So we’re moving to a new house with a slightly larger than small utility room. It has a big walk in cupboard for Hoover / ironing board etc, sink, washing machine and tumble dryer and about 4-5 cupboards for ‘utility stuff’ and some work surface space.
After having minimal housekeeping items in 1 cupboard of a poky kitchen - the world is now my oyster!
What would you fill your utility with? Products, contraptions - anything!
If you've got the money then a drying cabinet instead of a tumble dryer. __
And a garment steamer - a proper one with a garment frame.
I have neither of these ridiculous contraptions but I have considered them both with avarice. I DO have a ridiculous Vienna broom. I think it will last for approx nine million years, and it is brilliant for skirting boards.
Ours is lovely and big and I wouldn’t be without it. We have washer, dryer, large freezer, extra fridge. I have shelves in there for Stocks of tinned food, big bags of pasta/rice etc, BOGOF cleaning products and laundry tabs. Shelving for shoes, boys sports bags and trainers, winter coats - it’s wonderful!
Large rubbish bin, recycling container[s], containers for things destined for charity shop and school appeals, packaging materials [e.g. parcel tape, mailing bags etc so you can open parcels and wrap them there], space for items like batteries, space for winter gloves mittens etc, space for recharging larger items, bag for library books to return, shelf space for anything that needs to be mended or taken to be mended, for things that need to be returned to friends or returned to the shop, plus household tool box for inserting batteries or mending things, eg mini screwdrivers, shoe cleaning materials, old newspapers for putting under messy jobs.
Basically, use it as a space for sorting things, and for things going in and out of the house, as well as for doing small jobs. I also keep mine and the children's shoes and socks there, and we always did hair brushing and morning tooth brushing there as well. I love mine, but it took a lot of fiddling to make the space for [some of] these things. I just wish it was bigger! You can use bags hanging up for some of the things, to save space, though. I also like clear plastic bags so I can see what's in them, otherwise things can fester for months. Have fun!
Shiela Maid or Lakeland do one - ceiling pulley clothes airer. You just need to work out where a ceiling joist is to fix into. I can fit a whole load of washing on mine.
I have 4 kids so lots of kit bags for activities. I got wide shelf fitted above the door as you walk in as it was in a blank wall. Need a small step stool to get up but keeps all bags out of the way. At the nappy stage I had a change mat on the worktop to save always going upstairs. We have 3 smaller plastic ironing baskets now on the bench top where the change mat was - one for adult, one for kids, one for uniforms and kit. Saves tipping everything out for one pair of school trousers. We have two of those round things with 20 or so pegs on them. You get them in Bargain stores. They hand on the upper cupboard door handles for pants and socks. Happy planning.
Dog food, dog things, a large shelving unit from costco to hold all the tins, cans and bulk buys of detergents, tabs, rice, pasta etc, a large cupboard for the mops, hoovers and other cleaning things, washer, tumble drier, loads of storage, and storage for coats and wellies as well. Fuck, I have a ton of things in my utility. It needs sorting.