Keeping Laundry Under Control

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Keeping Laundry Under Control

Do you ever feel like you are drowning in laundry?  I know that with 2 boys, a husband plus myself I feel like I am never done with our laundry.  Over the years I have tried different systems to see which felt more manageable and I want to share with you what works best for me.  Yes, I still do laundry often but rarely do I feel like it’s out of control.  Of course there are the exceptions like when we go on vacation or someone isn’t feeling well, especially if that someone is me. :-)

What works for me may not be what works for you.  It is important to take into account work schedules and personal preference.  Some people prefer to pick a laundry day and get it all done in one day.  I prefer to do a load a day and sometimes, especially on the weekends, I will skip a day.  I find that this method works best for me and it doesn’t allow laundry to accumulate.  I will place a load in the washer in the morning and I will complete that entire load, meaning washing, drying, folding and putting away.  I resist the urge to put another load in the washer because I know that I won’t have time to complete a second load, meaning it would stay in the washer or dryer waiting for me.  I prefer to finish one load in it’s entirety.

Also, I use one detergent for the entire family.  Although detergent can’t treat or prevent allergies, I do have one son whose skin can be sensitive, so I choose the same hypoallergenic detergent for all of us – all® free clear detergent is 100% free of perfumes and dyes of any kind.

Here are my tips for keeping laundry under control:

1.  Keep it pretty

This may sound silly because laundry is laundry, right?  Well, I find that if I am doing laundry in a neat and cute space, I am more likely to want to do it.  At the very least, it makes a mundane task more pleasant.  Organizing doesn’t have to be expensive.  I used the same type of plastic baskets to organize my laundry room and I placed a metal label on each one naming the contents.

You can’t tell in the picture but this laundry closet is in a dark area of the house.  With the green walls and the bright white bins, laundry time is not dreaded.

Keeping Laundry Under Control

2.  Keep it practical

Just because the area is pretty, doesn’t mean that usefulness goes out the window.  If you have a bunch of little items for stain removal, consider placing them all inside a canister so that the laundry room remains organized.  Also, one of my favorite tips is to add a little trash can for disposing of lint.

Keeping Laundry Under Control

3.  Maximize your space

I wish I had a large laundry room but instead I have a closet.  I have used all the vertical space on the side walls to add function and to decorate my space.  Here is a book about housekeeping tips, including laundry tips.  You will also notice a pair of scissors and a little bucket (from the dollar section) with clothespins.  The other metal piece is part of a clothesline that I sometimes use inside the closet.  I mean it when I say that I use every inch!

Keeping Laundry Under Control

4.  Separate laundry by colors but not as much as you think

I would not wash a white shirt with a red pair of pants.  However, if an item has been washed many times and does not bleed, colors can easily be included in the same load as lighter colors – maybe not white, but you get the idea.  The only item that I like to wash completely on their own are towels.  Because of their texture I notice that they can make clothing pill faster.

Also, if you have the space, consider placing 2 hampers in each bedroom so that everyone can already keep their clothing sorted, which makes washing easier.

Keeping Laundry Under Control

I purchased this large container of all® free clear detergent at Sam’s Club because it is such a good value!  However, I will probably transfer the detergent to a smaller container for ease of use.

Keeping Laundry Under Control

This will last us over a month!

Keeping Laundry Under Control

Of course if you use it this way, it is also convenient.  I do follow the directions for use on the packaging as to not over use the product by putting too much product in one load.

A little tip –  this detergent also comes in the form of all® free clear Mighty Pacs®.  If you follow my Instagram, you know that a couple of weeks ago we stayed in a cabin in NC.  They had a washer and dryer in the cabin and I took a few of the pacs with me.  I was able to do laundry everyday and basically came back home with a suitcase full of clean clothes.  Pretty. Awesome.

Keeping Laundry Under Control

5. Maintain your space with a little Spring Cleaning

Although your laundry room’s primary role is to clean items, it can get pretty dirty.   Extend the spring cleaning into the laundry area.  Detergent bottles get full of residue, as do the trays that hold them.  Canisters gather dust.   The washer and dryer also get dirty.  It is important to keep the washer clean so that it keeps doing a good job keeping the family’s gear in top shape.

There are lots of other tips that I can share with you (and I will very soon) but these are the top 5.  We all have to do laundry and the task is never 100% complete (well, maybe for 10 minutes or so) – why not make a space that gets so much use both pretty and functional?  Do you have any laundry tips that you can share with me?  Are you a “laundry day” kind of person or “a-load-a-day” like me?

For more ideas and laundry tips, you can visit the laundry hub here. 

 

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Laundry Room Organization Ideas

Laundry Room Organization Ideas

Let’s talk laundry rooms — organized laundry rooms that make you want to gather everyone’s basket and get to work.  You know I tend to exaggerate but seriously, these laundry rooms that I am about to share with you are awesome!

I recently shared my laundry closet post with my Hometalk community and they asked me if I would be willing to gather some of my favorite laundry rooms, belonging to fellow bloggers.  I would never say no to someone asking me to look at pretty things so I was happy to put together a board of some of my favorite laundry room ideas.

If you missed my post about my laundry room, you can read it here.

Laundry Room Organization Ideas

It’s a tiny space but there is function and practicality in every corner.

Laundry Room Organization Ideas

And check out this amazing laundry room from Rambling Renovators!  That glass tile…swoon!  It is an amazing before and after transformation so you may want to check it out.

Laundry Room Organization Ideas

To see the rest of the laundry rooms that I chose (17 in total) click on my Hometalk board , that I have put together just for you.

Also, if you are not already familiar with Hometalk, they are an online community of people that share ideas about home improvement, gardening and DIY projects.  I love that I can clip (kind of like pinning) pictures onto boards and later reference my favorite projects.  That is exactly what I did with the board that I am sharing with you today.

Enjoy, my fellow organization-obssessd friends!  (Because I have no laundry-obsessed friends)

xo,

Maria

 

 

Tips for Organizing Laundry Closets

Tips for Organizing Laundry Closets

 

A few days ago we organized the laundry room and I wanted to share some of my favorite tips for organizing laundry closets for those of you (like me) that have a smaller area to work with.

Use vertical space for storage by adding shelves.

When we purchased our home, the laundry closet had one shelf above the washer and dryer.  We added an additional two shelves to maximize the storage right up to the ceiling.  This made a huge difference and using wire racks was an economical way to make the space more useful.

Tips for Organizing Laundry Closets

Use the side walls for extra storage.

I added a few small shelves and two-tiered baskets to hold more products and for little decorative touches.  I added these metal adhesive labels just for decoration.

Tips for Organizing Laundry Closets

Add a clothesline to dry small items.

I added this retractable clothesline to dry tank tops and some other pieces that tend to shrink in the dryer.

In the corner, you can also see that I hang my cleaning gloves from a hook and a clip.  They dry faster and they are out of the way.

Tips for Organizing Laundry Closets

 

Add a drying bar.

The clothesline that I added doesn’t hold larger pieces of clothing and I have literally used every corner of this little green closet.  I added a shelf with hooks on the adjacent wall to hold shirts that are meant to hang-dry.

Tips for Organizing Laundry Closets

 

The hooks are from the Young House Love line.  They have the cutest hooks and shelves.

 

Tips for Organizing Laundry Closets

Add a mini trash can.

I found this small trash can at Target and it is perfect to throw away dryer lint or little wrappers that I find in the boys pants before washing.

Tips for Organizing Laundry Closets

Add storage for loose change.

These little buckets from the Target dollar section, hang from a hook and they hold change, buttons and clothespins.

Tips for Organizing Laundry Closets

Keep extra hangers in closet.

Rid your master closet from all the extra hangers and bring them into your laundry room.  I keep kid and adult hangers in the laundry closet to make putting away laundry easier and also for drying damp items in the drying hook as soon as I take them out of the dryer.

Tips for Organizing Laundry Closets

 

Decorate your laundry closet.

A small space like a closet, is a great space to try a wall color that you love but don’t want to commit to putting in a main living area.  If you change your mind about the color, it is quick and inexpensive to change in the future.  Add matching baskets that are functional to give your space a cohesive and bright feel.  Although my baskets are not all the same, they are all white and they brighten up a space that is otherwise in a pretty dark corner.

Tips for Organizing Laundry Closets

For more tips on organizing the laundry room, check out these posts:

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Whether you have a laundry room or closet, it’s usually a space that serves more than one purpose.  In my case, my laundry closet also holds the cleaning supplies for the entire house.  And as you will see, I have a lot of cleaning supplies.  I am always trying new products and comparing them so that I can later share them with all of you.  Although I do have my favorites, I like switching them up from time to time and I enjoy the different scents and packaging.

In a few days, I will share how I maximize the space in my laundry closet but for now, I want to share general tips for getting any laundry area in good shape.

So let’s get ready to PURGE, CONTAINERIZE and of course, DECORATE!

Organized Home Week 7 - The Laundry Room

Clear out the laundry room and separate like-items.

The laundry room can easily become a catchall space for the whole family, similar to a mudroom.  Start by clearing out the space and separating the items into sections.  If you have a few empty laundry bins, they are perfect for containing the contents of the space while you decide what to keep and what needs to go into another room.  Sometimes it’s best to start with a blank slate so that you can better imagine the best placement for the items that you are keeping.

Designate the space for your needs.

Keep the products that you use most at eye-level.  I keep my detergents and oxy powder cleaners right on the washer, inside of a metal tray.  Adding a tray will not only make the items look neater, it is also keeps the residue from the bottles from getting all over the washing machine.

Organized Home Week 7 - The Laundry Room

Containerize your cleaning supplies.

If you keep your cleaning supplies in the laundry room, designate plastic bins to keep them contained.  I like plastic bins because they keep items from toppling over if you have wire shelves, like mine and they are easy to clean from spills.  I use these open-top bins from Target and they each hold products for different cleaning tasks.  I added a stick-on label that you can find here and they are both functional and decorative.

Organized Home Week 7 - The Laundry Room

 

Create an ironing station.

Since I have a laundry closet with bi-fold doors, I don’t have the space for an ironing station in the laundry area.  I keep this over-the-door organizer in another bedroom which is where I iron.  If you have the space, you can use this set-up behind a cabinet door or create a station right on the wall.  I like the organizer below because it stores the products together with the iron and the board.

Organized Home Week 7 - The Laundry Room

Decorate your space.

Keep the laundry room looking crisp and clean and it will make laundry so much fun bearable.  Use a comfortable, pretty rug in front of your washer and dryer, hang some laundry related art on the wall and add a faux plant for some color.

Organized Home Week 7 - The Laundry Room

I would love to hear from you some feedback about this organizing series.  What rooms have you tackled?  What’s next on your list?

Also in this series:

Week 1 – Organizing the Refrigerator

Week 2 – Organizing Kitchen Cabinets

Week 3- Organizing the Pantry

Week 4- The Master Bedroom

Week 5- Organizing the Entryway

Week 6 – Organizing Kid’s Bedrooms 

 

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Laundry Room Organization

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I love looking at organized laundry rooms in magazines and commercials.  I’m not sure if it’s the fresh white towels, the clean scented sheets, or the little girl running through the wheat field with her hair flowing.  In those adds, all that is stored in the laundry room is a lonely bottle of detergent and two perfectly folded white towels.  As organized as I am, I can never get my laundry closet to look that neat and if that little girl saw all the stuff I pack in my closet…she would surely keep running…in the opposite direction.

My excuse: I don’t have a laundry room, I have a laundry closet.  My goal is to make it look good so that doing laundry doesn’t feel like such a chore, but the closet is definitely packed!  I have so many things in there and it can be a challenge to make it look uber neat.  So here is my laundry closet…

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Here it is open.  The other door leads to the garage.

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Since its a closet in a small hallway, I had to take pictures in segments so that I can share with you what I keep in there.  Here is one side.

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And the other.

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Now a little more detail…

I like to leave some room on top of the washer and dryer to fold items right as they come out of the dryer.  On top of the dryer I have stain removal powder, a Martha Stewart book that shows you how to clean anything and everything, a white tin that contains towels, and a little IKEA plant for no purpose other than cuteness. :-)

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I purchased the little mint jar from WorldMarket.com and it holds oxy powder.  I use a “green” version of the powder.  The jar is intended for kitchen use but I love how it looks in here and it adds charm to the space.  I added the chalkboard label to the outside and wrote the contents in chalk.

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Next to it is the LAUNDRY tin, which actually hides all those ugly looking floor rags that we all have.  They seem to get uglier with every wash so I wanted them hidden, yet easily accessible since they get used daily.

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Right above is a small shelf that holds my detergent and fabric softener.  Shaklee and Method products are my favorite since my goal is to slowly-but-surely go green in terms of nutrition and home care.

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In the first shelf I have these containers that I purchased at Walmart and they hold all the cleaning rags.  Again, I want them handy but hidden.

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Next to the small bins, I have all my cleaning products separated by brand or function.  I like that these bins are long and I can just pull them out and easily get what is in the very back.

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On the other side of the laundry room I have two large wire baskets (from Target).  One holds miscellaneous laundry related products…

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The other one holds cleaning products.  TIP:  Since the second basket is not at eye-level, I decided to label the spray nozzles with the contents of the bottle.  That way I know what bottle I am pulling out.  Since I always purchase the same brand of cleaners I can just keep using the same labeled nozzle.

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I hooked this little basket to the back of the wire rack and I keep all my new sponges in there.  I really don’t have a place for them in the kitchen and my laundry closet is close to the kitchen, so it works for me.

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In the very side, up against the wall (where it’s hardly visible because it is below the washing machine) I have a tiny garbage can where I throw all the dryer lint.  Above it I have a little pail that I throw pocket change into.  I also have a hook that holds a basket full of “clean-and-single-and-looking-for-a-mate” socks.

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At the very top I have three large laundry baskets.  The area above is large but not easy to access so these baskets hold: gallons of water for hurricane preparedness, empty containers that I have for future projects (blame Pinterest), and one of them is empty just in case I need it for something around the house.

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I use foldable laundry baskets and I just place them in between the washer and dryer.  The machines are so close together that the baskets stay in place.

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I promise I am almost done but I have one more tip!  I place a valet hook on the outside of the door.  I use it to hang-dry items or to hang shirts while I fold the rest of the laundry so that they don’t wrinkle.  I like this hook because it is long enough to keep moisture away from the door if I hang dry a shirt.

I purchased it on Amazon and you can find it “here”.

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That’s it!  Lots of items in a very small space can make it challenging to keep tidy, but its not impossible with the use of containers.  Of course, its not the laundry room in the commercials but this is real life and we need to be realistic with our expectations.  However, by mixing practicality and a dash of decor and you will create a laundry closet that you are proud of.  And now the little girl can run through the wheat field once more!

So now its your turn.  Will you be implementing some of these ideas in your laundry room or can you share with me some of your own?

Happy Organizing!

Maria