Welcome to Mission #32 of our 52 Get Organized Missions.
The better organized your laundry room and laundry systems, the less time they’ll cost you.
In this mission we’ll take 3 steps to help you get organized in your laundry room.
If you’ve completed Get Organized Mission #31: Organize Your Living Area, congratulations! Next you’ll be feeling great about your laundry room.
Remember: you only need 30 minutes for the basic mission. Extended Options are below.
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Get Organized Mission #32:
Organize Your Laundry
Step 1: Clear the Clutter (10 Minutes)
As with most organizing challenges, the first step is to remove the clutter – which includes everything you don’t need or don’t use.
Not sure where to start? Look for:
- Old paint cans, tiles, etc
- Empty bottles of laundry detergent, fabric softener, etc
- Tatty baskets and hampers
- Anything moldy or yucky
- Cleaning supplies you don’t use
- Anything that should be stored elsewhere – eg:
- Car-related stuff –> in the garage
- Random clothes –> in the closet or donation basket
- Spare paper towels –> in the pantry
- Spare bulbs –> in the hall closet
- Towels –> in the linen closet, etc.
If it doesn’t belong in the laundry area, get it out of there!
Step 2: Check Your Supplies (10 Minutes)
Next, do a quick inventory of the things you need, so that doing the laundry takes up as little time and effort as possible.
Your list of supplies might include:
- Washer and dryer that work well, and are of the right size for your family’s needs
- Laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer softener sheets, stain remover, etc – in sufficient quantities for your household routine, and appropriate for your needs (eg for cold water, front loader, etc)
- Laundry hampers – one in the laundry (or several, if you sort whites, colors, etc); or one in each bathroom; or one in each bedroom (this can be more effective with teenage kids)
- A laundry basket for transporting clothes
- An iron and ironing board.
If something is missing or needs repair, add it to your errands, shopping, or to-do list now.
Step 3: Create a System (10 Minutes)
Now that you’ve cleared the clutter and equipped yourself with supplies, you can turn to your laundry systems.
Ideas you might consider are:
- Who will do the washing? How often?
Consider a roster system if you have a large family.
- Who will do the ironing? How often?
Consider using a pick-up-and-deliver ironing service if this is a big time and energy consumer in your home.
- How will you sort clothes?
Just pick them out of the hamper? Use separate hampers?
- Where will you fold clean clothes?
Or will each person be responsible for folding their own?
- How will clean clothes be distributed?
Left on people’s beds? Left to be collected from the laundry?
Creating a simple system for the laundry can free up a lot of energy and time – for more interesting things!
Dos & Don’ts
- Don’t aim for a perfect laundry system. Clean clothes are good, but perfectly clean clothes
turned around daily are not worth your sanity, happiness and calm disposition.
- Do simplify whatever you can. Use fewer products, delegate to other family members, outsource to services where appropriate.
Extended Organizing Mission Options
Want to go beyond this 30-minute organizing mission?
- This is an excellent opportunity to take your newly organized laundry room and laundry systems for a test drive – and to teach your kids how to do laundry in the process.
- Consider which aspects of laundry can be assigned to older children, perhaps as a means of ‘earning’ their allowance. Washing? Folding and distributing? Ironing?
Ready, Set, Go!
Remember – move quickly, act fast, don’t overthink.
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