I channeled my inner Monica Gellar this week… and maybe watched too many Friends re-runs.
Because the laundry room, y’all.
The. laundry. room. needed. so. much. help. When we first started painting and makeovering in here, I mentioned how it’s a super awkward layout with all of these nooks and crannies. But the thing is we weren’t really using any of those nooks and crannies to their full potential before.
But then I went on a massive mission and figured I’d share some organizing solutions that are finally working for us.
(Want to see the finished room reveal? Click here for the tour.)
8 Laundry Room Organization Solutions:
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1. Hooks for creating a drop zone.
Our laundry room is right beside our garage entry in our breakfast nook, so it is the spot that sees all of our jackets and bags and hats immediately when we walk in the house. A few cute hooks and we’re in business. (These antique bronze ones go one sale at 50% off about once a month.)
(And this pretty mirrored laundry sign to bounce around some light in this otherwise dark corner.)
2. A pegboard for cleaning supplies.
This room has to serve a lot of duties- house all of our pantry goods since our kitchen has no pantry, serve as a mud room, serve as household storage, and, ya know, the whole washing laundry thing. So pegboard was the best way to maximize vertical storage in a small space.
3. Baskets for sorting and hiding clutter.
We have all of these little shelves and cubbies in this space that ended up looking a hot mess with random lost socks and misplaced items pulled from pants pockets hanging out everywhere. I picked up these water hyacinth baskets on sale for $4 each at The Container Store that were the perfect fit to create a place for everything.
One basket is for each person in our family. When one fills up, the person the basket belongs to has to go put away all of their misplaced items.
4. Jars for detergent, dryer sheets, and loose change.
I just love how cute they are. It’s just as easy to have a bottle of laundry detergent, a box of dryer sheets, and a plastic cup for coins, but where’s the fun in that, right? If I try to make work spaces pretty, I’m usually happier doing the work… and I’m usually more likely to put forth the extra effort to keep the room clean.
This beverage dispenser is great for liquid detergent and this apothecary jar set works well for a roll of dryer sheets and lost coins. (Keep an eye out at thrift stores because pretty jars always seem to pop up there.)
5. Ironing board hooks.
When we had our ironing board just leaning against the wall, it was constantly falling over and getting in the way. Now, this ironing board hook makes it easier to move around in here without getting attacked by it, and we only notice it when we need it.
6. A wall-mounted drying rack.
We had this one skinny wall beside our pantry cabinet that was completely useless before. But since we often have delicates or bathing suits in the summer (or a bunch of Disney princess dress-up dresses) that have to hang dry, this wall-mounted drying rack was the best solution. Or you could build one yourself for about $30-40.
7. A rolling hamper.
Having hampers all around the house helps keep Olivia from tossing her clothes all over the floors. When we’re downstairs, and she’s spilled jelly on her shirt for the third time that day, she knows exactly where it should go. This rolling one I snagged at 40% off makes it easy for her to help out so she can roll it over to the washing machine to help Robert or me throw in a load. Start ’em young, right?!
So that’s our system. This room really is the heartbeat of our house when it comes to functioning day-to-day. At first, I thought I was crazy for wanting to make this room one of the first ones we gave a makeover in this new house, but now that I’ve seen just how much we use this space, I’m so glad we’ve taken the time to make it a well-oiled machine.
I still have the cabinets and pantry cupboard to sort through and organize, so that’s next on the list.
If you want to know about any of the other projects in this laundry room, you can see all of them here:
- Navy and White Laundry Room Plans
- Laundry Room Paint Makeover
- French Bifold Door Update
- Vintage Clothesline Art Printable Set
- DIY Moroccan Vinyl Tile Floor
Got any laundry room organizing tips of your own to share? Or pantry/cabinet organizing tips? I’m gonna need ’em. If someone else wants to come over and play Monica Gellar for a day instead of me, I’m TOTALLY cool with that. 😉
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