Laundry rooms can be sometimes difficult to organize. These rooms range in size from a closet to a full-sized room. Should your room fall on the smaller side, then organizing it will be quite a quick and simple task. However, should it be fairly large then there is a multitude of things you can do with it. Now, let’s focus on how to organize your laundry room.
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The starting point
The first step is to declutter your laundry room. That way you aren’t organizing things you no longer need or want.
While your room is clutter free, take a moment to inspect your machines and everything else in the room. I highly recommend switching your washing machine hoses over to steel washing machine hoses if they aren’t already. Rubber hoses can, and will, eventually break open. This happened to us shortly after finishing our decluttering. We are very fortunate that it happened when it did, otherwise, it would have caused a lot of mess. This job only takes a few minutes but can save yourself from a huge headache and clean up later on.
Now is the time to consider what you want from this room, beyond the ability to do laundry. This will partially be dictated by the size of your laundry room. Perhaps you want to add some storage for items that are needed but not used often. Alternatively, you could set up a laundry station to allow you to better sort, fold and wash your laundry. This is really up to you and your needs.
Be sure to measure the space! It is important to know how much space you have to work with. Don’t forget to leave space to allow you to move around freely.
The final step for this is to make a budget. How much are you willing to spend on this project? Can you use items that you already have? Do you need to buy some things?
How to organize your laundry room
You have a plan, now it’s time to execute it.
Gather the items you need. If there are things that need to be purchased, now is the time. Whether it is shelving units, cupboards or a new Laundry Basket, get to the store and purchase those items. Remember to refer to all of your measurements while doing so. This will prevent secondary trips to return items.
Should you be using items that you already had in your home, ensure that they are clean and ready to be used. Using what is already on hand is a great way to keep within your designated budget.
How I organized our laundry room
Before decluttering, our laundry room was a storage room that happened to have a washing machine and dryer in it. I did not want to repeat that. However, I did need to keep some items stored in there. I went through all of the items again, ensuring that they indeed didn’t have a home elsewhere in the house – although they may eventually go elsewhere as this decluttering project continues.
The first big step was to move the spare fridge. For years it sat in the back corner because we so rarely used it. However, the problem with this is that it blocked access to our fuse box. This was not ideal because if we needed to reach the fuse box for any reason it was near impossible to do so. For safety sake, the fridge had to go elsewhere. I decided that that area would remain clear of any large items in the future.
The next step was to properly deal with those items that would remain stored in this room. This consisted of mostly tools, gardening items that couldn’t be stored outside and extra canning items. For this, we used Heavy Duty Shelf Unit. These are ideal for holding a multitude of items and can hold quite a bit of weight. We have been using these types of shelving units for several years now and are really happy with them. They hold up to the weight well and since they are adjustable, they can fit just about anything on them. We placed one against the far wall, near where the fridge used to be, but with a space to allow us to reach the fuse box if needed. This shelf houses mostly tools and a few items that are only used once or twice a year, such as the travel cooler.
The second set of these shelves, which had been in this room all along, remained where they were beside the dryer. These shelves hold all of the excess canning that doesn’t fit in the kitchen, as well as the dehydrating and a few other items. By combining two shelving units together, we managed to create the right amount of space for all of the canning good. The blue bin in front of these shelves is our designated spot to place donations. As you can see, we are due to make a donation run, as the bin is currently full. Having a place to put donations is a good idea, just make sure you actually donate those items once the box is full.
The next place we tackled was the wall of backpacks. Because my husband loves to hike and camp, we have quite the assortment of backpacks. They had been hanging on this wall for a while, however, we consolidated a lot of smaller bags into the larger ones so that they were more out of the way. This made the room feel much bigger.
Lastly, I needed a place to store my tools. I know what you are thinking, we already have a toolbox, it’s the small red one on our storage shelf. Well, you’re right. However, that is my husband’s toolbox and was far too small for my needs. So I found one that had enough room to hold everything I needed and use regularly and with a bit of extra space for the future. The best part was, it was on clearance.
What it cost
For this project, like all of my previous organizing projects, I set the budget at $100. Luckily with this room, we already had most of what we needed in the house. This helped to keep the costs low. All prices listed include tax.
- Toolbox – $42.55
That’s it! That is all we needed to buy for this organizing project. Thus, we stayed well within budget.
I am pretty darn happy with the results of decluttering and organizing this room. While I feel there may be a couple of items that will later go elsewhere, they will need to wait until I completely finish this house declutter project.
One thing that will change soon is the fridge. Since we so rarely use it, we are getting rid of it. We already have someone who is buying it off of us lined up, we are just waiting for him to come and get it. Once that is gone, the room will likely feel far larger.
Another thing that will eventually happen is I will be removing the small yellow metal shelf. However, that is something that again will have to wait until I finish with the rest of the decluttering of the house.