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Today we’re going to be organizing and decluttering another room to be able to add to the list…the laundry room. Our laundry room is attached to the kitchen so it becomes a dumping ground for the “extras” that overflow into it. It’s not a very big room, but it’s larger than a closet.
I have found that when it is clean and tidy, I don’t mind doing laundry as much. I’ve tried to “pretty” it up a little to make doing a laundry less of a task that I despise. If laundry is a chore that you do not like doing, maybe try to cheer up the laundry room by decluttering, getting organized, and adding a few things that make you happy (for me it’s pretty jars, nice baskets, and things that make it look clean but functional). Our laundry all needs done, so it might as well be as cheerful as possible!
When organizing your laundry room, you need to think about the following:
- What does this room need to make it functional? We all know what you do in a laundry room… launder clothing, bedding, and other garments. Do you store other items in this room? I keep my plastic bags in mine and really need to buy one of these!
- Are your detergents, stain-fighting supplies, fabric softener, and other items organized and accessible?
- How do you sort your laundry? I actually sort mine upstairs where all of our bedrooms are and have one basket in the laundry room for anything that gets dirty downstairs (clothing the kids take off, kitchen towels, the main bathroom towels, etc). In my previous home, I had a sorter similar to this one with the compartments and I loved it!
- Where do you pretreat your stains? This area is where those supplies should be. If you are lucky enough to have a sink in your laundry room, you could store these items on a shelf above the sink, a cabinet, or in a pretty basket. I keep mine under my kitchen sink and the extras (from when I stock up on sale) above the washer and dryer and move over when I run out under the sink.
- What do you do with the socks that don’t have a pair? (I use a small basket to keep mine in that is similar to this one).
- Do you have a plan for the clothing that doesn’t go in the dryer? How do you dry your items that don’t go into the dryer? Do you have a drying rack? I have a drying rack for during the colder months and I have a clothesline outside that we use in the warmer months.
- Do you iron your clothes? Is your ironing board and iron nearby? I keep all of my ironing items in the laundry room. If you have a closet, that may not be possible. In that case, I recommend storing your ironing supplies in the room where you iron so you aren’t making trips back and forth. There are many over-the-door systems to store your ironing board and supplies if you have a tight space!
- Where do you fold laundry and do you have a place to hang it up? I fold mine on the couch. There’s no room to do it differently in my laundry room. I do have a small hanging rack though for clothing that can be hung right away. Make sure if you have a place to hang clothing, you have hangers ready. (I tend to get distracted with other tasks when I have to find hangers.) Some of you have the counters that go over your washer and dryer as a place fold. I think those look great and am hoping to have one in our next home. (Do you like the counter over the top, if you have one?)
- Do you use labels, glass jars, or baskets to keep your area organized? Do you have a place for loose change that comes out in the laundry? (I keep a jar in my laundry room and when it’s full use it to buy something fun or add it to something I’m currently saving for. Last year, I cashed in all of the change I’d found throughout the year and used it as the kids’ spending money when we went on our family vacation to Colorado.)
- Do you store other cleaning items such as your broom or mop in the laundry room?
- How would your ideal laundry area look like? What can you do to yours to make it similar to your dream laundry room? (Here is the link to my Laundry Room Inspiration on Pinterest if you like to see other’s ideas!) After you have decluttered and organized your laundry room, is there anything you can do to make it more cheerful? I’ve been considering painting mine (I just haven’t decided on a color!) Do you have a pretty picture you can hang or have fun lettering on your wall? My previous laundry room I had decorated with a vinyl saying and some flowers. Here are some of the items I like to organize with that I think are cheerful:
Here is the order of how I’m tackling the laundry room today: floors, washing machine & dryer surfaces, cabinets above them, cabinet to the right, and hanging rack. You can do yours however you please, I like a clean floor before I tackle the rest!
If you want to link up, snap a picture and meet back at 9 CST (or post a picture on the Facebook page). For those of you who don’t blog, leave a comment and let me know how your organizing and decluttering went in the laundry room!
In case you have missed any days in this series, here they are! (Don’t worry you can jump in right where we are in the series and go back later if you want to catch up or just finish out what we’re working on with us! I’m so happy you are joining us in organizing and decluttering your home!)