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Declutter Laundry Supplies {15 Minute Mission}

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Today's mission is to declutter laundry supplies, such as detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, stain pretreaters, bleaches and more.


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This mission is designed to be done while working on the Laundry Room Organization Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

Prime items to declutter include empty bottles (rinse and recycle them when possible), as well as products that you know you will never use because you didn't like them, or whatever other reason you don't enjoy them.

If you've got several almost empty bottles or containers you will use make a concerted effort to use the last of these products up to get the packaging out of your home, and then make sure to finish one container completely before opening another next time.

In addition, if you don't actually have much storage space for holding supplies in your laundry room, but you have a stockpile of laundry supplies, go ahead and move your stockpile to another area in your home that makes more sense for stockpile storage.

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Instead, if there isn't much room for supplies around the washer and dryer, only keep the products opened and currently in use in this area.

Clearing out space for supplies, and then not overfilling the area will make it much easier to actually get your laundry done, since you aren't moving around things over and over again to get to the items you do want to use.

Below I've provided some ideas of places to donate unused laundry products, plus more instructions for disposing of
the supplies you do need to get rid of, if you determine you've got an excess that you can't use yourself.

Once you've gotten rid of everything you don't want or need anymore, then take a few minutes to organize what is left. This typically doesn't take too long either, and isn't complicated.

I suggested keeping all like items together, and perhaps even in the order you use them, such as all the products you use for pretreating or presoaking together in a stain removal and pretreating station, all the stuff you add to the washing machine, and then all of the stuff you add to the dryer.

Any of these products can potentially leak or spill, so to make it a bit easier to keep your laundry room or closet clean, you may want to consider keeping them products contained in a basket or tub on the shelf, just to keep any accidental messes from spreading.

Keeping these items in a container can also make it more convenient for you when you're pulling things out to use, or when putting everything back away.

The before and after pictures to the left were sent in by a reader, Maureen. She got rid of excess products, and then added baskets to hold her various supplies, and also explained that she "added a lower shelf because the top shelf is just too high for me to reach."

Great job Maureen! Scroll down to see what more people have done, and get more tips for disposal of excess laundry products.

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Before & After Results Of This Mission

Before and after of laundry supplies and cleaning cabinet when a reader, Adrianne, did the #Declutter365 mission to get rid of laundry supplies clutter {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Adrianne sent in this before and after collage showing her results when she did this mission in her cabinet above her washer. She explained, "I tossed all the cleaners older than 2 years and then moved some laundry related things into it. We store all cleaners here to keep out of reach of the kids."

Great job Adrianne! Now it is more convenient for you to reach your laundry stuff, plus to find the cleaning products you actually want to use, instead of having to move other older unused cleaners out of the way constantly.

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How To Dispose Of Laundry Supplies & Places To Donate When Decluttering

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If a laundry detergent bottle or product container has never been opened, but you are going to get rid of it, please consider donating it somewhere.

These products can be expensive, and are absolutely needed, so recipients are often very appreciative.

One of the best place to donate these supplies is to a homeless shelter, women's shelter, or other charity that provides assistance for individuals and families. We all know we need to wash our clothes, so these organizations can almost always make good use of these supplies.

Less places will take opened supplies, but it may be worth your time to find one that does.

I'm not sure all pet shelters take opened bottles of detergent, but at least one reader shared that her local one did, and that they were appreciative of any supplies people would donate to help them wash pet bedding, blankets, etc., so that's at least an idea.

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I would love to hear even more ideas from you in the comments of places to donate these types of products, since it can make it feel so much better to declutter when you know you're simultaneously helping someone else!

Laundry supplies don't have an indefinite shelf life though. For example, chorine bleach is really only effective for about 6 months before it breaks down. Others have a longer shelf life, but it is not forever.

You can find out how to dispose of cleaning and laundry supplies here in this article, along with learning more about the expiration dates for these products, so you can make a decision about whether you will try to donate or just dispose of the products you're decluttering as part of this mission.

Want To Do More Decluttering Missions? Get Started With Declutter 365 Today!

Declutter 365 missions: 15 minute missions for your entire home

Once you declutter one type of item in your home I bet you'll want to declutter some more. After all, decluttering gives you a great reward for even a small investment of time and energy.

The Declutter 365 system is designed to help you declutter, over the course of a year, your entire house, with just 15 minutes of decluttering each day!

Hundreds of thousands of people use this proven system to get rid of their clutter, and bring peace and calm back to their homes.

Declutter 365 works to guide you to clear the clutter without overwhelm, focusing on just one small area at a time, and without making a huge mess in the process, so you see consistent forward progress without all that "messy middle" that makes it even harder to function in your home than before you started.

In addition to building a daily decluttering habit, the Declutter 365 program, along with the accompanying 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, teaches you the skills, habits, routines, and mindsets necessary to maintain the clutter free and organized state of your home from now on, so it'll never be as messy and cluttered as it is right now, ever again.

If you haven't already, make sure to get your copy of this year's Declutter 365 annual calendar here (it's FREE!), find today's date, and do 15 minutes of decluttering on the day's mission. Then, repeat again tomorrow, and again and again. Over the course of the next year, if you do this 15 minutes per day, you'll declutter your whole house!


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Right now you're decluttering your laundry and laundry room, and there's a lot of stuff to declutter in this space.

Get your 1 page laundry and laundry room decluttering checklist, plus 32 other decluttering checklists, to help you declutter your entire home here.

Get this laundry and laundry room decluttering checklist and 32 other decluttering checklists for your home {on Home Storage Solutions 101}

I've done the hard work of breaking down these tasks into smaller more manageable steps for you, so you don't get overwhelmed or worry you're forgetting a task, and you can go at the pace you want, whether that's fast or slow.

In addition, you can tackle these decluttering tasks in whatever order you want when you use these checklists!

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