Make Your Laundry Room Work

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Laundry | 0 comments

Make Your Laundry Room Work

Does your laundry room make doing the laundry easier, or even more of a chore? Even if your laundry room is a closet it can be organized to make laundry less of a chore. Learn what’s essential for getting the laundry done quickly and easily.
Nikki and Elizabeth, her Professional Organizer, are getting Nikki’s laundry room organized to make her most despised chore easier. Nikki hates doing laundry. She has clothes in piles all over because the laundry never gets finished.
Like many houses, Nikki’s laundry room is in the passageway between the house and the garage. There is very little space and no storage. All the products, and odds and ends, get stored on top of the machines or on the floor.
Elizabeth has several ideas to make Nikki’s laundry work more effectively in the small space. Her first suggestion is to put up a shelf the length of the washer and dryer directly above the back of the washer and dryer. The shelf can hold all the laundry products and won’t be too high for Nikki to reach. Elizabeth also recommends Nikki get a jar to hold the stuff that comes out of everyone’s pockets. Another container to hold small products will keep them from getting knocked off the shelf and make it easy to grab the stain fighters. The shelf can be hidden with a pretty curtain. Nikki could also have Mark, her husband, install cabinets above the machines. These would hold things Nikki doesn’t use as often. Because she’s vertically challenged she’ll need a stool to reach them.
The top of the washer and dryer have become the repository of stuff that needs to be put away, either in the garage or the house. To prevent this buildup of stuff, Elizabeth suggests Nikki store extra laundry baskets on the washer and dryer. Baskets don’t have to look utilitarian to work, Nikki can find some pretty ones. Elizabeth, laughing, says Nikki could post a sign saying, “Don’t even think about putting anything here.” It will get people’s attention, and stop the dumping, for a little while anyway. Habits die hard, so after a few weeks she’ll have to think of something else to remind her family to stop dumping stuff. It will take a while but pretty soon everyone will figure it out.
Tips for actually getting clean clothes folded, and put away, will be the next post.

Learn along with Nikki as she and Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer, get the house organized room by room.

Copyright© 2014 Elizabeth Tawney Gross, Organizing For Everyday, LLC

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