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Organizing a laundry room is vital to a smooth routine.
Dirty laundry is like the mail - it always comes in but can be easily controlled with a little maintenance.
Having a clear, organized space will largely contribute to getting the job done efficiently.
Who doesn't want that?!?
Below you'll find...
Utilize the general organizing procedure of purge, sort and store, and apply it when organizing a laundry room.
• Start by going through each cabinet, drawer and/or surface. Pick up one item at a time and decide if it is worth keeping.
• In order to do this, ask yourself appropriate questions (i.e. Is it expired? Is it still usable?).
• As you make decisions, put the item in the corresponding pile, bag or box - Keep, Distribute Around The House, Recycle, Trash.
Take out the trash and distribute the items around the house. This is
very important. The laundry room often becomes a dumping ground for
random items, and simply clearing the room of this excess clutter will
make way for the area's intended purpose: doing the laundry!
Now that you've gotten rid of the unnecessary items, separate what's
left into categories (i.e. cleaning products, laundry accessories,
baskets, etc.). This way you can see what and how much you have.
• Utilize the built-in storage if you already have it. Use the cabinets to hold detergents and other cleaning products.
• Use open bins or baskets to categorize the items in the cabinets by likeness (i.e. detergents, ironing equipment, hangers) like in the picture below.
• Mount a drying rack to the wall or use a collapsible product to conserve space.
• Use small containers (like baskets or Tupperwares) to house the coins and other treasures you find in pockets.
• Place a small trash can nearby for pitching lint, used dryer sheets and any other resulting garbage.
If you are cramped for space and your laundry room also houses other
items, use stacking plastic drawers or bins to separate and store them
(i.e. light bulbs, batteries).
• Remember, the laundry isn't done until things have been folded or hung and PUT AWAY.
• Get into the habit of putting items in their proper places on a regular basis. Take a few minutes each time you do a load to distribute rogue items to other parts of the house. This small task will help you effortlessly maintain your laundry room organizing efforts.
Get everyone involved. Even if it's just you and your significant other, doing laundry is much easier when the rest of the family pitches in.
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