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Trend: 12 Neat Laundry Room DIYs for Small Spaces

It seems you guys really enjoyed my clever decorating ideas for small spaces post I put together a few weeks back, so I thought I’d share some more small space ideas with you! I live in a 950 square foot home and I know how tough it can be to create a functional home with barely any space to work with. Today I’m talking all about small laundry spaces! Check out the 12 Neat Laundry Room DIYs for Small Spaces below.

If your laundry room is in a space that’s pretty visible to the rest of the home, then make it pretty! This lovely little laundry room is colorful and nice to look at. Check it out on the A Beautiful Mess Blog.

If your laundry room is in a space that's pretty visible to the rest of the home, then make it pretty! This lovely little laundry room is colorful and nice to look at. Check it out on the A Beautiful Mess Blog. If your laundry room is in a space that's pretty visible to the rest of the home, then make it pretty! This lovely little laundry room is colorful and nice to look at. Check it out on the A Beautiful Mess Blog.

Talk about utilizing the space you have. This small laundry space is wonderful. Check it out on Young House Love.

Talk about utilizing the space you have. This small laundry space is wonderful. Check it out on Young House Love.

This laundry room makeover makes me so happy! This blogger made her own pedestal to create more storage under the washer and dryer. I must do this in my laundry room! Found on Tremendously Thrifty.

This laundry room makeover makes me so happy! This blogger made her own pedestal to create more storage under the washer and dryer. I must do this in my laundry room! Found on Tremendously Thrifty. This laundry room makeover makes me so happy! This blogger made her own pedestal to create more storage under the washer and dryer. I must do this in my laundry room! Found on Tremendously Thrifty.

This DIY is meant to extend a windowsill, but I think it’s the perfect DIY for a fold away folding table. Check out how easy it is to make on Martha Stewart.

This DIY is meant to extend a windowsill, but I think it's the perfect DIY for a fold away folding table. Check out how easy it is to make on Martha Stewart.

Maybe you don’t have room for both a laundry space and office supply storage? Don’t stress. A “laundry room” doesn’t only have to be for the laundry stuff. Organize office supplies with baskets and shelving. Found on Organized By Helen.

Maybe you don't have room for both a laundry space and office supply storage? Don't stress. A

If the idea of building cabinets makes you nervous, maybe try using wood crates instead? They are already built for you and all you need to do is install them on the wall. Found on the Home Depot Blog.

If the idea of building cabinets makes you nervous, maybe try using wood crates instead? They are already built for you and all you need to do is install them on the wall. Found on the Home Depot Blog.

Hang labeled laundry bags on the wall so your family can, hopefully, help with sorting the clothes. Found on The Pin Junkie.

Hang labeled laundry bags on the wall so your family can, hopefully, help with sorting the clothes. Found on The Pin Junkie.

I love pretty much everything about this laundry room makeover. My favorite part is the space saver idea to have a spot to hang clothes right above the machines. Found on Emerson Grey Designs.

I love pretty much everything about this laundry room makeover. My favorite part is the space saver idea to have a spot to hang clothes right above the machines. Found on Emerson Grey Designs. I love pretty much everything about this laundry room makeover. My favorite part is the space saver idea to have a spot to hang clothes right above the machines. Found on Emerson Grey Designs.

This is one of my favorite laundry room DIYs. We have no where to hang clothes to dry in our home, so this is perfect. It’s folds up into the wall when you don’t need it. Found on Centsational Girl.

This is one of my favorite laundry room DIYs. We have no where to hang clothes to dry in our home, so this is perfect. It's folds up into the wall when you don't need it. Found on Centsational Girl.

If you do have some cabinet space and need a spot to hang clothes, this DIY retractable clothesline is so cool. Check out how she did it on Just About Home.

If you do have some cabinet space and need a spot to hang clothes, this DIY retractable clothesline is so cool. Check out how she did it on Just About Home.

If you have a small home AND cats, then you probably keep the cat food and litter box in your laundry room. That can take up a lot of valuable space, SO stack up that food and litter box on a shelf. Found on Southern Sprout.

If you have a small home AND cats, then you probably keep the cat food and litter box in your laundry room. That can take up a lot of valuable space, SO stack up that food and litter box on a shelf. Found on Southern Sprout.

I love how this clever person really worked with the small space that she had. Tiny shelves hold the items she needs easy access to while doing laundry. Found on Waffling Blog.

I love that this clever person really used the small space that she had. Tiny shelves hold the items she needs easy access to while doing laundry. Found on Waffling Blog.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


10 Clever Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

Trend: 10 Clever Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

It seems more and more people want to scale down their living spaces to live with less stuff. Decorating these small homes can be a challenge, so I’ve collected 10 Clever Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces.

1) This coffee table opens up into a great storage space! Great for blankets, magazines, and other items you want to hide in your living room. Found on vtwonen

This coffee table opens up into a great storage space! Great for blankets, magazines, and other items you want to hide in your living room. Found on vtwonen

2) This isn’t actually a new DIY, but it’s so cool. This was built into this stairway to hide booze during prohibition! These days it’s used to store other items. Found in NY Times (the home of Eric Schiller).

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3) Makeover your front entry with some benches and wall hooks to create more storage and it looks great! This DIY was made for $85. Not bad. Found on The Natos.

Makeover your front entry with some benches and wall hooks to create more storage and it looks great! This DIY was made for $85. Not bad. Found on The Natos.

4) We have some special wines that we are saving, but we don’t really have much space to store them. I love this vertical wine storage solution! Hide those bottles in some large PVC tubes behind a magnetic message board. Found on the Lowes blog.

We have some special wines that we are saving, but we don't really have much space to store them. I love this vertical wine storage solution! Hide those bottles in some large pvc tubes behind a magnetic message board. Found on the Lowes blog.

5) Now that my daughter is headed into first grade, we are going to need some sort of study space for her in her tiny room. This fold down wall desk is perfect! She can just fold it away when she’s done. Found on Ana White (comes with free building plans).

Now that my daughter is headed into first grade, we are going to need some sort of study space for her in her tiny room. This fold down wall desk is perfect! She can just fold it away when she's done. Found on Ana White (comes with free building plans).

6) Do you want to have guests stay with you, but you don’t really have anywhere for them to sleep? Consider installing a Murphy bed! The room can be an office by day, and a bedroom at night. Great DIY found on Addicted 2 DIY.

Do you want to have guests stay with you, but you don't really have anywhere for them to sleep? Consider installing a Murphy bed! The room can be an office by day, and a bedroom at night. Great DIY found on Addicted 2 DIY. Do you want to have guests stay with you, but you don't really have anywhere for them to sleep? Consider installing a Murphy bed! The room can be an office by day, and a bedroom at night. Great DIY found on Addicted 2 DIY.

7) My tiny house only had one built in closet when we first bought it. That makes storing items kind of difficult, so a couple years ago my husband and I built a Mini Pantry. We fit it into the tiniest little space in our kitchen. Check out the DIY on the Home Depot Blog.

My tiny house only had one built in closet when we first bought it. That makes storing items kind of difficult, so a couple years ago my husband and I built a Mini Pantry. We fit it into the tiniest little space in our kitchen. Check out the DIY on the Home Depot Blog.

8) This DIY Pegboard Shelving Unit is like functional artwork. The perfect shelving unit for a small space. Found on Apartment Therapy.

This DIY Pegboard Shelving Unit is like functional artwork. The perfect shelving unit for a small space. Found on Apartment Therapy.

9) Utilize all the space in those cupboards. Installing hooks and small shelves inside your cupboard door will give you a spot for those small kitchen items. Found on Jenna Burger.

Utilize all the space in those cupboards. Installing hooks and small shelves inside your cupboard door will give you a spot for those small kitchen items. Found on Jenna Burger.

10) Be sure to use all the space in your laundry room. Shelves above for organizing and a top over the washer and dryer so you can fold clothes. Found on Four Generations One Roof.

Be sure to use all the space in your laundry room. Shelves above for organizing and a top over the washer and dryer so you can fold clothes. Found on Four Generations One Roof.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


It seems that each year I make a resolution to simplify our laundry routine.  With a family of five, laundry piles tend form in the blink of an eye.  However, there are a few things we have done that have really streamlined our process.  For example, our dirty clothes go straight to the washer each day, we only sort out linens and delicate pieces.  Over-sorting was causing multiple piles that needed attention at once and quickly cluttered our laundry zone.  Another step that has helped us is to always keep extra hangers in the laundry room so we can fold and place items on hangers the moment they come out of the dryer.  And finally, each member of the family has a small stackable basket that remains next to our dryer, so once the clothing comes out and is folded, it can be placed into each member’s basket to be put away.

Although over-sized laundry rooms are dreamy, there are many ways to organize and maximize a small laundry nook or closet to make it just as functional as a larger space.

The laundry alcove above is only a few feet wide, yet the storage is truly maximized to create an ultra-functional place to wash and fold laundry.  Let’s take a closer look at some super simple ways to make the most of a small laundry space.

 

1.  The optimal  solution for maximizing storage is to go vertical.  Consider adding rows of shelving that span all the way to the ceiling.  Cabinets are a great alternative if the goal is to conceal visual clutter.

2.  Create a stain removal tray.  Research solutions for removing common household stains such as grass stains, wine spills, wax spots, makeup, etc… Put together a small bin or tray with a stain removal reference guide and correlating cleaners and store above the washer and dryer.  This will allow you to treat the stain on the spot and increases the odds of saving your clothing, upholstery and carpets.

3.  Install a hanging valet for your clothing.  Whether hanging a delicate item to be washed separately or providing a place to air dry a blouse, a simple retractable rod saves space while adding hanging functionality.

4.  A benefit of open shelving is that you can quickly see and access your items.  Selecting wire baskets or clear bins to corral smaller products, will also take away from the guessing game.

5.  Create a cleaning caddy for your home.  By using a single bin or tote to transport your cleaning supplies from room to room, you cut down on the number of trips back to the cleaning cabinet.

6.  Install a space saving ironing board holder on a nearby wall or over the laundry room door.  Many of the amazing options also come with added storage for spray starch and distilled water.

7.  Add a decorative basket to the top of the washer/dryer area for delicate items that must be washed separately.

8.  Install a counter across the washer and dryer to provide a solid surface for storage and folding items straight out of the dryer.

 

Bonus tip:  Decant your laundry detergents and cleaners into decorative storage containers to create a streamlined, clean look.  Manufacturer’s product labels and colors quickly create visual clutter that take away from the esthetics of the space.

 

{ ironing board storage / wire basket / wall shelf / storage tin / decorative jar / hanging valet / stain remover / garment brush / woven basket / tray }

 


 

1. Subway Tile … Lowes

2. Hyacinth Tray Basket … Walmart

3. Keep Calm Wash On Poster … Poster Pop on Etsy

4. Ekby Aluminum Wall Shelf … Ikea

5. Penny Candy Jar … Amazon

6. Laundry Valet … Amazon

7. DIY Laundry “Wash” Jar and Laundry Detergent … The Paper Mama

8. Metal Housekeepers Box … Amazon UK

9. Wall Decal … Kreative Corner Designs on Etsy

10. Green Towels … Target

11. Water Hyacinth Basket … World Market

 

We have a small space for our laundry “room” and I’ve been collecting inspiration to make it a happier space. This small space laundry room (pictured below) is one of my favorite idea photos I’ve found so far. It’s definitely inspiring me and I hope it can inspire you.

 

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Bathrooms tend to be one of the smallest rooms in the home, therefore well thought out storage is a must to prevent cluttered counters and overflowing drawers.  Here are a couple of my favorite ways to maximize bathroom storage and stash those bath belongings in style.

 

Using vertical storage in a bathroom is crucial in maximizing small square footage.  Wall mounted shelves can add a place to set a glass of water and daily care essentials.

 

If you have a little more floor space, slender bookcases can provide ample towel and product storage, especially if a linen closet is nowhere to be found.

 

Another great way to go after that vertical space, is with wall pockets.  Storage typically designed for magazines is a great option for towels and toiletries.

 

Because not all bathroom products are “pretty”, tucking them away in woven baskets not only adds a nice texture to the space, but they also keep clutter at bay.

 

One of my favorite ways to add storage in the bathroom, is to shop the kitchen for vintage dishes and use leftover packaging that can be given a facelift with decorative papers.

 

Many storage solutions for smaller personal items, come in the form of suction cups typically intended for the shower, but they also work great on the wall or inside of a vanity!

 

Tiered storage is another great way to store up vs. out.  This allows you to stack pretty lotions and cosmetics and keep them on display.

 

Drawer dividers keep items from becoming a jumbled mess inside of the drawers.  They ensure you can quickly find what you need in the morning and also reduce over purchasing since everything is nice and visible.

 

 

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