When it comes to reorganizing your laundry room, there is no “one size fits all”….or even most. When it comes to your removing clutter from your laundry room, though, we can all go through the same steps.
- Remove anything from your laundry room that doesn’t serve a purpose.
- If you come across something in your laundry room that’s broken, throw it away or fix it ASAP.
- If you decide something in your laundry room needs to go, take care of this right away by throwing it away or donating it. If you decide to sell it, take a picture and post it to your favorite selling website (Craigslist, eBay, Facebook) right away before you forget!
- Find a home for everything you decide to keep. Consider using a label maker, especially if you expect your family/roommates to put everything in its new proper place.
This is sort of part 2 of reorganizing my entry way, because like I’ve said before, my laundry room is also the mudroom right off our front entrance.
In my laundry room, I knew there were SO MANY things that didn’t belong there. Just like I mentioned when I walked you through the process of decluttering my entryway, this has become a dumping grounds, because the entrance to the garage is in this room. Also, it is tiny, especially since it serves as an entrance AND laundry room. Luckily, I have built in cabinets in there to help with storage and hiding the less pretty stuff.
This is my laundry room before I removed the clutter:
There was a random plant, a hand vac, some glass bottles, extra laundry detergent I bought when it was on sale, and a fire extinguisher on the counter for everyone to see when they come in our house. Pretty much all of this needed a new home.
Above the counter in one of the cabinets we had tools, baskets for gloves, and random stuff on the top.
In the other cabinet above the sink was the cleaning, laundry, and ironing supplies.
Under the sink was a MESS. I just kept shoving things in there, I mean I literally had to shove things in to get them to fit! It’s embarrassing, really. There’s some cleaning supplies in there, as well as extra paper towels, plastic bags, and old towels (just in case!).
Under the counter there are a couple shelves that just have random things on them that we didn’t know where to put when we first moved in. (Yes, they are still there after over a year!) We used the floor to put our shoes, and had a garbage for dryer lint.
During the process of removing clutter, I filled a bin with things that needed a new home in our house. I also made one pile of things I needed to donate, and another pile of things I needed to fix. Embarrassingly, I found one of my husband’s shirts that I was supposed to resew a button on for him….like when we were at our old house. (You didn’t need that shirt, did you Andy?)
The last thing I did was find a new home for everything that was going to stay in this space:
There’s a lot less on the counter now, so I could actually use this space for laundry purposes! I decided that all of our shoes and outdoor gear could fit in the entryway closet or our master closet, so this became the dog’s zone. His dog food container is on the counter now, and his bowls replaced our shoes on the floor. No more nasty dog dishes in the kitchen. Yay!
I also gave the bottom shelf of this cabinet to the dog. His leash and extra collars are in the basket. There’s also his treats, meds, and grooming supplies. The middle shelf is still Andy’s tools, so I organized the top shelf with nails, screws, hooks, etc.
The other cabinet is still the designated spot for occasional cleaning and laundry supplies, but it’s more organized now. Now I can see all of the cleaning supplies I have on the top shelf (being the shorty that I am), which is nice.
I removed the old towels and cleaning supplies from under the sink. (I created a spot for these in the utility room in the basement). Now there’s ample room for my bulk paper towel purchases, napkins, and tissue box stuffed full of plastic shopping bags. This is where I moved the extra laundry detergent and bleach I had on the counter before. I also moved the ice cream buckets I use occasionally for cleaning to this cabinet.
The space under the counter looks way better and is more organized. I lined the shelves with contact paper (that I found on there in the first place- it was meant to be). I put sunscreen and bug spray on the top shelf so it’s convenient when we are heading out in the summer. I still have towels there to wipe off the dogs feet when he comes back in from the back yard, as well as a designated spot for items that belong to other people that I need to give back. The top shelf has flashlights, light bulbs, and batteries, all organized in the drawer organizer that was already there but full of office supplies (those I obviously moved to the office).
As you can see, just clearing the clutter from a room can make a big difference! I didn’t do anything spectacular to reorganize the space, and I didn’t buy I single thing for this project. I simply removed what wasn’t necessary and reorganized what was left. When you are doing this in your own laundry room, take into consideration what you want the space to be used for, not just what it’s currently being used for.
Go ahead and begin scouring Pinterest for some (prettier) 🙂 laundry room organizing ideas. There are so many ideas out there for organizing in small spaces- I just love it. I hope you enjoy having a laundry room that’s clutter free! Let me know how it goes!
(Stay tuned for the reorganization of my craft and game closet!)