The laundry room is often the most unorganized room in the house. There is after all, so much stuff that has to be piled in there and so many products that you have to store. If your laundry room looks like a disaster area, we have a great collection of 20 Easy Ways for Organizing Laundry Rooms.
Your laundry room will be clean and well-organized and your life a bit easier. You know you need to organize that room so why not start with these great DIYs and products that we’ve found to help make that organization just a bit easier.
Some of them can be made with things that you may have lying around the house, which makes them effective and cheap. Let’s get started on organizing the laundry room so that you can save a bit of time when it comes to getting the laundry done and give yourself a little peace of mind while you’re at it.
1. Use Every Inch of Your Space
Particularly in a small space (as is often the case with most laundry rooms), you’ve got to get creative. This means using every single inch of your laundry room!
Whether that means organizing your cabinets to free up space, or creating a better system for all the laundry hampers around your home, using up every square inch of the room (in an organized fashion, of course) is important. You could even add in extra shelving, to help create more storage space – bonus if your shelves have hooks and racks, for efficiently drying and hanging clothes.
2. Organize Your Cleaning Supplies
Are your laundry room shelves lined with four half-full bottles of Windex, decades-old detergent, and a random assortment of other crusty old cleaning products?
You’re not alone – cleaning supplies tend to overtake any laundry room. That’s why one of the best ways to get your space organized is by removing all cleaning supply clutter!
First, take the time to go through your products and toss out anything that you don’t use or has bypassed its expiration date. Next, if you can, try to keep your remaining supplies as out of the way as possible. Stock everything neatly in cabinets or invest in storage accessories, such as brightly-colored baskets or a carry-all caddy to house all your bottles and detergent.
The goal is to keep your products out of sight, while making them easy to find when necessary.
3. Add a Countertop
If you have space, a countertop in the laundry room can be a lifesaver. By adding in a slab of sleek butcher-block or another type of sturdy countertop, you can create a little more room for cleaning products, baskets, or other random items. And, best of all, you can hang curtains from your countertop! Which brings us to our next tip.
4. Hang Curtains
Curtains are your new best friend, when it comes to organizing your laundry room. By simply hanging a pretty, neutral-colored curtain, you can hide your washer and dryer and completely transform your space. (And, by the way, we recommend sticking to one color palette for your space – this will help things feel even more streamlined.)
5. Install a Hanging Rod
If you don’t already have a hanging rod in your laundry room, it’s time to install one!
A rod across a doorway, or in a small corner of your room, is crucial – you need a designated space to hang wet clothing and swimsuits, rather than draping your clothes in random areas of your home.
6. Don’t Skimp on Fun Touches
Just because it’s your laundry room doesn’t mean it should be bare-walled and industrial-looking. And, in fact, we’d argue that because it’s your laundry room (i.e., the place you probably hate most in the entire home!), this is precisely why you should take extra care to add a few decorative touches.
So, hang artwork that you love or a family photo, above your washer and dryer. Place a vase with fresh flowers on your shelf. Put your detergent or soap in a cute glass mason jar.
Adding a couple fun, stylish elements into the mix can (a) make your laundry room feel more organized, and (b) not make you feel like you’re doing your laundry in a prison cell. Which, who knows, just might make folding clothes a tad more fun!
7. Use Cutesy Catch-All Jars
Are you constantly sifting through your laundry and tossing out pens, coins, and other paraphernalia? Place a couple cute jars or bins on a shelf, ideally at eye level, to store these random items.
This organizational tool is great for a few reasons – first, by placing jars at eye level, this will help remind you to go through your laundry and get rid of any forgotten items in pockets. Also, this can be a chic way to add some flair to your laundry room.
And remember, whomever finds the coins gets to keep them!
8. Designate A Pet-Friendly Zone
Are your pet’s leashes, food, and toys starting to seriously crowd your space? You’re not alone!
That’s why it’s important to have an area of your laundry room or closet, that’s specifically for pet gear. Make it a point to store your pet’s bedding, toys, and food dishes in this spot, and ensure that everything stays as out of the way as possible.
Not only will this cut down on the clutter, but you’ll know where everything is when it’s time for a late-night walk.
9. Appropriately Store All-Weather Gear
If there are all sorts of gloves, scarves, and other cold-weather gear lying around your laundry room (and it’s, um, summertime), why not corral all those items together – and store them away?
Pick a rainy Saturday or a lazy Sunday sometime in the future, and take the time to sort through all your cold- and warm-weather items, and group everything together accordingly. (And be sure to toss any gloves or socks that are missing their partners.) Then, store each bundle of clothing into clearly-labelled bins or baskets – you could even assign a bin per family member, to make things even easier.
The goal is to keep these seasonal garments not just out of the way, but also organized and stored away in one easy-to-find common area.
10. Have a System For Lost-and-Found Items
It’s a mystery for the ages – where do all those missing socks go? No one really knows.
By keeping an extra basket near your washer and dryer that’s specifically for misplaced items and single socks (your laundry nook’s own little “Lost and Found” area), you can more easily locate each item’s owner, and stay organized.
11. Create an Ironing Station
Keep all of your ironing supplies convenient and in one place. Many big box stores carry stow-away ironing board systems that can be easily hidden behind a cabinet door or over-the-door iron and board hangers that are designed to hold any style of ironing board. Look for units that have a shelf to store spray starch and other supplies.
12. Hanger Stacker
Hangers can really make things look unorganized when they are just lying around. Instead of piling those hangers on top of the dryer or having them hang empty on your drying rack, consider one of these great hanger stackers instead. They cost less than $20 and will really help you to save space and keep those hangers from cluttering up your laundry room. You just stack the hangers neatly on them when they are not being used so it helps to eliminate clutter and ensures that you can always find hangers when you need them.
They cost less than $20 and will really help you to save space and keep those hangers from cluttering up your laundry room. You just stack the hangers neatly on them when they are not being used so it helps to eliminate clutter and ensures that you can always find hangers when you need them.
13. Sock Saver
You know those mismatched socks that you have laying on the dryer? The ones that you just can never find the mates to? Instead of losing socks and having to forever look for the proper matches, use these neat little sock savers and never lose those socks again. All you need are mesh lingerie bags, enough so that everyone in the family can have one. When they take off their socks, just have them place them into their own little bag. When the bags are full, you can wash them and the best part is, you can wash the bag as well. You just throw the entire bag into the washer and the socks stay inside. You’ll never spend hours hunting down socks again and you can get rid of that mismatched sock pile in the laundry room.
When they take off their socks, just have them place them into their own little bag. When the bags are full, you can wash them and the best part is, you can wash the bag as well. You just throw the entire bag into the washer and the socks stay inside. You’ll never spend hours hunting down socks again and you can get rid of that mismatched sock pile in the laundry room.