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In the past few weeks several people have asked me for organizational advice. My super-organized mother instilled it in my upbringing, making it almost second nature to me. But one of my friends complained that she hadn’t been trained as I had, and needed to know how I did it, step by step. Over the next few weeks (or possibly longer), I will lay out how I organize various areas in my house to be effective and efficient.
This week I’m tackling the laundry, because this area seems to collect dirt and clutter fast.
Step 1: Know What You Have
Remove everything from the area. That means all the gooey bottles, boxes with a smidgen of something left, and empty stain sticks as well.
Step 2: Purge
Go through everything. Chances are you have a product you bought for its amazing abilities and then abandoned it when it didn’t live up to the promises. Get rid of empty containers as well.
Step 3: Clean Your Spaces
This is the hard part. Laundry areas collect fuzz, lint, and dirt. Move the appliances and clean beneath. Vacuum out your dryer to prevent lint buildup (which could cause a fire). Make sure your hoses are properly clamped. Clean off the tops of the appliances, and run a rag around the dials. Clean out the doors. You get the idea.
Step 4: Put It Back
At this point, your laundry area should be ready to be restocked. Put things back in an organized fashion. If something is prone to drip, put something to catch the drips.
Step 5: Add Other Supplies
Go through your closets and pull empty hangers together. Store them near the dryer. If you own a drying rack, find a spot for your drying rack in the area so it doesn’t stay out all the time.
By following these steps, you should have an organized laundry area. The best part: once organized, you can keep it that way with very little effort.
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