Time to Organize the Linen & Laundry Areas

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This month we’ll be organizing the linen and laundry areas on Zone Defense.

laundry room before

Last year we went through our homes, room by room, one month at a time, tackling clutter and getting on zone defense. This year, we’re doing it all again.

I dunno about you, but my house certainly drifts toward chaos, so it certainly doesn’t stay clean and organized for any length of time. By revisiting each area of the house, though, I can get some semblance of order happening someplace at some time.

This month we’re looking into the areas where we do laundry or store linens. You might, like my mom, have a tiny corner of the garage or basement where the washing machine and dryer are located, or you might have a dedicated room for washing and folding clothes like we do.

It doesn’t matter where or what size, this month we’re going to be putting it together and getting rid of the excess. So, here’s your assignment for the month:

Tackle your laundry area and linen closet.

The process is going to be the same as we’ve discussed before:

Clear out.

Pull everything out of the area. Yes, it’s all going to look worse before it gets better. That’s how it goes. Give it a good cleaning (scrubbing, dusting, mopping, vacuuming) while it’s empty.

Throw out.

Ditch the unwanted or unused items. Do you use it? Do you love it? Does it add value to your home or tasks?

Do you have a laundry product that you bought three years ago and hate? Throw it away!

Is there a pile of mending that you’ve “been meaning” to fix but haven’t? If your kids have outgrown the stuff, it’s time to send it on. If it’s still usable, then get out the needle and thread. Spend an hour and get it fixed.

Get it in line.

Organize what’s left in a manner that suits your family and your life. Without coming to your house, we can’t really tell you how to put things back. Some rules of thumb would be to store things where you use them and to make it easier to put away than take out.

Go for the three-point shot.

You get bonus points if you do something crazy like clean out the dryer hub or take apart the washing machine to clean it. I’ve never done either and our machines are now three years old. Someday….

My Before’s

Since I am a glutton for punishment want you to know you’re not alone, here are my before pictures of my laundry area, laundry room, and linen cupboard. It’s not horrible, but it’s certainly been neglected.

Laundry room cabinets

laundry shelves before

You can tell that I stockpile my laundry supplies, eh? I also have a few things just stashed in here that aren’t being used. I can definitely make better use of this storage space.

Laundry overflow area

laundry area before

We’ve got a new laundry schedule going where each pair of kids has a different day of the week to do their laundry. No more laundry parties for us. I decided that the only time dirty clothes were going to go into the laundry room would be right before someone planned on washing them. This has helped my peace immensely.

The system seems to work pretty well except for when the above happens. Every once in a while clean sheets, towels, or other  randomness gets left behind. I’m wondering if I should just take the table away from this area? If there’s no place to pile anything, will a pile grow?

Linen cupboard, just to the right of above picture

linen cupboard before

This is the stashing place for things that I don’t want to deal with as well as paper products and extra bedding. It’s due for a makeover, eh?

So, I’ve got my work cut out for me. I’ll be dealing with our messes and reporting back at the end of the month. As for you?

Get thee to the laundry area and take an assessment.

Are you in?

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  1. For a minute I thought we were supposed to do this today —- aacckkk!!!! We have a month to do this – OK, this is definitely do- able. thanks for posting the challenge!