THE CLUTTER CLEANSE (PART SIX)
The Laundry Room and Mud Room
Laundry and mud rooms are probably the most rewarding places to organize because whatever we do to make life easier for ourselves there will flow into the rest of the house and save time. In these rooms we need to find a place for dirty, wet and bulky items that will still be seen and easy to reach.
Most new homes are built with cabinets in both rooms. Cubby hole storage makes sorting clean laundry and storing supplies easy. It’s also nice to have cubbyholes for each member of the family so they can put their own laundry away. Front-loading appliances allow the top of the machines to be used for folding laundry. The room should have practical and functional storage as well as look good.
Furniture can be substituted for shelves, cubes or cabinets if need be. Anything with a surface and storage is going to make your life easier: Bookshelves, etageres, sideboards are all very useful. Use your imagination. You can even move an unused piece of furniture from another room in the house, and it can be repurposed as the new utility piece of the laundry or mud room. Tables are nice in these rooms because we can always use a work surface for folding laundry, sewing (Does anyone else out there still sew? I do!), wrapping or sorting.
Baskets in a laundry room can be helpful to store small items. You can store cleaning supplies, clothespins, miscellaneous items you pull from pockets, all in containers. Some containers you might use are canning jars, cookie jars, canister sets, plastic storage boxes and wood crates. One thing to keep in mind — the easier they are to clean, the better!
A place to hang clothes while they dry is helpful as well as a place to store rags and dirty clothes, sheets, and towels waiting to be washed. Pegs, racks, and stands are useful items to have in the laundry room and mud room to store wet things, shoes, jackets, and bags.
If you have lots of room, a bulletin board or chalkboard for family information and notes and mail slots are nice too. A dream mudroom would have a sink, a towel bar and hook, a basket for pet sundries, a can for pet food, a bench and a table for laying things as we come in the door. This is also a good place to store firewood.
Keeping your laundry and mud rooms organized can be very rewarding because it will keep dirt out of the rest of the house and make your cleaned laundry feel cleaner.
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