Let’s start our trek into Organizing Month by getting the laundry room organized. The laundry room is probably one of the easiest to get out of control. I know many people who’s laundry rooms are in such disarray they tend to buy new clothes rather than to try and find the clothes they already have amongst the clutter. This can be a very expensive solution.
First, let’s get rid of the garbage. Go into your laundry room with a garbage bag and simply focus on collecting and throwing away all the items that are trash.
Once we’ve gotten rid of the trash, you need to sort through all of the clothing in your laundry room. You need to make four piles – one for clothing you no longer wear, items which need to be repaired or sent to the dry cleaners and then the rest need to be sorted by color so you can actually get the laundry cleaned.
Now throw in a load of laundry and start tackling the pile! Place all the items you no longer wear in a bag and place the bag in your vehicle to drop at the donation center your next time out. Don’t save it for a yard sale “someday”. This is why clutter accumulates.
If there are items that need to be repaired and you have the skills to do so, set a deadline for the next week to repair those items. If they are not repaired within that week, you need to either take them to a tailor to be repaired or get rid of them. Having these items in your laundry room collecting dust, simply creates more clutter.
Don’t let the laundry overwhelm you. Depending on the amount of laundry that has piled up, commit to doing at least one load of laundry per day.
I’ll give you some ideas about laundry room containers and laundry room racks in the coming days to help you really organize your laundry room.