This week I’m following along with the Life Your Way Simplify for Fall Challenge. Six days, six areas of the home to simplify. I’ll be sharing my progress here all week.
Simplify your: Clothing & Laundry Room
Time I spent on this task: 2-3 hours
I have four wardrobes right now: maternity, year-round and winter and summer. My winter items, heavy coat and sweaters, are stored in a closet in our extra bedroom. The rest of my wardrobe is a jumble of maternity, regular clothing and a few pieces of summer clothing.
For the challenge I moved most of my year-round and summer clothing into storage. By storage I mean a few drawers in the dresser in our spare bedroom.
What a relief to have a nice uncluttered closet again.
Create More Space: Have Less Stuff
While our flat is quite spacious the storage is minimal. Not a big problem for us but we had no place to conveniently store towels and linens.
Previously this dresser was divided two to one with my husband having two drawers and me having one. My husband’s second drawer held summer clothing which he never wore and a few hooded sweatshirts that had seen better days.
After a light purge of his wardrobe and storing a few summer items away, the bottom drawer was empty. Win.
Bonus: my husband was complaining that a lot of his socks were missing. We found most of them during this task and, ahem, by looking under our bed. Just four lonely single socks now instead of the dozen we started with.
There wasn’t much to do to get our almost three year-old’s clothing in order. Fall is arriving (summer never really visited) but we just booked our last family trip before the new baby arrives: eight days in Ibiza and Barcelona. We’ll pack a few pairs of shorts for that trip and Henry wears the rest of his wardrobe year round.
***I took these pics on laundry day so his wardrobe looks uber minimal in these pics. The closet usually has a rugby shirt, long sleeve button up, hooded sweatshirt and rain jacket in it. The drawer has a few more t-shirts, PJs and jeans.
As part of this task I made a list of what Henry needs for winter: heavy coat, wellies, sweaters, jeans, pants.
For another day: baby clothes.
I had big plans for pulling out baby clothing and sorting it for this challenge. Instead I… took a nap. I’ll save that one for later in the fall.
We don’t have one.
Like most Europeans our washing machine is in our kitchen and we hang our clothing to dry.
I really struggled with this when we first moved over. Our machine was terrible. It was a washer dryer combo that neither washed clothing very well nor dried it at all. Everything came out warm and very damp and not as clean as I would like. I was always behind on the laundry and we always had drying racks up in our house.
When we moved to a new flat in the spring we were hoping for a separate washer and dryer. I just wanted my simple and easy North American laundry system back. But our new home only had a washer – no dryer.
At first I was disappointed but after using the washer I finally realized how all these Euros manage laundry: they have great washing machines. Our new washing machine spins clothes out at 1200 RPMs. Items come out clean and need less than 24 hours to dry. Even jeans. Our sheets dry in 3-4 hours.
I’m finally able to keep up with our laundry. Timely because we’ll be adding more laundry, onesies, burp clothes and cloth diapers in January.
My laundry room is a corner of my kitchen where I set-up our two hanging racks and use a shelf to fold clothing on. It’s not pretty but I try to only have it up during the week. The racks fold down and spend weekends in our front hall storage closet.
Simple laundry room = no organizing! Happy to have at least one thing already checked off the list for this challenge.
Tomorrow: Kitchen & Meal Planning