Is your laundry room the smallest space in your house? It is for most people, and it usually ends up being unnecessarily cramped with lost socks, pocket change and lint. However, with a little organization you can easily declutter the room, keeping it as fresh and clean as the clothes in your dryer. Follow these four simple steps and you'll be on your way to a cleaner, brighter laundry room.
Besides socks, a lot goes missing in the laundry room, from change and cash forgotten in pockets to spare buttons. So use glass jars to organize all these miscellaneous items. Mark one jar for change, one for paper money and a third for spare buttons or any other knickknacks you might find. Placing the jars on your laundry room shelves will give the room a nice and neat look. Plus, it's an easy way to identify any items you or your family thought they lost in the wash. It's also one of the easiest and cheapest ways to add a little order to space.
Don't let your laundry pile up on you. Move clean clothes back to their proper shelves and closets and throw out stray socks or clothing you don't wear anymore but might store in the laundry.
After that's finished, maximize your space by adding shelving units or laundry room cabinets. Install shelves above your washer and dryer, as well as cabinets off to the side to store everything from spare bed linens and towels to detergent and fabric softener. Storing items vertically will give you more floor room to move around as well as plenty of room for a hamper and ironing board. You can also declutter every bedroom in the house by adding hampers underneath the cabinetry in your laundry room. Everyone's clothes can now be stored out of sight instead of on the floor.
3. Know where it goes
Group like items on the same shelves or in the same drawers, or consider labeling them for yourself or guests for fast and easy access. Meanwhile, set aside a little space devoted to ironing and hang-drying clothes. If you have dress shirts and blouses or items of clothing that can't go in the dryer, you'll need a hanging rack and ironing board to keep your garments clean and wrinkle-free. Folding drying racks and wall hangers can help you dry your finer fabric attire and keep it out of way of the washer and dryer units.
4. Throw it out
The easiest thing you can do to declutter your laundry room, though, is to know what to throw out and what to keep. Empty detergent bottles can sometimes be left and forgotten on a shelf and clothes can sit hanging on the back of the laundry room door or in the dryer even after they're dry. So make sure to keep a trash can in the room handy to help you get rid of lint, old containers, used dryer sheets, and old socks and underwear.