Tell me about ‘laundry life’ since the makeover? What effect has it had on you and your family?
“More laundry’s been done! We’re not living out of clothesbaskets. Because clothes would be folded up on our dining table and stacked there ready to be put away; inevitably we’d get too busy to put fresh washing away so the kids would be rifling through looking for clothes. Now, thanks to the distribution baskets, if by chance we’re too busy to put the clothes away, they’re still in the distribution station, in their drawers, there’s no rifling through big baskets to find things. It’s neat and it doesn’t matter so much if it’s not put away straight away.
Would you recommend the Stop, Sort and Solve process and if so why?
“Yes definitely, it can pretty much apply to anything, whether you’re organising one room or your home in general. It gives you a chance to assess the situation, really work out what it is that you need and want and question whether those needs and wants go hand in hand and then think about the solutions. So many times I know I’ve gone out and said right, I need a new shelf and I’ve just raced out, bought the first shelf, not thought about how’s it going to work in the space, how’s it going to affect the surrounding area, so taking that time to stop and think gives you a better result.”
How easy has it been to keep your laundry organised?
“It’s literally a cinch. Everything has its space and goes straight back into its place after use. And because it is so nice and organised you want to keep it that way, so if you make a mess in there, your mess stands out, so everyone’s quick to return it to order.”
How has the new system been able to save you time?
“I guess by having a place for everything you alleviate having to hunt around trying to find where you’ve put something. Going from washing machine, to dryer/line, to folding, to putting away – it’s all there and easy. And also having the distribution station housing the uniforms downstairs ready to go and having the whole area as an operations centre in the morning; it’s going to make life so easy for us because everything’s there, packed up the night before, so when we get up in the morning, we’re ready to go.”
Lisa Rose (Marketing Production Manager), Sonia Stackhouse (Love, Life & Hiccups) and Cathy Player (Marketing Manager)
This was a wonderful makeover as it illustrated the importance of stopping and looking at your overall workflow before changing a thing.
Sonia did a wonderful job preparing the room by removing an old shelf and totally repainting it white. It really freshened the room up and gave us a good starting point on makeover day.
We used elfa for this makeover as it’s
– Made from epoxy bonded steel which makes it very durable and strong
– Highly customisable so we could design a system to suit Sonia’s space
– Easy to install. Only the top tracks and utility rails attach to the wall.
– It can be added to or changed easily as Sonia’s needs change.
Thinking of Doing your Own Makeover?
Finding the best organising solution for any space in your home is Howards Storage Worlds specialty. If you would like to design a new solution for your own home, we suggest that you take photos and measurements, then bring these into your local Howards store and the team can help you design a solution that’s perfect for your needs and space. They can also arrange a free elfa design, measure and quote if you prefer.
If you would like more information about elfa from Howards Storage World CLICK HERE to view the elfa section of the Howards’ website which includes suggested solutions, individual components, accessories, assembly instructions and warranty information.