Kitchen Laundry: The Chute Solution

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When I house-sat a few years back for a couple with a laundry chute in their kitchen, it went into a mental file for that day when I had a home of my own. Fast forward five years and now I do have a home of my own and, well, let's just say that my mental files are a bit disheveled. At my wit's end with kitchen laundry and no good way to deal with it, I realized that my kitchen is located right over the basement laundry room and remembered this example from years ago. Hmmm:

As I started poking around the kitchen figuring out where the best location for a chute would be, I determined it would be in a narrow broom closet in the corner. A hole in the floor of the closet would easily direct kitchen laundry right toward the washer and dryer area below.

A kitchen chute would be particularly helpful in my case because I always find myself at a loss when it comes to kitchen laundry. We have a system upstairs for clothing and bathroom towels that involves hampers and laundry baskets, but in the small kitchen, there's no space for collecting kitchen laundry as it's used. I generally end up throwing it down the basement steps where it waits at the bottom for laundry day. With a kitchen chute, dirty dish towels, cloths, and napkins could be directed right to the laundry instead!

Do you think a kitchen laundry chute would be helpful in your home? How do you deal with your kitchen laundry?

(Image credits: Regina Yunghans)