Conquering Mount Washmore (Laundry Room Makeover Part 1)

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in Organization | 2 comments

My laundry room needs some love and is really showing it. Here’s the ugly truth… when something looks disorganized, messy or cluttered I tend to shy away from being in that place. Here’s what my laundry room looks like right now. (seriously, I’m running to get my camera) .

Laundry Room Makeover

Yep, that’s my poinsettia wreath and Fall wreath hanging out on top of my washer amongst the other chaos. Which might explain why I have been avoiding doing wash on a more regular basis. Problem is, this is what happens when you try to catch up on wash for a family of six…

Laundry Room Organization- Mt Washmore

I do not recommend this method to anyone. That pile would have been a full nights work of folding when I worked at the Gap in high school. {I *do* have impressive folding skills thanks to that!} Unfortunately, I don’t get paid to fold my family’s clothes- unless of course you count the money I keep when I find loose change in the wash. Instead I have to find that internal motivation for keeping my house running smoothly {and then blog about it in hopes that monetization will pay off one day *wink*}.

The worst thing about this is that I KNOW better than to let the situation get like this. Quite a few years ago I stumbled upon this wonderful book, Sink Reflections, which really opened my eyes to how having routines can help to keep things in order allowing you time to do other things that you truly enjoy. One of “The FlyLady’s”  biggest buzzwords she uses  is “baby steps”, little things that when incorporated into your daily routine can get you far. Although I don’t quite stick to her exact method like I used to, my life definitely functions smoother when I incorporate small acts into a routine. Throughout the years I have incorporated many baby steps into my life.

Let me share my first baby step for getting my laundry room back to being the place I don’t mind spending time in…

Create a laundry schedule and stick to it as much as life lets you. If you do a load or two a day you will avoid a visit to Mt. Washmore. There are better ways to spend your time than there- trust me, I’ve been there!

Think about how many loads you do per week and divide that among the days you can commit to doing laundry. Do your best to wash, dry, fold and put away all in the same day. For our family of six, I really should be doing at least one load a day.

I’ve done this before but just like New Year’s resolutions as time passes, it can fade away. Once you set up a schedule, be prepared to check back and reevaluate how its working for you. That’s where I’m at right now… reevaluating and renewing my commitment to stick to a wash day schedule.

I like to post mine in a couple of places just in case any family members want to help out with the laundry they’ll know where to jump in… a girl can dream, can’t she?

Here’s a peak at what my old one looked like:

Laundry Room Organization

And with the help of PicMonkey here’s my new and improved one which I intend to display in a frame:

LaundryScheduleNew

 

That’s a step in the right direction if I do say so myself! Hopefully you can find some inspiration to incorporate into your own life…I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d rather sign up for baby steps rather than an organization marathon, right? Next up, clearing out some of the clutter… this should be good!

*You can read about how I set up my laundry baskets in my blog post here.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Therese! I discovered The Flylady years ago and still follow some of it today. And yes, I still have my notebook!

    • It’s nice to hear someone else that knows who “The FlyLady” is! No wonder you are so good at keeping things functioning smoothly at work ;)

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