When we first moved to Seattle, we rented a 1947 house that had a laundry chute, and I cannot tell you how much I loved that thing. No hamper taking up space in the bathroom, no clothes overflowing onto the floor. Dirty linens just “disappeared” down a hatch built into our linens closet, and they were there waiting in the basement for us when it was time to do some laundry. It’s such an ingenious and simple device — just a trapdoor that opened into a small wooden chute in the basement — that I don’t get why I see them so infrequently in homes. Is it because people have laundry on the same floor as their living spaces? We plan to add a laundry chute when we upgrade our bathroom. Luckily, there are places online like This Old House, DIY Network, and eZine that will give us a step-by-step. –Mary T.