Smart Storage Tips to Create a Laundry Closet That Functions Perfectly

Transform a standard closet into an efficient laundry room with smart features that help you stay on top of washing duties and weekly chores.

Good things come in small packages. At least they do when you fill a small footprint with lots of versatile storage to simplify your family's laundry routine. We outfitted a standard 6-foot-wide closet with a custom hamper, a drying rack, and stylish shelves and bins to maximize efficiency in the minimal space. Nearly every inch has a purpose, including the closet's return walls and the area above and to the side of the washer and dryer. Hanging bins and a basket filled with stain-care supplies ensure often-used tools are close at hand, and a family laundry schedule displayed on the wall keeps everyone on track for the week (and helps everyone share the space without conflict).

Surprisingly, laundry isn't such a dreaded chore when you make it easy to throw in a load, and you have smart laundry processes to curb the mess, eliminate frustrations, and get clean clothes back to their proper places.

Workable Folding Surface

laundry room in closet with wooden barn doors
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Add convenient folding space by topping a front-loading washer and dryer with a countertop. Cut a 96-inch butcher-block countertop to fit your space. To ease laundry chores, look for a washer with handy features like a dispenser that puts in just the right amount of detergent, Wi-Fi connection to start a load remotely, and technology to prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

If you have extra wall space on either side of your laundry closet, barn doors can upgrade the look. They add farmhouse charm and slide easily out of the way when you need to work. Barn door hardware kits make it easy to install sliding doors.

Extra Storage Space

corner of laundry room holding paper products
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Stash extra paper products out of the way on a top shelf. For example, hide laundry supplies that aren't in your daily rotation in fabric bins until needed.

Wall Functionality

organized corner of laundry room
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Pack more function into your closet by making use of its side walls. Matching bins hang from hooks—one holds supplies, and the other collects single socks until their missing partners can be found. A laundry schedule reminds each family when it's their day to take over laundry duties.

Bins and Containers

basket holding laundry supplies
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Felt bins offer an attractive way to round up assorted laundry-care items, such as a lint roller, sweater shaver, and handheld steamer. The bin can conveniently be taken off the wall and moved to a convenient spot when needed—and put away just as quickly. Felt works well here because these items won't spill or leak.

Convenient Hamper

wire rack with sorted laundry
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A two-drawer hamper helps pre-sort dirty clothes so you can quickly pop in a load on your way out the door or as you return from work. You can sort clothes by whites, darks, and towels, or divide them by person. Add labels to ensure all family members know what goes where.

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Kate Malo is a skilled graphic designer with over 15 years of experience.

As a writer, graphic designer, and art director, Kate has worked with Better Homes & Gardens' niche titles and publications, like Storage and Beautiful Kitchen and Baths magazines.

She founded her own photo styling and art direction company, Kate Malo Design and Creative, and her clients included Meredith Corporation, Yoga Journal, Heart of Iowa Wine Trail, and others.

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