Organize By Zone
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.
Function with Flair
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.
Accessorize On the Cheap
Affordable accessories coax valuable function from underused walls and crevices. A shower curtain tension rod spans an open area between the upper cabinets and a wall to become a hanging rack for items fresh out of the dryer or just off the ironing board.
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A Place for Everything
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.
Get the round labels here.
Out to Dry
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 slender tiered cart with cleaning supplies parks alongside the laundry machines -- or wherever it's needed -- adding a few vertical feet of shelving to a small nook. Storing heavy detergents on the cart is safer to lift and move than if stored in upper cabinets.
Designate a Sorting Station
A tall shelving unit anchors one corner of the laundry room and is outfitted with canvas bins that gather garments by type, color, and care. Orienting a washtub nearby lets everyone remove stains and pretreat soiled clothes before moving on to washing and drying.
Save Floor Space
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.
Printable Laundry Art
Above the utility sink, colorful artwork illustrates the wash cycle and adds a touch of whimsy.
Download the artwork here.
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.
Take the guesswork out of stain removal by keeping a cheat sheet or care guide nearby. Laminated tags with helpful stain-erasing how-tos dangle from a large binder ring above the utility sink.
Download the stain tags here.