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Organize This!

In the second part of our series, "Organize This!," The Saturday Early Show tackles the laundry room and the linen closet.

These are two areas of your home that are heavily used, and that means they can quickly get messy.

Redbook magazine editor Cheryl Kramer stopped by The Saturday Early Show with some ideas that'll help you to clean up the clutter quickly and easily .

Kramer says organizing areas of the home that are used the most can really make life a bit easier, because you're not wasting your time hunting for things.

Laundry Room

  • Kramer recommends pre-sorting your clothes as they get soiled because it saves time. Use a 3-bin laundry sorter, which can be found at many stores such as Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Hold Everything. She says you can purchase some that are labeled already or you can create your own labels by purchasing felt letters from a crafts store.

    A table in the laundry room is very useful for folding laundry and scrubbing out stains before washing. Any table will do, but Kramer found one that comes with a 3-bin sorter . The sorter fits underneath the table. From Hold Everything is about $199.

  • Overdoor Ironing Boards: Kramer says you can save space by mounting space-hogging items such as an ironing board on your wall or over your door. Overdoor ironing boards today are about the same size as traditional ones. They're available at Container Store for about $20.
  • Wash Hook: Hooks mounted on the wall are a good place to hang delicates. Kramer found some chrome wash hooks at Pottery Barn for about $39.
  • Cabinets or Shelves: If you don't have cabinets or shelves, install some yourself or buy them ready-made. There's a wide array available from stores such as Pottery Barn. They don't have to be fancy, but they're handy for keeping detergents or other laundry aids in one place and off the floor. Kramer found some at Pottery Barn for about $69.
  • Storing Box: Finally, Cheryl Kramer suggests keeping a small box on hand for all the things you find in your kids' or husband's pockets. You don't have to buy anything. It can be jar or an old shoe box.

Now that you've cleaned up your laundry room, it's time to tackle the linen closet. Kramer says it's where most people tend to just throw things, making for a messy look. Instead, she suggests keeping your table lines, towels and comforters organized with a variety of storage containers.

Containers are available at Container Store. Prices for canvas boxes start at about $16; clear boxes start at about $10.

  • Kraamer suggests storing everyday linens at eye level and keeping the "guest" linens up high since they are not used as frequently. This will allow you to find the everyday sheets without a struggle. It also helps you to easily rotate your linens so that you don't use the same sheets and towels over and over again. Store your fitted and flat sheets separately, so you can easily grab what you need.
  • Space Bag: Kramer says another great way to save space is to vacuum-pack your seasonal linens ,such as the Space Bags . You can also find bags that don't require using a vacuum cleaner to suck the air out and essentially push out as much air out of the bag as possible. Space Bags are available at Container Store, starting at about $6.
  • Folding Fitted Sheets: Don't wad your sheets. Kramer says to fold them properly and you will discover you get more space out of your closet.
  • Spray: Kramer recommends having some linen sprays to keep your linens smelling fresh.

    Sprays are available at L'Occitane , starting at about $14.

And as a final reminder, Kramer says don't keep your cleaning products stored in the same area with your linens.

If you are interested in the linens seen on the show, here's where you can find them:

The green comforter is available at Marshall's or by call 1-800-Marshalls, for about $60.

Sheets are available at Marshall's, starting at about $10.

Towels are available at Marshall's, starting at about $ 8.

Cream-colored wool blanket is available at Marshall's, starting at about $20.

White down comforter is available at Marshall's, starting at about $60.

Solid-blue sheets with white satin stitching are available at Pottery Barn, starting at about $24.

White towels with blue satin stitching are available at Pottery Barn, starting at about $14.

Monogrammed towels are available at Lands' End, starting at about $10.

The two purple fleece blankets are available at Lands' End, starting at about $59.

Kids' Terry Bath Cover-Up Frog are available at Lands' End, starting at about $24.

Kids' Terry Bath Cover-Up Frog are available at Lands' End, starting at about $24.