Organize Your Laundry [Mission #32]

Organize Your Laundry Room

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.

If you’re new, you might like to start here -> 52 Organizing Missions.

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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Before You Go: Check In!

Please add a comment to say you’ve completed this week’s Get Organized Mission and you’re keeping your commitment.

And see you back here next week!

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Michele | Get Organized Gal

Michele is into writing, books, simplicity, love, TV, productivity, and staying thin in a world of chocolate.

14 thoughts on “Organize Your Laundry [Mission #32]

  1. Nique Beer says:

    Have I told you how lucky I am to have found you! LOL I did your Laundry Room Organizing and it spilled into my kitchen leaving me with 2 huge garbage bags and empty cupboards LOL. My kids said the laundry area “echos” now :p Thank you! Your just what we needed!

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