My laundry room is far from perfect, and it definitely doesn’t look like it belongs in a magazine, but it is a very useful utility room in my home. More than the laundry room itself – that’s a different project-, I needed to put some order inside the cabinets.
A laundry room could be that, a full blown room with lots of space where not only laundry but other tasks could be performed. Or it could only be a laundry closet with just space for the machines and a few shelves for storage. My laundry room is more like a passageway between the garage door and the family room, with a washer and a dryer side to side, a small sink and two cabinets.[AdSense-A]
My main intention with the launch of these 52 weeks of decluttering, is to strip my home of unused and unwanted stuff, return everything to its place and find a place for everything that does not have one. If you know me by now and have been following me and this challenge, I am sure you can predict what I did in the laundry room: I stripped the cabinets, decluttered, cleaned and added inexpensive storage, to make it functional and pretty without spending a fortune.
Determine Your Laundry Room Essentials
The cabinets in your laundry room- or the shelves in your laundry closet- might seem like the perfect hideaway for underused or totally unused things. Don’t let that thought turn your laundry room area into a cluttered room that makes you want to run away. Instead, transform it into a neat and useful utility room that can actually help you keep the rest of your home in order as well.
A couple of years ago, I wrapped a few cardboard boxes in scrapbook paper and created a semi-organized system inside one of the cabinets. But -like everything else- it gets cluttered and disorganized with time. Even though I had a few defined zones and limits, I broke my own rules and started accumulating too much (i.e: candle jars, electronics, toys).
LEFT CABINET – BEFORE
LEFT CABINET – AFTER
I basically kept the same categories in place but reduced the amount of clutter after a good purge. These are some of the things I keep in my laundry room cabinets. Some links may be affiliate links.
- Deodorizer plug-ins, refills, wax melts, essential oils, room fresheners.
- Candles jars, and oil warmers
- Batteries – These battery organizers are perfect to keep them neat and tidy and, also good to keep track of our inventory. The baby wipes case that sits on top of the battery cases, holds used batteries to be recycled later.
- Lost & Found – I find this to be such an useful basket. If we find something that does not have a place -or an owner- we toss it here. And if we are looking for something and can’t remember where we put it, we look in this basket.
- Lightbulbs – all types and sizes.
- Outdoors / Protection – sunblock and bug repellent.
- Right above the dryer – Dryer sheets, at-home dry cleaning kit, mesh bags for delicates.
- Change cup – my husband empties his pockets here every night, and I empty my wallet (it can get pretty heavy) after a few weeks. After a year and half, we have an average of $300.00 in loose change!!
The right cabinet is located right above the washer. It was in even worse shape. A shoe box containing a countertop steamer that I have never used and never will, a complete set of hardware for curtains (in the cardboard boxes), towels and cloths in complete disarray, and a collection of gadgets that make the shelves look cluttered and dirty.
RIGHT CABINET – BEFORE
RIGHT CABINET – AFTER
I kept my collection of cleaners and gadgets confined to a couple of baskets (bottom right), two small baskets hold cloths and random things.
I don’t have a green thumb, but I do have a set of garden shears to snip fresh flowers every now and then, so I designated a small basket for them and for some flower food packets.
I also keep inside this cabinet, all the manuals of all the major appliances such as: washer, dryer, stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher. I have always had them stored in a clear zippered bedding pouch, but for a more clean look, I tucked them inside an inexpensive magazine folder. I am still working on transforming the laundry room. It needs a fresh coat of paint and I have been drooling over several others I have pinned on my Laundry Room Makeover board.
Hoping to have inspired you to go clean and declutter another room in your home!
Have a great day!