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Laundry Tips and Gift Card Giveaway

Today it’s another $25 Gift Card Giveaway courtesy of the good folks at the Arm & Hammer Switch & Save Challenge.  But before I get to the giveaway, I wanted to share a few of my favorite laundry organization tips.

1. A laundry sorter is awesome.  I have a three divider rolling laundry sorter that fits under my counter in my laundry room.  I picked it up at an outlet store for a super deal over 10 years ago and it is still going strong.  It keeps my laundry room tidy, and makes it easy for me to see when I have a full load.  My rolling basket works great, but if you are remodeling, my mom has a built in cabinet with 4 large drawers to hold her loads of laundry- one for whites, mediums and darks and one for delicates.

2.  Keep your laundry supplies neat and stylish in a basket.  I picked up an inexpensive basket for holding my box of dryer sheets, laundry detergent, and stain fighting products.  I also have a cute little dish for my bar of laundry soap.  The basket looks so much better than having the laundry supplies spread out all over the laundry room.

3.  I love my fabric sock basket!  I made my laundry sock basket last winter and it is the perfect solution for those inevitable stranded socks.

4.  I also love my powdered laundry detergent container made from an old ammo box last winter.

Having my laundry room neat, organized and cheerful makes doing the big job of laundry so much easier.  And now for the $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway.  To enter leave a comment answering:

On a scale of one to ten how organized is your laundry?  1 for it’s total mess and 10 if you have a laundry room that could be in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine shoot.

Or if you have any favorite laundry organization tips shout them out instead.

The Rules:

  • Contest closes on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 10:00 MDT
  • Only one comment per person please.
  • Random winner will be announced on Friday, September 16th

Be sure to head over to the Arm and Hammer Switch and Save website and enter for a chance to win $25,000!

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95 Responses to “Laundry Tips and Gift Card Giveaway”

  • Nancy:

    I’m about an 7 or 8. My laundry room is clean and organized but it isn’t cute!

  • Caro:

    My laundry room is sort of organized but it is also a multipurpose room too.

  • Erin P.:

    I don’t have a laundry room… but my laundry process is fairly organized – about a 5… it could be improved. I hope to have a laundry room someday.

  • I would say maybe a 5. We just moved to this house a year ago & its 20 years old – I love the space but the floors need to be re-done (ugly dark green vinyl) and there are a million cabinets that I want to paint and get new hardware for. When we moved in I just sort of shoved things in the cabinets to get them unpacked so now I am slowly going back and reorganizing.

  • Candy:

    I would say 5. We did not build this home so I had to make do with what it is. I put oxy packets in an antique jar and have it labeled, but other stuff is a mess

  • Bethanie:

    My laundry room is neat as a pin and very organized as is my laundry routine. But I realisticlly would rate it all at a 5-6 because it is all white. I doubt BH&G would be knocking down my door to do a shoot. But I like it and that’s what matters.

  • Um, I guess mine’s a 4. It’s organized, but it’s not pretty. It’s on the to-do list. :)

  • I recently re-organized my laundry room, it was long overdue. I would rate it an 8. Thanks!

  • kayceebeebee:

    I would rate my laundry room a 6. These days the best thing about it is that my husband is doing our laundry now after 36 years of me doing it all! I finally found a job and he is unemployed so he’s doing the laundry! Nice!

  • Phyllis:

    My laundry room is pretty organized but not so cute. Needs to be spruced up a lot so I guess I will say it is a 4 or 5.

  • Tani:

    Mine would probably be a 4! After looking at yours I have a lot of organizing to do. Love your ammo box idea, my laundry soap sits in the ugly box on top my dryer.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Mami2jcn:

    I’d say my laundry room is a 7. It could be neater, but it’s definitely an improvement over how it was a year ago. We now have bins that keep things looking a little better.

  • Denise:

    Mine is probably a 3. Not really organized at all!

  • Anne Marie:

    I would rate mine an 8 – it is clean, organized and neat but certainly nothing picturewise!!

  • I am ashamed to say it’s probably 1-2. It’s just an ugly spot in the basement.

  • I’m moving, and currently loathe the laundry room. It’s going to need a total re-vamp, on a smaller than small budget, so I’m excited to use some of your ideas! I’m at a 2.

  • Ashley:

    I don’t have a laundry room of my own yet. I will in a week and a half, though! It’s small, but will do the job. I will be making a powdered detergent box & finding other fun things to dress up the space : )

  • Tracie Trump:

    My laundry room is about a 6, I would love to get more shelves in my laundry room! tracietrump@yahoo.com

  • Kathryn:

    Seeing as I don’t even have a washing machine or dryer in the apt, my laundry situation is OUT OF CONTROL!!! Having a 6 yo boy, a 14 mth girl and a husband who works 2 jobs, one in a restaurant, it is a crazy crazy site the amount of laundry piled up!! AAHH!!!

  • Anita:

    Mine is about a 5, my husband gets grumpy if our laundry room gets too messy.

  • My laundry is probably at a 3. I don’t have a laundry room so laundry just ends up all over. I did however just get some baskets to try and keep the dirty clothes more organized….so maybe my number will go up soon :)

  • I’m going to say a 2 or 3. Needs help!! Love your ammo box and baskets.

  • Michelle R.:

    I’d rate it an 8 because I have a “laundry area” as opposed to a laundry room. We have to keep it neat because we walk through it all the time.

  • Lorie:

    My laundry room is probably a 3. At least it has a door! Trying to decide what to do. Thanks for the tips!

  • I’d say my laundry room is a 2. It’s in the pantry too! I absolutely hate that! Next house will NOT have a combo pantry and laundry room. :-)

  • Um.. I would say 1. we live in a tiny apartment with no room for anything and our laundry is everywhere! my baskets both broke so we use huge garbage bags for hauling laundry, it is SO ridiculous!
    taznjade at gmail dot com

  • Laura:

    Mine is about an 8. Love your sock basket!

  • Eliza:

    I’d have to say a 5, functional, but not pretty.

  • Rosa:

    My apartment has a laundry room with washer and drier. However, I need to storage some other items in there, since I don’t have spare storage. This is a problem when I am doing my laundry, because I have to take out all the stored items, in order to make room for my laundry.

  • Leanna Morris:

    My laundry “room” is in the basement…about a 9!

  • Alie:

    My laundry room is small but organized. I have a laundry shoot coming from the upstairs so the kids can just send their dirty clothes straight into the basket without having to run down – it’s awesome!

  • Brooke:

    I’d say about a 7ish. Everything is organized, not all things are cute, and my laundry area is a difficult to make cute corner of our basement. I do think that I have done well with what we have.

  • I would give mine a 6. Organized, but definitely not pretty!

  • I would say mine is a 5 or 6. Slightly cluttered cabinet. Needs a little organizing of all the different items I throw in there.

  • I would say mine is an 8…we only have powder detergent, baby liquid detergent and dryer sheets….nothing more. And since it’s in the garage we don’t keep the dirty clothes there, so it’s easy to maintain. Honestly, everything sits on top othe dryer!! I wish we had a laundry room for a rolling sorter and things like that though!!

  • I have a laundry closet with a stacked washer / dryer, so I’d rate myself a 2!

  • Jennifer:

    Probably a 7. I have several of the organizational tools that you mentioned but I wouldn’t be quite ready for a photo shoot.

  • TiffH:

    Considering my “laundry room” is my bathroom, one side sink and toilet other side washer and dryer, I would rate mine a 4. I do keep all my laundry stuff together on a shelf above the dryer, it works, it could be better, and BH&G will not try to photo my room! I always say at least I don’t have to go to the laundrymat, or into the freezing garage to do laundry. I do have a sorting laundry hamper in my room and I love it, I highly recommend them.

  • Liz Lay:

    My laundry room is also our mudroom. It is functional but not pretty. I would give it a 3.

  • Robin M.:

    It’s a total mess!!

  • mel zeiger:

    My laundry room is in our unfinished gross basement :( so its a negative 5!!! We had a flood a couple of months ago and are still trying to clean up the residual mess and purge the “junk” we haven’t seen since we moved in, maybe then I will have a bit more breathing space :)

  • Patricia:

    Mine is a 3. I have spots for everything but those spots don’t seem big enough so they are usually overflowing creating a mess. I need to get more disciplined about purging so that things fit in their space.

  • Kristy:

    i’d say a 7… its in my bathroom… would love a laundry only room!

  • Jennifer:

    Mine is probably a 5 or 6. Ours is in the unfinished part of our basement, too, with concrete block walls and not able to put the washer/dryer next to each other, so it will never be magazine-worthy. But it is fairly organized and everything works, so I’m not gonna complain!

  • Kristi:

    My “laundry room” is a corner of our unfinished basement storage room. I give myself an 8 for organization and cleanliness, but no magazine would ever want to feature my very non-cute laundry space.

  • aubreylaine:

    I would say a 7. It’s organized but nothing special and pretty that could make it in a magazine!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  • Tina K:

    4. It’s a small closet and it’s jammed full. We’re moving in two weeks and I’ll put your organizational ideas to good use!

  • Laura:

    Mine’s pretty pathetic, as it’s in the unfinished portion of the basement, and tends to become a place where things just pile up. It’s a 3 on a good day, sadly.

  • I’d say my laundry room is an 8. It’s organized; it’s also where the freezer lives and the kids hang their backpacks so sometimes it’s a little crowded.

  • barbara n:

    My laundry room rates an 8. Since it is located off the kitchen I try very hard to keep it neat and orderly!

  • Deb:

    My laundry room is a 5…it’s used as the dog’s room, too. need I say more? Plus…there’s laundry hanging that needs ironing.

  • Donna Hollingsworth:

    I would rate my laundry room a 3 out of ten. One thing that I do is put my liquid laundry detergent in a clear beverage dispenser. It looks pretty and I can see when the level is getting low!

  • Mine rates at a 1….I have no oraginization. It’s a very tiny space and I usually just close the door to not see the mess

  • Ellen:

    I’m an apartment dweller, so my laundry room is a closet with a shelf above the machines, that doubles as my linens closet. So, at about a 4 it has much room for improvement. I think I’d like to add some wall mounted storage to free up some of the shelf space I’d rather be using for towels, etc. Great ideas. I hope I win!

  • I’m going to give myself a 3. Only because I have my lights, darks and brights sorted and my supplies are in a cabinet. But there is a pile of towels, sheets and rags that I have to step over to get to it all. Oh, and the overflowing hampers of clean clothes blocking the door.

  • 7, I could do a better job.

  • Cari:

    I really love your blog, but it seems like every time I check it now it’s about some laundry advertisement or laundry detergent or arm and hammer something or other. While these giveaways are wonderful and so fun, please be sure to include your awesome tutorials, crafts, recipes, and sewing projects too! I miss them…

  • Deanna G.:

    I’d give it a 6. I’m working on it. :)

  • Dana:

    Out of site, out of mind, it’s downstairs but I do enjoy doing laundry. I have used Arm and Hammer products for years. I also love Zote and Fels Napha bar soap to help with the stubborn stains.

  • Jillian:

    Oh, somewhere right in the middle. 5 or 6. Its clean and organized (most of the time) but is definitely not beautiful!

  • I think my laundry room is about a 7 or 8. Since moving into a new house last year, I’ve been better able to handle the laundry room that has a little more space. I have always sorted laundry as I don’t like to mix colors or my boys socks with the girls undies :-)

  • carole:

    before reading this I actually was in cleaning my laundry room today…so now it’s a 7 instead of a 1! A tip I have for sorting…I put baskets upstairs in our hall and everyone sorts their own laundry…whites, red, black, blue/green, etc…then I just take one basket downstairs with me when I get up and get going on stuff!!

  • Meg:

    I’m about a five as I don’t have a laundry room. I have a laundry closet which isn’t all that pretty or organized but it is not something I care about too much. I’d rather my kitchen be a ten than my laundry area.

  • Jessie C.:

    Mine would be a 7. I hope we can build more shelves soon though.

  • Cindy:

    Mine is about an 8, ever since my kids were in middle school they have been doing their own laundry. My husband also does his own. Everyone in our family seems to have a specific way they want their laundry done, so we all do our own and have our own laundry baskets. My son’s roommates in college use to give him a hard time because he folded his clothes so neatly.

  • Kristie:

    Maybe a 4 or a 5. I share my laundry room with my salon area. But my favorite thing in my laundry room, is the closet rod that my hubby hung over my washer and dryer so I can hang up all the clothes either right after they come out of the dryer, or hang to dry if they are stained. Works great for hanging up all the kiddos stained clothes. Makes my job a bit easier!

  • I’d say a 1. RIght now it is a catch-all space for my goodwill donations, bookbags, laundry, dog food, and anything else that doesn’t have a home. My goal this month is to clean it out!

  • KimD:

    I’d say a 5 or 6 – not one of my favorite areas but not too ugly either!

  • Jan T:

    I like keeping it organized so it’s around 8 – thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Wendy:

    I would say 5. My “laundry area” is also the garage-the laundry supplies are on a shelf above the washer and dryer-not enough stuff to be disorganized, but not organized enough to really look good-or make up for the VERY unorganized garage! :)

  • Lauren:

    It has maybe been a five or a six at certain times, but unfortunately it is currently about a 3… :/

  • Zana Carter:

    I would rate mine a 7. It is organized and as cute as I can make it with what I have to work with. Just wish I had room for a rod to hang things up out of the dryer. Loved the hints and ideas.

  • Brooke:

    Probably a 3 right now, I’m embarrassed to say. But I am going to conquer it :)

  • My laundry room is located off the kitchen in full view of all that enter so I try to keep it neat. I would rate it at about an 8. Thanks for the chance!

  • missy:

    Got the laundry sorter, got the basket, got the laundry soap box, now I just need the CUTENESS. So, until then I am probably at a 7 (not too shabby!)

  • My mother had found this little poem about looking for a mate and she had it framed. Its about finding a “mate” to a sock. She then attached a sting on both sides to clip socks that are “seeking mates”. We don’t tend to have very many, so it works well for her.
    We also have plastic containers on a shelf above the folding table to hold our socks for my parents, brother, and mine.

  • Cheryl W.:

    I’d rate my laundry room about a 5 – it’s also a combo laundry room/bath room.

  • Amberly:

    Our laundry room is our unfinished basement and I’d give it a 2… when it’s not flooded anyway! :) It’s temporary, thank goodness!

  • Margie:

    5 on a good day! :)

  • Janet:

    I would rate my laundry room a 7

  • Heidi:

    Mine’s probably a 3, I hate my laundry room!

  • Lori:

    Honestly, a 4…maybe, lol. I need to be more organized, any tips for apartment living (my laundry room is just a closet in my dinning room) ?

  • Courtney:

    My laundry room is probably at a 4. Not so good. It is a walk through to the garage and collects tons of tools, etc. This post has motivated me though!

  • My laundry room serves multiple purposes, besides laundry, it is my pantry, and the cat’s overnight bedroom. It’s fairly spacious and well organized. I’m fortunate enough to have cupboards above the washer and dryer for my laundry supplies so I can have my pantry items in nice canisters out on the countertops instead. The drawback is having to turn it over to the cats overnight because it requires cleaning every morning, but once that chore is done it’s a pleasant room for all the household chores done or begun from there.

  • heidi s.:

    Mine is scary….going with a 3. It is in the basement with concrete walls, one window all the way across from it, very dark. I do laundry as quickly as possible and always bring the clean stuff upstairs to fold. I want outta there as quickly as possible. Sounds charming, right?

  • Linda L.:

    BHG would love to photograph my laundry room … as the ‘before’ shot!! The room is awkwardly-shaped and my heavy-duty washer and dryer don’t fit where they should. That means climbing around them to do laundry – it’s such good exercise!! There are shelves along one wall that aren’t really deep enough to be much use as real storage so end up as ‘bits-n-pieces’ shelves.

    Since it’s a rental, I didn’t want to invest too much in it but we’ve been here over ten years now so it’s about time to do something about it. Please tell BHG I can be home whenever they want to do that great makeover story. Anytime, seriously!!

  • Alison:

    I would probably give my laundry room a 6. It is small,no room for folding, but I have two shelves which go from organized to a total mess in less than a week.

  • Julie L:

    I rate my laundry room as 4/5 not too great

  • 1…I share the “laundry room” with my landlord that lives down stairs and all it really is, is a washer and dryer in a basement with a table to put laundry soap on…Its sad and I can’t wait to move to a home so I can have my own laundry room and organize it exactly how I want it.


  • Let me tell you about my laundry area. You will get down on your knees and thank God you have an indoor laundry room! My laundry is in the garage. In Florida. Not air conditioned. I share laundry space with my mechanic husband’s tools, the giant container of dog food, dirt, mice, insects, and oh yes, the heat and humidity that lasts most of every year. Doing laundry in humid 96 degree heat (or more) while sweating, or freezing in Winter, is not right, but what can you do? I try to keep it organized. But with the dirt and weather, everything seems filthy all the time. :( I guess I’d have to rate it a 3. And I am a clean fanatic!
    I envy those who have indoor laundry. I feel a step above having a boiling tub and washboard some days!

  • My laundry room is a 2. It is old and gross. It does have a bit of organization going on, but it needs a total overhaul. I love your sock box and your detergent box! Maybe I’ll tackle it this weekend to make it a 5 or so.

  • Nichole:

    Mine is the garage so it has to share space with dog stuff and tools and storage. My process is lacking a little but my supplies are fairly organized so I’m like at a 4ish I guess. :)

  • Our laundry room is long and skinny with the pantry at the entryway of it. So when I clean it it’s an 8. Cute but could use an update. When it’s messy, which is most days thanks to all sorts of little ones who like to just toss their laundry in the room, it’s a -5. Please enter me! I think I would use the card to buy something to pretty up that space! :)

    Carmen at Old House Kitchen

  • Barbi:

    Our laundry room is about a 8 with organization/cleanliness but it would definitely never make it in a magazine! LOL – very plain and boring! :]



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