The laundry can be one of the most difficult rooms to keep clean and organised, and mine is no exception. First there is all the washing coming and going, then the cleaning products to be stored, and finally it can be a bit of a dumping ground for anything I find near that end of the house. But, with a bit of attention it can be more organised – and smell good (which is why I have also included a Air Wick Review in this post too). So, here are my top 5 tips for keeping the laundry organised.
Disclaimer: This post contains a gift review of Air Wick air freshener products.
Top 5 tips for keeping the laundry organised
Tip 1: Have a laundry schedule
When I first heard about laundry schedules (where you do one or two loads a day with a different item for each day of the week) I was a bit skeptical. I was usually doing three or four loads a day and couldn’t see how I could keep on top of things by only doing one load a day and only washing a certain type (like whites) once a week. But, I decided to give it a go and am so glad I did because it worked! As long as I stick to the schedule (which I don’t always do as there are holiday or other interruptions to the routine, or special items that need washed) I can keep on top of the washing.
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Tip 2: Find the best time that suits you for folding and putting away laundry
From what I hear from other people, and read on other blogs, finding time for folding and putting away the laundry is one of the main jobs that gets put off. Sorting, folding and putting away the laundry for a family can take quite some time so it needs to be scheduled. What works for one person may not work for you. For some, dealing with these tasks as soon as the washing is dry is the best option. For others, like me, this doesn’t work so I had to come up with a different plan. I usually get my washing in off the line, or out of the dryer, just before dinner. So, this is not a good time for doing the folding and sorting. After much trial and error, and huge mounts of washing piling up, I discovered that the best time for me was just after I have put the kids to bed. The laundry is next to their bedrooms, so I can keep an eye on them and make sure they are staying in their beds and not playing while I fold and sort the laundry. I then put away the piles that belong to my husband and me, and leave the kid’s piles until the morning. When they are old enough I will just put the piles in their rooms and they can put their own clothes away. And maybe some day I’ll get them doing the whole job!
Tip 3: Use baskets for sorting the laundry
Having labelled baskets for different types of washes really helps with keeping the laundry tidy and speeding up the laundry process. I keep the dark clothes in the white basket and he white clothes in the black basket so that it is easy to see what is inside. Now, instead of sorting through one huge basket and leaving piles all over the floor, everything is sorted as it is put in the room and I can quickly empty one basket into the washing machine. Don’t forget to check the pockets, though!
My labels can also be found in the Trinket Box.
Tip 4: Keep a container handy for those stray items you find in pockets
Talking of things in pockets… Having a place to store items temporarily is a great way to keep the place looking clean and organised. When I find stray items in pockets instead of just dumping it on the counter top I now put it into this storage box that I got from K-Mart. The other containers for my laundry powder and stain removers also came from K-Mart.
Tip 5: Cover and Label boxes for storage
The laundry is also the place where I keep my cleaning products. Some get used regularly and some are for ‘just in case’. Storing them in neat, labeled boxes helps to keep things organised and to look nice too. I have discovered that making things look nice helps motivate me to keep things tidy. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do this. Would you believe these boxes are just cardboard boxes for baby wipes? I started this project some time ago and you can see the tutorial here. The cleaning caddy and bathroom caddy contain the items I carry around with me when cleaning. The labels are also available in the Trinket Box.
Tip 6: Use Air Wick scented plug in to keep the room smelling as nice as you have now made it look
And now for the review! I have kindly been gifted some Air Wick products from the Life Scents Collection. I received three of the Scented oil plug ins – the Mystical Garden (marshmallow, raspberry and rose); the Turquoise Oasis (driftwood, sea spray and warm breeze) and the Winter Moments (baked pear, pie crust and vanilla). I also received the Mystical Garden spray which I am keeping in the bathroom.
We are not able to keep the window in our laundry open, so the room can get a bit stale and smelly, so when I received these products I knew where I wanted to test them. I first used the Mystical Garden plug in (which is why it is not in the picture – I just tore into it!). And what a difference it made to the room! The stale smelliness was immediately gone and a new very pleasant aroma now lingered. This really helped with getting me to stay in the room and fold that laundry pile!
A sure test that the product worked well was that I knew immediately when it had run out as the room was no longer smelling so sweet. I’m now trying the Turquoise Oasis and will keep the Winter Moments for when the weather gets colder. I will definitely be buying more of this product when my samples run out as they make such a difference to the room.
Tip 7: Put some pictures or quotes on the wall.
And finally, something else to make the room pleasant, so you want to be there. While the wallpaper is not my usual taste (it was there when we moved in) I actually don’t mind the bold colour in this space, as all the applicances are white. I decided to have a bit of a vintage theme for my laundry (which is why I designed the labels this way). I found a couple of old photos on the internet of people doing their laundry in Scotland (where I’m from) in the 1950s, edited them and put them up on the wall. I also created a poster with a bible quote about laundry and a vintage themed background.
Do you have any tips for keeping the laundry organised. I know I’ll still have to keep motivated to stick to my routine and get the laundry folded every day!
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