Older children and spouses can be assigned stain sticks to keep track of and use as needed. Before a stained item of clothing goes into the hamper or basket, it should already be pre-treated to give the designated laundry-washer a bit of a break. If your kids are too young to be responsible for pretreating their own clothing, encourage them to tell you when they have spilled chocolate milk on their pants or gotten mud on their sweatshirt. This will pay off later, when they are older and can spray or stain-stick their own items.
It’s best if clean clothing does not leave the laundry area until it’s ready to be go in drawers or closets. How can you do this? Install a fold-down ironing board or table in the laundry room. It will sit flush against the wall most of the time, but when you are ready to fold or iron, it will fold down to provide a handy surface. Small loads of laundry (or loads of small clothing or towels) can also be folded right on top of the dryer. This is a good incentive to keep it dust-free!
Leaving your laundry detergents, fabric softener and bleach on top of the dryer or on an open shelf is handy, but they tend to get dusty and greasy. They also don’t contribute to the decor of your laundry room! Laundry room cabinets can keep these items dust-free and can make your utility area look better. While not purely a matter of function, feeling good about the way your laundry room looks can add joy to your tasks.
If you are having trouble with your laundry room organization, a custom laundry room can go a long way toward helping you achieve laundry-related bliss. If that seems like too tall an order, it will at least make your laundry chores less stressful and more productive. Talk to your local custom closet company to learn about how they can help you get your laundry under control. If you are in the Michigan area such as Grand Rapids, Holland, and Grand Haven, click our link to set up a free consultation with one of our professional organizers.