Friday, February 24, 2012

{Simple Solutions} - Laundry Room Time Savers

     Spring is right around the corner... I can feel it. After all,  it is almost March, and so I have been thinking a lot about cleaning. Yesterday I reorganized my bookcase, and today I weeded out my girls winter clothes and started breaking out their short sleeve shirts... maybe I'm jumping the gun, but I don't care! I love to clean and organize, and I'm sure there are some of you out there who get the cleaning bug this time of year.... they don't call it spring cleaning for nothing. Tee hee hee.

     One place that I am terrible at keeping clean, however, is my laundry space. Yes, I call it a space because I live in an apartment, and my laundry space is in my hall. We just put an offer on a home that has an actual laundry room, and I seriously dream of how I want that little room to look. Since I kind of dread my little laundry space,  I'm lucky to just get laundry done on a weekly basis... so if any of you have some laundry motivation tips, please send them my way! I can use all the help I can get!


     That's why I have decided to hunt for some laundry room time savers. I need them, you need them, and I'm pretty sure every person out there who does laundry could use a few time saving tips. Here are some good ideas that can help us out:

1. Install a retractable clothes line or drying rack to help save on space. One idea that I love is to hang a ladder from the ceiling so you can dry clothes faster. If you want to take on this project, Little Lucy Lu can show you how.


2. Pre-sort your dirty clothes into hampers. It would be ideal to have 3 laundry baskets labeled whites, lights, and darks. When the hamper is full, just stick it in the wash. You won't waste time sorting clothes, which means more time to surf Pinterest. Ha!

3. Have a laundry room "Lost and Found". I actually do have one of these (shocker, I know!). I have a little basket for all those socks that are missing their significant other. I honestly don't know why 2 socks go in and 1 sock comes out... it's a sort of phenomenon, really.

4. Keep your powdered laundry detergent in a clear canister.  It makes the detergent look neater, eliminates messy pouring, and shows you when you're running low. See, isn't that pretty?

5. Stack dryer sheets in a shallow dish. It's easier to grab them from the dish than it is to grab them from the box. Plus, the box isn't the prettiest thing on the planet... just sayin'.

6. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. Mist a wrinkled shirt, fluff it in the dryer for 5 minutes, and you just might not have to iron.

7. Keep clothespins in a jar. They will always be handy, and you won't loose them!

8. Keep a lazy susan or basket handy for your clothespins, laundry detergent, spray bottle, and stacked dryer sheets. By being in one consistent place, you'll save time!

9. Keep a stain chart handy. Stains are the easiest to remove before they even have the time to set. If you're a genius and have every stain removal remedy memorized, then good for you! But if you're like me and quickly forget what removes what, a stain chart will save your life. Laminate a chart like the one found here, and hang it in your laundry room/space for easy reference.

10. Fold laundry as soon as possible. I honestly dread this, and procrastinate folding laundry until it's time to do another load. Horrible, I know. However, I have been trying to fold laundry as it comes out of the dryer. I have done this the past few weeks, and it literally takes just 10 minutes, and a load of laundry is done. It's so much easier to fold one load at a time, rather than waiting to fold 4 or 5 loads at the same time! A journey  of a thousand miles begins with one step, right?

Happy Organizing,
Claudia

5 comments:

  1. Well, here is my LIFESAVING laundry tip for you ladies. Those clothespins that you keep on hand all the time.... I use them daily! Because when my cute kiddos take off their socks, they get clothespinned together and tossed in the correct bin (whites, lights, darks). Those clothespins can be tossed in the washer attached to their little sockies... also through the dryer. In the end you may not need your "Lost and Found" because I have not had single socks for months! Its HEAVENLY.

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  3. Thanks for your tip on using clothespins for socks! I am definitely going to try it this week. Why didn't I think of that?

    Justine, welcome to our blog! Glad you stopped by!

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  4. I drooling over all those pics. I want my laundry room to look like that:> So much inspiration. New follower of your cute blog too!

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  5. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following. I'm following you back. I love all these tips. And I love your laundry area!

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