What's Up With The Laundry?


This page provides some useful tools for folding (or hanging) your clean clothes AND how to keep your laundry space organized and easy to use.

Organizing the Laundry Room

Whether your laundry room is a tiny closet or a spacious basement, organization is key. These 10 tips will help you make the most of the space you have.

  1. Arrange products and supplies according to how you use them. Anything you regularly need should be within easy reach; place extras and incidentals on a high shelf or another out-of-the-way spot.
  2. Decant detergents from large boxes and jugs into smaller containers or soap boxes; refill as needed.
  3. Store small supplies in boxes or bins: Place stain-removal products in one, sewing materials in another, and sponges in a third. Have rags on hand for spills.
  4. Sort whites, colors, delicates, and heavily soiled items in bins or rolling carts.
  5. If you don't have room for a folding table, affix a fold-down shelf to the wall.
  6. Keep a drying rack handy for drip-dry items.
  7. Attach an ironing-board hanger to the wall so the board and iron are secure and out of the way but easily accessible.
  8. Install a rod in the laundry room on which to hang clothes as you iron; or install a hook over the top of a door to serve the same purpose.
  9. Keep clothes hangers and mesh bags for delicates with your cleaning supplies or in a nearby cabinet.
  10. Use free space in the laundry room to store gift wrap, ribbon, basic tools, and pet supplies.

Do You Know?
Adjustable, plastic-coated wire shelving is a great surface for drying clothes. When not in use as a drying rack, the shelving can serve as extra store space for detergent, starch, and your iron.

Folding your Clothes

Find a flat, open space to fold your clothes. A bed, or a clean table or floor are all good spots. Put each folded garment out of the way in a clean space as you finish with each piece.

Shirts

  • It's best to fold items when they are still warm. Lie the garment on a flat surface and smooth out the wrinkles. If smoothed when warm, they'll stay that way.
  • Shirts: Hold the shirt by its shoulders. Flap up and down once or twice so it hangs straight. Lay it face-down on the folding surface and smooth out any folds. You can do an extra neat job by pulling gently on the side seams to smooth out the back.
  • Now start folding. Fold the shirt lengthwise along the line of the outer edge of the collar or neck band. Smooth the sleeve out, using your fingers to pull at the seam, making it slightly taut.
  • Fold the other side over. Fold it lengthwise, along the line of the outer edge of the collar. Repeat the sleeve-smoother technique.
  • Fold the shirt in half. Take the bottom edge of the shirt with both hands and fold it up to the collar. You're done--onto the next one!

Pants

As with shirts, the secret to flat, neatly folded pants lies in lining up the seams and hems of the pants.

  • Hold pants by the waist and flap up and down several times to smooth out large folds. Lay down on folding surface so that the seams from each pant leg are parallel.
  • Pull gently on those seams until they're slightly taut.
  • Now you have two options. If you stack your pants in a shelf or drawer, fold your pants in thirds as shown in the diagram. Hanging the pants on a hangar requires only a single fold in the middle of the pants.

Congratulations! You have acquired the skills (well, some of them, at least) to re-enter the world in cleanliness and in style.