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How to Organize a Small Laundry Room

Organize a Small Laundry Room

Trying to organize a small laundry room can be a challenge but with a bit of creativity it is do-able! The trick is to maximize the space you have. Below are a few tips to get you started.

Now you see it, now you don’t

Every laundry room needs a area to air dry delicates, sweaters, etc. but if you are short on space you need a creative option. I LOVE this DIY Pull Out Sweater Drying Rack (click on the picture for instructions)

This awesome drying rack folds up when not in use and can be fitted with hooks for additional storage.

Not that handy? No problem. Hang one or more retractable clotheslines as seen below. There when you need it, gone when you don’t!

Go Vertical

Small laundry rooms are short on floor space so here we can utilize a wall with these washable hanging laundry baskets to sort out each load.

The space above your washer and dryer can be utilized in several ways. Depending on the space, hang cabinets or shelving to house detergents, spot treatments, clothes pins etc. Below you can see how to even use the space both OVER and UNDER the shelf using magnets!

Maximize the space above your washer and drying even further by installing a countertop that floats over both machines to create a folding/ironing rack (keep that linen closet organized and neat!) If you cannot install a permanent countertop, simply measure out and cut down a piece of plywood that fits right on top both machines and cover in fabric or contact paper to dress it up.

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5 Tips to Organize your Medicine Cabinet

How to to Organize your medicine cabinet Have you ever opened up your medicine cabinet and had something topple out on to the floor? If so…

It’s time to organize!

The first step in organizing any space is to go through what you have and apply the five “R”s (see 5 Tips to Organize Anything) While going through medications, check the dates of over the counter and prescription drugs and dispose of properly. It is not a good idea to flush or simply toss these items in the trash. When possible, take them to your local pharmacy for disposal. If not, crush pills and mix with used coffee grounds or kitty litter, place in a sealed bag then put in your trash. Before you toss those empty pill containers, consider repurposing them into pretty storage containers as seen below.

If you do not see a date on beauty products go by the “when in doubt, throw it out rule” If there is a change in texture, scent, color or if it separates, it should probably be tossed.

Remove all the shelves and attach a metal sheet behind them (see below) to utilize wasted vertical space. Pick up some magnetic spice containers (or make your own) to store small items that often get lost or topple over. Attach another sheet of metal to the inside of your cabinet and add magnetic strips. This is a great way to corral tweezers, scissors, bobby pins etc.

Look for containers and/or boxes to hold small items used daily like q-tips, cotton balls, etc. Try to find ones that stack and fit closely together in your space to maximize this prime real estate. Label the containers with contents and you are good to go!

Create a first aid kit or section in your cabinet so you don’t have to hunt around looking for the band aids, pain relievers, etc when someone (or you) need it quick!

Finally, take all those samples and teeny, tiny toiletries we all love to collect (you know you do!) and keep them out of the medicine cabinet. Instead, keep them in a mesh bag or the like and store them in a drawer. This way they are ready to go when you need them instead of falling all over the place when you don’t.

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5 Tips to Organize Your Linen Closet


Before you begin to organize your linen closet…

Go through everything currently in the closet and determine what you need and what you don’t (see last week’s post 5 Tips to Organize Anything for tips) Read More →

You’re making a list, you’re checking it twice!

It’s tough these days to keep up with life – between family, friends, work and other commitments who has time anymore to keep a perfect home?  The trick is time management and planning ahead!

Create a calendar – and stick to it!

Have a daily plan of attack. Break everything down – you know you need to accomplish some tasks daily – create a list and assign them AM and PM slots.  For example you can have unload the dishwasher in the morning, load and run the dishwasher in the evening.

The second part of the calendar should be for tasks that don’t need to be done daily. Maybe Monday is the perfect day to strip the beds.  Tuesday could be terrific to get to the bathroom and so on.   Just be sure not to overwhelm yourself by taking too much on one day!

Give yourself a day during the week for tasks that may only need to be done once a month. Cleaning all of the kitchen appliances for instance would be a great example of this!  Rotate through the tasks monthly and you’ll be amazed that everything gets done so efficiently.

Print it out for all to see.

Unless you live alone, you aren’t the only one making the mess!  Make sure everyone knows what’s on the plate any given day so they can do their part.  Make it pretty and frame it!  You can tie a dry erase marker to the frame so items can be checked off or crossed out upon completion, and reuse the same list again and again! (Keepin’ it green!)

I have found a nice variety of lists on the internet – if you get stuck and can’t figure out what to do next, just search “home cleaning lists” on Google in the images section, or use Pinterest if you have an account (and if you don’t you should get one – such a fun site!)

Happy cleaning!