The Laundry Closet has to be one of the hardest spaces in the house to organise don't you agree? You have all matter of items to organise from sheets to towels to blankets and even toiletries thrown in for good measure. The laundry has a tendency in most households to be a teeny bit messy because we don't traditionally spend enough time in here to warrant getting it all organised. But putting in place a system of organisation can most definitely save you time (and stress) in the long run - trust me on that!!
I wish that I had of taken a photograph of my linen closet before I implemented my current system, but unfortunately this was before my blog was born! Here is a look at how I have organised my laundry cupboards...
I have used the Home Storage & Living Linear Baskets that I purchased back when I was setting up my nursery. I love this basket style, they not only look great but are durable and the perfect size for laundry organisation. Prior to implementing the baskets, I had everything folded neatly, but even when it was neat it still looked 'messy' to me as I find that sheets (particularly the fitted variety) are so hard to keep looking nice on the shelf.
I have used baskets for organising almost everything apart from my towel collection. I decided just to keep my towels folded on the middle shelf so that I could fit more in, at the moment this is working fine.
I really love my current system, by giving everything a place it has made it super easy to maintain the organisation system and keep it looking neat and tidy.
I have labelled my baskets using the labels that I created - which are very basic - I am definitely no graphic designer. I love to label things because this creates a 'home' for items and therefore it is easy to maintain the organisation that you have put in place, as you always know where things go. If you are fortunate enought to have your husband or kids help you out with the washing, then labelling will avoid any confusion as to where the towels live etc. If you would like to use my labels in your home, then I can look at uploading for your printing pleasure, just let me know!
Keep the items that you use most frequently in the most accessible position in your cupboard. For my family, I keep the towels and the sheets in the most accessible position because these are the items we reach for most often.
Store seasonal or your occasional items at the bottom or at the top of your laundry cupboards. I have our beach towels, spare doona covers and large blankets at the top of the closet as they are only used seasonally.
Instead of taking up valuable space in our laundry closet, I store the bulky items such as our spare doona insert and pillows in vacuum sealed bags in our garage. If you have items like this taking up valuable space in your closet then consider the use of vaccum sealed bags - they are amazing space savers.
Towels can be the most space consuming of all items in the laundry cupboard as we seem to have so many of them! The trick is finding a way to store these neatly whilst maximising space. I prefer to fold my towels in thirds length ways to get maximum space, but rolling towels also looks lovely (think day spa or resort) and is very space friendly too.
Sheets are definitely also another troublesome area for the laundry cupboard - does anyone else struggle to get a fitted sheet folded neatly and flat?! Well you are definitely not alone. The basket is great for keeping these in tact. Another fabulous idea (courtesy of Martha Stewart no less) is the idea of folding sheets up in to a pillowcase to keep things neat and organised and sets together.
|Source: Martha Stewart|
Of course if you are in Melbourne and would like me to help you set up or plan your own 'lovely laundry' I would definitely love to help you out! Feel free to contact me for more information on this service.
Do you have a great laundry organisation tip that you would love to share? Please drop me a comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts or what works at your home. I am a little bit excited as tomorrow I will be sharing with you a fellow Organisers Laundry cupboard and it looks amazing!!