Laundry Organization

Laundry rooms must be functional to keep the family hive running well and they can be beautiful as well.

Laundry Room Organization Needs:

  • Hooks or a rack for hanging wet items (hang dirty wet clothes until dried for wash day.  I prefer hooks that are hidden yet handy.  My hooks are on the wall unseen behind the laundry door.)
  • A rod for hanging clean clothes
  • A flat surface for folding items,
  • Labeled containers for transporting laundry to and from,
  • Timer to know when laundry is done,
  • Container for clothes to donate, clothes to go long-term storage, and a put away pan for knick knacks that you want to put away later.
  • Trash
  • Laundry soap and de-stainers within arms reach of the washer.  (Transport into a smaller container to avoid heavy lifting.  See my favorite de-stainers at the bottom of this page.)
  • Container for laundry supplies (laundry supplies include scissors, Sharpee marker, mesh bag for washing delicates like nylons, fabric softener sheets, etc. ) Keep your laundry tools handy so you don’t have to leave the laundry room and search for scissors to cut lose threads off clothes, etc.
laundry soap

Laundry soap was transported from large container to this lightweight container and labeled.

Create laundry pans for each person in the family from ordinary dishpans you can buy for about $3.00.  These dishpans below are a touch small but they were only $1.00 at the Dollar Store.

laundry pan organization

Here are 4 shelves: 2 lower shelves for laundry, 2 upper shelves for cleaning and painting supplies. Don't forget to label your containers. Laundry pans should have each person in the family's name on it.

Here are some photo of ideas of good, better, and best solutions.

GOOD LAUNDRY ORGANIZATION

This is a “good” laundry room because it’s got 2 sturdy shelves to work into.  The space is limited so the shelves need to be for laundry pans and supplies instead of decor.

Don’t fold your clothes on your couch in the living room or on your bed.  Find a way to fold the clothes in the laundry room because that is the efficient place to do the laundry and if you get interrupted the living room or your bedroom doesn’t look like a mess – and the clothes won’t get strewn everywhere if you get interrupted.

laundry-shelf

These shelves are easy to build. Place your laundry pans on the shelves. Fold and place laundry into the labeled laundry pan for easy access and putting away.

Even if you have a very limited space, just build 2 shelves above your washer and drier and put labeled laundry containers and fold into the laundry pans.  Or if you have room buy a stackable shelf for the laundry pans to go on.  Have the family put their clothes away.

 BETTER LAUNDRY ORGANIZATION

laundry room

Here's a great example of a "best" laundry room because it's a complete marriage of function and beauty. Notice the detergent is easy to access on the laundry machines however it's been transfered into a glass container for a more beautiful look and feel. Lynde Mott painted above the roses in chalkboard paint so she can write inspirational quotes in chalk.


Here’s a great example of a “better” laundry room because it’s very beautiful. The detergent is easy to access on the laundry machine however it’s been transferred into a glass container for a more peaceful look and feel. (A box of Tide detergent just wouldn’t look as aesthetically pleasing.)  Lynde Mott painted the mural with latex paint, the roses in oil paint, and the dark green paint above the roses is chalkboard paint.  That’s how she can write inspirational quotes in chalk and change the quotes whenever she wants.

laundry counter organization

This laundry room is a narrow room (hallway) that's only about 8 feet wide however it works great because of the counter, the hanging rod, and cupboards. It would be easier to organize the laundry if it was labeled and had laundry pans. As it is, the family may dump on the counter instead of where the items go.

BEST LAUNDRY ORGANIZATION

Here is a “best” laundry room because it’s functional and nice looking. The containers were purchased at the dollar store.  Each container has a family member’s name on it to fold the clothes into it. One wall was painted a lovely, fresh blue and then shelves were built.

laundry organizationTo build the shelves, buy the containers, and paint the accent wall cost $100.

Look at these labeled laundry pans.  Make sure you can read the labels easily from a distance – because then your husband and family are more likely to put things away correctly.  Print clearly with a marker, use a labeler that prints laminated labels, or print labels on a computer for more professional results.

laundry pan organization

Labeled laundry pans allows the family to fold their clothes into neat containers, instead of cluttered piles piled on the couches, drier, and beds.

Label your lights, mediums, and darks so your worker bees can do the laundry organization sorting for the queen bee!

laundry organization

Label. Label. Label.

Laundry Organization Tips:

  1. Wash all the laundry on a certain day of the week EVERY WEEK.  Try to get the laundry done in one day.  Our family washes Monday, but we fold and put it away Tuesday each week.  If I had 2 washers and 2 driers we could fold it and put it away in one day.  Which day of the week is your laundry day?  Put your laundry day on auto-pilot so you don’t get lots of guilt or complaints to motivate you.  (Note:  If you are a working gal, you may not be able to have a marathon laundry day – you may need to do one load laundry everyday.  Integrate laundry into your morning or nightly routine.)
  2. If you want your clothes to last twice as long, then hang them up to dry.  Drying in a drier wears clothes out faster because it removes more fibers.  We hang up all the adult and clothing and teenagers shirts because they last longer and look nicer.
  3. Ironing Tip:  Don’t iron unless you love it.  Acquire shirts that don’t need to be ironed or that are wrinkle-free.  My favorite men’s business shirts are the JCPenney Stafford Wrinkle-free shirts.  Just throw them in the drier for 5 minutes, set a timer, and hang it up to finish drying.  They look like you pressed them!
  4. We also store duffel bags in the laundry room.  When we come home from a vacation, we dump our duffel bags on the laundry room table.  It’s super easy and quick to unpack the clean clothes into the laundry dishpans and the dirty clothes into the hamper, and the duffel bags in their tote.  It takes our family of 8 about 6 hours to pack for a camping trip but only 2 hours to unpack.

Favorite Laundry Organization Stain Removers:

  1. Margaret’s Miracle Stain Remover
  2. Cheap Hairspray for pen ink like Aqua Net
  3. Fels-Naptha soap bar
  4. Oxy Clean soaking for the hardest stains
  5. Bleach whites.  But be careful because it weakens the fabric if you use too much.

Margaret’s Miracle Stain Remover Recipe

  • 1 cup Ammonia
  • 1 cup Dawn dishsoap
  • 1 cup water

Mix together in an empty Dawn dish soap bottle and use liberally on stains.  No scrubbing necessary on ring around the collar, etc.

Fels Naptha Soap Bar:

This is cheap and effective however you do have to scrub a little.  It makes stained whites really white again and is especially good for delicate items.

laundry organization

Here's one of my favorite stain remover soaps which usually costs $1.59 It works great and lasts a long time.

Don’t forget to dance the celebration jive when you finish the laundry hive!

Sincerely,

Krystal Meldrum

 

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