Laundry Room Organizational Tips
"For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned." -- Benjamin Franklin
The following is a list of organizational tips Closet City has accumulated for home owners to help them begin planning an organized laundry room. For custom laundry room space planning ideas, view the Closet City Laundry Room Portfolio. And, we hope you will call Closet City for a custom solution to your home and laundry needs!
Common-Sense Laundry Room Design and Layout Tips
- Designate a spot near one of your machines for just laundry detergent and dryer sheets. Place items that are seldom used, like special cleaners or extra linens, on an upper shelf out of the way.
- Utilize a closet rod in your laundry room and save on ironing time; hang clothes up immediately after drying.
- Belt and tie racks keep closets neater and make finding accessory items easier. Sliding valet rods are great for getting that outfit ready for tonight, or as a spot to hang dry clean items.
- Include a small trash can in your laundry area for throwing away used dryer sheets and lint.
- Including a hamper or two, either in your closet or in the laundry room, helps keep your rooms free of unsightly “piles”.
- An ironing board, mounted in your closet or laundry area, conserves space and adds convenience. When you meet with one of our design consultants, be sure to browse through their collection of ironing board photos. There are several to choose from!
Ironing and Laundry Tips to reduce laundry headaches!
Simple changes to your routine or adding accessory items, shown here, can make a world of difference when it comes to doing laundry. Check it out!
- Spend more time sorting, and less time doing laundry. Don’t wait till wash day; sort laundry as you take off your clothes! Have two baskets in the closet, bathroom, or laundry room for dirty clothes — one for whites, and one for darks and colors. This way, you can just grab a basket and throw it in the wash.
- Make a point to remove your clothes from the dryer while they’re still warm. The longer they sit in your machine, the more they will wrinkle.
- If possible, iron shirts while they are still slightly damp — it will make the job much easier!
- Check the garment care label on the item you’re ironing and set the iron to the correct temperature. Using a setting that is too high won’t just ruin your clothes, the garment may stick to the sole-plate of your iron and ruin that too!
- When you iron with starch, iron quickly. Otherwise the starch may stick to the sole-plate of the iron and burn.
- If you’re ironing more than one garment, it is easier to start with the lowest heat and move upwards. That way you don’t have to wait for the iron to cool.
Dry cleaning suggestions
Remove your clothes from the plastic bags as soon as you get home from the dry cleaner. The bags look messy and hinder your ability to quickly see what is hanging in your closet. Most importantly, plastic bags can cause clothes to yellow and also trap the odor of cleaning chemicals inside.
So, you don’t have time to properly sort and hang your dry cleaning right away, yet you don’t want those freshly pressed clothes to get wrinkled? Having a telescoping valet rod handy allows you to safely hang items temporarily, and then when not in use it just slides out of the way.
Practical organizational tips for linen closets
- Use big, clear plastic bags with zippers to store fluffy comforters and extra pillows with volume. This keeps them from unfolding and covering all the space. Depending on how often they are used, you can place them at the very top or the very bottom shelf.
- You can organize sheets by size if they don’t belong to a set. If you have many sets, the best way to keep all the pieces together is by folding them and placing everything in one of the pillow cases of the set.
- Different size bath towels can be separated by using shelf dividers.
- Rolling up napkins and place mats in a box saves space, makes them easy to find, and avoids wrinkling.
Seasonal storage ideas
- Before storing garments at the end of the season, make sure they’ve been laundered or dry-cleaned.
- Any marks that aren’t removed will be almost impossible to get rid of next season!
- Storage areas should be clean, cool and dark. Avoid direct sunlight as it can fade garments and damage fabric.
- When the time comes to take your clothes out of seasonal storage, make sure you air them well before putting them back in your wardrobe.
- Stack your folded items from the lightest items on top to the heaviest items on bottom. Stacking items loosely will allow air to still circulate.
- Don’t smash your clothes to get storage container lids on!
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