Laundry Room Organization: “The washing”, is a generally a task which we’d rather not have to do. Understandable, due to the fact that our dirty washing, is so much more than just plain old dirty laundry. How? Well, doing the washing is only one of the required tasks, involved in doing the washing. Once that load of washing has been done, or washed, there are still 3 tasks left in the equation and 1 task actually fits in before we even start. Some of us struggle at getting the first part of the equation happening. Others get it started okay, but often lose track of it somewhere between the washing machine and the clothes line, or from the clothesline into the house. Once back inside, many feel a small victory and decide to fold and put away the clean laundry at a later stage. Often this later stage won’t occur until a few more days worth of clean laundry, has joined ranks with the earlier days, forming what is known as a mountain of washing.
Routines and Habits for Organizing Laundry
5 Stages to getting that laundry complete, and all need to be spread out over the period of a few hours. Like anything, failing to plan for these washing stages, leads to failure.
Good Laundry Room Organization
Aside from organizing good routines and habits for doing your laundry each day, there are two other things, that can help in making the laundry tasks more bearable.
1. Good laundry room organization: To have a really well organized laundry requires space for a number of different containers, and systems for using those containers. Laundry room organization, that includes room for all the different situations, that can happen to clothes will take a little bit of time to set up, but once done, is easy to maintain, and makes life a whole lot easier. Consider a separate space, this could be a basket, or a colored bag, for items such as:
- Things that are going to the dry cleaners
- Things needing mending
- Clothes for donating
- Laundry detergents, stain removers, bleach,nappy sans, fabric softener and conditioner.
For more on this area of laundry room organizing check out this article from Barb at The Time Manager, on 12 Ways to Organize your laundry
2. A good washing machine and dryer.(Read more on washing machine choices here)
Expert on Laundry Organization
Now with some expert advice on organizing your laundry room, I’d like to introduce you all to Josh Andrews. Josh works for clothesmaid a company which makes air drying laundry solutions, so he’s the perfect person to give us all the facts on getting our laundry rooms organized.
Thanks and take it away Josh,
Organize Your Laundry Room
When you set out to organize your laundry room, you quickly discover that you have to work with the space available. Admittedly, that space is usually quite limited. Here are some pointers on how to take advantage of the space available in your laundry room.
You probably have those kitchen cabinets that require a 12 foot ladder to reach. But, in your laundry room, items don’t have to be quite as inaccessible. There are several ways to take advantage of the height of your laundry room that you wouldn’t normally do in living spaces.
Consider putting up shelves with hanging rods under them. These shelves will need to be solidly installed on studs so that they don’t pull out of the wall. Buy color-coordinated baskets on top of the shelf and keep laundry items in the baskets. On the bar under the shelves, you can hang laundry as you take it out of the washer or dryer.
Another way to add hanging space in your laundry room is with a tension rod. Most of the time, a shower curtain rod will serve the purpose. This can be placed higher up on the wall than even shelves, because you don’t have to reach anything on the top of the rod – you’ll reach it with hangars. Put the rod up when you’re doing laundry, then take it down when everything is moved to your closets.
Any laundry room needs space in which to sort laundry. Some families sort according to members. This is especially helpful with large families, in which sorting socks is important, and in which it’s important to know what belongs to whom. In this type of sorting need, you can get matching laundry baskets or duffels. This helps keep the room from looking as cluttered. You can get vertical (there’s that word, again) shelves with rails that support the baskets. This allows you to get them off of the floor, and makes better use of space.
If you sort laundry according to color, consider getting baskets that match the colors sorted. In my house, we had whites, lights, darks, and jeans. Since my color scheme was blue and white, I used a white basket, a baby blue basket, a black basket, and a dark blue, respectively. From the time my children were able to tell colors, they were able to sort their laundry.
You’ve probably seen the organization systems that are suspended from the wall. Once again, this is a use of vertical space. These systems are anchored into the wall, leaving the floor clear and easy to clean.
Your choice of appliances can make a big difference in laundry room organization. Front loading machines give you tremendous counter space, as you can use the tops of the machines for folding. Stackable units are also great, especially with – vertical space. This frees up a lot of floor space. For help on choosing between a front loader washing machine and a top loader washing machine, check out this article here.
Cabinets, drawers, baskets, shelves, and rods all contribute to storage ability and make laundry room organization much easier and much more useful.
“Josh Andrews loves to give information about the home and garden. He enjoys helping and suggesting great ideas for creating storage and more space in the home. He works with Clothesmaid and is good friends with a Kitchen, Laundry and Dining room furniture supplier where he often works on his days off.”
Thanks Josh. If you guys have any questions to ask Josh, you can leave them in the comments below, and he’ll be more than happy to answer them for you.
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