It is not difficult to organize the laundry room or linen closet. This easy to follow checklist takes the guesswork out of what you need to do. You’ll have an organized laundry room in just a few hours by following these tips.
Whether you have a full-size closet for your linens or if they are on a shelf in your laundry space or even a cabinet in your bathroom, this is prime real estate as you have many items you have to keep here.
From sheets and towels to toilet tissue, cleaning supplies and more, these spaces are home to many items you need — some of them every single day. The idea is to keep this space clean and organized so that you can find what you need when you need it. That can be a virtually impossible task if your area is not kept tidy and organized.
Since some people have a linen closet and laundry room combined, and other have separate areas, I wanted to make sure our checklist would work for all of you. Print it out by signing up below (access our library to find all of the forms).
You will also find all steps outlined at the bottom of this post, in detail, to help you understand more about what each step entails.
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HOW TO ORGANIZE THE LAUNDRY ROOM AND LINEN CLOSET
Step 1: Remove all items that do not belong in the space
This is the first thing you must do when you want to organize the laundry room. You may see shoes, blankets or even toys lying in the laundry room.
Your linen closet may be housing electrical cords or items that should be in another location in your home. Take a moment to move these to their proper place (make sure you put them away, so you don’t create more clutter in a new space).
Step 2: Remove all items from closets, shelves, and cupboards
Empty all cabinets and drawers and set the things aside. Wipe everything down before returning any items.
Step 3: Go through all items removed before returning them to their place
Before you put anything back, you should go through it all. Here is a simple guide to follow:
TOWELS and WASHCLOTHS
1. Keep no more than 2 – 3 bath towels, two hand towels and four washcloths per person living in your home.
2. Fold large towels in half and then half again and finally into thirds to ensure they fit onto the shelf correctly.
3. Check for holes, threads and discard.
4. If new towels are needed, make a note so you can order at the next big sale.
1.Keep no more than two sets of sheets per bed (if more than one is the same size, you can keep just two total).
2. Fold the flat and fitted sheets and one pillowcase and place inside of one pillowcase. Doing so holds everything together and makes it easy to grab when needed.
1. Toss anything that you no longer use.
2. Discard anything that is leaking or torn packaging.
3. If the item is more than one year old, dispose of properly.
4. Make a list of anything you need to purchase.
4. Put items back into the cabinet or closet neatly
Place like items together and keep those you do not use as frequently higher up on the shelves. You may also need to add bins or baskets to help hold smaller items so that they do not roll around and fall onto the floor
2. Paper Towels
3. Additional household supplies (cleaning, soaps, etc.)
CENTER SHELVES: (eye level for ease in accessing)
1. Bath Towels
3. Hand Towels
4. Basket with smaller items (brushes, sponges, etc.)
BOTTOM SHELF OR FLOOR:
1. Toilet Paper
3. Trash Bags
5. Clean appliances
Make a bowl with hot soapy water (I use dish soap). Scrub the tops sides and doors. Make sure to clean the soap dispenser as well. You may need to use bleach to remove mildew or mold that may build upon the gasket around your washing machine door.
Use a vacuum to clean out the lint trap on your dryer. If needed, use a crevice tool to get into small cracks
6. Clean behind appliances
Move the appliances and vacuum and clean behind/underneath. You want to get all of the lint and dirt that has accumulated cleaned up.