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Laundry Room Tips

How much time do you spend doing laundry each week? It’s likely that you spend about an hour or more of your day each time you do a load of laundry. If you do 5 or 6 loads a week, you’re spending a heck of a lot of time hanging out in your laundry room.

Laundry rooms often become dumping grounds for all kinds of equipment, tools, and toys, not to mention the remnants of the last family outing or the jackets and coats you don’t know what to do with.

We’ve come up with some ways to get organized:

Keep cleaning supplies together in a handy, carry-all container. Try grouping the supplies in their own separate storage pail per type of job (i.e. kitchen, bath, baby’s room, etc.) for quick cleaning. Choosing to place the supplies in an upper cabinet prevents nosy pets and little ones from playing with them.

Use a retractable clothes line to handle items that shouldn’t be put in the dryer. You can find a retractable clothes line at the hardware store. They’re an inexpensive purchase and a real time saver when laundry day tolls around. They fit easily into a laundry area and you return the line into the main housing once your clothes have dried.

Presort in hampers and not on the floor. Getting everyone to cooperate with this process is key. Train your family to put whites in one hamper and colors in another. If you provide each family member with two hampers in their room, it’s easy to spot the items that aren’t in the correct hamper come laundry day.

Utilize extra space. When the laundry room is hidden behind a closed door, is there space between the door and the appliances to add wire shelving? Added shelving allows you and easy way to store bulk detergents, laundry sheets, and even garbage bags and paper products when your run out of room in the kitchen and bath.

Use a peg rack when counter space is limited. Baskets hang easily off a peg and can be filled with detergent, dryer sheets, and other laundry necessities. Peg racks are also a great way to hang up winter coats, jackets and scarves that you need quick access to.

Sort through the excess every week and put things back where they belong. If you don’t keep up, things pile up quickly and finding what you need can be a pain. Use a free online reminder service to prompt you when sorting day arrives.

Always make sure you are attaching clothes lines, peg racks and shelving so they are secure. Use a stud finder to locate a solid surface to attach to.