I have a small laundry room and if I am not very very careful it can get quite cluttered and disorganized. Does your’s get easily cluttered too? I tend to stash things in there that don’t have a home or I stash things I just need to “hide” temporarily. It’s easy to shut a door and forget the laundry room until we can hardly get in it to do what this room was created to do… wash and dry our clothes! Today let’s talk about how to declutter your laundry room and keep it that way!
The very first thing to do when thinking about decluttering your laundry room is to DIG RIGHT IN! Thinking and strategizing is great but they won’t move an ant hill let alone a mountain of clutter and clothes!
Right now… get up and find 10 things to throw away in your laundry room. I’ll wait!
See you are on your way to a decluttered, well-organized laundry room!
PUT AWAY, GIVE AWAY, THROW AWAY
Grab 2 large laundry basket and one trash bag to start to declutter your laundry room. Don’t declutter any drawers, closets, cupboards or cabinets just yet. We are just dealing with the floor and any other surfaces that are not behind closed doors.
Depending on how long it’s been since your laundry room has had a good declutter session you might want to break this ugly chore down into manageable and doable chunks of time.
I can usually go a good half hour at breakneck speed and then I lose interest in the decluttering process. But before you leave decluttering and head out to do something else make sure you put the things away in your “put away” basket. And stick your “give away” basket in the car so you can drop everything in it at your favorite donation spot.
And of course, that trash!
If you have not finished the first step to declutter your laundry room make a date and put it on your calendar for the next declutter session.
ORGANIZE WHAT YOU HAVE
The next step, now that the clutter is out of our way is to organize what is left in the laundry room. If you have a cabinet or drawer or closet or cupboard pull everything out and scrub down the inside of the cabinet (oops, did I forget to mention there is a little cleaning involved).
Before you put one more thing back into a laundry room cabinet ask yourself if you use it and if you love it. If the answer is “no” on either account then it goes!
If you use your laundry detergent but don’t like the way it cleans then get new laundry soap! If you love those darling little sock-holder-together-thingies but don’t use them then no matter how cute they are they have to go!
Now, put what is left back. And put it near where you use it. No sense in putting your wool drying balls on a shelf on the opposite side of your dryer, right! Even if it’s the only shelf in your laundry room don’t make things hard to put back “in their home”. We all get a little complacent when the thrill of a clean and organized space wears off and things slip through the cracks again!
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THE LAUNDRY CYCLE
I used to struggle with doing laundry. It is probably my least favorite job! But, now I do laundry every day! And I can honestly say, it’s not bad… and that is saying something coming from me.
I used to wait until I had a big pile of sorted laundry before I started the washer/dry cycle. I really didn’t mind putting the clothes into the washer then dryer but I hated folding them and putting them away.
Now, my laundry schedule looks like this… whites, lights, darks, delicate and over and over again. If I don’t have lights then I move to the next color… darks. The setting on washers and dryer these days make it easy to do smaller loads. The real gamechanger for me having manageable piles of laundry to fold and put away.
So most of the laundered things in my home are clean and ready to wear or use! AND it keeps piles of dirty or clean or both off my laundry room floor!
HANG IT UP AND HOOK IT
One of the best things I had installed in my laundry room was a clothes drying rack for air-drying wet things. Oh, this made such a difference! Things like wet bathing suits or clothes that get washed but can’t handle the dryer are easily dried on the drying rack
My little drying rack works like a charm. As long as I remember to take the clothes off it once they are dry.
I love this drying rack from Pottery Barn. See it HERE
Another handy gadget to have to hang things up in your laundry room are some rust-proof hooks. I have a couple on the back of my laundry room door to hang up dog leashes and a clothespin bag.
OTHER HANDY CONVENIENCES
I don’t have room to fold the clothes in my laundry room but I did invest in a laundry basket on a rolling stand. That way I can easily take the clean clothes out of the dryer and roll the laundry basket into my kitchen where I fold clothes on my kitchen island.
I love these lidded baskets to keep my laundry room items hidden in pretty sight! See them HERE
Here are some other great little items to include in a laundry room if you have the space. Click to see more…
- laundry bags and bins
- drying rack
- hanging drying racks
- large glass containers with lids (for laundry detergent or clothespins)
- laundry baskets
- ironing board
- in wall ironing board
- work table
These are some of my favorite laundry room picks…
If you want your laundry room to stay decluttered (and organized) don’t put one thing in it that does not belong AND keep up with your laundry!
Do you have a tip to declutter your laundry room? Please share!
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