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When I was a young mom with very small kids at home, I took a seminar on home organization. There was a lot of good info, but one thing the instructor said really stuck with me. She said in the year after you have a baby, just try to keep up with making dinner and doing laundry. Let everything else slide when you need to. To be honest, dinner and laundry slid sometimes too, but that little piece of advice really took the pressure off. It made me feel like a hero if I could just get those things done on a regular basis, instead of feeling like a failure for not being on top of everything. A huge thank you to that wonderful home organization guru that actually got what real life was like!
Yesterday, we tackled meal planning to make getting dinner and other meals on the table more manageable. Today we'll take a look at how an organized laundry room will make the never ending chore of laundry a little more doable. (By the way, those very small kids are now in the teenager/tween phase of life and do their own laundry. It does get easier!)
Laundry Room Organization Ideas:
- Figure out your hamper strategy and make sure everyone in the house gets it. In our house, each bedroom has a hamper that easily can be taken to the laundry room when it is time to do laundry. I have friends that have multiple hampers in the laundry room or another central location like a bathroom. All family members take dirty clothes to that location and sort them into the appropriate hampers. I'm not sure any one method is superior. The best system is the one that works for you.
- Share the laundry joy. Even very small children can help with laundry. Sorting dirty laundry by color, matching socks, etc. Add more responsibility as they get older and eventually they will be doing their own laundry. Personally, I believe most 10-12 year olds are capable of taking full ownership of their laundry.
- Repurpose empty containers to hold your DIY laundry products. Slim & Sassy TrimShake containers are a perfect size for laundry detergent, dryer balls, clothes pins, and other laundry supplies.
- Use roller ball bottles for spot treating stains. Add On Guard Laundry Detergent to a roller bottle or two. Keep one in the laundry room and one in your purse for on-the-go spot treatment.
Add a rolling cart to your laundry room to hold DIY supplies. You can even find narrow carts designed to fit in between your washer and dryer. This is a perfect place to store DIY cleaning product supplies like baking soda, washing soda, white distilled vinegar, liquid Castile soap, and Borax.
- Place a missing sock basket on the counter or on top of the dryer. Pairs usually get reunited after a load or two, but if a lone sock sits in the basket for weeks or months, it can be repurposed as a dusting or cleaning rag.
- Replace dryer sheets with dryer balls. You will save money, cut down on waste, and reduce your toxic load. Add 2–4 drops of Lavender or any favorite essential oil to the dryer balls.
- Keep a bottle of these essential oils in the laundry room and add them to the rinse cycle:
DIY Laundry Recipes
CLOTHES WASHING POWDER (FOR MACHINES INCLUDING HE):
- 16 cups Baking Soda
- 12 cups Borax
- 8 cups Soap Flakes (can grate bars of soap)
- 3 tbsp Essential Oil of Choice, i.e. Lavender, Lemon, Grapefruit, etc.
Combine ingredients, mix with a wire wisk. Use 1/8 cup per load.
Makes enough to last a family of 4 one year. Can reduce the recipe by 1/4 for a smaller batch.
Choose a container big enough to accommodate the chemical reaction of the baking soda and vinegar. Combine ingredients starting with water, essential oils, and baking soda. Add vinegar slowing to avoid volcano effect.
Do you have laundry room organization tips to share? Leave us a comment.