**Downsize your laundry.** Slotting your washing machine and dryer into a cupboard enables you to have a laundry in high-traffic areas such the kitchen or bathroom, which can also be shut it away. Also utilise any spare surface area for storage by building in shelves, shacks and hooks. See more of this [Melbourne home](http://www.homestolove.com.au/interior-designer-terri-shannon-lights-up-melbourne-home-2854|target="_blank"). Photo: Armelle Habib / *Australian House & Garden*
[ THREE BIRDS HOT TIP ] Let's face it if you're anything like us you spend a fair amount of time in the laundry. So for us we wanted this space to be beautiful and of course cost effective! We searched high and low for an affordable benchtop in this space.... The answer WOOD this little fancy pants was only 89 bucks from Bunnings.