Taming the Beast in the Laundry Room

February 17th, 2010 | By Mary Ellen

First things first. Let’s examine dictionary.com’s definition:

Main Entry:              laundry room

Part of Speech:        n

Definition:                a room where clothes are washed and dried, usu. with large appliances

Example:                 We have a great laundry room, well-designed, organized, and in the perfect location.

Etymology:               1967

Does that presently sound like your laundry room? If the answer is yes, give yourself a pat on the back, way to have your clothes cleaning station in check. But if yours is overflowing with miscellaneous items and mishmash of detergent bottles, it’s time for a clean up.

Taming the Beast in the Laundry Room

Laundry Room Cleared Counters*Get rid of the clutter. Take everything out of the laundry room that doesn’t belong there.

*When laundry is done get it folded and put away ASAP. One pile seems to attract multiple others.

*If you have a counter for folding, use it! Keep it free of clutter.

*Have a small trash can for lint, used dryer sheets and other trash that accumulates.

*If you have a laundry product that you don’t use or like, give it away or trash it. If you haven’t used it yet you probably never will.

*Use built-in cabinets for laundry products and cleaners. If you don’t have built-in cabinets, use plastic drawers or crates.

*A hanging bar or drying rack is easy to install and ideal for clothing that can’t go in the dryer.

*Invest in large, sturdy laundry baskets or canvas totes.

*A multi-bin sorter helps keep colors or family members’ items separate.

*A small plastic bin can be used for change, keys and other items often found in pockets.

*If you spend a lot of time in the laundry room, make it enjoyable. Keep it well lit and have a small stereo.

The key to a great laundry room is making it orderly and then keeping it that way. Laundry doesn’t have to be a chore; it can be a relaxing experience. Well, that may only be true for a small percentage of us but having an organized space will certainly make it less exhausting.