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"Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it's not all mixed up", says Christopher Robin in Winnie The Pooh.  The laundryu are is a great example for the use of this thought.  Getting organized before you begin the laundry can make the whole task much more palatable.

For your laundry supplies you  need a SUPPLY DEPOT.  This is a shelf or two that hold all the supplies  needed to move things along quickly and swiftly.  This will keep the top of the washer and dryer clear of clutter and if you put the shelf high up on the wall, the chances of little children getting into toxic substances will be reduced. 
Then, a COLLECTIONS, UNLIMITED area will be useful to hold all of the miscellaneous goodies you invariably find when you empty out the pockets of the laundry items.  A dish, small basket, or container of some sort works well for this purpose.
Next, are you ready to HANG UP the ironing?  I don't mean give it up (even though you may be feeling this way).  What I'm referring to is to install a fixture that will allow you to hang up your ironing board when it is not in use.  This will help keep the laundry area neat and organized, and helps keep the ironing board cover cleaner.  To add a disclaimer: if your laundry area is large enough to leave the board up and not be in the way, then by all means leave it up and ready to go!
If you are forgetful, like I can be, you may want to hang up a bulletin board in the laundry area so that you can post spot removal information along with special care instructions for various items of clothing.  Does this one fade or shrink?  Check the bulletin board!
Next week we'll add to this list of laundry room necessities:  sorting solutions, clutter concerns, and a few more helpful ways to organize for less hassle and more time

posted on: 1/25/2011 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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