Today we are tackling your mudroom/laundry room. This room can get quite neglected, especially if you have kids and pets. Muddy boots, wet dogs, and spilled dog food are everyday events in this workhorse of a room. It’s time for a little TLC.
Our process is the same in this little room as in the previous ones. Get everything off the horizontal surfaces, off shelves, and out of drawers. Toss or donate anything that doesn’t get used, doesn’t fit, or just is out of date.
Give everything a good cleaning. Wipe down the front and top of your washer and then run it, once with 2 cups of vinegar and hot water and again with just hot water. Your dryer could use some attention, too. Empty the lint trap and vacuum well behind, underneath, and along the sides.
Now, time to organize. Larger baskets can hold out-of-season items like boots, gloves, and scarves and be kept on the uppermost shelves.
Store dog food, cat food, and kitty litter in large plastic tubs to avoid spills from ripped bags. A smaller basket can hide the detergent, dryer sheets, and all those laundry extras like stain sticks and hydrogen peroxide (takes blood out in seconds).
If you have money to invest, now would be a great time to invest in some stylish yet sturdy wood lockers. Each family member can have their own space in which to corral all their personal gear such as shoes, coats, and backpacks.