Organizing Your Laundry Room on a Budget
Organizing your laundry room is more important than you think! Laundry can easily pile up and take over and a cluttered room will only make things worse. Luckily, the laundry room is probably the easiest room in your home to organize and by default, that means it’s the cheapest.
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Tip 1. Get a shelving system. Store your cleaning and laundry supplies easily with a cheap shelving system. You can get them for around $30.00 if you wait for a deal, but can also make your own out of reclaimed pallets for a lot less money if you wish
Tip 2. Maximize the space above your washer. An over the washer shelf can help you keep the open supplies that you need (detergent, softener, etc) right at hand and out of the way. These can be purchased from Amazon for around $11 each and they just sit right on top of your washer.
Tip 3. Use a laundry sorting system. To help keep laundry under control, consider adding a sorting system. You can buy the 3 section (whites, darks and colors) inexpensively or make your own using either PVC pipe or reclaimed wood. Make the support system then use laundry bags to toss each piece of clothing into as it’s sorted. A million times better than piling it on the floor!
Tip 4. Make a folding station. A folding station allows you to finish one of the last steps – folding! With a folding station, you don’t have to bring your clothes to the bedroom or dump them on the living room couch to fold. You can set one up with either a table or a small bench. Clothes come out of the dryer clean and go straight to the station where they are folded or hung as needed and then put into separate baskets for each family member to be put away.
Tip 5. Prevent wrinkles with a hanging rack. If wrinkles aren’t your thing, you may want to consider a hanging rack. Also, keep an ironing board close by to quickly spiffy them up!
Tip 6. Air dry clothes to save money. If you don’t have a clothes line in your yard or it’s too cold where you live, use an indoor drying rack. I hang all of my clothes to dry. It’s more cost effective and it prevents them from shrinking.
Tip 7. Place a trash can near your dryer. This way you can clean the lint trap after every load. You may also want to keep a dry rag nearby for dusting down any lint that gets on top of the dryer and a small bottle of vinegar to wash the trap out with on a regular basis. Softener sheets can clog it without it being noticeable and is big fire hazard.
How do you keep your laundry room organized?