Laundry room clutter is an oxymoron, right? Having a messy laundry room makes washing your clothes seem like the least desirable chore. With swift organization skills and handy storage options, these tricks will guarantee that your laundry room is the most efficient and operational room for your needs. From these easily purchased items to crafty DIY ideas, there is something for everyone to use that will transform a messy laundry room.
1. Slide Out Storage
You’ll find that most laundry rooms contain small spaces between the washing machine and the wall, so why not utilize this narrow space? Try using a roll out storage unit to tuck away detergent bottles and fabric softener. The products will be easily accessible and there is no shelving necessary! Units like the above can be found at The Container Store. This is by far one of the most useful techniques to use while organizing your laundry room.
2. Makeshift Ironing Board
If you have a front loading washer or dryer, you have the opportunity to make your own surface to iron on. Choose any fabric you like and wrap it around a sturdy piece of plywood topped with batting scraps. A few simple staples from a staple gun will hold everything in place. Alternatively, you may also use fabric glue. This will create your own stylish and compact ironing board. No more bulky board taking up space in your laundry room.
3. Change Jar
While doing laundry, it is almost always a guarantee that you are going to find pockets that are still filled with change. This simple yet useful idea will allow you to tidy up with the help of a mounted mason jar. Once the jar is full, cash it in!
4. Storage Cubbies
If you don’t wish to put up standard shelving in your laundry room, try out this cool storage cubby alternative. Using plastic crates is an easy and affordable solution. Hang up as many crates as you need to and remove them just as easily. These cubbies will provide a sturdy surface to house any supplies that you don’t want just lying around.
5. Detergent Dispenser
If you buy your laundry detergent in bulk, try placing it into a beverage dispenser. You will be able to dispense a precise amount of liquid with no heavy lifting necessary. If possible, line it up right above your washer so that you can dispense the detergent directly into the machine! This can add style to your average laundry room, and will allow you to use your colored soaps for makeshift decorations.
6. Ladder Drying Rack
Suspend a small wooden ladder from your ceiling using small hooks. This can act as a place for you to hang clothes that require air drying. When you are not using it for drying, the ladder will remain up high and out of the way. You can customize the hooks/chains as well as paint the ladder to make this a more decorative feature when it is not in use for drying clothing.
7. Tilted Basket Shelving
Whether your laundry basket contains clean clothes waiting to be folded or dirty clothes waiting to be washed, you can place them on tilted shelves that are mounted above your washer and dryer. This tip works great if you have a small laundry room with little to no floor space. The tilt of the shelving makes the baskets easily accessible for those that are both tall and short.
8. Stack It
Another advantage to having front loading washers and dryers is your ability to stack them! This will instantly maximize your space and keep things organized. This is especially useful if your laundry room is inside of a small closet or room. Minimizing the amount of space your laundry room takes up also minimizes the upkeep.
9. Hidden Machines
If you are not fond of walking into your laundry area and seeing your washer and dryer stealing the focal point, try setting up small curtains to cover the area until you are ready to use it. A simple curtain rod and curtains of your choice can keep the space neutral and keep your mind off of doing chores, until you absolutely need to, that is.
10. Make it Pop
An alternative to the last tip goes hand in hand with the phrase so often heard – If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! If you are tired of walking into your bland laundry room, try applying some wallpaper or paint to liven up one of the walls. This will make the space seem more put together and it will motivate you to keep everything in its place. An accent wall will modernize your space and allow it to feel more seamless.