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It's day 15 of neatntiny.com's 30-Day Spring Tidying Challenge! We're halfway there! If you're just joining us, check out the link above explaining how it works and the links below for what we've covered so far.
Don't feel like decluttering the whole house? No problem! Just pick and choose:
Day 1: Kitchen Counters
Day 2: Under the Sink
Day 3: Dining Area
Day 4: Cutlery & Utensils Drawers
Day 5: Tupperware Drawer
Day 6: Remainder of Kitchen Drawers, Cabinets & Pantry
Day 7: Fridge & Freezer
Day 8: Front Entryway
Day 9: Mudroom/Back Entry
Day 10: Catch Up
Day 11: Powder Room
Day 12: Living Room
Day 13: Walk-In Closet
Day 14: Master Bedroom
Today we're organizing the laundry room!
If you haven't already, please subscribe for a free, printable 30-Day Spring Tidying Challenge schedule!
Below are my suggestions for how to declutter the laundry area:
1. Clear out the area. Clear everything off the floor and off your shelves/cabinets.
2. Clean. Sweep or vacuum the floor. Wipe down flat surfaces.
3. Decide what to keep in the laundry room.
- You don't need much in here. Full disclosure: we don't have a laundry room, per se. Our washer and drier occupy a sad, little, utterly unglamorous corner of the basement. A single shelf houses the detergent, fabric softener, and clips for a pull-out clothesline. It ain't pretty, but it gets the job done!
4. Divide everything into four groups/bins:
i) belongs in the laundry room
ii) belongs elsewhere in the house
iii) fit to donate/sell used
5. Return the items you've decided to keep in your laundry room. Organize.
Here's some drool-worthy laundry room inspo for you:
Image via: Homes to Love. A wall-mounted ironing board that can be tucked away into the wall? Yes, please!
Image via: Southern Living. This is the kind of laundry room you can serve cocktails in.
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Pull-Out Laundry Storage Tower ($23.60, Amazon.com). Clever storage that tucks out of sight!
Wall-Mounted Ironing Board Holder ($16.99, Amazon.com).
6. Redistribute the items that belong elsewhere in the home.
7. Donate. Take the boxes designated as 'to sell/donate' and put them somewhere out of sight, but accessible (i.e. mudroom or basement). You'll continue to add to these each day for the rest of the month, with the casualties of each day's tidying task. At the end of the month, you can make a trip (or several) to your local donation bank and/or go on an online selling spree.
8. Dispose of and/or recycle items from the designated garbage/recycling bins.
That's if for day 15! Days 16 and 17 are the linen closet and home office. We don't have either of these in our home, so I'm not going to be much help to you there! (We keep our linens folded in our bedroom drawers and when I work from home, I do so from the kitchen table and couch.) So, there won't be a post for these days. But, you can apply the same eight-step framework we've been following all along to each of those rooms and get 'er done!
Check back again on day 18, when we tackle the family bathroom!
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