I’ve recently become low-key obsessed with The Home Edit show Get Organized on Netflix. Watching this led me to do a laundry room declutter and organization…only mine was on a budget since I don’t have unlimited funds.
While I definitely don’t consider our house messy by any means, like many of you, we have accumulated so much “stuff” in the past 4.5 years. Often items just get shoved in drawers or closets and the clutter builds up before you realize it.
Watching the show has put me in the mindset of wanting my entire house decluttered and organized. This task of tackling one room a month has been added to my 2021 goals list (I’ll be sharing more on this topic next week).
Today I’m sharing some of my money-saving tips as well as some ideas on how to make your own laundry room a little more functional no matter the size.
Tips for Organizing and Decluttering
If you dont use it, lose it!
When I start any organization or decluttering project, I first take EVERYTHING out of the space I am working on. This allows me to properly see everything I have as well as thoroughly clean and disinfect the area.
Next, I go through each item and make four different piles: keep, trash, donate, and find a new space.
I ask myself honestly, “Do I use OR will I use this item?” If the answer is no, then I need to get rid of it. There is no point in taking up valuable space with clutter that doesn’t serve a purpose or bring joy.
For instance, in the laundry room, I had to remind myself that I didn’t really need 6 different kinds of bathroom clearer. I picked the few I actually use and tossed the rest.
Organize and Store Products in a Functional Manner
After you have decluttered your stash of objects and decided what to keep, it’s time to organize them.
Categorizing items is a huge time saver when you are trying to find a product. It also makes it really easy to put things back where they belong.
In the laundry room, I made the following groups: laundry supplies, bathroom cleaning supplies, lightbulbs, cleaning rags, and overstock items like ziplock bags, paper towels, cleaning rags, etc.
Store the items you don’t reach for as often at the top and the products you use daily in a lower easy to access spot. For example, I use the very top of our laundry room cabinets to store the kids’ bulky Easter baskets. They are out of the way, but when April rolls around I know exactly where to find them.
Use Bins, Jars and Baskets
Along the same lines of storing items in a functional manner, I love to use clear bins, baskets, and jars. This makes it easy to know exactly what items are inside. It also helps you easily gauge when you are running low on something.
One money-saving tip is to repurpose the jars you already have. I love removing the label and cleaning out the jars of candles after I burn them. These are perfect to hold and organize small items. I also try to use the same color baskets in a room to give it a more uniform look.
While you don’t need to spend $20 on a single basket, you should try to invest in ones that are sturdy and will hold up well. Here are a few of my favorite bins, baskets, and jars that I use all the time:
DIY projects can save you money
Whenever possible look into doing a project yourself before buying something. I wanted to add a thick wooden shelf in our laundry room, but I couldn’t find any that weren’t really expensive for the size I wanted. My husband was able to help me (actually he did the entire thing), and I got the same look for a lot less!
Another way I saved money is by using Canva to design my own “wash, dry, fold, repeat” sign. These sell on Etsy for $20, but I made mine for free using a frame I already had at home. I also found this cute set of 4 on Amazon that is inexpensive if you prefer to go that route.
After everything is neatly organized and put away in the bins and baskets, I make sure to label everything. You can buy fancy chalk labels or peel and stick ones, but I just type them up for free using Word. I always laminate them so they will last longer.
[Side note- if you don’t own this inexpensive home laminator, you NEED it! I’ve had mine for years and use it all the time.]
Use wall space
Most laundry rooms aren’t very big, so it’s important to get the most storage out of your area as possible. One way to do this is by using wall space. Here are a few of my top recommendations:
A drying rack is hands down my number one must-have product for any mom. I’ve had mine for about two years and don’t know how I lived without it.
This mop and broom holder and this iron and ironing board holder are both great for getting all your cleaning appliances off the ground and stored neatly. You can hang these on the back of a door or on the wall.
I also love cute but functional signs like this one for missing socks!
Finally, if you have space, I highly recommend some type of laundry basket sorter. You can sort the clothes by color, type, or the person it belongs to.
I had so much fun doing this laundry room declutter and organization, and I LOVE how it turned out. I’m so excited to tackle more rooms in our house this upcoming year.
If you would like to see more decluttering posts and videos in 2021 as I work to organize our entire house, let me know in the comments below.
Also, make sure you are following me on Instagram where I share a ton more about how I *try* to stay organized in our day to day life!
Thanks so much for reading and sharing. XOXO