The latest trend in new home construction is a multi-functional laundry space that may act as a mudroom, family organizational center, gardening space or even a home office. Even with all of those functions and plenty of space, there is still a need for an organized area purely for the function of handling and cleaning laundry.
So, whether your laundry room is a spacious showplace with tons of storage or simple a corner tucked away in the basement, it is important to keep the space organized.
If your laundry area is overrun with clutter, the laundry routine will be more difficult and take longer. These ideas will help you get the actual area used for the process of laundry under control and with just a few minutes every month or so, keep the space manageable.
Follow these six tips on how to declutter and create organization to make your laundry space more efficient and your laundry routine easier.
Tip One:Take Out the Trash
Start by looking around the laundry area at what should be thrown away. It is amazing how many things just never make it to the trash can. Throw away or recycle any broken hangers, empty detergent containers, expired and out-of-date laundry products and damaged laundry hampers. If you don't have a handy trash can in the laundry room for dryer lint and empty containers, now is a good time to add one.
Tip Two: Declutter the Space
Why are there library books, garden tools and basketballs in here?
Unless your laundry area is a multi-functional space, get rid of anything that should not be in the laundry room.
Even in a multi-functional room, the actual laundry work area should be kept clear of other items. This prevents clean clothes from being soiled, cross-contamination of food items and cleaning products and leaves a work space for specific laundry tasks like sorting soiled clothes and folding clean ones.
Tip Three: Consolidate Laundry Products
Just how many laundry products do you really need? Select a detergent that works well for all fabrics rather than multiple products. Consider using baking soda in the washing machine or distilled white vinegar to boost detergent cleaning performance and soften clothes to eliminate fabric softeners and dryer sheets.
Tip Four: Make A Line
Not everything should be tossed in a hot clothes dryer. Find a spot in your laundry area to place a drying rack or install a wall-mounted drying rack. A wall-mounted retractable clothesline may be the answer because it can be completely out of the way when not in use.
Tip Five: Create a Place for Everything
If you don't have cabinets near the washer, it is worth your time to install some type of storage shelves or unit above the washer for laundry products. This is particularly important if you have children or vulnerable adults in the home that could accidentally be poisoned by cleaning products which should be stored out of reach.
Storage can also be added with over-the-door shelving or a rolling cart between the washer and dryer. Find inexpensive containers like boxes or baskets for small items like clothespins, scissors and scrub brushes.
Use a basket or glass jar for items that surface as you empty pockets. Your family will know where to look if they are missing something. It may also be helpful to designate a basket for those single socks or mittens until the mate appears. Empty the baskets on a regular schedule and never look back!
Tip Six: Sort Everything Out
Make an investment in a separate hampers for each person in your family and one for each linen closet or bathroom. As laundry is removed from the dryer or the clothes line, the items can be folded (or not) and placed in each basket. Every family member can be responsible for taking their clean laundry back to be put away.