Home Organization Series

Home Organization Series – The Mudroom / Laundry Room – Day 7

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Day 7 – Mud Room/Laundry Room

Today, we are tackling your mudroom/laundry room. This room can get quite neglected, especially if you have kids and pets. Muddy boots, wet dogs and spilled dog food are everyday events in this workhorse of a room. It’s time for a little TLC.

Our process is the same in this little room as in the previous ones. Get everything off the horizontal surfaces, off shelves and out of drawers. Toss or donate anything that doesn’t get used, doesn’t fit or is out of date.

Give everything a good cleaning.  Wipe down the front and top of your washer, then run a complete hot water cycle with 2 cups of vinegar and let it do a thorough rinse cycle.

Your dryer could use some attention, too. Empty the lint trap and vacuum well behind, underneath and along the sides.

Now, time to organize…

Large baskets can hold out of season items like boots, gloves and scarves and be kept on the uppermost shelves. Store dog food, cat food and kitty litter in large plastic tubs to avoid spills from ripped bags.

A smaller basket can hide the detergent, dryer sheets and all those laundry extras like stain sticks and hydrogen peroxide (takes blood out in seconds).

If you have money to invest, now would be a great time to invest in some stylish yet sturdy wood lockers. Each family member can have their own space in which to corral all their personal gear such as shoes, coats and backpacks.

If you’re wanting something budget-friendly, then purchase a wood rack with hooks for hanging items.

Getting items off the floor and surfaces is key to making your space look clean, plus, it’s very easy to clean that room when things are hung up.

Brainerd Heavy Duty Coat and Hat Hook Rail

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