The Spring Spruce Up is Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Make sure to stop by each day for some Spruce Up Inspiration! Several bloggers and I are teaming up to each work on a different room of the house. So be inspired! Best of all, there is a link up on Thursday of this week. So get movin’, spruce up your space, take pictures and write a post!
Mama’s printable Laundry Room Form
The Laundry Room can easily turn into a catch-all room. They can end up being an extension of your pantry, mud room, garage, or linen closet. And some laundry rooms were created to actually be catch-all rooms.
While you are sprucing up, consider this question first: What is the purpose of my laundry room?
- Is my room only a laundry room? If so, are there other random items that need to be removed and stored elsewhere?
- If you laundry room must be multi-purpose:
What are the ways in which this room must be used? Are there designated uses, or do we just throw everything in there?
Once you determine the actual purpose of your room, it is much easier to decide what stays and what goes.
So if your laundry room must be a multi-purpose space, here are some tips to get it in Spring Spruce Up shape:
- Keep all like products together.
This sounds like a no-brainer, but it really does bear repeating. If you must store your stockpile purchases in your laundry room, make it easy on yourself. Keep all detergent bottles together, all fabric softeners together, etc. Don’t haphazardly put your products in the room-it makes it too hard to find them when needed. You don’t want to waste money buying more detergent when there are 3 bottles in your laundry room floor, but you can’t find them. When you store your products face them with labels out, like you would see on a grocery store shelf. It looks nice and you can easily see what you need.
- Buy organizational items that are needed.
If your laundry room must also double as a landing area/mud room, buy the organizational items that will make it run smoothly. A shoe shelf, a bin for all sports equipment, or a hanging rack for bookbags and coats can make an enormous difference in a room.
- Make a plan for each item in the room.
If your laundry room/mud room must function as a place to do laundry and a spot to hang coats and store shoes, then piano books and sewing supplies do not belong in there. Just because a laundry room must double as a catch-all room, doesn’t mean it has to catch everything. If there is an item in your room that doesn’t have a home in the laundry room, it needs to be stored elsewhere.
Just because your laundry room is dual-purpose does not mean that it has to be messy and out-of-control. It might be harder to stay on top of a multi-purpose area, but the Spruce Up results are well worth it!
Is your laundry room under control, but you could use some help in the other rooms in your house? Take a peek at a few other hot spots that are participating in the Spring Spruce Up!
Sprucing Up the School Room | Homegrown Mom
Sprucing Up the Craft Room | Many Little Blessings
Sprucing Up the Bathroom | Feels Like Home
Sprucing Up the Playroom | …Life’s About a Dream
Sprucing Up the Garage/Storage Space | A Slob Comes Clean
Sprucing Up the Master Bedroom | Raising Arrows
Sprucing Up Your Homeschool | Jimmie’s Collage
Sprucing Up the Kitchen | So Happy Together
Sprucing Up the Garden | An Oregon Cottage
Sprucing Up the Backyard | Successful Homeschooling
Angela @ Homegrown Mom
thanks for that chart, it is great!
Great tips. My laundry room is also my pantry. It can be a very challenging thing to have both important rooms together in a tiny space.
Jami @ An Oregon Cottage
Oh yes, this is my room- laundry, mud room, dog room, and gardening- plus it holds the freezer! It can get out of CONTROL. These are good tips- I’m working on more shelves so there is a place for the various things. 😉
Angie @ Many Little Blessings
I’ve had to use my laundry room to store non-laundry things. However, Eric put up shelving and I have things in labeled baskets. I still need to go through them and get rid of some things though.
Oh I love labels. And baskets.
And labeled baskets are just icing on the cake.