Your laundry room is a high-traffic zone where odours come and go as they please. Organization can be nearly impossible at times with a house full of kids. Use our tips to make the most of your laundry-day routine by dividing your laundry tasks into three separate organized areas.
1. Create a Dirty Clothes Sorting Station
Place hampers, plastic storage bins or even newly purchased trashcans in your laundry room. Consider organizing clothes by colour, material or family member, using labels to spell out your system.
Tip: Line each individual family member’s hamper with a laundry bag so just the bag can easily be carried to the laundry room for sorting.
2. Organize Your Washing and Drying Area
Maximize the space above or around your washer and dryer with shelving, hooks or a line for air-drying delicate items. Shelves with built-in coat racks are especially convenient for hanging clothes fresh out of the dryer and keeping them wrinkle free!
Set your detergent, fabric softener, stain fighter, dryer sheets and more in one easy-to-access box that can be set on your washing machine when in use and stowed away when laundry’s complete.
Tip: Place a small wastebasket right next to your dryer so you can easily toss away filter lint or used dryer sheets as you empty and fill your dryer.
Tip: If space allows, stack a few laundry baskets on your shelving or near your washer and dryer. It is convenient to have a few on hand; so while one person’s laundry occupies a basket, there’s always another available.
3. Create an Easy Access Folding Centre
Dedicate a space in your laundry room to folding. After wiping down the tops of your washer and dryer, consider using the surface for folding. If space allows, attach a hinged table to the wall that can swing down when needed and latch up when not in use.
If your laundry room is in a large area, like a basement, a repurposed table can make a perfect folding station.