With most of us at home more now than we have been in years, everyone is looking to avoid falling victim to cabin fever and boredom. Taking this time to get your home more organized is a great way to spend some of this down time, and what is often a somewhat overwhelming prospect can be made easier if you take home organization room by room.
Today we are going to take a look at one what is often one of the most cluttered and disorganized spaces in any home; the laundry room.
Our laundry rooms are often somewhat neglected dumping grounds, filled with stuff that really should not be there kind of crammed in rather haphazardly. Heaps of clothes are about, cleaning supplies crowd most of the available shelf space, and piles of who-knows-what-else seems to dominate the room. Laundry rooms are often far from the biggest spaces in the home too, which is why they often become a breeding ground for clutter.
All of which is to say: when you take the time to keep your laundry room organized, you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel. After all, no room of your home should be forgotten, when it comes to organization!
By following these simple tips, you can keep your laundry room free of clutter, once and for all.
Use Every Inch of Your Laundry Room Space
Particularly in a small space (as is often the case with most laundry rooms), you’ve got to get creative. This means using every single inch of your laundry room!
Whether that means organizing your cabinets to free up space, or creating a better system for all the laundry hampers around your home, using up every square inch of the room (in an organized fashion, of course) is important.
You could even add in extra shelving, to help create more storage space – bonus if your shelves have hooks and racks, for efficiently drying and hanging clothes.
Organize Your Cleaning Supplies
Are your laundry room shelves lined with four half-full bottles of laundry detergent, decades-old fabric softeners, and a random assortment of other crusty old cleaning products?
You’re not alone – cleaning supplies tend to overtake any laundry room. That’s why one of the best ways to get your space organized is by removing all cleaning supply clutter.
Take the time to go through your products and toss out anything that you don’t use or has passed its expiration date. Next, if you can, try to keep your remaining supplies as out of the way as possible.
Stock everything neatly in cabinets or invest in storage accessories, such as brightly-colored baskets or a carry-all caddy to house all your bottles and detergent. The goal is to keep your products out of sight, while making them easy to find when necessary.
Curtains can be your new best friend, when it comes to organizing your laundry room. By simply hanging a pretty, neutral-colored curtain, you can hide your washer and dryer, and completely transform your space. I recommend sticking to one color palette for your space – this will help things feel even more streamlined
Install a Hanging Rod
If you don’t already have a hanging rod in your laundry room, it’s time to install one!
A rod across a doorway, or in a small corner of your room, is crucial – you need a designated space to hang wet clothing and swimsuits, rather than draping your clothes in random areas of your home. No drilling or major DIY has to be involved, the tension rod style bars designed for use in the shower work just fine and they can be placed, removed and stored with ease if needed.
Don’t Skimp on Fun Touches
Just because it’s your laundry room doesn’t mean it should be bare-walled and boring. In fact, I’d argue that because it’s your laundry room – i.e., one of the places you probably dislike spending too much time in your entire home – you should take extra care to add a few decorative touches.
Hang artwork that you love or a family photo, above your washer and dryer. Place a vase with fresh flowers on your shelf. Put your detergent or soap in a cute glass mason jar.
Adding a couple of fun, stylish elements into the mix can (a) make your laundry room feel more organized, and (b) not make you feel like you’re doing your laundry in a prison cell. Which, who knows, just might make folding clothes a tad more fun!
Use Cutesy Catch-All Jars
Are you constantly sifting through your laundry and tossing out pens, coins, and other paraphernalia? Place a couple cute jars or baskets on a shelf, ideally at eye level, to store these random items.
This organizational tool is great for a few reasons – first, by placing jars at eye level, this will help remind you to go through your laundry and get rid of any forgotten items in pockets. Also, this can be a chic way to add some flair to your laundry room.
Have a System For Lost-and-Found Items
It’s a mystery for the ages – where do all those missing socks go? No one really knows.
By keeping an extra basket near your washer and dryer that’s specifically for misplaced items and single socks – your laundry room’s own little “Lost and Found” area – you can more easily locate each item’s owner, and stay organized. Hey, you might even find some of those socks!
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