If you’re a parent of young kids, you’ve likely experienced the frustrations about the laundry. Even singles dread doing laundry – and they only have one person’s wardrobe to wash. Compiling multiple loads, sorting and properly protecting gentle items takes time, which is why it’s so common for laundry to pile up after only a few days. At that point, it becomes almost too overwhelming to deal with, and you’re dreading the moment you have to put in the first load.
The simplest way to make laundry a breeze is by keeping the laundry space systematized. Designating a spot for every aspect of the laundry means less time sorting colors, delicates, selecting the appropriate detergents and finding the elusive missing sock. Follow these four, no-fail tips to flawless laundry room organization.
1. Establish Color Baskets
Why stress through sorting a big pile of laundry when you can keep all items sorted by shade from the get-go? Letting one big pile of multi-colored fabrics build-up is messy and space-consuming. Instead, use separate baskets for each load based on color: darks, lights and reds. While not pertinent, many people prefer to separate reds due to the tendency of color bleeding with rich dyes. You might also consider featuring separate baskets for heavier items, like jeans and towels, and more delicate blouses and sweaters. Hang mesh bags off the side of the delicates basket, or within a designated cubby nearby, so you don’t risk forgetting to protect your softer materials. When each member of the family brings their laundry basket into the room, they can simply place their various items into the designated color bins and save the laundry-doer a ton of time.
2. Hang Bars for Easy Drying
The dryer can be rough on delicate clothes, and hanging damp fabrics allows them to dry without shrinkage. Hang multi-level bars for long dresses, sweaters, pants, shorter tops and skirts. A closet space is preferred, but you can also purchase a freestanding garment rack. Some racks even feature a basket for folded clothes and rolling wheels for easy transfer from room to room. If space allows, each family member can have their own designated rack to tote back and forth to their personal closet. Make sure to put items on hangers as soon as possible after washing, or else they will end up wrinkled and increase ironing time. Tip: try running fine garments through low-heat, delicate cycles for a few minutes to soak up excess moisture without shrinking or ruining the fabric. Letting the moisture out before hanging also keeps clothes from feeling stiff.
3. Fill Empty Spaces
Most homeowners would love a massive laundry room space, but sometimes end up with a closet or only a corner to work with instead. In these cases, it’s best to use up all available space possible. Purchase thin, discreet rolling carts for spare space in between walls and appliances. Hang shelving above the washer and dryer to store dryer sheets, detergents and fabric softeners. You can also put slim drawers in between the washer and dryer to hold stain sticks, clothes pins and other small laundry accessories.
4. Use Detergent Decanters
For hyper-organized homeowners and renters, consider keeping detergents in matching, clearly-marked storage containers. If you lack concealed storage, storing liquids and powders in stylish containers keeps laundry room interior design intact. Otherwise, colorful jugs with soap drips and crumpled dryer sheet boxes act as an eyesore on an otherwise aesthetically appealing space. For an extra stylish look, try placing chalkboard tags on the front of each glass decanter and use your best handwriting to mark the various cleaning solutions. The laundry doesn’t have to be a headache, especially when you implement the proper storage tools. Make household chores easier with a well-planned laundry space that the whole family can benefit from – especially when the kids are old enough to operate the washing machine.
Thank you to Jennifer Riner of Zillow for these great laundry room organizing tips.