Is Your Laundry Room Organized?

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laundryUnless you are very fortunate (and already very organized), your laundry room is probably like most; small, and one of the last places you think of organizing. But when you think about it, it’s a vital room to keep on top of. Since I have no garage or hall closet, my laundry room is cleaning and storage central for our home. When it’s disorganized, that feeling of chaos spreads to all my other tasks as well.

Here are a few tips for organizing that all-important room:

** Make the most of your walls – Items like a mop and broom rack, an ironing board rack and fold-out laundry hanger will give you the most bang for your buck and make the most of your otherwise unused wall space.

** Add counter space – No, I’m not talking about a remodel. Items like this fold-down laundry counter are great space savers when you only need that extra bit of counter space for folding laundry.

** Go vertical – Retractable clothes lines are also a good alternative to draping clothes over the nearest flat surface to dry. If you do need a flat surface, try a hanging sweater dryer!

** Contain with bins – Keep a couple of baskets or bins on top of your dryer. A small one for found pocket items and a larger one for stray socks. Don’t forget to go through them at the end of the week! I also keep a cute little trash bin on top of my dryer for emptying the lint trap.

** Sort first – Instead of sorting colors and whites on the floor from a big pile, try sorting into a separated hamper beforehand to make washing quick and easy.

** Don’t forget the door – The back of the door is valuable space we sometimes forget about. Try a hook to corral hangers, or over-the-door pegs for jackets.

What other Laundry room organizing ideas do you use?

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