This month we tackled the laundry declutter, which was a nice simple task for most. A bit of a necessity for me being only a few weeks out from my next baby, so I may have shuffled my schedule a little and brought laundry forward… I couldn’t face my craft room/home office yet. And I figure we all needed a nice easy declutter after all the areas we have done so far, from kitchen to bathrooms, master bedroom to kids rooms.
My laundry only took me about an hour in total to declutter, which included the linen press. It’s a great feeling being able to give a complete room an overhaul in such a short space of time.
However I did remove a lot of excess linen. About 10 towels, a few double bed quilt cover sets since we recently sold the double bed and now only have a fold out couch as a spare. I also found that I had about 5 blue pillow cases that went with nothing. Along with that went some old pillows that were quite discoloured and uncomfortable. It seems my husband has been hoarding his teenage bedding… but not anymore.
Our laundry is otherwise the home of our cat stuff. If you have an indoor pet, chances are yours may be the same. So our laundry is so often a mess from our 2 very messy devon rex cats. They kick kitty little all over the floor, even though one of their litter trays is enclosed. They also make a mess with their food. It’s a daily job sweeping the floor. But not my daily job, which means it isn’t always done to my standard.
Since cat poop is dangerous to pregnant women, the cat duties went to hubby at the start of my last pregnancy in 2012 and stayed that way. How unfortunate… or not!
It can be tough to keep pet areas clean and tidy, but some tips we have found to help are definitely the closed in kitty litter trays, as in the ones with the flap door. It saves a lot of the kicking mess cats make trying to cover their business. Also we have several water resistant pet blankets we use for under their litter area so if they do miss, the tiles are protected and we can wash these often. Also, placemats under their food bowls and a dry food dispenser that is closed at the top, with the food pooling in an opening at the bottom. It means less spillage, plus less frequent need to fill it up as it’s quite large.
Otherwise all I had to do is give everything a bit of a tidy over, clean the appliances and throw a few random things out that were in the under sink cupboard.
What I really need are some floating shelves on the wall space above my washing machine, so all the stuff i currently have on top of the washing machine in easy reach can instead be on a shelf. It would be an improvement on the look, without being any less functional and accessible. Something to consider.
Make sure you pop over to the Simplify My Life challenge page for a list of all the tasks so far to declutter, organise and simplify your life.