If the kitchen is one of the messiest up spaces that you often find items don’t belong to, then the laundry room could be the same. It is also one of the hardest spaces to be organized which means ensuring storage solution under control will make a major difference in how it uses.
8 Best Tips to Organize Your Laundry Room
It is a place for dirty clothes, cleaning products, odd shocks, and even pet paraphernalia. The laundry room may not be the most appealing space in your home but that’s not to say it can’t be. With a bit of elbow grease and some smart storage solutions, you can turn it into an organized oasis or, at least, a place of organized chaos.
To help you create the laundry of your dreams, I’ll share with you some of the best tips on how to organize your laundry like a pro.
1. Throw out unwanted products
Throwing out any unwanted products is the first step. Throw some that didn’t live up to expectations or find another use for them. Throw out pop detergent into the potting shed for cleaning pots.
2. Decant powder into clear jars
Use jars for your detergents. Decant powders into clear jars with a wide opening for easy access, such as biscuit jars or another one, so you can instantly see how much is left.
3. Keep together products on shelves
Shelves are always great for keeping anything. Keep products together on a shelf or in a box in order of use. Arrange stain remover, soaking powder, detergent, wool wash, softener, and ironing water from left to right. If you use a box to store them, then arrange the products from front to back.
4. Add dust-product drying racks
Dust-proof drying racks are indispensable for delicates and wet-weather days. Keep them off the floor when not in use by attaching a couple of hooks to a wall. Ikea’s Tvatta drying rack is a good-looking, well-sized option.
5. Have four stackable tubs
It’s improtant to have stackable tubs for your laundry room. If using four laundry hampers side by side is impractical space-wise, have four stackable tubs on hand for sorting laundry. Four stackable tubs take up a little more space than one. Another advantage of four stackable tubs is you can also use them for carrying washing to the clothesline.
6. Laundry room cleaning
You can’t clean clothes in dirty laundry, so keep your space dirt and dust-free with these easy cleaning tips:
- Sweep around the machines before you vacuume, as far as you can get underneath with an attachment made for vacuuming crevices.
- Wipe down hoses attached to taps.
- Vacuum the back of appliances with a brush attachment.
- Take out the soap dispenser and wash it in the sink.
- Wipe down the exterior of appliances with a cloth dipped into a weak solution of water and dishwashing liquid.
- To remove internal soap scum, run a cup of white vinegar through a regular washing cycle
- Wash ironing board cover.
- Wipe rubber seals around doors with petroleum jelly.
7. Shop for the right washer and drier
There are two types of washing machines on the market: top loaders and front loaders. They come with various bells and whistles, some of which are extremely impressive. Which machine is right for you is dependant on your particular requirements and budget.
8. Laundry hacks
For laundry hacks, these are simple tips:
- Keep your towel in the laundry for gently rolling up hand-washed woolens to remove excess moisture before lying the garment ﬂat to dry.
- Cut back on professional dry-cleaning, which generally involves a chemical solvent known as perc.
- Zippered mesh bags are great for washing delicates as they keep small items such as lingerie from getting twisted and stretched.
- To clean the soleplate of an iron, mix bicarb soda and water to a thick paste, then scrub with a rough cotton cloth. For non-stick soleplates, use a rough cloth dipped in water mixed with detergent.
- Leave the door of the washing machine open for at least an hour after using to allow the machine to dry internally. It will prevent mold forming around seals and keeps the machine smelling fresh.