5 Tips on Keeping Your Laundry Room Organized
Fast-paced modern life can keep you from being able to deal with basic things like keeping your house clean and organized. It’s especially common to neglect rooms you don’t use too much, or that aren’t on show. With that in mind, here are 5 tips on how to keep your laundry room organized!
What happens when the rooms in your home aren’t orderly? It creates discomfort, restlessness, and a feeling of disorganization. That will keep you from relaxing. We’re not exaggerating when we say it can cause distress and unhappiness.
This makes good organization a key to a happy home. Your living room and bedrooms are obviously going to be the main focus of that, but what about the laundry room? This is one space that’s definitely worth keeping neat and tidy.
5 tips on keeping your laundry room organized
1. Assess the situation
Having a dedicated laundry room is a wonderful thing. A lot of people don’t even have washers and driers in their homes. Many people who do have to put these appliances in other parts of the house, iron things in their living room, and keep their detergent under the sink or in a closet. So, if you have a laundry room, make good use of it!
Firstly, you need to be able to be self-critical. Ask yourself if the laundry room really is well organized, and clean, and what purpose it’s serving at the moment. Are you using it as a storage room, not using it at all, or otherwise not making the most of it?
This is why it’s important to start by assessing the situation, looking at everything you have in the room, and asking yourself if this is how you want to use the space.
“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.”
2. Use the closet to maintain order
Once you’ve assessed the room and thought long and hard about the way you’re using your laundry room, it’s time to organize it. Your focus should be rational and simple:
- Have a focal point, in this case, the closet, and use all the space in it to store objects, tools, etc. A closet is your greatest ally when it comes to keeping things organized.
- You can put some wicker baskets on top of the closet to add more space to store things. This is especially good for all the small things you have lying around and will keep you from losing them.
3. Washer and dryer placement
Both of these appliances have a major presence in the laundry room. They obviously take up a lot of space, so you should keep some things in mind:
- Reserve a lot of space for them. This will keep the room from feeling cluttered or stressful. Putting a load of stuff right next to your washer and dryer will just make you feel overwhelmed.
- If you can put them in a walk-in closet, that’s ideal. If not, you should make sure they’re in an easy-to-access area. For one thing, you want it to be easy to put clothes in and take them out, and repair them if necessary.
- They should also be placed in a way that doesn’t keep you from moving around the room. There should always be room for the doors to open. It’s all about functionality and efficiency.
4. Organizing cleaning products
Everything from bleach, glass cleaner, mops, dustpans, rags, and the like, are things that you have to keep extremely orderly, otherwise, they just create chaos. Here are some ideas on that:
- To start with, you should organize by product. You can put the rags and cloths in drawers, along with things like scissors, screwdrivers, tacks, etc…
- Save a corner specifically for the mop. The bucket itself takes up its own space, so it should be somewhere easy to get to, and where it doesn’t get in your way.
- You can put some nails or hooks in the wall as a hanger for your brooms, dustpans, and other things like that. You can grab them in a second whenever you need them.
- Keep your cleaning products (bleach, detergent, fabric softener, ammonia, etc) in a closet. It’s better for them not to be visible.
5. Be consistent about cleaning
You can’t have good organization without cleaning. You don’t necessarily have to clean every day, but at least every once in a while. Being consistent with that is key to a comfortable home.
You probably spend most of your cleaning time on rooms like the living room, bedroom, bathroom, etc, but you shouldn’t leave out the laundry room.
So, try to make sure you’re cleaning it routinely. This will help you keep it organized and not let it get dirty in the first place.It might interest you...
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