Your laundry room
Where do you do your laundry? Do you have a laundry room or do you have laundry equipment in the kitchen? Wherever it is, it needs to be organised.
How often does your washing machine get cleaned? Are your washing detergents organised?
Do you have old expired bleach? Believe it or not, bleach expires and quite quickly too.
The laundry areas can get untidy very quickly, as your washing machine and tumble dryer, if you have one are flat surfaces, and flat surfaces attract clutter.
What do you do with stray socks? How about the small change in people’s pockets?
Look at the area around your machines, is everything there specific to washing clothes and linen or do you have a collection of odds and ends.
An idea for those of us who have very little or no designated laundry space, are baskets where you can put similar items into. A basket to hold all your softeners and bleaches and another for a small sewing kit for repairs.
How can you have clean clothes and linen if the area is in chaos?
Does it belong?
The first aspect to laundry is getting the area sorted. Get rid of anything that isn’t to do with laundry. Clean out the space, whether it is a cupboard or a room. Empty old and expired laundry supplies and throw the containers away or recycle them, find new ways to neatly store everything.
Once your clothing is washed, it often needs ironing. Make sure your iron and ironing board are both in good condition.
Are you able to dry laundry on a rainy day without your tumble dryer? If you have the space, maybe consider putting up a retractable washing line on the wall. This may be especially important if you have small babies or you live in an apartment building where the washing lines are often on the roof.
It is also a good idea to have a small basket to collect your stray socks. That way you may periodically be able to find the matching sock.
Collecting the lost and found
I read an article a while ago where a lady had a small jar in her laundry room and any money found in pockets went into the jar. I also think another idea would be a catch all basket, anything found in pockets would go into this, e.g. pens, ticket stubs or parking stubs etc.
Do you have any idea on how to remove stains? What to use for what type of stain. A good idea might be to create a stain removal kit to keep with your laundry detergents.
Do you have a laundry room? How old was your oldest item in the laundry room?