Save time in the laundry room by organizing and prioritizing with these home organization tips.
Sorting the Laundry Room
- Separate colors, whites and delicates before washing by using a three-bag sorter, set on casters for easy moving.
- Label each laundry bag with adhesive felt letters or a fabric marker to make it easy for everyone to know what goes where.
- Hang a rack above laundry bags for additional storage.
- Avoid wire hangers, as they are more likely to distort clothing and rust.
- Mount a bar or place a garment rack near the washer and dryer for clothing that needs to be hung to dry.
- Use a wall-mounted drying rack for clothes that need to air-dry but can't be hung.
- Designate special baskets or boxes for clothes that need mending, stain-removal products, sponges and other small supplies.
- Install a recessed-hideaway ironing board to save floor space.
- Mount a bar near your ironing station, or invest in a garment rack to hang clothes before and after ironing.
- Adapt a regular piece of furniture, such as a vanity, as a folding station. Fold your clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer to prevent wrinkles.
- Utilize the space above the washer and dryer by installing ready-made shelves to store detergents, fabric softeners and other laundry supplies within easy reach.
- Conceal shelving with a retractable curtain.
- Save floor space with a stacked washer-dryer set. Leave enough room in between the units to install a pullout shelf for folding laundry.
- Hide your washer and dryer behind a matchstick shade if the laundry area shares the same space as a small bathroom or hallway.
- Install a bath towel holder to the bottom of shelving to hang clothes.
- Empty large boxes of detergent into smaller containers for easier use and refill as needed.
- Affix a fold-down shelf from the wall as a folding station.
- Switch the door to the opposite side on the washing machine / dryer to allow for easier loading and unloading.