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As the saying goes, "It's better to give than to receive." When applying this to the laundry room, keep a bag, box, or basket handy for items that don't fit, are out of date, or just plain not wanted anymore.  It's the most kind to wash them first, but then toss these unwanted clothes into the charity bin or bag, and when it's full you can give it away to your favorite clothing bank.  This not only eliminates clutter in the laundry room, it also helps to clear those closets of outgrown and unwanted clothing that are often responsible for the most cramming that takes place in each closet.

Do you have a "hang up" with the laundry?  Keep a portable rack to hang clothing on when it comes out of the dryer.  Keep lots of hangers handy to simply transfer shirts, blouses, pants, and other to-be-ironed items directly onto the rack.  This cuts down on  the wrinkles, and therefor makes the whole ironing job easier, plus the area stays more organized all at the same time.
For flat articles of clothing that need to be ironed, a basket or bin kept near the hanging rack works very well.  A solution for sorting is to keep large bins or baskets in the laundry room to sort darks, whites, lights, and delicates. 
If your family is large you might want to consider installing shelves that will hold bins or wire baskets labeled for each member of the family.  Don't have the wall space?  How about a couple of rolling basket systems?  They'll work just as well.  As you fold the dry clothes you can immediately put them into the labeled basket thus eliminating the sorting step.  Then it's up to each person to retrieve their own clean clothes and put them away in their own rooms.
If you're tired of dodging dirty clothes n the floor, try having a dirty clothes receptacle in each bedroom as well as the bathroom laundry chute.  On laundry day each person is responsible to get their dirty clothes into the laundry area.  Oh, and a separate "drying cleaning" container is helpful too. 
Happy wash day!

posted on: 2/1/2011 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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