Day 16: Laundry Room
Welcome back to our How to Organize Your Entire Home in 20 Days series.
We have worked our way through the shared rooms of your house, the bathrooms, the bedrooms and the closets.
Now you’re asking yourself, what else is there to organize?
Don’t you worry though, we still have some rooms planned for you! Today we’re going to focus on the laundry room.
This is the dreaded, cluttered room that we pass through on a daily basis and leave a trail of mess as we go.
It’s easy to shut the doors and pretend the mess isn’t there, but it still is, and today we’re going to face it head on.
We don't want to push the clutter behind a door because it'll always be in your mind and causing you anxiety! Clutter really affects your mental health as well as your relationships. We talk about this more in our blog The Duty to Declutter: Why Clutter is Effectively Ruining Your Life.
If your laundry room doubles as your linen closet, be sure to check out Day 17 tomorrow to apply those same steps to your laundry room.
Typically, the first step in the organization process is to pull everything out. Today, the first step is going to start with gathering ALL your dirty laundry throughout the house.
**Bonus Tip! For those of you who have lots of kiddos in the house (husbands included! 😉), we like to make a basket for each person. That way, when you pull out the dry clothes, you can simply throw each person's clothes in their basket and they can take care of the rest.
This is perfect because it takes some of the load off of you, AND it teaches your kids responsibility!
Go ahead and start a load now and all through today’s process, keep cycling through the dirty laundry until it's finished.
Once you've started a load of laundry, pull everything out of the space and put the items in categorized piles in different areas nearby.
Start bringing out the detergents, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets.
By bringing out everything from the space, you will be able to see which items actually belong in the room and which items have found their way in there but shouldn’t be residing there.
To start categorizing, put laundry detergent with the other laundry detergents, the fabric softeners with the other fabric softeners, dryer sheets with other dryer sheets and so on until everything is in a group with similar items.
By grouping together similar items, you will be able to see everything you have on hand. This will help you better organize and take inventory of all the products you have.
Hint! This helps you save money!
Once you have categorized all of the items, the next step in today’s process is to clean the laundry room.
You want to make sure the laundry room is already clean since that’s where you take your clothes to be cleaned!
Start by dusting off high to reach areas and wiping clean any other shelves, counters, or bins.
Next, wipe clean the exterior of the washer and dryer. Watch this video to see how to clean the inside of the washer and dryer. If there is a sink or any windows, clean those now as well.
After that, replace the trash bag in the trash can (if your laundry room doesn’t have a trash can, it definitely should!).
Finish up by sweeping/vacuuming/mopping the floor.
Now let’s get back to all of the stuff. There are only 3 options to all of these items: keep, donate or trash.