With only three week’s left in the Organizing 101 series, we are heading into the home stretch of organizing your home from top to bottom. We have ventured everywhere from the master closet to the bathrooms to the kitchen to the home office. This week we are heading to the laundry room to make this chore a little easier. Follow the steps below to create a wonderfully organized laundry room:
Take a picture of your space before you start. Viewing the fruits of your labor is so encouraging, and will serve as a reminder in the future when it is tempting to let your space get messy again!
1.Designate an area within the laundry room or a nearby table to be your SORTING STATION.
2. Remove everything from your cabinets and drawers and start placing into one of four piles:
- KEEP: items you wish to keep
- DONATE: items that you no longer need but are in good enough condition for someone else to enjoy
- TRASH (use a trash bag or LARGE trash can!)
- RELOCATE: Items that belong in another area of the home
3. Further divide your KEEP pile into the following categories:
- Cleaning Products (if not stored elsewhere)
- Broom, Mop, Bucket
- Clothing BasketBoard and Drying Rack
- Laundry Supplies (Detergent, Fabric Softener, Bleach)
- Ironing Supplies (Board, Spray)
- Drying Rack
- CLEAN. At this time, wipe down all shelves and vacuum/mop/sweep the floors, wipe down the countertops. Finish cleaning any dirty laundry. Return clothes to their appropriate rooms.
- ORGANIZE. Create a space for each item and group like items.
- If you have space, invest in a clothing hamper that is divided. Put signs above each section for family members to divide clothes (darks, lights, delicates).
- Make the most of your vertical space for hanging things like brooms, mops and the ironing board.
- Group like items and place in baskets with labels.
- Designate areas for each type of item. Make sure your laundry products are in easy reach of your washer and dryer.
- Schedule a designated laundry day once a week. This will minimize the constant build up of clothes. (More on this here.)
- Put things back in their designated locations when finished.
Now your laundry room will be in tip top shape and this chore will seem less, well, like a chore! What questions do you have? I love hearing from you! And, if you like what you see, please share it with your friends! We head to the Kid’s Rooms next week.