Tips for tackling this daily task in the Weekly Household Planner:
Where do moms spend a lot of time? In the laundry room! And, of course it is typically one of the smallest rooms in your home. Having a laundry room that is organized makes one of the most hated chores more enjoyable and easier, and the good news is, it’s not that difficult to keep your laundry room organized and efficient. Really!
Throw away and purge first
Start by going through each cabinet, drawer and surface. Look at each item and ask yourself is it worth keeping? You should also ask yourself if it has expired, is it still usable, and is this item beneficial to the laundry room. As you make these decisions, be sure and put them in their respectable piles – Keep, Distribute around the House, Recycle, Trash.
This is an important step that is often overlooked. The laundry room often becomes a catch all for basic items that never make their way to their specific homes. By clearing up this space of excessive and unnecessary items, you will make way for the area’s intended purpose: doing the laundry! I find that my laundry room has stuff in it that just doesn’t belong there, which makes using the space stressful and a bit overwhelming.
Sort Your Like Items Together
Now that you’ve gotten rid of the unnecessary items, separate what’s left into categories—for example; cleaning products, laundry accessories, baskets, etc. This way you can see what and how much you have.
Utilize any built-in storage space you have. Use overhead cabinets to hold detergents and other cleaning products. Use open bins or baskets to hold items like ironing equipment, hangers, etc. Mount a drying rack to the wall to conserve space, I installed this rack about 3 years ago and it has been a life saver! To be able to easily pull it out to use and quickly store it back against the wall has been a huge time saver. Use small containers like jars to house the coins and other treasures you find in pockets or in the washer. Keep a trash can handy for any trash you may find in the clothing as well as a place to pitch lint and used dryer sheets.
Use Laundry Sorters
One of my favorite things in the laundry room is a 3 Bin Laundry Sorter. There are many different designs of laundry sorters that can fit your available space. Having a sorter will alleviate your clothes laying on the floor and will make doing laundry easier because it will already be sorted. This is also helpful because I can ask the kids to bring down their own laundry and sort it themselves – aha, another delegating opportunity! I love this laundry sorter because it has a shelf on top – I do not have enough counter space in my laundry room, so this helps out to create a place to fold clothes too, and it is low enough for smaller ones to help.
Regularly Straighten and Purge
Get into the habit of putting items in their proper places on a regular basis. Take a few minutes each time you wash clothes to put items back where you go them. This small but helpful tip will help you maintain your laundry room’s cleanliness and help you to stay more organized. You won’t dread going in there quite as much!
The main thing is to start, just do it. The longer you take to decide, the longer your laundry room will remain the way it is. With the kids around this week, grab a few hands and tackle the organizing now.
What is the biggest trouble spot in your laundry room?