by Staff Writer
There is no better time than the present to organize your laundry room. The best advice for any home organizational project is to create a place for everything to go. With a few simple organizational tools, such as hampers and hanging racks, your laundry room can be neat, clean and organized in no time. Keep reading for some helpful ideas on organizing your laundry room.
Start clean. Take everything out of your laundry room and dust shelves, wipe out cupboards and sweep or vacuum the floor. Now, put everything back in the laundry room with the exception of any items that don't belong there.
Use shelving. If your laundry room does not have any shelves, add a few shelves for keeping detergent, bleach, fabric softener and dryer sheets organized and easy to access.
Use hampers. Get two hampers, baskets or bins for each member of your family. Place one hamper in each person's bedroom and one hamper in the laundry room. You can color code the hampers for each family member if you find it to be helpful.
Take turns. Laundry shouldn't be the responsibility of one single family member. Each member of the family can take part in the process of sorting the laundry, pre-treating stains and folding clean clothes. Once the organizational flow of your laundry room is clearly established, it's easy for everyone to lend a helping hand.
Get sorted. A laundry sorter is an excellent tool for separating laundry into loads. There are many laundry sorters to choose from. You can get a stationary multicompartment sorter, a rolling-cart sorter or a complete laundry station with a built-in hanging rack and ironing board. Choose the laundry sorter that makes the most sense for you. Label or color-code the sorter compartments clearly to denote which clothing belongs where. For example, you could label compartments for whites, darks, colors, dry cleaning and stains.
Let it all hang it out (to dry). Get a hanging rack and hangers for air drying any clothes that cannot go through the dryer. There are all kinds of hanging racks to choose from. For example, you could get a rolling garment rack, a collapsible drying rack or a ceiling-mounted swiveling rack. Choose the one that fits your space the best.
Share the information. Post a laundry schedule and stain-treating chart in the laundry room to encourage family members to lend a hand.