Over the next few weeks I am going on an Organizing, Spring Cleaning Journey, and I invite you to organize along with me.
While most of my house is pretty organized, there are a few places that get over looked, or just compile everything that does not have a spot, so it ends up being an organizer’s nightmare!
Side note- A LOT of people have called me “Monica” in the past…for all of you Friends fans, even Monica had her Closet of unorganized junk that she kept locked so no one could see, until Chandler broke into it…so I am letting you all break into my unorganized, cluttered areas. This is not easy for me, as I am quite embarrassed to show you these before pictures!
This week we are working on the Laundry Room.
First, the name Laundry ROOM makes me jealous, as I have no room, I merely have a hole in the wall where the builders attached 2 folding doors and said, ” Hey, lets call this the laundry area, and the owners can put their Washer and Dryer in here…well, I hope they can, did we make this hole big enough? Lets get out the measuring tape, Oh, no, that will take too much time, just say we HOPE a washing machine AND Dryer will both fit in there at the same time.”
Yes, I just have a hole in the wall, that I literally have squeezed my 2 machines into, and you can barely close the doors, and it is right outside the bedroom doors of my 2 oldest children, so if they are asleep, no laundry can be done with fear of waking them up!
So, this is my laundry HOLE room BEFORE:
On top of the shelf: TONS of household cleaners, in containers, but not organized, and many I never really use. Laundry detergent, bleach, and on the far right some chikdren’s games that will not fit on our game shelf. Hanging are the clothes of my 2 year old. He does not have his own closet, so this has been part of his closet. However, they are in the way of getting to the knobs on the dryer. On the Dryer, the kids’ dirty laundry basket, and odd socks in a pile.
First, I knew that I had to do something about the clothes, and secondly, go through the cleaning supplies. Third, get those games off this shelf, and into the play room or kids’ closets!
I had my husband put a small 4 foot wire shelf in our closet that we can hang Mr. Briggs’ clothes on. That was such a relief! And, it did not cost much at all.
Then I grabbed a garbage bag, and started sorting the cleaners. Many were old, or I just found other cleaners that I liked better, and some where taken to the garage for cleaning objects outside.
Now, here is my new Laundry hole:
On the shelf: The black basket houses cleaning rags, The blue container holds bathroom cleaners, and the green basket contains household cleaners ( furniture polish, oil, etc.) Then the laundry detergent.
I LOVE having things in containers, it keeps them housed nice and neatly. When I go to clean the bathrooms, I just pull down the blue bin, and when I am dusting or polishing, I just pull down the Green basket.
My favorite part of this is the odd socks, I have them pinned up with plastic clothes pins from Dollar Tree. This way, when I fold laundry, and I have an odd sock, I can easily see if the matching sock is hanging, and pair them, or if not, then it us hung until its mate is found.
Such a reflief; I have shown you my laundry hole, now tell me about yours!