Tips for Organizing the Laundry Room

Because your laundry room is centered on the idea of cleaning in the first place, you want this area of your home to be particularly tidy. Begin by implementing the same tactic you’ve used for all of the other areas in your home: get rid of the things in this space that no longer have any use.

Detergents, fabric softeners, and other items that you’re no longer using should be tossed. Next, you might want to consider designating a specific surface for folding or organizing your clothing.

While many people choose to do this right on top of their dryer or washer, these areas can collect lint and dust, and it’s best to fold atop a shelf or another surface. Consider installing a shelf, and keep it empty when it’s not being used.

If necessary, you may also want to fix some sort of drying rack (a rod or some other type of hanging fixture) somewhere within the room so that you can hang items that can’t go in the dryer.

One nonconventional hanging idea is to use a ladder-like structure and hang it horizontally a foot or so below your ceiling. By using this type of fixture for hanging, you’ll allow for plenty of space between garments so that they can dry fully.

For sprays or scrubbing tools that you use for particularly difficult stains, you might want to consider using a caddy. Some people choose to store these items in a portable caddy that’s easy to carry, in case a spill should happen somewhere else within the house.

When it comes to sorting, consider using small hampers or bins within your laundry room that you can designate for items that need to be washed on their owns. White linens or clothing, garments that are especially muddy or dirty, and any other articles that need to be washed separately should go here until you are ready to run that load of laundry.

If you do your ironing in your laundry room, consider purchasing an ironing board that can be folded up against the wall when not in use.

Also, you might want to pick out a decorative bowl or small jar to stash pocket findings, such as paperclips, coins, and other small objects. Though time consuming, going through pockets can save an entire load of laundry from being ruined. If you have children, be especially vigilant about crayons a red one can turn an entire load of whites into one big, pink pile of laundry!

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