5 Dirty Secrets :: Laundry Room Organization

Whether you have a small space or a luxurious large laundry room , it is still hard to stay organized and get work done.  Below are my 5 dirty secrets to keeping your laundry room functional and organized.

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A few of my favorite laundry rooms:

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5 Dirty Secrets :: Laundry Room Organization

5 Dirty Secrets :: Laundry Room Organization

1. Work Surface is important as that is what you can you can use to fold laundry and sort after it is cleaned. Since I currently have a small laundry room, I have to carry my clothes to my room and sort on my bed. A nice table / work surface in any laundry room will add to the ease of folding. Plus, you can put the clean clothes right back in the bins of who they belong to and they can come pick their own clean clothes up from the laundry room and put back in their own drawers.

This work surface can also double if you use your laundry room for a craft or gardening area!

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2. Ideally a built-in rod in the laundry room (4) is ideal for drying clothes, but a rack (8) can also be useful when drying sweaters.  If you don’t have a lot of space, something that folds up (5/6) can be good to pull out only when needed. Having a system that you use to dry clothes makes it look much neater than just hanging on the nearest door knob you can find.

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5 Dirty Secrets :: Laundry Room Organization

3. Sorting clothes is probably the best system out of all of these to have in place. I recommend 4 types of piles (whites / darks / hand wash / dry clean).  If I had enough space, I would add towels/sheets in another bin.  If you have kids, each kid can have one basket in their room or multiple ones that they bring to the laundry room when it is filled and time to be cleaned. Breathable hampers are very important.

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5 Dirty Secrets :: Laundry Room Organization

4. Hiding cleaning supplies is one of the easiest ways to look organized and make your space, whether small or large, pleasing to the eye.  You can get creative with buckets, bins, jars, wood, plastic, stainless, etc. If it was my choice, I would have cabinets with organized containers inside.

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5 Dirty Secrets :: Laundry Room Organization

5. Ironing is probably my least favorite thing to do.  If you don’t have a station set-up to get to work quickly, it can almost be harder to pull a board out, unwind iron, find spray, etc than it is to do the actual ironing.  Having an area where you can quickly and easily plug in your iron and use immediately will cut down on so much time.  I also use a steamer a lot and store this in an area that is quick and easy to use for any touch-ups.

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5 Dirty Secrets :: Laundry Room Organization

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Liked the under than washer storage.

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Having a jar, bucket, or place for items you find in pockets or lost socks is important if you have a family.

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A painted cork board adds color and dresses up the utility section. Plus everything has a spot (a place to live).

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Again, I love the cabinets here that bring uniformity so the washer/dryer aren’t exposed. This would be good for a laundry room that opened up to the rest of the house.

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Adding curtains to a wall is a classy way to dress up a laundry room in a basement.

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Curtains can also be added just in front of the washer / dryer.

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OVERALL:

Work Surface

  •   Built in shelf over washer / dryer
  •   Storage Island
  •   Wall fold-out station

Drying Clothes

  •   Hanging road built-in
  •   Area to dry bras / sweaters (accordion rack)
  •   Place for loose hangers

Sorting Bins

  •   Bins inside storage island
  •   Fabric/breathable containers
  •   Kids each have one or separate by white/darks/towles&sheets/dry-clean
  •   Lost Sock Bin

Hid Cleaning Supplies

  • Built in shelves or cabinets
  • Put all cleaning & utility items in uniformed bins/containers
  •   Put detergent in cute jars / containers or hide away in cabinets

Ironing Station

  •   Ironing board from wall
  •   Over the door ironing board
  • Have a place to store iron close to plug and board

Extras

  •   Conceal washer/dryer
  •   Add cabinets or curtains
  •   Add curtains / Rug / Lamp / etc
  •   Make this room into a multi use for dogs, gift wrapping, mud room, crafts, etc

 

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