Laundry Room Essentials

Laundry Room Essentials to make your laundering experience the best it can be.

Laundry Room Essentials to make laundry day easier

I’m one of those people who actually likes doing laundry. It’s one of my favorite chores. I’ve never had a large laundry room, in fact the one I have in our rental right now is the largest I’ve ever had. Even though it’s pretty small I’ve been able to fit everything in it that I need. Here are my must have laundry room essentials.

Let’s start with the laundry basket. I love this replica of an old laundry basket/cart. Even though the room is pretty small I was able to make enough room for it in the corner. It’s large enough to hold a load of color clothes on one side and a load of white clothes on the other. When you really love something you can usually find a way for it to work in your home.

Laundry Room laundry cart

The sock tub has been a life saver with kids. The one thing I don’t like to do is match socks, but that’s what kids are for, right? It’s easy to toss the socks in the tub right from the dryer. They can be matched later.

laundry room sock bucket

Putting this little dry erase board on the dryer was one of my best ideas. It was even featured on a couple other websites. It’s the perfect place to write what needs to be hung up to dry.  And a great reminder to whoever moves the laundry to the dryer.

Laundry Room dry erase pad

I made the lint container from a cereal box and covered it in fabric. Then I glued magnets to the back so it would easily attach to the side of the dryer. If you don’t have room for a regular garbage can this is a great option.

laundry room lint box

The dryer basket holds things I want to have easy access too, like dryer sheets, clothes pins, and laundry soap. Of course I had to make it look beautiful by using vintage blue canning jars.

laundry room dryer basket

While teaching the kids how to do laundry I had a laundry chart taped to the inside of the cabinet door. I also have a stain removal chart taped to the inside of the cabinet door for me to access.

laundry room fabric care

You need some kind of cabinets or shelves in a laundry room for all the supplies you will need to store there. We are lucky to have cabinets in our rental which are even large enough to use as extra storage. Don’t worry if your laundry room is extremely small, there is always room for a small shelf or two.

laundry room cabinets

The supplies basket holds all the smaller laundry supplies such as: spray starch, static spray, bleach pens, lint roller, extra dryer sheets. By placing everything in a basket it keeps it contained and organized. If you have open storage baskets make everything look neat.

laundry room supplies basket

A clothing rod so I can hang clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer, is a must for me. My laundry room is the perfect length for a shower curtain rod (that gives you reference to how small it is). I placed it under the cabinets where I can hang up clothes right out of the washer and/or dryer. I also hang extra hangers on the rod so they’re readily available. This is a great option for a renter.

laundry room hanging pole

A table top ironing board is perfect for a small laundry room. It doesn’t take up much space and you can even hang it on the end of the clothing rod until it’s needed.

laundry room ironing board

If you have tall cabinets or shelves a step stool is a must to be able to reach everything. If you opt for a folding one you can slide it to the side of the washer or dryer. I’ve had this one for years so I’m just using what I already had.

laundry room stool

Another thing I have to have in my laundry room is a small broom and dust pan. Laundry rooms can be dusty and lint-y but because of the size you don’t necessarily need a regular size broom. I store it at the side of the dryer where it’s convenient for fast clean-ups.

laundry room broom

Do you have any laundry room essentials I left out?

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  • Cheryl Lea July 6, 2015, 2:35 pm

    Loved this post! I’m lucky enough to have a giant laundry room and I like doing laundry in it. I love your cute sock tub! I’m getting one tomorrow! What is it that makes matching socks such a chore, I wonder? One product I always keep handy is a wrinkle releaser for the clothes I hang to dry.

  • Hope July 7, 2015, 7:06 pm

    Where did you get the laundry basket?

  • Jenna July 8, 2015, 1:39 pm

    Great essentials! I need one of those sock bins!

  • Meagan July 8, 2015, 7:33 pm

    These are all great ideas! I totally need to do this to make cleaning and ironing better. That’s the exact brand we use and love it for all my skirts and my husband’s work shirts. The idea for the socks is great too!

  • Ashley @ Simply Designing July 9, 2015, 9:07 am

    These are great ideas! And thanks for reminding me! I am out of starch and it makes ironing so awesome!!

  • Amy Anderson July 15, 2015, 6:55 pm

    I can’t iron without starch! And I love your laundry room 😀

  • Taryn @ Design, Dining and Diapers July 15, 2015, 10:15 pm

    These are all such great ideas! I love the little dry erase board, I am always forgetting to take my husband’s shirts out of the dryer! It’s become a joke in the family 🙂

  • Gina June 25, 2018, 4:19 pm

    I love laundry too! Very satisfying and clean things always smell so great! I have a basket that I keep on top of the dryer for things to be ironed. Once a week I pull out 5 items from the basket, iron them, and hang them up. Five, no more. I would rather make it through those 5 items without paying someone, and I usually use that time to call my mother for a chat…

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