Perhaps many mummies would agree with me when I say that the laundry room is, by far, the messiest room in the house. In one corner, you would see piles of unfolded laundry (fresh and clean, of course). In another, the hamper for dirty clothes is almost overflowing. There are clothes ready for ironing even while the washer is busy with newly loaded heaps of clothing. Then, there are a few odds and ends littered across the room – packs of laundry detergent, bottles of fabric softener and conditioner, clothes hangers, and many more.
After all is said and done, one hard truth surfaces – conquering a mountain of laundry load isn’t so much of a routine as it is the art of organization. So how can you start organizing your laundry room to make it more efficient?
First, find the best place for your washer and dryer. Many families prefer to put these two in the basement, saying that the location is perfect for keeping away the noise from the rest of the house. Others, though, assign locations near the kitchen or bedrooms because of the close proximity to where dirty clothes are shed most often. Whatever you choose, make sure there are enough electrical outlets, plumbing is exceptional, and space requirements (for any and/or all of the appliances you need for washing clothes) are met.
Since organizing is the crux of the matter, the second thing you need to do is to add storage bins, pullout cabinets, baskets, or hampers in the laundry room. Remember, de-cluttering is what you’re aiming for. Hence, it’s a good idea to keep laundry necessities out of sight. A canvas or solid metal storage bin may be used to keep small items corralled and organized inside big cabinets or shelves. That way, you know where to find the things you’ll need to do your laundry. Hampers and baskets, on the other hand, will help you sort soiled laundry from clean ones.
After organizing the “small” clutter in your laundry room, the third step to keeping it organized is to add some cabinets. There should be a variety of cabinets within the laundry room – small ones to keep laundry stuff away from kids, medium ones to keep hangers and other thingamajigs, and big ones where you can hang clothes you’ve just taken out of the dryer to drip dry. However, if you have a small laundry room and the number of cabinets is limited, buy collapsible hanging units or retractable clotheslines that you can use for the same purpose.
Fourth, it would be a good idea to include easy-access surfaces in your laundry room. For instance, open shelves will provide you the perfect place to put often-used supplies. Detergents, bleach, and fabric conditioner are supplies most often used when washing clothes. Open shelves will let you access these supplies quickly. Just make sure the shelves are out of children’s reach. You can also install countertops on base cabinets or above a front-loading washer and dryer, in case you have those, since you can use it for sorting clean laundry and folding clothes.
There you have it. Four simple steps to keep your laundry room organized. What’s great about these four easy steps is you can apply all these regardless of the type of room organization you want to practice in your laundry room. Believe it or not, you would find doing your laundry more enjoyable if your laundry room is organized.