One of my favourite things about our new house is the fact we have a utility room. It may be small but let me tell you, it is MIGHTY.
I have it almost almost finished with clever small space clothes drying solutions and enough storage to house all the unattractive domestic appliances as well as open shelving to display prettier bits and bobs (because if you are going to be there for a while sorting through a mountain of damp sheets, why not look at something pleasant?)
What I have also discovered, not only through the comments section on Rock My Style, but from various discussions with friends and the team, are a bunch of items that I didn’t even know I needed. Which now I don’t know how I ever lived without.
Let’s start with Colour Catchers shall we? I think I must have been living under a rock, or just completely oblivious to what is available on the supermarket shelves, but I only realised these existed a few months ago. Years, years of Mabel’s coloured garments becoming all a bit sludgy and greige over time. But now? Now they are shiny and look-like-new. Genius.
My best investment was my Shelia Maid from Amazon, it was sixty quid well spent. It’s hung above the sink from the ceiling so essentially it doesn’t take up any space at all – only what would be otherwise unused. I have the 4 rung version which holds a medium sized wash load, the six rung would hold a large wash load and extra I imagine.
When we extend the utility I’ll definitely be investing in a heated airer, a must for the cooler winter months. Lots of the team have one and say it’s one of their ultimate value investments. I casually eye them up whenever we are in John Lewis or Lakeland in the vain hope James will get the hint. Thus far I have been unsuccessful.
For hold-ups, fancy tights and knickers a delicates bag (or two) is a necessity – I love this set of three from Brabantia. And whilst I was perusing to find the correct link I discovered they also do a specific bra bag.Who knew?!
Adam and Lauren have both been singing the praises of de-ironised water that is specifically for your iron. Call me old-fashioned but really? I thought it was just scented H2O that was an unnecessary luxury. Apparently not. It stops your iron from throwing potentially weird chlorinated splashes on your best dress in favour of non-staining droplets and genuinely makes everything smell like flowers (or indeed whatever fragrance you choose). I’m sold.
Last but not least are Minky soft grip pegs. Not only do they not leave annoying dents on your blouses, but they are rust resistant and never seem to break. Ever.
When we were discussing their gentle yet sturdy attributes on our team chat platform (because you know, it is all the glamour and sequins at Rock My HQ) Lottie misread the thread and thought we were talking about kinky pegs.
Yes. Kinky pegs. I think she had gone all 50 shades of grey, and I don’t mean because she forgot to throw a colour catcher sheet in with her wool cycle.
It’s always the quiet ones.
Do let me know what essentials are missing from my list and I promise to share our finished utility room in the next few weeks!
For more domesticated chat you can have a butchers at our chores feature on Rock My family.