With some creativity and a little TLC, your laundry room could easily be the tidiest and most organized room in your house. It can be so much more than simply a place to wash clothes and store cleaning supplies.
To achieve the laundry room of your home magazine dreams, you have to commit to thorough cleaning, smart organization, and regular maintenance. Before you feel lost, we have easy some tips to make laundry room organization a breeze.
Four Steps To a Fully Organized Laundry Room
1. Make it somewhere you'd like to be.
For starters, take everything out of your laundry room and get rid of any items you don’t need. Clean the space thoroughly, including your appliances. Paint the walls a cheerful color, hang pictures, and install shelves or cabinets if you like.
2. Free up counter space.
Consider using vertical space where you can. Invest in canvas baskets, hanging bins, or caddies for cleaning supplies. Storing them in containers makes it much less likely they’ll fall, creating that nightmarish domino effect.
Clearing your counter space frees up that area for folding clothes and prevents it from collecting piles of laundry and other hodgepodge.
3. Create a system for sorting laundry.
Arrange separate baskets for whites, brights, and darks — or however you prefer to sort dirty laundry. Hanging laundry baskets from a door or wall saves space, but you can also purchase a freestanding and stackable system. When each respective bin is full, simply wash a load.
4. Give every item a home.
Print labels and stick them on all containers and bins. Doing this will give you one more reason to stay organized and encourage your family to keep the area clean. Set up a special container just for mismatched socks — go through it often to match them up.
If you have pets, create a separate spot for pet supplies. You can install hooks for leashes and collars. Pet food should go in an airtight storage bin. Store supplies like litter, brushes, and treats in drawers or cabinets.
Now that your laundry room is perfectly organized, plan ahead to ensure it stays that way. Tidy it often — at least once a week for the best results. Never leave stray socks or cleaning supplies scattered. Finally, consider printing and hanging a chore chart to keep yourself on track. After putting in all that hard work, you owe it to yourself to maintain your dream laundry room.
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