Staging and Decluttering a Laundry Room

Real Estate Agent with Samsel & Associates 0790808

Laundry rooms accumulate stuff. By default, winter blankets and carpet cleaners end up cluttering the shelves of even the most pristine laundry room. Complicating the situation for us is the fact that our laundry room is on the entrance level of our home, directly opposite the front door. Keeping it clean may have been a priority years ago, but all we do now is shut the door when we have guests.

After 14 years in our home, it looked like this.


Steps to decluttering are simple.

  1. Empty the room (or closet, or shelf) completely.
  2. Clean/paint the empty room.
  3. Sort everything into 4 piles:
    1. Keep
    2. Discard
    3. Donate/Sell
  4. Return the items from the keep pile back to the room.

In this instance, we threw away a ton of things that weren't useful to us any more. We also made a large donation of blankets and towels to the local animal shelter and we would up moving a lot of the things from the keep pile to other more suitable locations.

For our laundry room, we wanted to make it more of a cleaning closet - a place to store all of our cleaning supplies instead of having them scattered throughout the house. This will free up spaces under sinks and in closets that we had been using for storage of cleaning supplies.

Here's the video showing how we did it.



To stage the room for buyers, we organized the supplies into baskets. We'll probably add a bouquet of flowers or some other homey touches when the time comes. Here's the final product:

What about your home? What parts of your home need a little decluttering?


Staging and Decluttering is a new video series produced by Team Zuhl. Prior episodes include:

Staging and Decluttering the Foyer Closet

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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Wayne and Jean -  I love to use Junkluggers in our area they will take everything and donate for you.

Jul 13, 2018 07:25 AM #1
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, I'm loving the "decluttering" series, the video is a great addition. Key to decluttering is to empty everything out. Looking forward to your next post. 

Jul 13, 2018 07:44 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good job, well done, Jean Marie and Wayne! I hate a messy closet or utility room so much mine always looks like the "end" product. (I know, I know... it's a disease!)

Jul 13, 2018 08:31 AM #3
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Good job on tackling this project. I am sure it is a very rewarding feeling to have it "company ready".  

Jul 13, 2018 11:06 AM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

You are brave! You are honest! You're my kind of people! Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - you're not Barbie and Ken; I'm not Barbie either. I would do business with you anytime because you're the real deal. 

Jul 14, 2018 09:21 AM #5
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

OH my gosh, what a FANTASTIC post, Jean! I love the video and boy, you did a great job, not only on that but, on the laundry room itself. I'm sure that if you do this with each room & closet, you'll be ready in no time for the market!

Have a great week ahead!

Jul 15, 2018 04:13 PM #6
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Fabulous before and after photos Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl !  I bet it feels great to have it all neat and clean and decluttered. I am one that is totally on board with decluttering everything - it's so nice to have an organized home with no extra or unneeded piles of junk. Good luck on getting your home all spruced up for sale! Great series BTW!

Jul 18, 2018 09:17 AM #7
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Nice job on both decluttering and the video! You seem so comfortable in front of the camera!

Jul 21, 2018 06:07 AM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Great advice, Wayne and Jean. I have seen some pretty amazing laundry rooms...good AND bad. Love your video.


Jul 21, 2018 05:46 PM #9
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's much better! One task at a time and it soon gets done. Keep up the good work.

Jul 22, 2018 02:57 PM #10
Susan McCall, Independent Listing and Buyer Agent
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Bringing buyers and sellers together!

Good job on the video and the hall closet.  I stayed around until the end and your "out takes" were funny.  That workout lookded better than going to the gym.  That's the way I look at gardening......

Jul 22, 2018 03:05 PM #11
Julius Keller

Whatever the reality is but due to your elite assignment help online I got successful in getting this job online.I am really happy.Thanks for sharing this post.

Aug 07, 2018 03:42 AM #12
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