Does it feel like your laundry room has been hit by a tornado? Everything is all over the place and you struggle to access the items you need? Do you often trip on things? Well, you are not alone. Laundry rooms seem to be the most crowded rooms in the home. But just because they are notorious for being messy doesn’t mean they have to stay that way. With a few magic tricks and steps you can tame the mess.
Check out these three simple and easy steps by Main Cleaners London to make your laundry room more organized.
1. Define the purpose of the room.
Does the room serve only as a laundry room or does it have any other purposes, such as a mudroom or storage room? Is the space big or small? Can it accommodate all associated laundry supplies and stuff? Answer all these questions to determine the purpose of your laundry room. Decide whether you are going to use it only as a laundry room or not. Then follow the next steps.
2. Make a list of the contents.
What is currently being stored in your laundry room? What else should be stored there? Here are a few of the most common things to include in your laundry room:
Utility – flashlight, matches, candles, splitters, extension cords, batteries, light bulbs.
Cleaning – garbage can, rags, cleaning supplies and solutions, cloths, shoe polish, paper towels, rubber gloves, etc.
Laundry – iron and ironing boards, spot remover, dryer sheets, laundry detergent and soap, drying racks, washer, bleach, clothes steamer, laundry baskets, hamper
Mudroom – gardening supplies, outerwear, scarves, hats, gloves, jackets, coats, sweaters, boots and shoes, hangers, items you don’t use frequently, keys, etc.
3. Divide your laundry room into sections.
And the next step is to organize all the things mentioned above. Divide your laundry room into zones and store similar items together.
Organize your laundry zone. Needless to say, your laundry zone should take up a large part of the room. Find a place for a hamper, washer and drying racks. Use collapsible dryer racks to save space. Additionally, you can attach a hotel clothesline to the wall so you can dry more clothes.
Group your cleaning supplies. By keeping your cleaning solutions and supplies in one place, you will be able to see if you are running short of a particular item so you can replace it before it runs out. This will also keep you from spending extra on supplies you don’t need. Be sure to label all your cleaners. Determine which products you use on the daily and place infrequently used products on higher shelves. Make your all-purpose cleaners accessible and easy to see. Put furniture polish, wood polish and window cleaners at the back of the shelf. Think about helpful tools that will keep your items more organized such as storage containers, rotating caddies, bags shelves, etc.
Create an ironing zone. You need to determine a place for your ironing board. If you don’t have enough space for it, buy a pull-down ironing board and attach it to a wall or a door. This will save space.
Organize mudroom zone. Rather than mixing all family members’ stuff in the same place, use baskets or other storage containers to organize everybody’s personal possessions. Use labels with your family members’ names so that each one of you knows where to store their items. If you have small kids, make sure to put their baskets in an easy-to-reach place.
And that’s how you can effectively organize your laundry room. Keep it simple.
Edna Thomson is the author of this post.