Article Summary:Lighten your load by organizing the laundry room.
Lighten Your Load
Do you dread doing laundry? Are the piles growing out of control? Putting it off won't make it go away. Let's face it - dirty laundry is a fact of life. But doing laundry becomes less of a chore when you have an efficient, pleasing room to do it in. If you want to create a laundry room that not only looks good but also works well, here are some tips to help.
Before making any attempt to organize the laundry room, do a thorough purge of old, unused supplies. Toss out misshapen hangers, the box of hardened laundry detergent and all those socks without partners you've been saving in hopes of a reunion. Any items that don't belong in a laundry room can be placed in a `move elsewhere' box for now and distributed to the appropriate room later.
Consider the various tasks that have to be done and create proper places for these activities. In addition to a washer, dryer and sink, you'll need an area to sort, air-dry and iron. You'll also need a convenient storage area for supplies.
To air-dry delicate items, use a retractable clothes line, a folding drying rack, or a shower curtain tension rod hung over the washer and dryer.
Ironing With Ease
If you have a front-loading washer and dryer, install a countertop over the machines for folding clothes. If you want to use it as a handy ironing surface, build the countertop out of MDF, glue some foam on top and cover it with heat-resistant sailcloth. Alternatively, you can install a hinge-top table that hangs from the wall and folds out of the way when not in use; hang the ironing board and iron on an over-the-door hanger to save space.
More Timesaving Tips
Now that you've made your laundry room functional, reward yourself by making it esthetically pleasing as well. Paint it a cheerful colour, add a colourful throw rug and hang something decorative on the wall.
Following these simple tips will wash away your laundry day blues, making the chore quicker, easier and more pleasant. Once you've created an attractive, functional space with easy access to all your supplies, you'll spend less time doing laundry and more time enjoying life.
Hellen Buttigieg, CPOŽ, is an award-winning Certified Professional OrganizerŽ, life coach, Gemini - Nominated TV Host and President of We Organize U. For free tips on organizing your home, your office and your life, visit www.WeOrganizeU.com and sign up for her newsletter, emailed to you monthly. To contact Hellen or for information on hiring a We Organize U organizing specialist, call 905-829-2219 or e-mail info@WeOrganizeU.com.