Let’s just get this out of the way first off, today’s post on how to organize your Laundry Room is as much for me as for you. Today is day twenty-two of Organize your Home in 31 Days the Frugal Way. So, put your armor on we are going to conquer the laundry room today!
My history with laundry is at best troublesome. I am the mother of six children and I have been doing laundry for longer than I care to admit, as five of my six children are now over eighteen years old I could be considered an expert on what not to do. Come join me as we organize your laundry room the frugal way.
First, REMOVE everything from the laundry room with the exception of the washer and dryer and anything attached to the walls.
Next, DECIDE what needs to go back in the laundry room. The laundry room’s main purpose is the cleaning, drying, and folding of clothes. The only things that need to be in the laundry room are those objects that are necessary for the success of the laundry.
Finally, ORGANIZE your laundry room must haves as well as which days of the week you will do laundry and who will do it. Have your children participate in the process. For example, have one child wash and dry the clothes while another is in charge of folding and putting them away.
Every family is different and has different resources available to them. So here are some variables you need to plan for. The size of your family, humidity levels, babies in the house or an elderly family member which may have more laundry than the average person. How many time a week do you need to do laundry? Do you have an outside clothes line?
1. Make your own laundry detergent CHECK OUT MY RECIPE.
2. When you run out of laundry detergent substitute 1 TBS. liquid dishwashing detergent.
3. If you run out of laundry detergent and don’t have liquid dish soap use 1/4 cup baking soda.
4. Don’t use your dryer. I have both outside and inside clothes lines, that way I can hang up clothes to dry year round.
5. Wash in cold water when you can.
6. Make your own stain stick.
7. Don’t use dryer sheets make a dryer ball using your own natural essential oils.
8. Unplug your washer and dryer when you are not using them.
9. If you have a window in your laundry room don’t turn on the light while doing laundry.
10. Use a stain chart to make removing stains easier, using natural ingredients will save you money and I have found more effective than a stain stick. I use THIS CHART.
11. If you use store bought laundry detergent and stain sticks…make sure you use coupons. To maximize your coupons use them on SALE items.
12. If you are doing a small load of laundry set the washing machines water levels accordingly or better yet make sure you only wash when you have a full load.
13. Use a water heater timer and do laundry only when you have hot water or wash in cold water.
14. I have found that most clothes that say “dry clean” on them do well washing on the gentle cycle making sure to hang dry the clothes. This saves a lot of money at the dry cleaners!
15. To make your clothes last longer, use Rit dye to refresh your clothes. CHECK OUT my post on how I save lots of money using Rit Dye!
16. Make sure you have an energy efficient washer and dryer. Sometimes you have to spend money to save money.
17. Wear your clothes twice if they have no visible stains and do not smell
18. Use your bath towel for the whole week. This saves money on laundry! (I have to admit that some in my family are faithful in this and some use a fresh towel with every shower…we are still working on this one).
19. Clean your dryer lint trap every time you dry your clothes.
20. Dare I say it…own less clothing.
21. Keep dryer heat inside to warm your home in the winter. Install a HEAT KEEPER.
How do you organize your laundry room?
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Janelle Esker is the grateful wife of Michael and homeschooling mother of six amazing children. She lives with her family, 4 cats, 1 dog, 3 ducks and 12 chickens in scenic Ohio. Janelle received her B.A. in Education from Ohio Northern University. She is the author of CHOSEN: One Family’s Journey with Autism.