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An organized laundry room is important. I consider the laundry room to be the “command center of housekeeping”, so it makes sense for it to be in order. Of course, making it a pleasant place to be helps too!
Choose carefully what you store in the laundry room. In an effort to keep “like with like”, keep items that relate to housekeeping and home maintenance.
In my cabinets above my counter, I keep home maintenance items, vacuum parts, lightbulbs, essential oils, and extra laundry supplies.
Depending on the weather where you live, you may not want to keep paint in the garage where it could be ruined. Away from the heat in the laundry room is a great place for it.
In the upper middle cabinet I keep all my paint and paint supplies. This cabinet is far away from my dryer and does not get warm. I also have my steamer in a basket on the bottom shelf. It seems to have gotten hidden behind the picture title.
If you have a lot of space in your laundry room, there may be other categories of items you could keep, such as first aid items, some tools, etc. Do not fill the space with random items just because you have the room!
The upper cabinet on the left end is not full. I keep a part to my dryer that I use very rarely and beach towels. No need to fill a space just because it is there.
Give yourself a place to keep dirty cleaning cloths as you clean your home, so these rags don’t end up spreading germs and yuckiness all over your floor to spread throughout your home.
Also, keep your laundry soap close by where you use it. Make it easy to throw a load of laundry in! Laundry is the never-ending chore, so make it as convenient for yourself as possible.
Above my washer, I have two coral baskets, one for dirty cleaning cloths and one for dirty hand towels from the bathroom next to the laundry room. I also have a basket for all my laundry supplies.
Here are my little baskets. I made the tags by laminating craft paper. I’m pretty sure I’d know which basket was which without the labels, but it helps everyone else who lives here!
I have a hook on my dryer where I keep a re-usable bag. I’m always seeming to need a bag to hold something while I run errands. We moved our spare change “vacation fund” to the laundry room counter. Saved me a trip walking spare change to the office where it used to be. This is also where I keep the hand vacuum. Because there isn’t much floor space, I keep the garbage on the counter. It mostly gets filled with things I find in pockets and lint. On the floor below the bag is a drying rack.
Another organizing tip is to create a “junk drawer” that is helpful, not junky. It seems most junk drawers I come across while I help people are just postponed decisions. “I don’t know what to do about this, so I’m going to throw it in this drawer so I don’t have to decide.” Or something like that …
My junk drawer has a few cleaning supplies, tools that are frequently used, stain pens for nicks in furniture, tape, and sunscreen. The most important thing in here is probably the scissors. There seems to always be a need for scissors right here!
In the lower cabinets, I keep my cleaning supplies, trash bags, and a few misc. items related to cleaning.
Add hooks to your laundry room. They come in handy!
The hooks here hold all sorts of randomness. I like their versatility. Sometimes they hold towels, hangers, and stuff like it. I’ve moved my laundry basket on the floor in the corner, because I’ve decided it is more convenient there.
Use the space you have, even your hiding space like walls behind doors.
On the wall behind the door I keep cleaning tools hanging, as well as a lingerie bag I fill with socks my kids leave around the house. I keep my laundry and cleaning routine checklist here too. This list is redundant with the one I keep in my planner, but it really is satisfying to cross it off twice! (The painting is mine.) I still love the white paint I added with a stencil on this wall only.
An organized laundry room is not out of your reach. It doesn’t have to be complicated! I hope these tips with a tour of my laundry room helped you realize that you can organize your laundry room. Just do it.
Okay, so you organize your laundry room, but what do you do with all of your laundry.
Read this: How To Kill The Laundry Monster!!! Seriously, just read it. It will help.