Depending upon where your laundry room is in your home, it may be a breeding ground for plenty of stuff. People leave their shoes in there along with coats, an array of cleaning supplies and other “junk” piled up in one spot. However and wherever your laundry room is, you can organize it in a few easy steps.

Gather Off Season Items

If you place coats, boots, sandals, hats and gloves in the laundry room, you need bins to keep them organized. Either label bins and put items where they need to be, or get some baskets to sort everything out. Every member of your family can have their own bin for their off-season belongings.

Keep Hampers In The Laundry Room

For easy sorting, label hampers so that clothes are already sorted when you head to do laundry. This will cut down on your laundry time significantly. Each family member will have their own responsibility to bring his or her own clothes to the laundry room and sort them out.

Get A Retractable Clothesline

Since space can be limited in the laundry room, it’s hard to find places to hang clothes to dry that aren’t able to go in the dryer. If you get a clothesline that will enable you to hang your clothes vertically, you’ll save space. 

Clear Counter Space To Fold Clothes

If you have some counter space in the laundry room cleared way and reserved, you’ll have more space to be able to fold your clothes. Getting the folding done on the spot is a great idea because then, you’ll have less to do when you come out of the laundry room! 

Keep A Wastebasket Near The Washer

It’s inevitable that people will always leave something in their pockets. You don’t want tissues and receipts to end up in the wash. As you’re doing laundry, you’ll need a place to dispose of these items and a place to get rid of dryer lint and dryer sheets as well. Other items that are found in the laundry that don’t belong there should be kept in a separate basket for people to pick up at a later time. 

Install A Shoe Rack

If the laundry room is near an entryway to the home, you need a shoe rack there. People will be taking their shoes off and on, and you don’t want shoes strewn throughout the room. You may also want to get a good doormat, one that will pick up mud and dirt, to keep it from spreading throughout the room and the house.

With a few changes, your laundry room can be easily organized. You’ll just need to train your family on how to use the new systems in order to make life a bit easier for you!

Even though most people would consider family safety to be a top priority, few have gone to the trouble of actually printing out or creating a home safety checklist. It’s really not that much trouble, though, because the information you need is readily available on the Internet, at your local library, and through your insurance agent. With so many different aspects of home safety to be aware of, a detailed, categorized list can help you focus your attention on what needs to be checked, cleaned, replaced, fixed, or upgraded.

A Word About Landlines vs Cell Phones

The widespread use of cellphones has caused an increasing number of home owners to cancel their landline telephone service. While this may seem like a smart way to save money and reduce telemarketing calls, it also raises some safety issues. In an emergency, for example, the last thing you want to be doing is frantically searching for a misplaced cellphone. Another issue to think about is the fact that mobile phones often need to be recharged on a daily basis — sometimes at the most inopportune times. Although cellphones are an indispensable part of most people’s lives, they’re far from infallible. For this reason, maintaining your landline is an idea worth considering. Telephone companies may offer a budget-friendly service plan that could provide you with an emergency backup, in case your cell phones failed or couldn’t be found.

Organizing Your Safety Checklist

There are a lot of different categories of home safety to keep in mind, so printing out a comprehensive list is an invaluable first step. Customizing the list to the needs of your household would logically come next. For example, a home with young children or elderly relatives will need age-specific safeguards to avoid accidents, injuries, and trips to the Emergency Room.

Everyone’s home safety checklist will vary, depending on the age of their home and its occupants. Here’s a short list of some of the important items you’ll want to include or seriously consider.

  • Install smoke detectors in strategic locations, and test the batteries several times a year (if not monthly). Your kitchen and bedroom areas are among the key spots in which smoke detectors need to be placed.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors are also a vital part of any home safety plan.
  • A working fire extinguisher should be available in the kitchen, as well as any other room in your home where a potential fire hazard exists. It’s also a good idea to take a couple minutes to read the instructions and give members of the family a crash course on correct fire extinguisher operation.
  • Reduce the chance of chimney fires by having your fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned every couple of years. The frequency depends on several factors, including how often you use your fireplace and what type of wood you burn.
  • Miscellaneous home safety reminders: Other aspects of your plan may include burglar proofing your home, identifying and correcting potential electrical hazards, and reducing risks related to tripping, falling, and slipping.

Doing a home safety assessment is comparable to a New Year’s resolution. You go into it with the best of intentions, but you don’t always follow through. When it comes to keeping your home environment safe and secure for your family, however, it’s never too soon to get started.

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