It is not a myth, it is completely true: it is easier to do laundry in an organized and tidy laundry room/laundry area.
As I prepared the materials and blog post for the Laundry Room week of the Declutter Challenge, I reviewed some of what I’ve written about laundry in the past. I’ve come to the conclusion that I write a lot about laundry.
I know from working in client’s homes, from many conversations with readers like you, and from what complaints I hear about at Mom’s Night Outs and Book Clubs – Laundry is awful for so many people.
I’ve talked a lot about the systems for laundry maintenance before, but maybe I’ve failed to mention this simple truth often enough: Keeping your laundry room tidy makes laundry easier.
My Laundry room is across from the Mud Area and next to the door to the garage. It sees a lot of traffic, so I believe keeping it as minimal as possible discourages clutter build-up on the flat surfaces.
I just showed you this room last year, and it hasn’t changed much. I still want to show you because I thought it would be a lesson in how most change and improvement happens slowly over time (despite all of the before and after pictures you see on blogs).
As luck would have it – today, the day I set aside to take the pictures and write this post, it was a rainy and dreary day here in Arkansas. There was no natural light to be found, so I had to turn on the overhead light which makes the room look yellow in some pictures. Oh well! Perfectionism is for old-Mary, I’m reformed-Mary.
Look, I have a washer and a dryer! Walls! Cabinets! Amazing! I can tell you’re impressed. This tour is off to a great start. (And you’re kindly choosing to ignore weird photo colorings. Thank you.)
I changed up the stuff on top of my washing machine because I got rid of the bigger garbage can that was on the counter in lieu of this adorable counter-top garbage can on top of the washer. I use it for lint and pocket-garbage.
I added “changing the hand towel to the powder room nearby the laundry room” to my kids’ chore lists, so I needed to lower these baskets to the counter so my kids could reach to put the dirty hand towel inside. I wash those when we wash bath towels from upstairs.
The other basket is for cleaning rags that need to get sanitized. I run that load about every 2 weeks when there is enough to justify it.
I’ve recently switched around the upper cabinet contents to an ordering that made more sense to me. Here are the cabinets above the washer. I keep paint and painting supplies up here. And no, it does not get hot in this cabinet. Speaking of heat, though – I see people keep paint in their garages, but we can get extreme summer heat in Arkansas and I don’t want to see what paint does when it boils.
Here are the cabinets above the dryer. The top shelf is a random dryer part to attach when drying shoes, and then there are beach towels, my hand steamer, and some spare Shaklee cleaners.
These are the cabinets above my counter. I keep my extra laundry supplies super convenient.
Here is my version of a junk drawer, though I don’t call it that. I call it, wait for it … my laundry room drawer. The weird hose thingy helps me vacuum the deep part in my dryer’s lint area.
Here is the cabinet under the drawer. I keep some clean & empty spray bottles that I occasionally need for gardening, hair, etc. This is the cleaning bucket carried around the house to clean.
In the winter, I keep our swimsuits underneath my washing machine, inside of the pedestal drawer. This drawer looks empty in the summer.
And underneath the dryer is all of my cleaning rags. I spared myself trying to make this drawer look perfectly neat in perfect piles. No one would buy that as realistic.
And now, for the moment you’ve been waiting for, behind my door I keep this hook rack with aprons, dusters, fly swatter, and … the big bag of my kids’ socks that I find shoved random places throughout the house. Seriously, random places throughout the house. You name a place, I’ve found a sock there. When I find a sock, I bring it to this bag. All my girls share socks anyway, so I just wash them and put them in their sock basket. On the top of my list to do when they each have their own homes: buy an economy size pack of socks and hide socks in their house when I visit. Of course I’m kind of joking … but am I joking? This isn’t even as big as this bag gets in a week.
That is my laundry room. I know, your mind is blown. Or if it isn’t, maybe you have a few ideas or at least feel inspired to declutter your laundry room.