May 24th, 2012

Home Organization Pain Pt. 2—Laundry Paradox

For the room in my house that I associate with utter cleanliness, my laundry room is sloppy and dusty. It’s also incredibly small—the washer and dryer fit against the wall side by side, and there’s just enough room for one person. It has a bi-fold door, so it feels more like a laundry closet.


When this room is jammed with dirty and clean laundry, and various other things that get left on top of the washer and dryer, it makes doing laundry a turn off. I thought about how to organize things, and decided that fixing these things would bring back the laundry day love:

  1. Get stuff off the floor 
  2. Keep clothes off the dryer
  3. Amplify the smell

Get stuff off the floor

Dust bunnies love to hang out around my Swiffer Wet Dry, which is propped in the corner of the room. So off I went to London Drugs, where there are some nice-looking choices. Originally I wanted to hang two hooks, but I had to go to Plan B due to the location of the wall stud. I installed this nice dual hanger hook, which got the Swiffer off the floor, and also helped with the next point.
This shiny double-hook beauty called to me.

Keep clothes off the dryer

With two teens and me doing laundry in one small room, that small space is usually overwhelmed in an explosion of clothes, dirty AND clean. I’ve already laid down the law for everyone to keep their dirty clothes in baskets in their rooms (thanks to a lovely seagrass hamper I found in the London Drugs housewares aisle), but the next step was to keep the dryer top empty. When one of us needs to use the dryer, there’s almost always a load in there saying “Hey! We’re ready to come out now.” And so we oblige by piling everything on top of the dryer. To avoid this, I’m using that second hook on the wall for a laundry bag where the clean clothes can hang out for a while.
This is where dirty laundry lives now—pretty classy!

Amplify the smell

This might be odd, but I have a strategy here. The laundry room smells okay, even when it’s been full of heaps of dirty clothes. I use a dryer bar, which smells great and has lasted a lot longer than I thought it would. I still buy dryer sheets, though, because they are perfect in your sock drawer, in the girls runners and even inside my pillow case. But my favourite smell by far is Gain Apple Mango Tango. I highly recommend this because it makes doing laundry a little bit more enjoyable and fills my small laundry closet with the BEST smell! The next time you’re in the London Drugs cleaning aisle, check it out.
I’m not even kidding about how good this stuff smells.
What space in your home is a paradox?

Nala
London Drugs Fan

Nala Henkel, a former employee and current contract proofreader for London Drugs, is a self-confessed fan of our store. We’ve invited her to share her quirky perspective on all things London Drugs from a consumer’s point of view.

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