Robyn Amott, a Professional Organiser & Declutter Specialist, owner of Bless this Mess and Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Organisers, shares her top tips on how you can effectively sort & organise your laundry room, whilst sharing her fabulous time saving tips which will take the hassle out of getting through those never ending laundry piles.
For what is often one of the smallest rooms in our home, it’s becoming clear that we need this space to function as more than just a laundry room.
The laundry can very quickly become a catch all space, where we hide away those items we cleared from our kitchen benchtops when guests arrive or those bits & pieces that you simply don’t know where else to store.
So how do you go about creating a space that is not only functional but an organised space that’s not overloaded with unnecessary content?
Firstly, you need to understand the potential of your existing natural storage first.
Get clear on your vision. Understanding what actually has a purpose within the laundry, along with knowing where you should zone each category of item throughout the home, is vital in achieving functionality and long term results.
Once you break it down into purpose and zones you’ll soon discover you have a lot more effective storage than you realised.
What Belongs Here
Declutter content that is no longer age or stage appropriate. Start by gathering each individual category of item together.
Ask yourself if the laundry is the best or most central place for each category based on where it is utilised or has the most purpose. I mean, if it’s not actually used in or near the laundry, why house it here.
Sporting goods or bags, larger tools or outdoor use products are often best located in the garage. Think outdoors!
You can quickly free up space by decluttering cleaning products that you no longer use.
Relocate necessary items into their respective bathrooms or kitchen OR alternatively establish a limit of content by utilising a cleaning caddy to house all the necessary products and cleaning rags.
Choosing a wall mounted front loading washing machine that stacks ontop of one another or alternatively mount the dryer on the wall above the washing machine. The later method can also allow for the potential to utilise the top of the washing machine to store your basket or to incorporate a benchtop.
Open Top Baskets
Open Top Baskets are a great way to break up a shelf by creating homes within a home, enabling you to keep like with like items together. The added advantage is they act as a drawer, so no more lost or forgotten items hiding away in the back of the cupboard.
Group Categories such as:
Shoe Polish/ Rags and Brushes
Pet Supplies – Leads, doggy bags & flea treatments
Getting through the laundry often feels like a race to the finishing line.
Instead break it down into achievable daily loads.
Rotate bedding or towels one set at a time on separate days of the week.
This will enable you to handle each load from wash basket back to linen cupboard more efficiently.