Laundry Room Organization Ideas that Change the Game

Shannon Quinn - April 25, 2021
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The hooks on the door help to hang these laundry bags. Credit: Shutterstock

10. Add Wall Hooks For Extra Places to Hang

When you walk into a laundry room, you might have things that you need to set aside as you were cleaning. The best way to do this is by having hooks to hang your objects until you’re ready to move them elsewhere. Buying a set of wall hooks is actually very affordable. You can go with a prefabricated set from pretty much anywhere like Target or Walmart. Or, you can buy individual hooks that you can attach to a wall.

Wall hooks are a great way to instantly add a storage area to any space in your home. Credit: Shutterstock

Even Dollar Tree has their own versions of the Command hooks for just $1 each. This would be one of the best options if you are in an apartment or a rental home where you are free to make holes in the wall. Command hooks that are attached to a sticky substance can be removed without putting any damage to the wall.

This laundry room has shelves installed up the walls. Credit: Shutterstock

9. Use All of the Available Wall Space

One of the easiest ways to utilize extra storage in a room is to use vertical space. You can’t do anything about the square footage of a room, but you can go up the wall to make the most of your room. This can be done by installing shelves on the wall. You could use floating shelves, hooks, or whatever works in your space. As you can see in the photo below, there is even a heated towel rack, which is an amazing addition to a laundry room.

Take note to how both sides of the wall are using the vertical space. Credit: Shutterstock

One of the best options you can also install is cabinets and shelving units. Obviously, this is a lot more expensive than simply finding shelving brackets to install in your space. You know better than anyone else what falls within your budget for your laundry room makeover.

Leave a hamper in the laundry room for people to drop their things off. Credit: Shutterstock

8. Always Keep a Hamper In the Room for Dirty Clothing Drop-off

 Even if every person in your household has their own individual hamper, you still never know if there are going to be any accidental spills or small emergencies where you need to take Dirty laundry to the room right away. Instead of having laundry piling up on the floor, It only makes sense to have a dedicated hamper in your laundry room at all times. Obviously, this only makes sense if you have the space to do so in your laundry room. If you have the kind of laundry room that is basically a closet-sized space, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for you to have a hamper there.

Having more than one hamper helps divide up different types of clothing. Credit: Shutterstock

However, you might have the space to do it in your bathroom instead. But having a collective hamper for your entire family, everyone knows where to put the laundry when they have something that needs to get cleaned. This prevents dirty laundry from hanging around your entire house or everyone’s bedroom floors. Remember that this hamper doesn’t have to be expensive. Walmart and Target have cheap plastic hampers for $10 or less.

Doing laundry for the entire family can drive you crazy, so it’s best to teach your kids how to help too. Credit: Shutterstock

7. Teach Your Kids How to Get Involved

If you have kids, you already know how difficult it is to clean up after them while also keeping the house clean. Once they get old enough to understand how cleaning works, it would be best to teach them the rules about doing laundry. In the beginning, they might not be able to understand how to work the machine.  (And you may not trust them to run it until they are a bit older.) But they can still learn the basics at a very early age.

Even young children can learn how to fold laundry. Credit: Shutterstock

By age 3 to 4, kids are already old enough to understand that they should put their dirty clothes in the hamper. If you separate black, white, and colored clothing, this may also be a great opportunity to teach them colors as well. On a blog called Over the Big Moon, she documents how she taught her 6 year old son how to operate the laundry machine. You definitely want to do this. I can’t tell you how many full-grown adults I met in college who didn’t know how to do their own laundry! Don’t make “adulting” hard for your kids, too.

Adding shelves above the washing machines gives lots of extra storage. Credit: Shutterstock

6. Add Shelving Above the Machines

What is the best storage hacks in a laundry room is to Simply add shelving above the machines. If you don’t have a lot of space, don’t worry. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. All you need to do is buy a floating shelving unit from somewhere like Ikea or Home Depot for under $10.

Shelves don’t need to be expensive, but they make a huge difference. Credit: Shutterstock

A project like this can be done in just a couple hours, especially if you know someone who is handy that can help you. Just keep in mind that a lot of these shelving units cannot hold a significant amount of weight. You should not put all of your supplies onto one shelf. Multiple shelves can help to distribute the weight evenly so you don’t end up damaging something.

This wooden organizational system is stylish and really helps the laundry room. Credit: Wayfair

5. Install a Wooden Laundry Organization System

One of the best things you could do to organize your laundry room is to have an entire organizational system built onto the walls. Personally, I think that the best material to get is wood. Not only is this a natural material, but it is known to last for hundreds of years. It should last for the lifetime of you living in the house, as well as still look great enough for the next family to use. Wood can also be painted any color, or stained in a different wood tone. So if you got tired of the organizational system, you could always paint it to suit your needs. It’s also the most biodegradable choice, especially compared to plastic.

Wood looks more expensive and luxurious in a laundry room. Credit: Shutterstock

If you’re not a huge fan of wood, there are plenty of wire mesh shelving units available to buy either online or at stores like Home Depot or Ikea. Wire shelves are often more affordable than wood, so it may be a good solution for you in the short term.

Sometimes the best way to organize your laundry room is to put it in a closet. Credit: Shutterstock

4. Share a Closet Space With the Laundry

Many of you out there might be living in a small house and only dream that you can have an entire room dedicated to your laundry. That’s totally fine. Hopefully you can use a lot of these tips in your own home, even if you can’t have a fully dedicated laundry room. Personally, I have my laundry room in a space that is basically the size of a closet. And yet this is enough room for us to keep everything we need to do laundry for 6 people.

Hanging a bar above the washing machines help stores extra clothing. Credit: Shutterstock

If you don’t have a laundry room in your house but you wish that you just have one, you can transform one of your closet spaces into a laundry room. This might work out really well in a guest bedroom where you don’t necessarily need that space for someone’s clothing. There are plenty of people out there who were able to install a washing machine into a closet and still left enough room to hang clothes, a vacuum cleaner, or other objects that they need around the house. Check out this article from HGTV where they explain how to turn a closet into a laundry room.

This room looks amazing with blue cabinets and butcher block counter tops. Credit: Shutterstock

3. Experiment With the Paint Color

The great thing about giving your laundry room a makeover is that you can go crazy with the colors. You might not want to experiment with anything over the top in your main home, but the laundry room gives you the ability to do basically whatever you want. Most laundry rooms are so small that you should be able to paint it even with a small container that only costs $10 or less. Even if you are blessed to have a larger room, this should only cost $20 per gallon if you buy the paint at Walmart.

Your laundry room paint can be a totally bold color different than the rest of the house. Credit: Shutterstock

This is great, because it gives you the freedom to afford to try out the colors that you’ve always wanted. The worst thing that could happen is that you don’t like the color, and you have to paint over it with something else. Even if someone in your house doesn’t agree with your color palette, it’s okay! They don’t have to go in the laundry room, anyway.

A great laundry room organization hack is to have mesh drawers in the room. Credit: Ikea

2. Ikea Mesh Drawer System For Backup Supplies

Sometimes, people want to have shelves where they can see all of their supplies at a quick glance. This way, you can easily see if you have supplies left without rummaging through closet cabinets. Ikea sells a few different varieties of their “basket drawer units”. These should work in nearly any laundry room.

Be sure to have storage in your laundry room for all of your belongings. Credit: Ikea

When you are organizing, you can divide up each shelf to have a different type of supply in each drawer. The only downside of drawers like this is that it can look messy after a while. I have personally used a drawer set like this in my office in the past. However, now I gravitate towards drawers that are enclosed. It’s really up to personal taste.

If your washing machine looks unsightly, you may want to hide it with a curtain. Credit: Decoist

1. Hide the Machines With a Curtain

While this might not be the most beautiful thing in the world, hiding your machines with a curtain can be a great solution to an issue. This is especially true if your machines are looking old and busted after having them for over a decade. For people who keep their laundry machine in their kitchen, this might be a good way to hide that.

A great laundry room organization hack is to just hide away your machines. Credit: Pinterest

In order to do this, you will need to install a tension rod across a counter. Alternately, you may need to hang a shower curtain rod and have a fabric shower curtain hanging there as makeshift doors. Make sure you measure everything to be sure you buy the correct sized curtains and rods before you start a project like this. If you need to learn how to make your own curtains, check out this tutorial from House Beautiful.

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