Does it feel like laundry is always on your to-do list? You’re not alone. According to The Spruce, Walt Disney World’s laundry cast members wash an average of 285,000 pounds each day – and that’s not including the dry cleaning! While that number may make the eight to ten loads the average family does each week seem more manageable, it’s clear that every laundry room is likely to see a lot of use. Learning how to organize a laundry room can help you transform yours into a space that is both pleasant and productive.
How to Organize a Laundry Room
Laundry rooms come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Whether your laundry room is just a corner of another room, a closet that contains your washer and dryer, or an entire room dedicated to keeping your wardrobe neat and tidy, it’s worth getting organized. After all, you’ll waste less time searching for what you need if everything has its own place.
When deciding how to organize a laundry room, consider the space available, how you currently use it, and how you would like to use it. Then, review the five tips below to learn how to get the most out of your space.
1. Create Storage
It’s hard to put things in their place if you don’t have a place to put them. Cabinets are fantastic places to tuck away needed supplies, but they’re not the only possibility. Shelves are another great option. And as Good Housekeeping points out, shelving is a flexible alternative that makes it easy to capitalize on every inch of available space. Are you worried that items will sprawl untidily across the shelves? Stocking the shelves with matching baskets, dividers, and attractive containers can corral the chaos and create an aesthetically pleasing picture.
2. Find Lost Spaces
When your laundry area is tight on space, finding lost inches can make a major difference. For example, there are a few inches between an open door and the wall. Hanging an over-the-door shoe organizer on the back of the door can make that wasted space useful by allowing you to store small items there. Would you prefer something sturdier? As Family Handyman points out, mounting a set of custom wooden shelves to the wall behind the door is a fairly simple and inexpensive way to gain valuable storage space. If there’s a gap between your washer and dryer, that’s another spot that can be transformed from a squandered place to a storage space. Simply invest in a narrow rolling cart that fits into the gap.
3. Create Room to Work with Countertops
Flat surfaces can provide both a workspace and room for storage, so it’s no wonder that countertops are so popular in kitchens. Why not capitalize on their usefulness to make your laundry room a more productive space? Using plywood or a butcher block to build a countertop over the top of your washer and dryer will not only make the space seem neater and more structured but will also give you the perfect space to fold clean clothes. If you have a spacious laundry room with floor space to spare, you could opt for an island, as Southern Living suggests. If the idea of an island appeals but your space is a little too tight for a permanent fixture, a rolling cart with a butcher-block top and shelves below might be the perfect pick.
4. Sort Out a Sorting Station
Pre-sorting your laundry into its various loads as you go makes it easier to keep track of when it’s time to run a particular load, so setting aside space in your laundry room for a sorting station simply makes sense. As The Everyday Home advises, you can set up a series of labeled baskets so that every family member can do their part. Laundry sorters (rolling carts with multiple bins) offer a more portable option.
5. Be Proactive About Everyday Messes
Even if you’ve learned how to organize a laundry room, you will inevitably find yourself dealing with everyday messes like lost socks, dryer lint, and miscellaneous treasures left behind in pants’ pockets. Attempts to eradicate them are fruitless, so why not embrace them by incorporating features to address them?
Hang a few clothespins on the wall to clip up stray socks, and keep them there until their mate turns up. Mount a jar on the wall for loose change and other oddities lurking in pockets. HGTV suggests setting up a lost-and-found bin to corral anything that goes astray. As for the lint, avoid the temptation to let it pile up on top the dryer by keeping a bin nearby.
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