Laundry rooms, though often ignored, are the epitome of household cleanliness. You confidently walk in ferrying a whole consignment of dirty linen, and later walk out clinging onto a precious cargo of clean, fresh, scented, and (maybe) ironed clothes. You may, however, get carried away by cleaning your stuff and forget that the laundry room needs attention, too. Neglect of the laundry room may not have negative impacts right away, but will slowly transform your once treasured cleanliness haven into a messy dungeon you will gradually begin to loathe and hence neglect all the more.
It is time to reclaim your laundry room. It is time to declutter and revamp it so well that it will not be your regular laundry room, but rather a serene space rocking sparkling clean walls, floor, hot dryers, washing machines, and trash cans. This reclamation is doable in 6 simple steps.
Clear the Space
Look around for items that have no business in the laundry room. Chairs, tools, books/magazines, and toys should not be in your laundry room. You would be amazed at how much space these items occupy. You will further know what must be dumped in the trashcan. These items can stain your clothes permanently through rust, especially the tools which are often metallic. When you have cleared the laundry space, you now have a dedicated laundry room and not a place that doubles as a store.
Take out the Trash
All items that were collected when clearing the space need to be taken out. Empty soap cans, detergent containers, wrappers, cartons, expired products, broken laundry hampers, and hangers, and empty containers must be bundled into the trash can and taken out. Check behind the dryer and around the washers for misplaced wrappers. Trash takes up big chunks of space and poses the threat of cross-contamination of detergents. Taking out the garbage is a big step towards reclaiming your laundry space and steering clear of contamination risks.
Pool Together your Laundry Products
An assortment of detergents, each for different fabrics, colors, and materials may sound like a good idea, but this will only clutter your laundry room. Consolidation of detergents and soaps into the single multipurpose variant will not only save you money but also play a significant role in decluttering your laundry space. You can improvise catalysts that will boost the detergents cleaning capabilities. They may include distilled white vinegar or baking soda. Pooling together detergents and soaps into one multipurpose product will be a space saver.
A Drying Line and Folding Area
A drying line is vital when you want to sundry your clothes. Some clothing does not need to be dried in the dryer but will do with hanging, especially during summer. An outside clothesline will do the trick and will help you manage the space available in your laundry room. A small in-house line can be mounted too. A folding area will come in handy in managing space for your laundry room. It is the area you will use to fold the dry clothes, ready for stowing them away. A folding area will save you piling your clothes in a mess, and further, motivate you to fold your laundry. It can be improvised to double as the ironing area too, complete with an improvised, wall-mounted ironing board.
Create Shelves and Storage Areas
Cabinets and shelves in the laundry room are the perfect storage space for laundry products, towels, and folded clothes. This storage space is vital for keeping the laundry products out of reach from children and pets. It is a good security measure, too, in ensuring that detergents are stored in a dry place away from contamination. The storage areas are perfect for keeping pegs, cloth pins, cuffs, scrubbing brushes, and scissors.
Some items suffice out of pockets during laundry. You can get a separate can where you can keep these things and keep them on the shelves. They may range from very vital receipts, cash, and cards. Storage areas are complemented by dedicated storage buckets which get designated for torn clothes, lost socks, torn shoes, and clothes that may get burnt during ironing.
Keep Everything Sorted
Go out of your way and source for individual laundry hampers for each family member. This sorting will help you sort clothes into distinct bundles. Kids are most likely to soil theirs the most, while teens and adult family members do not stain clothes a lot. Sorting out clothes will help in classifying the more formal ones from casual wear, kids clothes from adult clothes, and extremely stained clothes from mildly dirty clothes.
Your laundry room serves you all too well to get neglected. Revamping it into a clean environment will boost your laundry experience, and transform the whole experience into bliss.