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.

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.

Trust me, having less of these items you don't actually want or use can 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 just get rid of.

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, 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.

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Before & After Results Of This Mission

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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.

Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

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I hope this mission has inspired you to declutter your laundry products and supplies, as well as your entire laundry room.

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.

I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

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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