Organization in the laundry room is SO important. It can be a great place to keep many cleaning supplies and organizer your laundry system well. It can go awry really easily. I’ll give you some laundry room organization ideas and products that can help. Let’s start “operation: Laundry Room Organized!”
Organization in the Laundry Room
Laundry rooms need to hold:
- Laundry essentials — you have to decide what that is for you — for me it’s:
- Detergents (I have a few for different kinds of wash)
- Fabric Softener
- Stain remover & OxyClean
Beyond that, your laundry room can hold a lot of other items:
- Cleaning supplies
- Plastic/paper items like dinnerware, bags, etc
- Paper Towels
- Garbage Bags
- Ironing supplies
And, because ours is between the garage and the kitchen, we also use it for
- Bug Spray
- Duct Tape/other kinds of tape
- Other garbage my family decides to put there.
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Organizing a Small Laundry Room
First off, I am so thankful my laundry room isn’t in my garage, as it was for 10 years in CA. I don’t miss stepping out to change it. Although, I am also very thankful to HAVE a laundry at my house. I did plenty of years without it also.
Anyway, we have a smallish laundry room. Do I wish it had a sink and some delicious countertops? Yes. I do. But I am living without them.
The most important part of organizing in a small room is to not get caught up in the “prettiness” of it….
You may just not get all the basket and bins that you desire.
But by using some strategic bins, you may make some ideas more accessible and either way, the things you need will BE there. And THAT is a good feeling.
Free-Range Organizing of Your Laundry Room
I call this technique free-range organizing.
I think we live in SUCH A bin-centric world. Where everything needs a cute bin and a label… I find that bins:
- Are expensive (can be — you can also find them cheaply as well — even an Amazon box will do)
- Take up extra space for the bin itself
- Less Flexible — as the bin takes up a certain amount of space, you’re sort of stuck with that.
There is NOTHING wrong with creating spaces that hold one item.
Pro Tip: Make sure that as you stack items and duplicates (like paper towels) that you stack similar items behind the front one, like at the grocery store.
How to Organize a Laundry Room
The previous owners put in good shelves that stand a lot of weight, so I’m very happy about that. You all know I love me some shelves.
For the longest time, I didn’t have it really organized. But one day I got a bee in my bonnet, and then I’ve just refined it from there.
It seems like the key is making “spaces” for everything. Things you want to store, and then figure out a space for it. I have a few spaces here:
So, the main thing is to decide what you need to hold and then try and get spaces that work. Oh, I forgot. There’s a little container next to the food bags (on the left — it’s an old ice cube box for a fridge) that holds all our glues. Like, super glue and things like that. Things I REALLY want out of reach.
On top of the washing machine, I really try to just keep the things I really use for washing. And a lot of vinegar. I haven’t found a better spot for that.
I also have this large drawer to the right of my machine. It’s pretty narrow and holds a lot of odds and ends like sunscreen, duct tape, etc. I’m a big fan of it. I had a very thin spot that I could fill — so I just went on Amazon and started looking for things that would work. I LOVE it! I don’t see the ones I bought, but these are similar. There’s lots of narrow pull-outs like this one that would also be great (and cheaper).
I also use a command hook to hang our dustpan on the wall. It’s easy to put away and grab when we need it.
Anyway, that’s my laundry room. I think long/large shelves like that can be daunting until you just figure out what you need to store and compartmentalize them in your head.
Do you have a space like that? Tell me about it below — maybe someone will have ideas.
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