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De-Clutter Your Laundry Room {28 Days to De-Clutter}

Posted Feb 25 2013 12:01am
We’re going from the entry way – a place seen by everyone who enters your home – to the laundry room – a place seen by only the privileged few.  If you’re keeping up with these challenges, join our  28 Days to De-Clutter Facebook Event page  and share your excitement with the rest of us as you accomplish each task! If you’re just joining us now, you can .

First, a disclaimer: the laundry room pictured above is not mine (It’s lovemaegan ‘s). As we are in the process of moving, I didn’t really have a chance to de-clutter the laundry room before I mostly just dismantled it. However, I have de-cluttered my laundry room multiple times in the past, so I can still walk you through the process.

I realize that not everyone has a laundry “room”. I’ve been very blessed for the past 4 years to have an actual laundry room, which has been wonderful. I’m moving to a place that has more of a laundry “closet” with a stackable washer and dryer, so that will be kind of a new experience for me! Once I figure out how to make good use of that space, I’ll let you know. But no matter if you have a room or a closet for your laundry, chances are, it still needs an occasional de-cluttering, so here we go!

Set your timer for 10 minutes, and…

BEGIN!

First of all, determine what exactly belongs in your laundry room. If you only have a closet, then it’s pretty simple: only laundry supplies, and only what will fit! If your laundry area is more spacious, though, you can benefit from the extra storage, like we did for the past four years. I kept all my seldom-used kitchen appliances (ice cream maker, etc.) and other items up on the top shelves above the washer and dryer.

Remove anything that does not fit the criteria  you’ve just established. 

Also remove any of the following:

  • Chemicals and cleaners you haven’t used in over a year. (True story: for some odd reason, I bought a bottle of ammonia when we were first married. I never even opened it, but I held on to that dumb thing for 5 years!) Remember to dispose of it properly .
  • That collection of mismatched socks. By the time you find the other match, you will have forgotten what you did with the first one.
  • That collection of spare change, gum wrappers, and other nifty little items you rescued from pockets.
  • The pile of lint.
  • The hangers wedged between the washer and dryer.

Return all of those items to their proper places, and then organize what’s left. Keep all the detergents and softeners together, if you use them, and keep all the stain removers together.

Wipe down the surface of your washer and dryer, and you’re done!

 

  •  Shelving is a must! Install shelves above the washer and dryer, or hang a s helving unit over the door.  Keep all your cleaning and ironing supplies handy by storing them on the shelves.
  • Matching baskets or bins make for a neat look that is pleasing to the eyes.
  • If you have the space, a rod for hanging clothes is wonderful! You can use it as a drying rack, or simply a way to ease the clothes-folding process.
  • If you haven’t already, consider switching to cheaper and healthier laundry cleaning solutions. I’ve made my own laundry detergent using this recipe , but I’m finding I really prefer the ease and frugality of soap nuts.  I use hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach, and I also mix hydrogen peroxide with dish soap to create my own stain remover. I keep a little borax and/or washing soda on hand to dump in the washer for extra help on tough loads, and vinegar is my go-to softener of choice.
  • For more inspiration, visit my 28 Days to De-Clutter Pinterest Board .

If you completed today’s 10-minute task, I’d love to hear about it! Tell me all about it – and show me a picture – on the 28 Days to De-Clutter Facebook Event page . Bloggers can grab the badge below and write a post – I’ll link to it in my next post and pin it to my 28 Days to De-Clutter Pinterest Board , and share on Facebook and Twitter.  And everyone can join in on the Twitter conversation by using the hashtag #28daystodeclutter .

Clutter-Free in 28 Days!

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