I find that there are two types of Laundry Room owners: those that have a spot-less, un-cluttered laundry room and those that happily shut the door and pretend it’s not a disaster in there.
Just for the record, I have been both of those types in my life. With 4 children under the age of 7, I tend to teeter on the shut-the-door side at the moment.
Despite my family who seems to work against me in all-things-cleaning, here are Mama’s best tips for keeping the laundry room in order.
Ensure that only items that should be in the laundry room are actually in the laundry room
I know. It seems obvious, right? I believe that every home has a catch-all spot which houses all of those things you don’t really know what to do with. That’s where the saying “A place for everything and everything in its place” comes in handy.
If you’re looking to get a handle on your laundry room, designate some other area of the house to be that catch-all spot: the mud room, the table by the back door, where ever. Just make sure it’s not your laundry room.
You may need to spend 30 minutes (or a couple of days) purging all of those non-laundry room items. Either get rid of them completely or find them a new spot in your home.
Note: Some people use a portion of the laundry room as storage for other items, our house included. If you choose to use your laundry room for other types of items, make sure they have their own spot. We designate the top shelf to storing other items and it works out well for us.
Add the Laundry Room to your monthly cleaning rotation
If your Laundry Room takes a lot of abuse or is very visible (right beside the back door, for example) you might need to even add it to your list of weekly cleaning tasks. If you purposely carve out time to manage your laundry room, it can only get so cluttered and disorganized every month.
It’s a room like any other: the baseboards need to be wiped down, the trashcan needs emptying and the light fixture needs the occasional cleaning. Not to mention that your washer and dryer need to be cleaned regularly.
Try putting it on your schedule for a month or two. I guarantee you’ll see improvement.
Organize your laundry room with baskets
Baskets also go back to the “everything in their place” saying. If you keep your miscellaneous items in a basket, you’ll know exactly where the scissors are every time you need to remove a tag. You’ll also know where to return them when you’re finished.
Baskets don’t have to be expensive. I purchased the ones in this picture from Walmart for $6 each and they’ve lasted for 3+ years. I can’t tell you the headaches they’ve saved me from knowing where to find those needed items.
Always keep the floor clean
That picture up there? That’s the tornado that I know awaits me if I don’t keep the floor picked up. It’s only taken me 10 years of marriage to figure that out.
If the floor is clean in your laundry room, I can almost guarantee that you are caught up on laundry and don’t have a 10-foot-tall laundry pile waiting on you. It would also mean that you adhered to tip #1 where you only have laundry items in your laundry room.
(Is it just me or do random things sneak into your laundry room too? Old Halloween outfits, a bike horn, a baseball. I have no idea how it happens. Oh wait. Yes, I do.)
There is a direct correlation between the state of my laundry room floor and the rest of my laundry room. If the floor is a disaster, the rest of the room is as well. So I know when my floor is a wreck that I need to kick it up a notch.
So if you are blessed with a laundry room (I know some of you don’t and you have my greatest sympathies – seriously), what are your top tricks to keeping it clean and straight? Do tell.
Can’t wait for other laundry room ideas? Head over to these other Room by Room bloggers and read away:
Jami from an Oregon Cottage is giving tips on sprucing up the laundry room in 30 minutes or less.
Taylor from Stain Removal 101 is teaching how to clean the washing machine and get rid of smells.
Christine from I Dream of Clean talks about ways to save money and go green in the laundry room.
Lastly, Nony from A Slob Comes Clean is writing all about the old debate of hanging versus folding.