Organizing the Laundry Room

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After living here for 10 months I thought it was about time I worked on Organizing the Laundry Room. It’s such a small room but it makes such a huge difference when it’s neat and organized. Since we’re just renting I’m not able to make any permanent changes. I’m not even allowed to put a nail in the wall. Luckily there was already a large cabinet in the room with lots of storage space. Let me show you around and hopefully give you a few ideas on organizing your space.

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The first thing I did was add a shower rod under the whole length of the cabinet. It’s a spring tension rod so I just had to make sure it fit tightly against the walls. I added the octopus hanger for clothes that need to be air dried.

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The rod is 7 feet long so there’s plenty of space to store hangers and hang up clothes right as they come out of the dryer. I usually leave the clothes there until I’m done doing laundry for the day then take them to the bedrooms all at once.

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I store the small ironing board at the other end of the rod. The rod can hold quite a bit of weight as long as it is as tight against the supporting walls as possible.

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The bottom shelf of one side of the cabinet holds the laundry supplies I need to get to often. A basket holds the small supplies to keep them contained.

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This side of the cabinet had a shelf missing so it was perfect to hold a few laundry baskets. The mesh one is Emilee’s, she does her own laundry. The kids rooms are really small and don’t have a place for laundry baskets so it made more sense to have them in the laundry room that’s across from their bedrooms. The other basket is for towels.

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Above the laundry supplies are storage totes. I added colored chalkboard labels to the totes so the whole family would know where to find things. Most of the time we know where things are stored but by labeling them it makes it easy for the whole family to help out and be responsible.

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I added two more totes above the laundry baskets to store rags and hubby’s electronic cords. If this were my home I would also be painting the cabinets but at least they’re in good shape.

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The boys don’t have enough room in their bedroom for a laundry basket either so they use this awesome rolling basket/cart just inside the laundry room.

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The sock bucket sits on top of the washing machine. I don’t mind doing laundry but I get hives thinking about having to match socks. I just toss all the socks in the bucket from the dryer and my 10 year old sorts and puts socks away twice a week. It’s like I have a little sock fairy.

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I store laundry soap, fabric softener sheets, and clothespins in a basket on top of the dryer. I like to save money so I have a little trick I do with the dryer sheets. I cut the whole box in half then store them in a jar until use.

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I needed a little garbage can but didn’t have enough room anywhere on the floor. I cut down a cereal box, covered it in fabric, then added magnets to the back and attached it to the side of the dryer. It’s the perfect size for lint and emptying pockets.

What do you need to do to get your Laundry Room organized and functioning the way you want? What ideas have worked for you?

Sine I had everything except the chalkboard labels for this project, the total cost was only $2.25.
Watch for another post in a few days about how I decorated the laundry room.

Here’s another laundry room you might enjoy: Organized Laundry Room

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  • Honora July 31, 2014, 3:50 am

    That rolling cart brings back memories of the laundromat as a child! I would love to have a few to use in my own home.
    I am definitely going to use your dryer sheets trick!And, your tiny lint trash can/cereal box is genius.

  • Sydney @Tastefully Frugal July 31, 2014, 10:21 am

    You did a great job! The cereal box garbage can is genius!! I’m so stealing your idea

  • savannah July 31, 2014, 5:45 pm

    This is such a perfect laundry room! I’m in the middle of fixing up mine. The dryer sheet trick is such a GREAT idea!!! Glad I came across your blog!


  • Becky @ Utah Sweet Savings July 31, 2014, 7:36 pm

    I need a sock fairy! Jealous! Now I want to organize my laundry room!!

  • Lisa August 1, 2014, 12:48 am

    One if my most hated rooms!!! Great tips though!!

  • Heather R August 7, 2014, 1:12 pm

    We currently rent our home as well and it is SO nice to finally see some ideas I can actually use. The cereal box garbage can is absolutely brilliant and I will definitely be making one for myself. I am thinking I need a pretty place for socks as well since I refuse to match them anymore…I can’t even tell the difference between my hubby’s and my oldest son’s. I love the idea of cutting the dryer sheets in half as well. Thank you!

  • Nicolette April 27, 2016, 2:51 pm

    I am in the process of organizing my laundry room. Yours looks lovely. Where did you find the storage totes? What size are they?

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