Coax more efficiency and storage from a little laundry room with work areas designed around the wash cycle. This 10×11-foot space smooths out wrinkles with a smart layout, thoughtful organization, and creative labels.
An unruly laundry room hampers wash day. Working with professional organizer and The Clutter Diet creator Lorie Marrero, we shaped a small laundry room around each step of the wash cycle.
In the washing area, deep base cabinets house the appliances, and wall cabinets hung above keep detergents and supplies within easy reach. The countertop above the machines provides ample folding surface, while open shelves to the right of the dryer stow bright red totes for transporting washed-and-folded pieces. A bold-pattern indoor-outdoor rug adds energetic, functional style.
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Above the dryer, a plastic tote is dedicated to misfit socks, so all family members know where to search first when items go missing. A clearly labeled coordinating tote gathers batteries, lightbulbs, small home-repair tools, and other utility staples.
A drying rack for exercise wear and delicates is on professional organizer Lorie Marrero's list of essentials for a successful laundry room. In a tight space, choose a wall-mount version that collapses to just a few inches thick.
Lidded glass jars provide homes for clothespins, orphan items discovered in pockets, and sewing notions for quick garment repairs. A shallow galvanized bin unifies a mix of vintage and new containers.
A metal mesh caddy secures the ironing board to the wall when not in use, and its built-in basket provides handy storage for the iron and spray starch.
Small mesh bags, one for each family member, ensure everyone’s socks aren’t mixed up in the washer or dryer. Clipping bags outside hampers reminds family members to sort out their socks.
Above the utility sink, colorful artwork illustrates the wash cycle and adds a touch of whimsy.
A toothbrush holder mounted near the utility sink is stocked with stain-treatment sticks for attending to soiled garments before they proceed into their intended bins.