Laundry Room Organization Ideas | Julie blanner

Laundry room organization ideas that combine functionality and design. Get the best tips for getting the most out of your laundry room.

Organizing your laundry room can streamline your workflow and make your job faster and easier!

We are fortunate to have an entire room dedicated to laundry, but that was not always the case. We had a laundry room in the basement, entrance laundry room and have laundry in the closet house by the lake that we are currently updating – look in Instagram stories!

No matter the size of your space, these space-saving design tips will make the task a little lighter – and maybe even enjoyable.

A modern laundry room is one of the toughest workspaces in your home. Organizing it is important to make it work for you! It is often not only a place to wash, dry, hang and iron clothes, but also a place to store cleaning products. PS – Pretty cleaning products never hurt! You can shop my favorites here and there Amazon.

You don’t need a ton of space to improve the usability of your laundry room. In fact, you can pack as many functions into a laundry room as you can in a laundry room with these simple organizing tips!

laundry room cabinet and tray filled with detergents

As with any organizational project, start by decluttering (you can decluttering checklist here). Eliminate the excess and combine the duplicates and you will instantly find more space!

Want to see the latest update for this laundry room? Discover our Modern laundry room update! (originally published August 2016, updated with additional tips, photos and videos in April 2021.

Laundry room organization

I use a lot of organizational methods in my laundry room. They each work in their own space and are efficient for me. Evaluate your space and determine if these ideas may be right for you.

laundry supplies on top of the washing machine

Maximize space

You can make the most of a compact space by incorporating shelving, cabinets or ankle rail above your washer and dryer. They can contain detergent, stain remover, frequently used cleaning supplies, a sweater stone and more.

The top of a washer and dryer is perfect for folding and stacking. To make it even more attractive, add a counter or a simple butcher block.

white and cream laundry room, washer and dryer and sink with a plant on top

Incorporate laundry room shelves

Cleaning caddies on wooden floating shelf with brass clothes rod below

Laundry room shelves are so functional and can be designed to suit your style. White shelves blend into the wall while wood shelves can add warmth and depth.

In a closet laundry room, your shelves can go from wall to wall, making it very easy to install. The half-wall laundry room shelves just need to be supported with sturdy brackets to keep everything in its place.

Open laundry room shelves look especially nice when you store items in coordinating baskets and bins. Doing this simple thing can bring a feeling of calm to a daily chore.

Add storage cabinets for the laundry room

Laundry room storage cabinets are a great storage option. They keep all of your supplies behind closed doors, so all you see from the outside is a clean cabinet front. Of course, I always like to keep my cupboards tidy.

Every item has its place and I only put away what I need and use in the storage cabinets in my laundry room.

laundry cabinet above the washer

Laundry room cabinets are often a staple cabinet, but you can always update them with new hardware or paint for a fresh and sleek look. Using baskets and bins can keep everything organized inside the laundry room cabinets.

items in the laundry room cabinet

Evaluate your room and where the laundry room shelves would work best for you. If you already have cabinets above your washer and dryer, you can place shelves on a different wall. It’s your laundry room, so make it work for you.

Make it accessible

Don’t be afraid to place frequently used items where they are readily available. You can keep them visible and handy to make you feel easier.

Improve packaging by eliminating it! Glass canisters work well for pods, powder detergents, baking soda and more! Add a measuring spoon or cup for powdered detergents.

Instead of hiding them, I keep a range of natural cleansers like hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, natural dish soap, and baking soda for stubborn stains in apothecary bottles on a tray with dryer sheets for more convenience (see my free printable guide to difficult tasks).

pour the vinegar into a small brown glass jar

Pour cleaners and solvents into clearly labeled glass bottles to make them look good.

Storing the product in clear glass cans rather than the original packaging allows you to buy in bulk and always know when you are running out.

It also eliminates the chaotic feeling that comes from a barrage of brightly colored plastic bottles. I love the seamless feel of a coordinated space.

laundry stain removers and brush on gold tray

For products that need to be squirted or pumped, purchase single jet and pump bottles and label them. Or, if you like the packaging of a particular brand for cleaning items, but it’s too expensive, buy it once and reuse the bottles, refilling them with a cheaper product. This will bring cohesion and simplicity to your laundry room.

laundry spray bottles

Hang it up

One of the best ways to maximize space is to get the most out of your walls by adding hanging storage.

You can add an ankle rail (as we use it for our garage organization) as mentioned above, perfect for excess hangers, cleaning brushes and a dust bin.

A closet rod is also ideal. You can hang it under cabinets, in a closet, or even use a freestanding rod to hang recently ironed clothes, wet dresses and more.

Cleaning caddies on wooden floating shelf with brass clothes rod below

If you don’t have room for a closet rod or if you hang clothes frequently, incorporate a drying rack. You can easily install using two hooks spaced at the same level. It is easy to store in a closet or on a wall.

peg rail holding ironing board

To store an ironing board, you can use the same method by hanging 2 coat hooks at the appropriate distance. This keeps it tidy when not in use, yet easily accessible.

If you iron frequently, make an oversized ironing board with rubber feet the size of your washer and dryer. He’s always ready for a quick touch-up!

If you iron infrequently, a small ironing board above the door will do!

Use baskets, shopping carts and bins

Woman carrying basket of laundry in front of laundry machine

Baskets are not only great for moving clothes and linens, but they’re also great for storing cleaning supplies, keeping things tidy, and preventing falling. You can find some of my favorite baskets in the store with more Containers and storage supplies!

laundry items in a basket

When put away, they also look neat and tidy! I also used a bamboo tray to store the dryer sheets right above the dryer. Removing everything from its packaging makes it easily accessible and aesthetic.

items in the laundry room cabinet

Rolling carts are great for large families and can roam freely throughout your home. They are great for storing clean clothes or separating dirty clothes while disguising them a bit.

laundry shelves and rolling carts

Light it up

Using a clear and glossy paint color with a high LRV (Light Reflective Value) not only makes your space look bigger, but also makes it easier to find things. This is especially important for cabinet interiors! You can find all my favorites cream-colored paints here including Soft chamois (illustrated), Navajo White, Zurich white, White dove, Finishing paint and Ceiling painting.

Hidden storage

laundry sink with sink skirt

One of the best laundry room organization tips is to use a hidden space. Do you have a corner? Find a way to use it! We have incorporated a sink skirt in our laundry room. It is the ideal place to store unsightly products.

You can download my stain guide and coordination of the organization of the laundry Labels here!

washer with glass cans filled with laundry detergent on top

Of course, you can bring any room to life by incorporating something organic like a houseplant. Add an olive tree, Meyer lemon tree, ZZ factory, Lavender, or a succulent.

You might be surprised how much you love your laundry room when it works for you and looks good at the same time!

plants and glass containers on top of the washing machine

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