Where do I start organizing my home? Although some housekeeping experts will tell you to start in the kitchen, I will advise you in another area. The kitchen will be the third-place we attacked, and that doesn’t make it any less important, but it will explain why I’m starting somewhere else.
First, if you look around your house, you will probably see a lot of clothes. Am I right? You have clothes in closets, you have clothes in piles (which means saving them and not having time, ending up taking them out of the collection and using them) and you have clothes in laundry baskets.
You may even have clothes wrinkled in the dryer or (God forbid!) In the washer. If it is the first, the clothes are just rumpled. If it’s the last one, they’re probably rumpled AND smelly and (potentially) moldy.
Disgusting! If you don’t have a laundry but have a clothes closet (with space for the washer, dryer, and some shelves), I bet you haven’t seen the top of the dryer in weeks or months. It’s covered in rumpled clothes and towels, right?
Have you guessed where we started? That’s right! The service area of your home. And here’s the reason: if you clean and organize your laundry, you’ll be much better able to do the laundry that plagues you and helps disorganize your home.
And since you don’t want to undo the work you’ve done in the wash, you’re more likely to fold your clothes when you’re ready and put them away.
There’s something that breathes fresh air in a tidy laundry room, like when you walk into a closet where everything is neatly hung.
So start with small steps:
Can you see the floor? No? Then, take what’s on the floor and place it in laundry baskets.
If you don’t have enough laundry baskets to do this, just sort things into piles outside the laundry. I make stacks of light, white, dark clothes, and towels/rags.
Can you see the top of the dryer? Otherwise, put excess clothing in the piles, as mentioned above. Take a cloth and take out two plastic bags, one for collecting garbage and the other for later. Remove dust from leftover leftovers and use a little window cleaner if it doesn’t come off quickly. Don’t overlook the area where the “Start” button is, and it can also be dirty!
Ok – now you have your washer and dryer clean. Congratulations!
Now take a critical look at your supply shelves. Do you have empty bottles or boxes littered with used detergent or fabric softener? Clean them. Use the bag in which you placed the excess lint from the dryer and spot these voids.
Then, organize what’s left. If you need to add items to your shopping list, now is the time – now you know what you have and what you need to buy. When organizing your supplies, I recommend placing the detergent and any fabric softener above the washer (sigh!).
Make it easy to reach. Put the dryer sheets on or over the dryer, why reach more than necessary? If your shelves are taller than you would like, use the top edge of the washer and dryer to store supplies!
I have never seen a washer and dryer that did not fall on the wall through the necessary electrical plugs. So use this space to your advantage. Place the detergent box or bottle on top of the washer, along with any other washing material you have.
If you have wire racks above the washer and dryer, you have a built-in place to hang a garbage bag. Use this extra grocery bag and cut one of the handles in half.
Then tie these two ends around some wire shelves and use the kit to collect lint dryers and empty containers from empty clothing supplies. When it is full, cut it and put it in the trash and put a new one.
Now, look at your floor. Need to sweep? If so, grab a broom and sweep. It won’t take more than 5 minutes, and you will feel much better about your room and your work, especially if something you just washed falls to the floor while you are transferring things to the dryer.
Congratulations! You did the preliminary work of organizing your home, won the laundry battle!
Take a 15-minute break and enjoy this victory. Then, start the task of washing the excess clothes you are collecting, one pile at a time. When the first is finished, change it immediately to the dryer or hangers, if appropriate.
Take one heap at a time that is, small steps! Soon, you will find that it only takes 5 to 10 minutes to fold the warm clothes from the dryer and place them in laundry baskets, ready to be moved to the appropriate rooms, cabinets, and drawers.
Now that you have more time, you can start somewhere else. How to start organizing your home was not so difficult, after all!