Today's mission is to declutter your laundry shelves or cabinets in your laundry room or utility room.
This Declutter 365 mission is designed to be done while working on the Laundry Room Organization Challenge, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge here on the site.
Yesterday we worked on decluttering laundry supplies, and to to the extent this is what you've got in your laundry cabinets or shelving then you're just ahead of the game today.
But often these shelves and storage areas are used to store a lot more stuff than just supplies and laundry products, such as paper goods, cleaning supplies, or something else entirely.
Today your task is to make sure you have enough room to easily store and take in and out your frequently used laundry supplies, since that is the primary function of this space.
Then, if there is any room left you can store other items on these shelves or cabinets as well, but only if it doesn't interfere with the primary function of the space.
You need to declutter to the point that things aren't too packed in there to be functional. Certainly you don't want to pull one thing off the shelf and be in fear that even more stuff will fall down as well, or feel like you've got to slam the cabinet door quickly to avoid an avalanche.
Quite a few readers have already worked on this mission, so below I've added some of their photos to get you inspired by the transformations which can take place when you get rid of the clutter in this area.
Remember, once you've done the mission too you can send in your photos here. The best ones will be featured here on the site!
Decluttering Laundry Room Cabinets Makes Such A Difference
A reader, Becky, sent in these before and after photos of her laundry room cabinets when she worked on this mission.
She said, "Here's an embarrassing before picture, and then an after picture." Finally, the third photo, she explained, is "inside the cupboards. The little bins were from Dollar Tree! Not fancy, but they do the job! And it was cheap!"
Just decluttering really opened up the space a lot, and then adding the touch of the bins to hold each type of item just added a great organizing touch.
As you'll be able to see from many of the photos below, along with decluttering, many people have been adding the baskets and bins to their laundry room shelves and cabinets.
The reason is functional, because it makes it easier to grab the group of items you want quickly and also to contain any spills or drips from the laundry supplies that may occur.
But in addition, it just looks quite pretty and much more visually appealing to see colorful bins and baskets instead of a jumble of products, especially on open laundry room shelving.
In addition, here's another before and after, sent in by a reader, Jenny who also has done this mission. She said, "Done :). Not too bad as it is one of our entrances so done in a recent challenge. I did all the other cupboards but this one at the time. Loving the results. You know the decluttering is having an effect when people ask if you are moving!"
Add Baskets Or Bins To Your Laundry Shelves After Removing Clutter
After you do this mission, and have pared down what you're storing on your laundry room shelving and cabinets to a more reasonable amount, take that final step and add baskets or shallow bins to this storage space.
As you can see it really makes the space visually less cluttered as well, because instead of seeing lots of different bottles, jugs and boxes of lots of different things it is much more uniform.
That's what the reader, Leanne, did. She submitted the photo above explaining that this laundry shelf held both her laundry and cleaning supplies.
In addition, here's another before and after photo, from Karoline, who also worked on this mission. She said, "We have a laundry closet and I was tired of not being able to find any of my cleaning products and I wasn't a fan of how disorganized it looked so I bought some baskets and sorted my stuff and made labels and used clothes pins to attach them and bought a sign and hook and painted them. I use a little bucket to keep my lint from the dryer or other garbage in as well!"
Also, make sure you check out her over-the-washer storage shelf, which you can see in both the before and after photos. It is a great way to add some additional storage in even a very small laundry room, and keeps some of the heavy boxes and jugs that can be hard to lift closer and in a more convenient place.
Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?
I hope seeing these pictures has inspired you to declutter your laundry room cabinets and shelving.
When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!
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