How To Declutter Clothes & Chaos In Your Laundry Room This Week!

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When asked what room gets you in a tizzy (the kitchen and dirty dishes won 1st prize last week!), y’all said that you want to know how to declutter clothes and the chaos in the laundry room.  All the ladies said, “Oh Yeah!”  Not only are we going to get a grip on the dirty clothes piles, we’re going to whip our laundry room into shape and make it cute (on the cheap) so that we want to spend time in there!

But first, I recorded this morning to show you real life in action and how I’m not perfect either …..

Can’t view the video?  Watch Yikes! My hot mess Laundry Room

In a second, we’ll get down to the business of working on our laundry room but read this post before we go any further so you will know what hacks and original video I was talking about ->>>  How to Rock laundry duty to keep it from taking over your life.

Did that help?

#1  Declutter clothes and Chaos

Step one to really overhauling a chaotic, messy space is removing every. single. thing. that you can.  I know, I know, it may be a job, but, baby steps.  Do you remember all the stuff I had on top of my freezer, shelves, and water heater in that video above?  We’re only spending a few minutes at a time on this and …

I’m right there with ya, sister, but this must be done.

Get a container to put smaller items in and a designated area to put the junk stuff.  Set your phone timer for 30 minutes and let’s remove as much as we can in that time frame from the laundry room.  If you have clean clothes in the laundry room, put them on your bed (this will force you to put them up before sleepytime happens).  If you have dirty clothes in the laundry room, put them in a container outside of the laundry room for today.


That wasn’t so bad, was it?

#2  Let’s plan!

After you declutter clothes and chaos in your laundry room, I want you to go back in, stop and take a good look around.  Ask yourself these questions:

  • What has been working efficiently in here?
  • What’s not working?
  • What takes too much time that I need to fix?
  • What gets me stressed out the most in here?
  • Does your dryer have a buzzer to let you know when to come take out the clothes so they won’t be wrinkled?
  • If not, do you have a loud buzzer to let you know?
  • Do you have a place to fold and hang clothes on hangers?

Having a folding station and hanging station are essential to easing my laundry nightmares.  Also, as soon as the dryer starts making noises to alert me that the dryer is done, I act like a crazy woman to get to the laundry room to avoid wrinkled clothes.  It works, though – I rarely iron anything!

Seriously, fold and hang up your laundry before it leaves the laundry room and it will be life changing.  No more laundry baskets full of wrinkled clothing!!!

Your Mission

Alright honey, take just a couple days to get these two missions completed and we’ll chat later this week about the fun part:  gadgets to make your laundry room work better for you and how to make it so beautiful that you don’t mind the work!

It just takes intention – let’s simplify life together!

Let’s connect on Facebook or Instagram.  I’ll be asking how you are doing on your Laundry Room Challenge & sharing photos of how I’m doing over here — so look for me!  Oh yeah, when you finish your challenge each day this week, you have my permission to eat a cupcake!

Ready to declutter clothes and chaos this week?

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  1. Emily
    March 9, 2017 / 10:21 am

    You don’t know how necessary it was for me to read this today (LOL)! You’ve certainly inspired me to start organizing this weekend. 🙂

  2. Bobbi
    March 9, 2017 / 11:55 am

    Love this! Great guide to declutter!

  3. Stephanie Rose
    March 9, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    This is something I totally need to work on. We just remodeled our laundry room, so it looks great now, but getting myself to actually fold the laundry when it comes out of the dryer is a challenge. I totally need to start doing it as soon as it comes out of the dryer!

  4. Sam
    March 10, 2017 / 7:35 am

    Love love love this post so much because it’s almost that time of the year: SPRING CLEANING! Out with the old, in with the new. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Sincerely Miss J
    March 10, 2017 / 7:39 am

    This is perfect for messy laundry rooms! I know that mine needs a little clean up after reading this! Lol

    Sincerely Miss J
    (last day for my giveaway!)

  6. Ilka Elise
    March 10, 2017 / 7:41 am

    I love decluttering and tidying up. Great post with some nice tips. xxx

  7. Tara Siudy (Little Miss Dexterous)
    March 10, 2017 / 8:02 am

    Great tips. Decluttering feel so good.

  8. Maria
    March 10, 2017 / 8:19 am

    These are some simple, practical helps that I needed! I see the mess and just get discouraged and let it pile up!

  9. Courtney Buechle
    March 10, 2017 / 9:10 am

    This definitely inspired me to declutter my apartment this weekend. I have been needing to but get so overwhelmed. Thanks for the tips.

    XOXO – Courtney B. ( The Finishing touch OKC)

  10. Tabitha Blue
    March 10, 2017 / 9:58 am

    We’re in the middle of moving soon (remodeling now) and so it all feels like chaos. Haha, I need to declutter and plan my new space!

  11. Jaclyn Quinones
    March 10, 2017 / 10:25 am

    It’s like you knoew this has been bugging me! haha! I started decluttering last weekend, but still have more to do!

  12. Lauren Johnson
    March 10, 2017 / 11:02 am

    This is so helpful, especially if anyone’s like me and the laundry room is a small area… it can quickly become cluttered and overflow into our kitchen! I’ll def be implementing these into my spring cleaning routine this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons
    March 10, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    Love this…except for the moving every single thing part…sigh…so much work to do!

  14. Kerry
    March 10, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    I’m in the process of decluttering my clothes, I have so many sweaters from when I was a teen, from my grandmother who passed away, things that don’t fit anymore. You’ve given us such a detailed process to follow. Thanks!

  15. Denaye | Simple Families
    March 10, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    We have started doing daily laundry at our house and it’s a total game changer. I love staying on top of it.

  16. Tineke - workingmommyabroad
    March 10, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    Great tips, love your laundry basket!

  17. Meg
    March 10, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    My laundry room is TINY and it doubles as a mudroom, so I’m always a little lost as to how to really make it function efficiently. But, I have found that getting the laundry OUT of the laundry room is a big step. I totally put it on my bed so I have to fold it before bed. Bonus, my kind husband will often help me fold while we relax and watch a show together in the evening.

  18. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms
    March 10, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    I love this! I like how you break it down and set the timer. It makes it seem more doable!

  19. Stephanie Loomis Pappas of Snackdinner
    March 11, 2017 / 9:09 am

    Love the bed strategy, as I’ll let clean laundry sit on my closet floor for a few days before dealing with it. I finally have a closet inside my laundry room, which has made life so much easier!

  20. Stephanie
    March 11, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    I absolutely need to try this! My laundry room is my nemesis!

  21. anne @onedeterminedlife
    March 11, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    I hate laundry so much!! A few weeks ago I decluttered and got rid of clothes. I think I had 5 boxes of clothes that were in our rotation that we did not need!!

  22. Patrice
    March 11, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    I’m getting to the point where I just want to toss 90% of the close in our masters closet. It seems like we make the most laundry mess these days. Good tips you shared above!

  23. Stephanie
    March 12, 2017 / 12:18 am

    I definitely need to implement these steps in my own home. Thanks for sharing.

  24. All Things Big and Small
    March 12, 2017 / 10:58 am

    For every single mom I know, the laundry room is total chaos! These are great tips, and I need to implement some of them right away! Thanks for a great post!

  25. Jennifer Corter
    March 12, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    I really have to get to decluttering my clothes AND my son’s clothes, he has so many things that just don’t fit him anymore, he’s growing like a weed, LOL.

  26. Tricia
    March 12, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    I need a dryer buzzer in my laundry room! It might sound dumb, but I never thought to just put a standalone timer in there myself. I just kept thinking I needed a new dryer that had one installed already. Haha. Thanks for the tips!

  27. Erika ortega
    March 13, 2017 / 9:14 am

    Laundry room chaos is my life right now. I gotta tackle it today and get on top of it. Before it gets out of control

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  30. Alison
    April 6, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    Well I gotta start decluttering clothes, this helps many! Thank you.

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