Clear The Clutter In Your Laundry Room With These Tips by Dodworth Dua

The size of the average American home has more than doubled since 1950! Kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and family rooms have all experienced dramatic expansions. But one room has been largely ignored by architects and builders alike. The laundry room is typically a small, cramped space located on the main level or in the basement of the home. In spite of its size, it is often one of the busiest areas in the entire abode.
Americans do more than 400 loads of laundry per year, according to a recent study. That’s more than one load each and every day! Even with the right equipment, sorting, washing, drying, and folding can take nearly as long as it does to prepare a gourmet meal. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the right equipment. We simply deposit dirty clothes on a counter, in a sink, or even on the floor of the laundry room and leave it for later.
An easier way
Nobody ever said doing laundry was fun. But it doesn’t have to be a chore. The task becomes hard work when we ignore our environment and organization. Even if they don’t cook, most homeowners have well-appointed, well-organized kitchens. Food is stored in specific places, as are cooking implements, utensils, appliances, and Tupperware. This makes it easier to find things and to prepare a meal when necessary. But most folks don’t have the same discipline when it comes to their laundry rooms. In this article we will discuss a few simple tips that will help you streamline your laundry routine.
Presort
Separating whites from Brights, darks from delicates can add minutes to each wash cycle. Eliminate this unnecessary step by purchasing laundry hampers with compartments and placing them in common areas. Label each compartment and have the person depositing the clothes do the sorting themselves, instead of waiting for laundry day to do it all at once.
Designate spaces
We’ve all heard the expression, “A cluttered space equals a cluttered mind.” Well, when it comes to laundry it happens to be true. Homeowners who waste time on the wash generally have disorganized laundry rooms where nothing is ever in the same place. A well-organized room should be ready to go the moment you enter it. You shouldn’t have to clear counters or pick things up off the floor before you get to the laundry.
Even in a small space, you should make room for a folding station. This can be on a counter, an ironing board, or even on top of the washer or dryer. Yes, the tops of these machines should always be clear. Detergents, fabric softeners, stain removers, and other cleaning supplies should be kept in cabinets or on shelves. If you do not have room for them, purchase wire or plastic baskets and store them near, but not on top of the machines. That will only create clutter and get in your way.
Schedule laundry day
As we mentioned, the average family does more than one load of wash each day. Of course, that is only an average. Most homeowners wait for the weekend when they have spare time and can do several loads in succession. This is a helpful routine that lets other members of the household know there is a deadline for bringing their dirty clothes to the laundry room. Depending on the size of your family, you can do several loads on either Saturday or Sunday, or a couple loads on each day. Another added benefit is that clothes come out cleaner when they’re washed in large or medium loads, as opposed to a bunch of small loads.
Fold clothes ASAP
When you let clothes sit in the dryer after the buzzer sounds, wrinkles inevitable develop, which may have to be ironed out later. This extra step can be avoided if you simply fold your freshly-laundered clothes when they’re done. It is also a good idea to keep empty hangers nearby so that dress shirts can be hung while they’re still warm. As we mentioned earlier, if you have the space, it is always a good idea to make room for a folding area where entire loads can be folded and stacked in short order
Don’t overcrowd
Even though they are typically small spaces, homeowners have a habit of storing non-laundry-related items in their laundry rooms. They sometimes pack cabinets with extra bottles of soda, paper towels, and household cleaners. If at all possible, it is always best to reserve this area for laundry detergents, cleaners, equipment, and accessories. But if that is not an option, all non-laundry related items should be stored in the same place, away from the products you need to do a load of wash. Putting them in the same space will only slow you down on laundry day and make it harder to find what you need.

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