It’s week number two of “Get Organized” month and I know you are ready to get moving! We’ve tackled our kitchen and made it into a less cluttered and more efficient space. The next two spaces we will organize are the entry ways to our home and our beloved laundry room. (No eye rolls please!). You need your timer and your white and black trash bags. (White for donations and black for trash.) You may want to get a cardboard box for breakable items too.
Days One and Two: Entry ways.
Stand in the most used doorway into your home. Do you get a feeling of peacefulness and joy? Why not? Assess what is there. Do you need to make a space to store those items or can they be put where they belong? I discovered that soccer bags, backpacks and shoes were a constant at my back door entry way so I bought storage cubes that now hold those items that way my children can keep their Best indoor soccer shoes at home. I also added command hooks to the inside of a cabinet at that entry way that hold my purse and keys. Never again was I on the hunt trying to find those much needed items. Set your timer for 30 minutes. Go! Toss, donate or put away. Now, sweep the floor, clean the glass on the door, wipe the fingerprints off the door handle area and take a look. Nice? Maybe you can even hang a favorite picture or add fresh flowers to a nearby table. Your home is your sanctuary, your safe place to feel happy with those you love. Entering and having a feeling of joy after a long day is important. Spend 30 minutes at each entryway.
Day Three: Laundry Room upper cabinets.
Set your timer! Empty one cabinet at a time. Wipe the shelves clean. Toss broken or damaged items. Donate items that are useful, but not being used. Now, group like items together. I like the Sterilite latch boxes at Walmart for the laundry room because they stack. The white stackable baskets also work well depending on your shelf size. Some things I store in my laundry are light bulbs, batteries, hurricane radio, candles, cleaning supplies, rag towels, animal supplies, tools, laundry supplies and more. 30 minutes! Go!
Day Four: Lower cabinets
Typically, the lower cabinet in the laundry is the one under the sink cabinet if there is one at all. Use the same protocol as we used on the upper cabinets. Remember, keep chemicals in the higher cabinets and away from children and pets.
Day Five: Flat surfaces in the laundry room
For me, this consists of a space for folding the dry clothes. Everything the kids bring into the laundry room tends to land in this space. Now is the time to get it put away, toss it or donate it. 30 minutes!! Go! Don’t forget to wipe the counter! Stand back and enjoy your work.
Day Six: Catch up on laundry and add laundry time to your daily calendar. Throw a load in the washer in the morning and dry, fold and put away when you get home. Some schedule a week’s worth of laundering to be done in one day. Tip: Use a lingerie bag to hold the single socks waiting to find their mate. Who knew your laundry room was a singles bar!
Be sure to check back next week for the second week of quick and easy home organizations tips!
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