This article offers step-by-step guidance for organizing your laundry space to make doing laundry less of a chore and prevent clutter build-up in the bedroom (just in time for National Clean Your Room Day on May 10).
Washing laundry is one of life’s essential chores: there’s no escaping it. And if you don’t stay on top of your laundry game, even regular household wash quickly overwhelms your space. True confession: even laundry nerds like us have, on occasion, found ourselves sleeping under a pile of clean towels. Or (welp) digging through the dirty darks to find a wearable pair of jeans.
But there is hope! Using a few simple strategies can prevent you from getting lost under your laundry. With a little organization and planning, you can create a clutter-free laundry space with room for clothes (dirty and clean), laundry baskets, and cleaning supplies. The clean team at Heritage Park Laundry Essentials is here to show you how, step-by-step, to make your laundry life easier and tame bedroom clutter in the process.
Step 1: Declutter and Purge
For lots of us, the pandemic lockdown back in 2020 was a great opportunity to declutter and purge. But it’s been a minute, and clutter creep is definitely a thing. So take a hard look at your laundry room and get rid of the things you don’t need or use (ex: empty detergent bottles, recalled products like anything from The Laundress, cleaning supplies, items that take up space but serve no purpose). Donate or recycle any clothing or home linens you’re not using.
If you have a lot and can’t get to a local donation center, check if your local Salvation Army does pick-ups in your area. For home linens, like old towels and bedding, we like to drop ours to our local animal shelters, they’re always in need of these items - plus its a chance to stop and visit with a furry friend that’s waiting on their new home!
Step 2: Assess Your Space
Take a look around. Note the size of your space, and make sure you have enough good lighting to see what you’re doing. If your laundry area needs a fresh coat of paint, now’s the time. What kind of storage do you have? Is there enough storage space (cabinets, shelves) to store your supplies? Do you have room to store hampers and laundry baskets? Make a list of any improvements you need to make to your laundry space, keeping in mind that you can use stacking shelves and free-standing cabinets to maximize small space, as well as hooks and hangers to optimize wall space for items like your ironing board or drying rack.
Step 3: Invest in Storage Solutions
This is key to organizing your laundry space. Purchase hampers and laundry baskets to sort your clothes properly. If you need shelves, cabinets, or organizers to store laundry supplies, do it now. Having multi-bag hampers to sort your clothes by color or type makes is simple to sort clothes and linens based on color and weight (for example, all towels should be washed together). This will allow for balanced loads that wash and dry uniformly. And be sure to measure your space before purchasing any storage solutions to ensure they will fit properly, especially if you’re working with a small laundry room.
Large Capacity Laundry Sorter Cart
Step 4: Label Everything
We know it’s a little extra, but labeling everything in your laundry space is absolutely clutch for staying organized. That means labeling hampers and laundry baskets with the type of clothes they hold, such as whites, darks, or delicates and (if you want to go this far, clean or dirty. More on folding below). Label your shelves or cabinets with the type of cleaning supplies they hold, such as regular detergent, silk/wool detergent, wool dryer balls, etc. This will ensure you find everything you need to keep laundry moving right along.
Handheld Label Maker
Lint Bin for Laundry Room
Step 5: Create a Laundry Schedule
Creating a laundry schedule is easier than you think and a great way to keep your laundry running in a predictable and manageable fashion. Set a specific day or time each week to do your laundry, and stick to it. This will help prevent piles of dirty clothes from accumulating and ensure you know exactly where your kid’s clean soccer uniform is when it’s game time.
Dry Erase White Board
Step 6: Sort and Store by Season
A great way to keep both your laundry room and your closet clean, organized, and clutter free is to put away any seasonal items when they’re not needed. Using bins or storage bags are a great way to make more room by putting away big winter jackets during the warmer months, or stashing shorts and t-shirts in the winter.
Vacuum Compression Storage Bags
Step 7: Be a Fiend for Folding
It’s not always practical but to the extent you can, get that laundry folded and put away as soon as you pull it out of the dryer. This prevents clutter and wrinkles. Hang what needs hanging, roll, fold, and put away the rest.
Our picks: Hangers, T-shirt folding guide thing
Laundry Folding Board
Step 8: Store Supplies Close at Hand
Stock only what you need and keep it close. Our ideal laundry room shelf holds easy-to-store bottles of our concentrated Heritage Park All-Purpose Detergent and Heritage Park Silk and Wool Detergent, along with convenient Refill packs stored close by; fine mesh laundry bags for protecting delicate items: and wool dryer balls for softening and shortening drying time. We also keep a little stain station with clean towels for blotting; and a basin for pre-soaking. You can also make some space on your shelves -- and protect your laundry -- by ditching your fabric softener and dryer sheets. These are not good for your clothing or machines.
Step 9: Keep Your Space (and Machines) Clean
Laundry rooms have a tendency to get dusty with all the lint. We keep wipes on hand to keep the dust down. Also, empty your lint filter after every load to maximize the efficiency of your dryer, and check out this blog on keeping your front-loading washer clean and smelling sweet.
Step 10: Make It Fun
We get it: not everyone loves doing laundry the way we do. But it need not be drudgery. Keeping on top of the sorting, the schedule, and the folding will make laundry less of a chore. You can also pass the time with your favorite podcast, playlist, or TV program. And don’t forget to ask for help. Even the littlest family members can be a big help with tasks like matching up socks.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips for laundry room organization. As always, the Heritage Park Clean Team is here and ready to answer your questions about all things laundry-related!
Heritage Park Laundry Essentials
At Heritage Park, caring for fine fabric is our passion. As lifelong collectors of luxury sheets, towels, and cloths, we found many commercially available "gentle detergents" either damaged our fabrics or didn't get the job done, leaving stains. We knew we could do better. So we developed a laundry detergent with the perfect balance of powerful -- yet safe -- ingredients designed to remove tough, set-in stains while remaining gentle on luxury linens. Please connect with us at (800) 977-1841 or visit our store or email us with any product feedback or cleaning questions.