How to Declutter Your Laundry

The laundry can be an easy room to mess up if you’re not careful. All it takes is for a family to miss a few days of washing & the piles begin to take over – that’s why I recommend doing laundry every day if possible, by allocating a different category to each day.

Below I’ll share how I decluttered my laundry & work at keeping it this way.

But firstly, a quick recap on how to declutter.


How to declutter

Decluttering as you’ve heard me mention before is all about deciding what to keep, throw away or donate. It sounds like such a simple process, however, many get overwhelmed when having to make such decisions.

My best advice is to create 3 piles (you can use recyclable plastic bags or boxes) & label them – keep, rubbish & donate. Doing this will streamline the decluttering process & help you understand what kinds of things you use & what you don’t use (an important part of living organised when it comes to shopping habits too).

  • Keep – items that you use often or will have an immediate use for
  • Rubbish – items that are broken or in poor condition
  • Donate – items you do not use, in good to new condition

Still stuck?

If you find you’re still stuck when it comes to placing items in the keep or donate piles because you’re worried you may need them at some stage look at it this way:

If you haven’t used a particular item in 6 months, have no immediate plans to & can afford a new one if a use becomes apparent in the future, then it may be best to decide to donate it.

All other items that you do use, especially the daily items, should be easily accessible.


Benchtops

Many homes now have laundry’s with benchtops, however if this is not the case for your laundry, do skip this part.

Much like in a kitchen, the benchtops are the most visible part of your laundry.

  • Evaluate what are your common clutter concerns, such as around the laundry sink
  • Declutter the benchtop as per the decluttering system
  • Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the benchtop a thorough clean
  • Re-organise your benchtop into a space that is both functional & purposeful.
    • What cleaning supplies do you need often?
    • Is there space for baskets to keep them off the floor?

Shelves & cupboards

The shelves/cupboards in your laundry need to hold cleaning & household items that can be out of reach of young children.

  • For each shelf/cupboard, sort each item on them using the decluttering system
  • Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the shelves/cupboards a thorough clean.
  • Re-organise your shelves/cupboards into both functional & purposeful spaces for all members of your household.
    • What will you store on each shelf?
    • Can you organise by category?

Floors

Floors can get cluttered too, especially in corners where you may store things piled up until you’re “ready” to deal with them.

  • Declutter the floor as per the decluttering system
  • Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the floor a thorough clean.
  • Re-organise the floors so that only must-have items remain
  • If you need to store an item on the floor, first see if you can find another home for it as this will make cleaning the floors a lot easier.

Maintenance

Maintaining an organised laundry allows you to always be on top of your piles of laundry & makes it easier to sort, wash, dry, fold & pack away.

To help maintain the laundry:

  • I do laundry most days of the week
  • I try to wash, dry, fold one load of washing before I do another load

What next?

Once you’ve decluttered your laundry & understand how to maintain a clutter-free space you can:

  • Invest in durable & functional storage systems
  • Move on to other areas within your home
    • Bathrooms
    • Bedrooms
    • Office/Study
    • Kitchen
    • Loungerooms
    • Playrooms

Hope you found this helpful in getting your laundry under control & clutter-free.

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