Let’s talk laundry room, shall we? This month’s challenge prompt was to tackle those overflowing cabinets in your laundry room. And if you are anything like me, I guarantee you it’s full of non-laundry material. Our laundry cabinets hold my excess décor items, all my paint samples and extra fabric I’ve collected. Oh and a little laundry soap and dryer sheets! Shipping these cabinets into shape is going to be all about groupings.
If you are new here, let me tell you all about our One-Year Declutter Challenge. I crave a decluttered home, but I also have two kids that make those nice and cozy 30 day challenges unrealistic. So I’ve created a declutter challenge that you can do at your own pace. There will be one prompt each month, giving you 30 days to work at your own speed. Grab your Free Declutter Printable and jump in with us.
The Laundry Room Declutter
We have a very small laundry room. It was originally the entry from the garage before the garage was converted into a large family room. Now we pass through it to get to the rest of the house. Not ideal, but we make it work. That means my cabinet storage is limited to these two above the washer and dryer. (That also means trying to get it all into one shot was a chore, so work with me here.)
Looks rough, doesn’t it? That’s what four years of cramming anything that didn’t have a designated storage spot into two tiny cabinets will do. I bet I’m not alone on this one though.
All the clutter bugs, all the clutter bugs…put your hands up! Ok, I’m really bad at trying to mash Beyoncé and laundry room clutter. Cheese, total cheese.
Ideally, we would be able to go out each month and buy all fancy new organization bins and all the fun and pretty laundry soaps, but I’m here to be real with you. We are an All Free & Clear family and I enjoy some smell goods in my laundry that comes straight from a big box store. I also don’t have time to move all my soaps and smell goods into pretty glass jars and dispensers.
Hello! Two dogs, two kids and a husband here. I ain’t got time for that, is my life’s motto.
So I’m not advocating that you go jump through those extra hurdles to do that either.
I’m here with some practical advice to make what you already have better organized and decluttered.
As usual, start by completely emptying your cabinets. I love starting with a blank slate. Group all of your items by similarity and let’s really think about what you are using most. The purpose of these shelves first and foremost is to house your laundry essentials. So let’s start by adding those items back to your key cabinet space. I did go grab a few plastic bins form the Dollar Tree (It’s hit or miss, but they can have some great caddy’s.) to help contain those smaller items that littered my storage space. Having those barriers will help keep it all in one area instead of venturing all over the cabinet anytime some husband comes searching for something. *wink*wink*
From there I just filled everything else in by my groupings. As you are adding things back in, have a real, honest conversation with yourself on what’s essential versus what you’re just holding on to. I hoard every flower vase I get, but in reality, I only need 1-2 of those. So I trashed the ones I liked least. Have three half-empty bottles of Shout, combine them all into one.
To finish up the rest of your space, I could talk all day about my paint cabinet and my sample hoarding obsession, but I don’t think that’s relevant to today’s topic. No matter what you use this extra storage space for, let’s focus on removing things you aren’t ever going to use again and making this space easier to view and get to your essentials. Contain anything that’s loss or that could easily end up in a cluttered heap.
Happy Decluttering Friends!