Ever feel like you are drowning in dirty laundry? Do 1 load of laundry every day. Fully complete it - washed, dried, and put away. You will feel ridiculously accomplished, and enjoy the sight of an empty hamper every now and then.
Let's reduce some laundry room chaos!
The laundry room can be a place of clutter and piles. We can change that by trying a few easy tips.
-Use or install shelves/cabinets to hold soaps and stain removers. Keeping them up off of your appliances will reduce the visual mess.
-Compile a list of stain removal tips, laminate (for extra credit!), and hang in the laundry room for quick fixes. I picked up a magnet that I keep on my washing machine to translate the icons on those mysterious clothing tags!
-Short on counter space? If you have a wash tub, get a piece of lightweight plastic board from your local hardware store to fit over the top and have it double as extra workspace for folding or sorting.
-Have one basket for each family member, or for adults vs. kids. When laundry comes out of the dryer it can be folded and immediately put in the baskets for less sorting later. Consider installing a folding hook (as seen in the photo) to utilize any wall space.
-Don't forget to include something in the space that will bring you a smile...unless you just already really love doing laundry!
Do you have any tips that keep your laundry area clear and stress-free? Are you going to give one of these a try? Please share in the comments below!
Who has tried "filing" their folded shirts in a drawer? It has really worked well for my 10 year old son. He can see the print on each one, and can easily select which one he wants to wear. Also, a folding board can help even small children to fold their own clothes!
Short and sweet, eh? Because messes are inevitable...and recurring!
It can seem so easy to leave the stack of papers on the desk, the laundry in a pile, or the shoes that no longer fit in the closet. Taking a little time each day to make decisions about these piles will help avoid creating mountains of mess in your living space.
You don't have to spend hours each weekend cleaning up from the mess and clutter that was created during the week if you plan ahead and make time for the mess, even just 15 minutes.
Fifteen minutes each day is enough time to do one of the following:
1. Fold a load of laundry and put it away.
2. Sort the stack of mail and file the bills.
3. Sweep and mop the bathroom floor. (anyone else hate mopping?)
Go ahead and make time for the mess and save yourself the overwhelming feeling that being disorganized can create. What mess will you tackle today? I would love to hear about it in the comments!