It is so much easier to organize your home if you give yourself manageable tasks. Suburbs 101 contributor, Maura Fitzgerald is making organizing less overwhelming with her monthly column: How to Tackle Your Whole House Throughout The Year Without Becoming Overwhelmed. This month, Maura shows us how to organize your laundry space.
As a working mom of three kids, September is by far the most challenging month to stay organized. Back to school & getting kids squared away with sports and activities and into a routine make it the busiest month of the year. That’s why I take September to clean and reevaluate my Laundry Space.
Laundry Storage Solutions
I know many people who find laundry cathartic. The folding of fresh, clean laundry lightens them and brings them joy. Unfortunately for my family, I am not one of those people. That said, there are some super storage solutions that can transform this space into a purifying oasis rather than a cringe-worthy dungeon. If you have wall space, the system I recommend and in my own home (and for many clients) is the Pottery Barn Gabrielle hanging system. Having this system greet you from start to finish makes the dreaded chore more tolerable. The system has several components that you can customize on your wall according to your needs and space.
If you don’t have wall space but rather have shelves above the machines I recommend installing bins and applying cheery labels. Most people do have built-in shelves and using bins on them is a great way to keep track of how much detergent, dryer sheets, and other laundry materials you actually have and what you need as you run low. By categorizing by item (detergent, dryer sheets, etc.) everything has a home and it prevents over buying and also looks great. Label the bins so everyone can help accurately monitor your stock and put away once the shopping is done. Our Labelize It! team loves cutting labels for laundry bins because it really helps maintain order in a room that easily clutters. Any bins will do for this but the Plastic Bins With Handles from the Container Store are an inexpensive way to add a professionally organized look to your laundry room. They run only $3-$6 each and they come in 6 colors – Clear, Smoke, White, Fuchsia, Peacock and Aqua. The White Plastic Bins With Handles coupled with a fun-colored label looks very clean and pretty.
If you really want to do something fun I love decanting a large bottle of detergent into a glass lemonade dispenser. This works with powder and liquid detergent alike and it adds a grand total of 5 minutes to your day when you come home with a new box or bottle. It looks gorgeous on a laundry room countertop – especially if paired with a small, hard to kill plant such as a succulent.
Lastly, if you are completely without shelves or wall space, I love the idea of a Laundry Cart. The 3-Tier Rolling cart from the Container Store is a great choice. It is offered in Dark Grey, Mint, White, Indigo, Sage, Blush and Matte Black. The 3-Tiered Cart is great looking and keeps all your laundry supplies neatly accessible when you need them. And you can roll and tuck it away when you don’t need it.
Best wishes for a smooth transition into fall! The secret to organizing your home is to break down the project by manageable tasks. Or if you are truly overwhelmed, you can always reach out to Fitz Just Right or Labelize It! for all your organizational needs!
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About Maura Fitzgerald
Maura Fitzgerald was born in NYC and raised in Bronxville, NY. She holds a BA from Georgetown University and worked in Print and Digital Advertising Sales for 20 years at Forbes and Time Inc. Now Maura is the founder of Fitz Just Right (FJR), a Luxury Organizational Design Company servicing Westchester County September through June and Annapolis, MD in summer months. She recently launched a new label business, Labelize It. Offering Luxury, Custom Cut Vinyl Labels that keep your home and business organized – one label at a time! Maura and her husband love working for the weekends where they have non-stop action and fun with their 3 children….and everything isn’t always organized. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her husband and three children. Website: www.fitzjustright.com Instagram: @labelizeit and @fitzjustright
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