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Organizing 101: Laundry rooms

Kathleen Dore

Beyond an efficient washer and dryer, there's much you can do to ease the laundry-day blues with these organizing tips.

Love it or hate it, an organized laundry room makes doing the wash less onerous. Our breakdown of what you need and where it goes will get your space humming.

The tasks
Place a hamper in each person's closet, or a laundry bag on the back of each bedroom door. For a small family, think about having just one central container.

Choose hampers that can double as easy-to-carry laundry baskets.

Put a container for dry clean-only items near the front door if it can be stored discreetly.

Set up three containers – one for lights, one for darks, and one for delicates and hand-washables – near the washer. Container options include plastic tubs on casters, hampers or attractive baskets for under the bottom shelf of a floor-to-ceiling shelving unit, or labelled laundry bags that hang on the wall or on a unit.

Consider a standard washer and dryer; space-saving stacked units; or front-loading ones, above which you can install a convenient folding surface.

Use easy-to-reach shelves (or a locked cabinet if you have small children) for detergent and other frequently used items.

Post care-label instructions over the machine, along with stain removal charts.

Keep one or two small plastic tubs for handwashing.

On a shelving unit, stock clear jars for storing clothes pegs, loose change and special soaps; rags for mopping up spills; mesh bags for delicates; and a container for small bottles of stain removers and related tools.


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