Keep odor and clutter out of your laundry room with these clever organization tips.
It’s unpleasant but true: Your laundry room is a high-traffic zone where odors come and go as they please. Organization can be nearly impossible at times, especially if you’re doing the laundry for a house full of kids. Use our tips to make the most of your laundry-day routine by dividing your laundry room into three separate, organized areas.
Place hampers, plastic storage bins or even newly purchased trashcans in your laundry room. Consider organizing clothes by color, material or family member, using labels to spell out your system.
Tip: Line each family member’s hamper with a laundry bag so the bag can easily travel to the laundry room for sorting.
Maximize the space above or around your washer and dryer with shelving, hooks or a line for air-drying delicate items. Shelves with built-in coat racks are especially convenient for hanging clothes fresh out of the dryer and keeping them wrinkle free.
Set your detergent, fabric softener, stain fighter, dryer sheets and other laundry supplies in one easy-to-access box that can be set on your washing machine when in use and stowed away when laundry’s complete.
If space allows, stack a few extra laundry baskets on your shelving or near your washer and dryer. It’s always convenient to have a few extra ones on hand.
Tip: Place a small wastebasket next to your dryer so you can easily toss away filter lint or used dryer sheets as you empty and fill your dryer.
Dedicate a space in your laundry room to folding. After wiping down the tops of your washer and dryer, consider using the surface for folding. If space allows, attach a hinged table to the wall that can swing down when needed and latch up when not in use. If your laundry room is in a large area, like a basement, a repurposed table can make a perfect folding station.
Tip: Even when they’re hidden in hampers, dirty clothes can be, well, stinky. Eliminate odors in your laundry room with a quick spritz of Febreze AIR.