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5 Unexpected Items in My Laundry Room

After the holidays, our closets have been bursting with fabulous gifts. I’ve spent the last few weeks catching up on laundry, cleaning out the closets, and reorganizing the laundry room.

There’s still a long way to go, but the shelves are looking better, the closets are a little roomier, and I have tons of things set aside for the next consignment sale.

When I sorted out the shelves in the laundry room, I ran across a few things that would probably seem out of place to most people. It makes perfect sense in my head, but the hubby doesn’t seem to understand why anyone would keep a piggy bank in there!

Here are 5 more items you may not expect to find in the laundry room:

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  • A Sharpie 1 of 5
    A Sharpie
    Yeah, I know — you wouldn't think I'd need something that leaves permanent marks where I'm trying to remove stains. But, this is a quick way to label clothing tags, though, and to keep track of hand-me-downs. We label everything only with our last name, so we can pass things down through the girls. Something labeled "Sokol I" would belong to the oldest, adding an "I" each time it gets passed down.
    Photo Credit: Flickr user mikelao
  • Chalk 2 of 5
    Chalk
    Rub a greasy stain with chalk to soak up the oil before the wash. It's the only thing I've found so far to remove that type of stain! That's why you'll find pieces of chalk up in the laundry room with the rest of our cleaning supplies.
    Read more at Apartment Therapy
    Photo Credit: Flickr user stuartpilbrow
  • Old Toothbrush 3 of 5
    Old Toothbrush
    This one you probably know — keep an old toothbrush in the laundry room to scrub out tough stains. It works well with the stain removers I already use when I'm trying to tackle something really stubborn.
    Photo Credit: Flickr user orofacial
  • Hairspray 4 of 5
    Hairspray
    Here's another random stain removal trick — spray ink stains with hairspray, then wash as usual. I've saved so many clothes with this one! It's a great use of those coupon deals on the brands I wouldn't normally use on my hair.
    Photo Credit: Flickr user allaboutgeorge
  • Dry Erase Markers 5 of 5
    Dry Erase Markers
    This is a new one for me, but I'm loving it! I keep a couple dry erase markers in the laundry room to keep track of clothes that need stains checked or items that should not be dried. Simply describe each item right on top of the washer. It wipes clean and stays in your face so you don't forget!
    Read more at Power Home Solutions

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More from Heather:
How to Set SMART Financial Goals
Consignment Shopping Tips

More on Babble.com:
His, Hers, Theirs: Dividing Household Chores
5 Creative Ways to Save More Money This Year

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