I think it safe to assume that if you’re reading this post, your laundry room could use some TLC.
The struggle is real when it comes to a cramped laundry room in a family of three or more.
But is space really the problem? Or is it just a lack of organization?
I’ve spent a good part of my stay at home mom life procrastinating, dreading, and despising doing laundry.
Laundry is one of those ”messes” that if left undone will end up in every nook and cranny in your home mocking you.
One step in keeping up with laundry that I think is often overlooked is taking the time to create a functional, organized space to do laundry.
Which is why I wanted to share Tips To Declutter And Organize A Tiny Laundry Room
Work In One Section At A Time
Contrary to many popular trends that encourage people to empty out an entire room or area when you are decluttering, I actually like to work in sections.
The idea of taking every single item out of a room to be able to sort through and declutter totally stressed me out.
I’m a mom of three under five and never know what each hour will hold.
I need to be able to pivot on a dime in case someone has a meltdown, accident or heaven forbid a hand nail.
I can’t possibly risk taking every item out of a room at once because there is no guarantee I’ll have the time to go through it all.
So I split decluttering and organizing into bite-size, manageable pieces.
Because after all….
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Be Very Intentional About What You Keep
When I started decluttering my laundry room it felt cramped and like we didn’t have enough room.
In reality, I just needed to purge some things that we weren’t using in order to make room for items we actually do use.
I decided exactly what I wanted to keep in my laundry room….
Things I Kept:
- A chest for money and random things found in the people’s pockets
- Toxic cleaners I don’t want my littles to get in to
- Stain Remover
- A place for pens
- A small bin for unpaired socks
Things I got rid of:
- Dryer sheets and those little beads that make your laundry smell good ( I’ve held on to these for over a year and never use them because my skin is incredibly sensitive and they make me itchy).
- Some toxic cleaners that we never use
- Random junk aka stuff I got on sale that I never use
- Random nuts and bolts
- Toilet paper (relocated in the bathroom)
Once I became clear on what I wanted to store in my laundry room, I quickly realized that I had more than enough space.
Create Spaces That Are Easily Accessible
I stored stuff I use daily like laundry soap and baking soda (add it to your wash for a boost of freshness) on the first shelf because it is easy to access.
Then moved things like insect bombs, toxic cleaners (I use very rarely but some things just need an intense cleaner) and items that I don’t use as often to the top shelf.
It’s much easier to keep things organized when things you need often are in reach.
Make A List Of What Types Of Organizers You Need
Any time I declutter and organize a space, I create a list of items I need to purchase to help keep it organized.
I would like to add a nice glass jar for pocket change, some small baskets, and a lazy susan to the corner storage shelf. (will post updated photos).
The biggest tip I can give you to keep a space organized is investing in specific organizational tools.
I didn’t do that for a long time and my closets and cabinets always ended up a wreck shortly after.
Do yourself a favor and get organizational tools. They are a life saver!
Create A System
If you do not create a system that works, your laundry room will end up a mess again.
Here is my laundry System that I stick to about 75% of the time because…well…..life.
I keep a laundry basket in everyone’s room and have a specific day that I wash it.
- Monday: Charney and Roselee
- Tuesday Donavin II
- Wednesday: Sheets
- Thursday: Towels
- Friday Mine and Donavin’s
- Saturday: Donavin’s work clothes
- Sunday: Rest
Each day I gather the laundry and bring it to the laundry room.
- Morning: start laundry
- Afternoon: switch clean laundry to the dryer
- Afternoon: fold and put away laundry from the day before
- Tues & Thursday: Pair Socks
- Every other week: Wipe washer and dryer down
- Twice per year: Declutter laundry room
- Keep a small bin for mismatched socks to keep them at bay
- If you happen to get behind on laundry after a vacation or sickness running through your house, just pick up where I left off doing one load per day. You will eventually get caught up and it’s not stressful
Otherwise, you will spend an entire two days washing and folding and fall behind on more housework.
Implement Your system Consistently
“Success doesn’t come from what you occasionally do, it comes from what you consistently do”
Make a commitment to yourself that you will stick to your routine consistently for at least thirty days.
If you make these tips a habit you will find yourself less overwhelmed about laundry, and spend much less time doing it.
So to the mama who is overwhelmed about her messy laundry room…..
Start by decluttering one section at a time, choose wisely what you keep, keep accessibility in mind, create a system, and implement it.
You can do it, mama! I believe in you <3
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