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Decluttering Laundry Room Cabinets

Updated on May 5, 2013

Are your laundry room cabinets overflowing with everything else except detergent and bleach? If you’re like many adults, then you know you these cabinets are a haven for old toys, clothespins and even an extra beach towel or two.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Most laundry rooms today come with freestanding cabinets in a corner or built-in shelving units. They typically hold detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, stain remover and bleach.

But what happens with the spare comb or pen you find in your husband’s work pants? Or the Lego or marbles you find in your son's pockets? They either wind up in the trash or thrown into a laundry room cabinet.

But wait, there's more.

Since the laundry room is typically not part of the main room in a house, it’s very easy to throw anything — and everything — in there. When unexpected guests come over, you may pick up that group of magazines or towels and toss them into these cabinets. This is great to do in the short-term, but in the long run, you may regret it.

How to Organize Your Laundry Room Cabinets

First of all, this is a doable task. If you opened your laundry room cabinet and your daughter's long-lost baby doll falls out, admit that it’s time to declutter. This can be done in a few simple steps:

  • Find some time when you can clean the cabinets out. It’s best to complete this housekeeping task in one full sweep.
  • Hope for the best. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed because it is a job you’ve been putting off for quite some time. You know it must get done. So just do it.
  • Have a few storage bins and garbage on hand. When you start sorting out what you’ve found, you will want to separate the found items. Garbage in one bag, toys in another, and so on.

  • Take everything out of the cabinets, and when you’re done, wash them inside and out.
  • The trash can is your best friend. It’s OK to throw out mismatched Barbie shoes or broken clothespins. They won't be missed.
  • Take your time putting your laundry tools back. Those you use most frequently should be in front and easiest to grab. You know what you use on a daily basis, right? So those items should be in the closest reach.
  • Be logical. If you have left-over space, put other useful items in those cabinets. Cleaning supplies, off-season clothing such as swimsuits and towels or other similar items will fit well in there.
  • Make cleaning out the cabinets part of your weekly or monthly household chores.

Schedule Time to Declutter

If you find that keeping your laundry room cabinets decluttered is easier than you would expect, then try the same with your medicine cabinet or linen closet. Pretty soon, you will have all of your closets and cabinets on a rotating schedule and with a little luck, remain decluttered.

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    • Donna Sundblad profile image

      Donna Sundblad 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Excellent hub! It is so easy to hide clutter! No one wants to, though. We'd rather have nice, clean, organized cabinets and closets! Voted up!

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