Laundry Room Revisited

I’ve shared my laundry room here before, but I thought I’d share it again. Mostly because I wanted to join Traci’s linky party but I also get a lot of questions about organizing laundry rooms. I would love to say that I have a beautiful spacious laundry room to work with, but in actuality I have a laundry closet. It works though and I really haven’t made any changes in 2 years.

I added addition storage shelves to the shelf above the washer and dryer. There was originally just one shelf. What a waste! I found these baskets at Big Lots 2 years ago. They’re nylon, so they wash off really easily. You know I love clothespins so, of course I had to incorporate them into the laundry room. Here’s a close up of the tags. The only thing I have changed in the laundry room are some of the tags. Since we have the mudroom now, I was able to move some things in there. 

On top of the dryer (it’s old) are Emilee’s and Zachary’s baskets. I put their clothes in them once they’re folded, then they take them upstairs and put them away. On top of the washer (it’s new-ish and I love it) is a jar of fabric softener sheets, a framed quote, and a stool so I can reach the higher shelves. I made the pictures with rub-ons, scrapbook paper, and stickers.

This frame was only $1.20 at Hobby Lobby. It says “laundry washed daily” but should probably say “laundry washed several times a day.”

I added the spring bar curtain rod to hold the kids’ hangers and clothes once they’re taken out of the dryer. I can also hang drip dry clothing there.  

My favorite thing is my “lost socks” board. I made it almost 2 years ago using things I had on hand.

I placed hooks on the inside of the doors so they would be usable space too. Since my kitchen isn’t far from the laundry closet, I hang my aprons from 2 of the hooks. The other door has 2 hooks also that I use to hang longer clothes from, as they come out of the dryer.

So, that’s my laundry room (closet). Even though we still have 5 kids at home it works for us by utilizing all the space available. My 2 older kids do their own laundry and all my kids have their own laundry baskets in there bedroom closets. It’s also in a convenient place, just outside my bedroom and across the hall from Ammon’s bedroom, which makes it easy when putting clothes away. I think the only thing left to do is paint it a pretty color.  

I’m linking to:
Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts
Hookin Up With HOH at House of Hepworths
Everything but the Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack
All Things Domestic Blog Party at Crazy Domestic
Organize It Party at Thrifty Decor Chick
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{ 25 comments… add one }
  • Anne Marie February 4, 2011, 8:41 pm

    I love your “Lost Socks” board. I’ll have to make one of those, too!

  • Creative Decor by Brooke February 4, 2011, 9:52 pm

    You are a serious organizer. That is a small space and sooo organized. I will be using many of your organizing tips. Thanks you for sharing.
    Brooke

  • Taunnie February 4, 2011, 10:08 pm

    I love your lost socks board too. I am going to have to make one for myself. You could market that idea, it’s a winner! My husband had to take apart our dryer recently to make some repairs and found three socks back there. Apparently the dryer does eat socks 🙂

  • Suzanne February 5, 2011, 1:02 pm

    You packed an amazing amount of storage in your closet! The lost sock board is a great idea, and I love the clothespins and tags.

  • danae @ casteel casa February 5, 2011, 5:34 pm

    i really love your practical ideas but also how nice it looks! i never thought of storing a stool out of the way on top of the washer! i really like this idea – i’m short with high shelves…

  • Chantel February 5, 2011, 9:12 pm

    oh i needed to see this! I have a laundry closet too, it’s tiny! And this is perfect. I’ll definitely be looking into adding some shelves and baskets and things. It looks great!

  • Heather@The Black's Best February 5, 2011, 9:27 pm

    I love the sock hanger and your organization techniques. I also wish I had a washer like yours. I love the front loaders!

  • CAROL February 6, 2011, 8:30 am

    I really like all the storage you added and the fact that it’s containerized. I, too, have a laundry closet, but it has wire shelving & you can see everything. Oh well, I’ll plan something better for the next house.
    CAS

  • daphne February 6, 2011, 12:43 pm

    I am wondering what type of doors you have on your laundry closet. I need new ones and like the look of the ones you have. Are they bifold?

  • Handy Man, Crafty Woman February 6, 2011, 7:47 pm

    That is an awesome laundry room! Love the “Lost socks” board, how cute is that!!!

  • Cheri February 10, 2011, 12:55 pm

    Love this! Have to do something similar to the “lost sock” – ingenious! New follower, too.

  • Kimra February 11, 2011, 8:35 am

    it looks amazing! u did so much with such a small space

  • jill February 12, 2011, 7:03 am

    this was an awesome redo of a space i would have seen as too small and un usable….
    i am so impressed

  • Mary February 12, 2011, 12:59 pm

    Very nice. My dryer stopped working a while back. I have now replaced it with a new clothes drying rack. I had no idea how much money I was spending on drying until it quit working. I have found that there is something charming about having that quaint old fashion look of laundry on a rack.

  • Kristy February 17, 2011, 7:50 am

    oh that lonely socks board is so cute! Unfortunately ours take up a small IKEA basket lol but maybe it’s just time for me to do a final sock cull after sorting… then I can have a pretty rack too for my lonely socks! 🙂

  • Raquel English February 21, 2011, 3:11 am

    Love your laundry closet. You are very creative. My thoughts are we should have a darling place to do laundry since as a mommy we spend a lot of time in there. Ya know what I mean?

  • Heather February 22, 2011, 12:09 pm

    This looks so good! Great job.

  • Holly February 25, 2011, 2:51 pm

    Love the lost socks!!! So cute!! Everything looks so nice and you used every inch you could. Awesome!

  • Joyelle March 26, 2011, 9:00 pm

    Are the shelves/cubbies store bought or did you build them? If you did purchase them, where did you get them from?

  • Dixiejet June 21, 2011, 3:14 pm

    I love your lost socks board. I recently bought an antique glass wash board and am going to do this to the bottom of it…it’s going to be awesome !!

  • Patty Martinez August 18, 2011, 8:23 am

    I love it! All packed into one small space but yet so organized and pretty!
    Found you through the CSI Project.

  • Mavis Jones September 22, 2012, 8:46 am

    Thanks for the ideas. I basically have a laundry closet myself (it’s the walk through from the garage into the house). One question I have, is where do you keep your laundry detergent. Is it in one of the bins?

  • christine from decorated life September 26, 2012, 4:33 am

    Just found your site and love it! Your lost sock board is really clever.. great ideas all round! Thanks

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