I wouldn’t count my laundry room as one of my favorite spaces. It’s small, cluttered, and—more often than not—a mess. In general, I tend to just close the door and pretend it’s not there until I have to do laundry, so I’m always surprised to see people who love their laundry rooms enough to not only leave the door open, but actually post photos of the space on social media.
I think the difference between those laundry rooms and my laundry room really comes down to organization. There’s no rhyme or reason to how I stash my laundry supplies or organize dirty clothes, which makes the space feel a bit chaotic. (Okay, very chaotic.) I started looking for ways that I could tidy up the space—keeping in mind that it’s tiny—and here are some of the best laundry room organization ideas that I found along the way.
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1. Organize Those Cabinets
I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who stores all sorts of miscellaneous cleaning supplies in the laundry room, though this IGer does a much better job organizing everything than I do. Her cabinet is lined with uniform baskets, each of which holds specific items—there’s a basket for plant care, air fresheners, lint rollers, and more. Simple, yet oh-so satisfying.
2. Individual Baskets for Each Person’s Laundry
My boyfriend and I are generally too lazy to separate our clothes before washing, so I love the idea of having separate baskets for clean laundry. It would make putting away clothes a whole lot easier. This system would be especially handy in large households where each person is responsible for folding their own laundry.
3. Stay Organized with Magnetic Bins
How smart are these magnetic bins? You can simply attach them to the side of your washer or dryer, and they’re the perfect spot to dispose of lint, deposit loose change from pockets, and even keep dryer sheets. They can also be mounted to the wall, if you prefer.
4. Tidy Up Your Washer and Dryer Drawers
If you have pedestals underneath your washer and dryer, here’s some inspiration on how you can keep them organized and maximize storage—it’s a great solution for those with small laundry rooms. This IGer has all types of laundry and cleaning supplies in her drawers, including an iron, dryer balls, boxes of tissues, and more.
5. Employ a Wall-Mounted Drying Rack
No space in your laundry room for a pop-up drying rack? This wall-mounted option is ideal for small spaces, as it can be set to several angles and folds up when not in use, taking up minimal space. (I’m almost positive the one in the photo is from Pottery Barn, as I’ve considered buying it myself!)
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6. Store Supplies in Pretty Containers
The boxes and jars that laundry supplies come in typically aren’t attractive, and if you can’t stash them away somewhere, you can make them look a little nicer with the help of a few pretty glass jars! This specific set is from Little Label Co. and includes the bamboo tray and scoop, but you could easily create a DIY version.
7. Hang Up Cleaning Tools
There’s so much to love about this laundry room, starting with the precious pink pops of color! I also love that they’ve put hooks and a broom holder inside the cupboard to keep the cleaning tools organized and off the floor.
8. Create Shelving for Laundry Baskets
If you have too many laundry baskets and not enough space for them, a built-in shelving unit like this one will help you keep them organized. These ones were clearly built as part of the room, but this straightforward DIY tutorial from Ana White that will give you the same effect.
9. Keep Essentials on a Rolling Cart
It’s no secret that we’re fans of Yamazaki Home’s minimalistic organization tools, and the TOSCA Rolling Laundry Station would be the perfect addition to any undersized laundry room. It has a removable basket in the bottom, a rack for drying shirts and other clothing, as well as a tabletop for folding.
10. Build a Platform for Your Appliances
You can maximize storage space in small laundry rooms by setting your washer and dryer on top of a platform like this one. It features two spacious drawers for tucking away laundry supplies, with the added bonus of making the drums more easily accessible.
11. Stack ‘Em Up
This before-and-after ’gram shows just how much space you can create by simply stacking your washer and dryer. (Assuming they’re able to be stacked, of course.) They were able to install a laundry-folding counter with lots of additional closed storage to make the space much neater.
12. Dry Laundry on a Clothes Airer
I’ve never heard of a clothes airer before, but consider my interest piqued. These cool contraptions are basically laundry racks that you hang from the ceiling (this one is from Cast In Style), and it’s held up by a pulley system that lets you lower it to load, then hoist it up to keep drying clothes out of the way.