I ended up deciding that I had to find a way to store the bicycle that met the following criteria:
- The bicycle would never venture into carpet territory (i.e. it had to be the laundry or the hallway, unless I was mopping)
- No furniture for bike storage would be purchased unless I had completely exhausted all options, persisted with the laundry/hallway swap for another three weeks and became exceptionally annoyed during this period
- I would be able to keep the laundry door closed at all times.
But during the January Cure my dislike to clutter was allowed to overtake all other kinds of anxiety - so I opened the laundry sink for the first time since I moved in. And there were no creepy crawlies. :) So I moved most of my laundry products in there and found that the little basket set up I had now had a clear top. I could easily manoeuvre my bike in and out without hitting anything! I eventually found that I could easily mount the front wheel of my bike on the laundry sink and then, success! I was able to close the laundry door with my bike inside.
But then I started to do my linen laundry and found that I had to move my bike in order to access the laundry powder. Booooooo.
I did a bit of Ikea-ing, trying to find a shelving unit that was no more than 20cm deep to fit between the wall and the washing machine. I figured that if I could move the bare essentials to that shelf, then I could keep the bike in its current position. The closest I got was an Ekby Järpen/Ekby Gällö combination - but I didn't want to spend $90 on a glorified laundry powder stand... and I really couldn't be bothered searching for something cheap that would fit!
I thought about a narrow shelf and hook unit that would fit next to my current basket setup, where the bike would potentially hang by its toptube. I then lifted the back of my bike to see if that could work... and I realised that I could potentially have a similar solution already in place!
Ha! Not only did I not purchase any furniture, I can do laundry without moving the bike and I can also now mop the area without having to move the bike onto carpet territory at all! Win!