Bring in artwork. ...
  3. Mix up book placement. ...
  4. Introduce decorative objects. ...
  5. Put an item on your stack. ...
  6. Decorate in odd numbers. ...
  7. Add greenery. ...
  8. Consider adding a vase of things.
Jul 17, 2018


How can I decorate my bookshelf? 
How can I decorate my bookshelf?
Here's how to decorate a bookshelf and your bookcases as a whole. These are tricks you can do to make your bookcase both functional AND attractive.
...
  1. Bring in strategic stacking. Lay 'em down! ...
  2. Add some cute bookends. ...
  3. 3. Make sure to include fun lighting. ...
  4. Use those colorful covers. ...
  5. You do you: Find your own style.
Sep 11, 2018


How do you organize clothes on shelves? 
How do you organize clothes on shelves?
General Tips
  1. Use ALL available space, but keep it organized.
  2. Keep out-of-season (winter/summer) clothes out of the way.
  3. You're more likely to wear something if you can see it.
  4. Keep 1-2 hooks empty for quick-n-dirty clean up.
  5. Don't forget the backs of deep shelves, and high-up places.
Feb 12, 2014


How can I organize my closet without shelving? 
How can I organize my closet without shelving?
  1. Declutter your clothes by category. Flickr/CGPGrey. ...
  2. Empty and clean your closet. ...
  3. Design your ideal closet space. ...
  4. Store your clothes by category. ...
  5. Hang anything delicate, fancy, or sturdy. ...
  6. Use coordinating hangers. ...
  7. Stack thick items like denim and sweaters. ...
  8. Roll t-shirts, pajamas, and workout clothes into storage boxes.
Oct 21, 2016


How do I organize my extra bedding? 
How do I organize my extra bedding?
  1. Purge your non-essential linens. ...
  2. Always put things away clean. ...
  3. Sort and organize your linens by category. ...
  4. Use boxes, bins, and baskets to store and separate your linens. ...
  5. Don't forget about fabric bags, zippered plastic pouches, and space-saving bags. ...
  6. Store sets of sheets in corresponding pillowcases. ...
  7. Label your linens.
Sep 13, 2016


How do you maximize kitchen cupboard space? 
How do you maximize kitchen cupboard space?
9 Ways to Squeeze More Storage Out of Your Tiny Kitchen
  1. Add a shelf to maximize the space above your cabinets. ...
  2. Take advantage of open wall space. ...
  3. Magnetic knife strips are good for storing a lot more than just knives. ...
  4. Add another shelf inside cabinets. ...
  5. Hang things on the open side of a cabinet. ...
  6. Utilize the inside of cabinet doors.
Sep 4, 2015


How do I maximize room space? 
How do I maximize room space?
Here, eight ways Obeid maximized his small space with statement-making style—and how you can do the same.
  1. Paint it white. ...
  2. Think in vignettes. ...
  3. Opt for Lucite. ...
  4. Use color to differentiate each space. ...
  5. Use full-size furniture. ...
  6. Display artwork above eye level. ...
  7. Choose furniture that serves multiple purposes. ...
  8. Always edit.
Mar 4, 2016


How do you organize a narrow closet? 
How do you organize a narrow closet?


Should you hang or fold cardigans? 
Should you hang or fold cardigans?
Even with slimline hangers, wool, cashmere, and angora will stretch when hung, so it's always best to fold your sweaters to keep their shape. That said, if you're tight on shelf space, fold your sweater in half once and lay it over the bar of a hanger.


Are velvet hangers better than plastic? 
Are velvet hangers better than plastic?
It can be hard to know which ones are best for your clothes and your closet. One thing is for sure, though — Cheap, thin, flimsy wire and plastic hangers are not the answer. Sturdy, well-made wooden hangers are best, though velvetand padded ones are also very good.Jan 18, 2019


How do you fold pants with pleats? 
How do you fold pants with pleats?
Lay your pants flat on a bed or table, front facing up. Pinch the pants at the waste line directly above each pleat, or center of the pant leg. Pull the pinch points together forcing the zipper to fold inward towards the center of the pant.Mar 6, 2017


Is it cheaper to wash clothes at night? 
Is it cheaper to wash clothes at night?
Running your washing machine at night can be cheaper than using it in the day. But this is only true if you are on a special energy tariff called Economy 7 which gives you cheaper power at night.Mar 8, 2016


How do you stay on the top of laundry? 
How do you stay on the top of laundry?
15 ways to stay on top of the laundry
  1. Do laundry multiple times per week. ...
  2. Set reminders on your phone. ...
  3. Teach kids to do laundry. ...
  4. Have kids fold and put clothes away. ...
  5. Fold clothes straight from the dryer. ...
  6. Immediately hang blouses and button-up shirts. ...
  7. Get an over the door hanging bar. ...
  8. Keep socks in mesh bags.
Nov 11, 2016


How should I sort my laundry? 
How should I sort my laundry?
The Process
  1. First, sort clothes based on color. Sort dark clothing from brights, lights, and whites. ...
  2. Next, sort the color-categories based on weight. Keep jeans from fading by washing them in a separate load. ...
  3. Then combine loads where possible. ...
  4. Wash the most urgent load first. ...
  5. Finish with underwear and socks.


How can I keep the top of my house working? 
How can I keep the top of my house working?
Try these tips to keep your housework under control.
...
5 tips to help you stay on top of the housework
  1. Set up daily tasks. ...
  2. Involve the family. ...
  3. 3. Make it convenient. ...
  4. Never leave a room empty handed. ...
  5. Nightly reset.
Nov 12, 2012


How do you tackle a lot of laundry? 
How do you tackle a lot of laundry?
Tips on tackling that mountain of laundry
  1. Story Highlights.
  2. Break the laundry process up into small tasks that can be undertaken at different times.
  3. Use bags that are close to the top of the stairs and gently roll them down.
  4. When folding clothes, consider the space you'll put them into.
  5. Once the dryer is warmed up, subsequent loads will dry faster.
Oct 7, 2009


How can I reduce my laundry? 
How can I reduce my laundry?
11 Ways to Reduce Laundry Costs
  1. Make your own detergent. ...
  2. Use vinegar as your softener. ...
  3. Wash only (very) full loads. ...
  4. Dry your clothes by hanging them. ...
  5. Wash your clothes in cold water. ...
  6. Use the shortest cycle. ...
  7. Be diligent about removing dryer lint. ...
  8. Remove obstructions from the external dryer vent.
Nov 2, 2018


How can I keep my laundry organized? 
How can I keep my laundry organized?
How To Keep Up With The Laundry
  1. Everyone has a hamper. Mine is in the walk-in closet of our master bedroom. ...
  2. Every hamper has a stain stick attached. ...
  3. Use a sorter in the laundry room. ...
  4. Do laundry at least twice a week. ...
  5. Know the length of your wash cycles. ...
  6. Speed up drying time. ...
  7. Remove from the dryer properly. ...
  8. Sort items as you fold them.


How can I make laundry easier? 
How can I make laundry easier?
7 Tricks That Make Laundry Day Way Easier
  1. If you find laundry to be a slog, either do it way more frequently, or way less often. ...
  2. Don't think of it as "laundry day" at all. ...
  3. Invest in divided hampers. ...
  4. Try a "right away" bin. ...
  5. Give each family member a socks-only mesh bag. ...
  6. Fold fast. ...
  7. Or, don't fold at all. ...
  8. Use color-coding to get kids involved.
Oct 20, 2014


What is the best day to do laundry? 
What is the best day to do laundry?
Save Energy on Laundry Day
  • Try washing before 4 p.m. or after 7 p.m. ...
  • During the summer, run your washer early in the morning – energy use peaks on hot afternoons.
  • Winter weather drives demand for electricity earlier in the morning, so wash your clothes late at night.
Mar 20, 2018


Does a kitchen count as a habitable room? 
Does a kitchen count as a habitable room?
Habitable rooms. There is no single legal definition of "habitable room", as its use and meaning is subject to context. ... Part M: a room used, or intended to be used, for dwelling purposes including a kitchen but not a bathroom or utility room.


What size should a utility room be? 
What size should a utility room be?
Based on nearly 40 years of dealing with laundry rooms, I feel the minimum size for one of these rooms should be 9 feet wide by 11 feet long. Bigger is better. The door leading into the room should be at least 32 inches wide. Most are only 30 inches wide.Feb 6, 2018


What do you put in a utility room? 
What do you put in a utility room?
Typically, a utility room will include a washing machine, tumble dryer, large sink, a place to store clothes dryers, the ironing board and iron, plus extra storage for coats or shoes and even additional larder space. Utility rooms are often compact so working out the right layout is important.


Is a utility room a habitable space? 
Is a utility room a habitable space?
The code defines habitable space as a space in a building for living, sleeping, eating or cooking. It specifically excludes bathrooms, toilet rooms, closets, halls, storage or utility rooms and similar spaces from being considered as habitable spaces.May 14, 2017


What is the smallest size for a utility room? 
What is the smallest size for a utility room?
'The smallest size you can make a utility room with a sink is around 1900mm long by 1600mm wide,' advises Findlater. 'An ideal space is 3000mm by 3000mm, which will allow for tall storage cupboards and appliances, but it is possible to fit one into a much smaller space,' says Edmonds.Apr 3, 2019


Do you need planning permission for a utility room? 
Do you need planning permission for a utility room?
You may not need to extend your home to make space for a utility room. ... Permitted development allows you to make internal alterations to your home without getting planning permission. This includes conversion work such as turning part of your garage into a utility room.Jun 15, 2018


Do loft conversions need planning permission? 
Do loft conversions need planning permission?
A loft conversion for your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions: A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space for terraced houses* ... No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.


Does a balcony need planning permission? 
Does a balcony need planning permission?
In most cases Juliet balconies are considered Permitted Developments. As such, they shouldn't need planning permission but there are a few exceptions: The Juliet balcony has a floor, no matter how slim, it will be considered a raised platform and will need planning approval.Mar 17, 2017


What is the maximum size shed without planning permission? 
What is the maximum size shed without planning permission?
Garden Buildings are considered Permitted Development and do NOT require planning permission as long as: The building is to be placed less than 2.0m from the boundary of the property with a maximum overall height of no more than 2.5m from existing ground level.


Can you wash everything in cold water? 
Can you wash everything in cold water?
Cold water is fine for most clothes and other items that you can safely put in the washing machine. ... Not all stains respond to warmer water. For example, blood and sweat can actually set into fabric in hot water. Also, hot watertends to shrink, fade, and wrinkle certain fabrics.


What colors can I wash together? 
What colors can I wash together?
→ Darks: Grays, blacks, navies, reds, dark purples and similar colors are sorted into this load. → Lights: More pastel-type colors such as pinks, lavenders, light blues, lights greens and yellows are placed in this pile of laundry. → Jeans: All items with denim material are washed together in this load.


Can GREY and white be washed together? 
Can GREY and white be washed together?
Once the handwash and dry clean only clothes are separated, sort the remaining washable laundry by color. Whites, pastels, light gray, and white background prints will go in one pile. Dark colored clothes–black, red, navy, brown, dark gray–go in another pile.Mar 2, 2019


What is wash separately? 
What is wash separately?
This language means that the dye in the fabric is not color fast and will bleed onto anything else washed with it. Families with small children do not have time to be doing lots of little separate loads of laundry for one or two items at a time.


Can I put bleach in a white wash? 
Can I put bleach in a white wash?
To keep whites their whitest always use ½ cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach. Even after Labor Day. Machines without a bleach dispenser: Add your favorite detergent to wash water before adding clothes or bleach.


Do you wash whites in hot or cold water? 
Do you wash whites in hot or cold water?
Most of your clothes can be washed in warm water. It offers good cleaning without significant fading or shrinking. When to Use Cold Water – For dark or bright colors that bleed or delicate fabrics, use cold water (80°F). Cold water also saves energy, so it is a good choice if you want to be eco-friendly.


Can you put different color clothes in the washer? 
Can you put different color clothes in the washer?
Clothes (especially new ones) lose some of the dye coloring during the wash cycle, and light-colored fabric will pick up that dye. ... If you don't have that many clothes to wash and you don't want to do two loads, you can mix light and dark — but only if none of the colored clothes are new and you use cold water.


Can I mix white and colored clothes in the washer? 
Can I mix white and colored clothes in the washer?
ANSWER: It is not a good idea to wash whites with colored clothes if you want your white clothes to stay white. Cold water washing will not make clothes bleed color like hot water will. Color transfer can still happen when using only cold water so it is best to keep colors and whites separated.Apr 6, 2016


Can you dry whites and colors together? 
Can you dry whites and colors together?
Yes, there is a chance this could happen since the colors may bleed onto other items at the beginning of the drying cycle. However, it also depends on how old your clothes are. ... With older clothes, it should make less of a difference and it's probably safe to wash them together.