Whether you have a dedicated laundry room in which to use your natural laundry products or your washer and dryer share their space with your basement or garage, having a well-organized laundry “room” can not only save you time and energy, but it can make this necessary chore feel less burdensome. While many of us give careful consideration to organizing our kitchen pantry or home office, the laundry room often gets overlooked when it comes to home organization–but not anymore! Here are our favorite ways to organize your laundry room to make laundry day less laborious.
Empty the laundry room
First thing’s first: Wherever your washer and dryer live in your home, clearing out the clutter surrounding it is the best way to begin organizing your laundry room. Remove bottles of detergent, small appliances like irons and steamers, the ironing board, blankets, other linens and everything else, leaving only the washer and dryer in place.
Next, give it a thorough cleaning
Once you’ve cleared out your laundry room, it’s time to give it a thorough cleaning. Despite our best intentions, laundry rooms tend to be a magnet for lint that escapes from the dryer, pet hair, and dust. Take time to wipe down the machines, shelving, and walls with a damp microfiber cloth. These cloths pick up dust, lint, and hair effortlessly and you can throw them back in the laundry to re-use them when you’re done. Next, vacuum the floor–and if you can move your machines a bit to vacuum underneath and behind them, that’s ideal! Empty your dryer’s lint filter and vacuum the well in which it rests. Lastly, mop the floor to remove any residual dust or detergent spills.
Begin organizing by category
Now that your laundry space is clean, it’s time to put it back together in a way that makes doing laundry more efficient and helps you keep the space clean going forward.
To begin, you’ll want to sort items by category. If you already have storage bins, great! You can repurpose them for your laundry room. If not, consider investing in wire baskets that are sturdy, yet allow you to see what’s in them and can be easily washed off in case of spills or leaks.
In one storage bin, put your washing liquids and powders. That includes your stain remover, oxygen booster, L’AVANT Collective natural laundry detergent, and vinegar or bleach. In a separate storage bin, add the items you use for the dryer: L’AVANT Collective natural wool dryer balls, L’AVANT non toxic laundry oil in our proprietary Fresh Linen scent, and–if you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor clothesline–clothespins.
Finally, use the last storage bin for the odds and ends you need in your laundry room: garbage bin bags, batteries, lint rollers, microfiber cloths, and sweater stones.
Consider creative storage solutions
If your laundry space is lacking in storage, consider creative solutions like over-the-door racks that keep your iron and ironing board out of the way until you need them. Collapsible wall shelves allow you to hang delicates to air dry, then collapse flat so they don’t take up room in close quarters. Speaking of close quarters, foldable hampers make sorting easy, and they can be folded up when empty so as not to take up precious floor space. Last but not least, investing in a flat surface from a local home project store that you can put over the washer and dryer when they’re not in use makes for a great “folding table” that can be stored standing up or leaning against the side of the machines.
With just a little effort, your laundry room can become a neat, organized space that you don’t mind doing laundry in–and with the elevated design of L’AVANT Collective eco-luxe laundry products, you may even look forward to laundry day.