Transform Your Laundry Room in 4 Simple Steps
It’s important to start with a clean slate. This will allow you to rethink your laundry flow and determine where each of your items belong. Once it’s clean, you will find it easier to take stock of everything you have, including things that may not belong in the space.
Begin by removing everything. Empty out your drawers, cabinets and shelves. You now have a chance to deep clean the space! Use a vacuum with a hose to clean up any residual lint. Wipe down your laundry machines and cabinet spaces. A clean space is an inviting space, and it is much easier to keep organized when it is clean from top to bottom. Your laundry room is now a blank canvas, ready to make something new out of.
How do you dispose of your dryer lint? Keeping your space clean is an important step in keeping it organized. Nothing will dirty it quicker than out-of-control dryer lint. If this is a problem for you, try storing a garbage can within reach of your dryer. Make it easy to throw it away. If you have a small space and you are having trouble finding an easy solution to dispose of your dryer lint, consider a 1½ gallon garbage can. This can easily be stored on top of your dryer or any small space nearby.
Differentiating what you’re going to need closest at hand from what can be stored for later will help create more efficient systems. To do this, separate everything in your laundry room into two categories: essentials and non-essentials. Throw away items you do not use, and relocate items that aren’t used frequently or in this space.*
Our rule of thumb for knowing what items to throw away or relocate is simple: if you don’t use it, get rid of it! Keep infrequently used items from crowding your laundry essentials and move them to the space where they are used most often.
*Storing non-laundry items in your laundry room? Consider finding another place for them! If you keep all your cleaning supplies in your laundry room right now (a common source of clutter in laundry rooms!), try moving them to a closet or cabinet in another room in your house.
Think about your laundry flow when you do this! Keep in mind the things you’ll want to easily access. Choose designated areas for the products you use frequently, and group similar items together. Imagine what you’ll want within your reach when you start a load of laundry and keep those things together. Use the same mindset for items you want within reach of your dryer. (Remember the lint disposal tip from Step 1? This is when you’d want to implement that!)
Remember, there is no right or wrong way to design a space. The most important thing is that it works for you and your family.
The right storage containers will help you keep your space clean and beautiful! Here are some recommendations from Sabrina on storing essential items in your laundry room:
Keep your liquid detergent on a tray to easily clean up drips. We recommend using liquid detergents with clear packaging (such as The Laundress) or utilize a clear container with a spout. This helps you see the supply you have on hand so you know when you need to refill.
We recommend using a clear container to store your powdered detergent. A one gallon glass storage jar looks beautiful on a countertop, or one of our acrylic drawer organizers or storage caddies works great for this!
Switch to dryer balls instead of dryer sheets! These are reusable, eco friendly, long lasting, and easy to store. Similar to your powdered detergent, use a clear container to store your dryer balls.
Utilize a basket for all your laundry tools — keep everything in one place and looking clean! We recommend Calgary or Alpine for the laundry room.
Congratulations! Now that you’ve successfully cleaned out your laundry room, filtered your essentials and non-essentials, and added storage solutions that work for you, you’re ready to enjoy an efficient, peaceful laundry process!
We can’t wait to see your results! Tag us in your before & afters on social media and use the hashtag #saltspace!