Do you dread washing clothes because your laundry room is a cluttered mess? Guess what, I have simple tips to help you create the beautiful and organized laundry room of your dreams!
Before I share my laundry room organizing tips with you, I have a bonus to tell you about! This post is a blog hop!
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The Fabulous Friday Link Party Blog Hop
Welcome to the 2nd Fabulous Friday Link Party Blog Hop. The Fabulous Friday Link Party is where you can find the best posts from dozens of home bloggers every Friday. Four times a year the six hosts, each pick a regularly participating blogger to join in the blog hop.
February is a month for cleaning and organization and this blog hop is dedicated to inspiring and helping you unleash your own cleaning and organizing brilliance.
At the end of this post, we hope you’ll “hop” over to visit all twelve posts, as there are so many unique ideas, tricks, and hints.
And now back to organizing!
Our Winter Home Organization Challenge continues this week in the laundry room. If this is your first time visiting our blog, we are so glad to meet you! You can learn more about our seasonal challenge here!
Our laundry room is one of the busiest rooms in our house!
Why so busy you ask?
Because it serves two other purposes besides the laundry!
I typically do at least one load of laundry every weekday, but this room also serves as an entryway to our garage, and a pet station.
So, not only does it need to be functional, but I want it to look beautiful too!
Here are some of my best tips to create a beautiful and organized laundry room!
Maximize space above & below the washer & dryer
The best way to maximize space in a laundry room is to add storage above and/or below your washer and dryer.
Add shelves or cabinets above your machines to use the vertical space the wall provides!
When we bought our washer and dryer, we purchased pedestals to give us extra storage underneath!
We love them because they elevate the machines to a more comfortable height!
Store laundry supplies within arm’s reach
Under the washer, we store laundry detergents, whiteners, stain removers, and color catchers.
Under the dryer, we keep dryer sheets, lint remover, an iron, a steamer, a funnel, and distilled water to fill the steamer and iron.
Store laundry items on trays
On top of the washer, I store my main laundry detergent and a couple of decorative items on a round metal tray.
I love to add vignettes to the top of my washer and dryer.
Not only do they look nice, but they allow storing more items at arm’s reach!
The mix of functional and decorative items makes the space look pretty.
The trays also make it easy for me to move the items when I need to access the black fabric bins!
A wood tray sits on top of the dryer and holds clear jars filled with dryer balls, clothespins, and coins I get out of people’s pockets!
Use fabric bins on top of the washer
We use four fabric cubes to store our backstock of toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, and storage/trash bags.
We sat them directly on top of the washer and dryer which kept us from having to buy and install a second shelf.
As you can see, in the picture above, we installed a white shelf directly above the bins!
Use decorative baskets
Use cute decorative baskets to store items on your shelves!
I purchased mine at Home Goods many years ago!
Store items on the side of the dryer
I made this adorable lint bin for the side of my dryer last year!
It worked perfectly and has held up well considering I made it out of a cracker box!
Our son still wears a mask to work and I relocated our clean and dirty mask baskets from the top of the washer and put them next to the lint bin!
Find a space to dry clothes
I use a rolling rack to dry clothes in my laundry room.
If you don’t have the space for a rack, you can hang a rod someplace in the room or purchase a drying rack that pulls down from the wall.
How to add beauty to the laundry room
The laundry room is the perfect place to add fun artwork that can help with the chore of laundry!
I have a sign that explains what the laundry symbols mean! It is super helpful!!
I also have a place to store single socks until their mate can be found!
I usually hang this beautiful picture in my living room during spring!
Rather than put it in storage for the rest of the year, I decided to hang it in the laundry room!
Most people don’t hang art this high on the wall, but I like it and that’s all that matters! Right??
If you think I’m crazy for hanging it here, let me know in the comments at the end of the post!
Does the laundry room have a door to the outside?
If your laundry room has a door that leads outdoors you should organize it to store coats, purses, keys, shoes, etc.
We have a place to hang items right as you enter the room!
If you need more help in this area, check out our post on how to organize entryways to your home!
Storing pet supplies in the laundry room
If your laundry room has access to the outdoors, it can be the perfect place to store pet supplies.
As I mentioned earlier in the post, we store pet items in the laundry room.
If you have pets, read this post on how to beautifully organize pet supplies.
Strategy to organize your laundry room
You’ve seen my tips to help you create a beautiful and organized laundry room, and now it’s time for you to take action!
I have six steps that I always use to organize a room. The steps are Prep, Purge, Polish, Personalize, Place, and Put back.
We call this the 6/P Strategy!
Keep reading and I’ll explain each step!
Collect the following items: Trash bag, cardboard box, and 2 laundry hampers.
Remove all items from the laundry room.
- Trash – Throw away any items you no longer use.
- Donate – Put items that are in good condition, but you have no use for, into the cardboard box.
- Relocate – Place any items that don’t belong in the room into laundry hamper #1.
- Replace – Put items that need to stay in the room in the Laundry hamper #2. Arrange “like” items into categories. Here are a few categories of items you may have in your laundry room. Laundry supplies, cleaning supplies, paper and plastic supplies, pet supplies, and first aid supplies.
Now that the laundry room is empty, you can clean using a top-down approach.
Don’t forget to clean your washer and dryer on the inside and the outside.
It’s time to personalize the area, start by asking yourself the following questions:
- How does this space need to function for my personal needs? Do I have to use the room for anything besides laundry?
- What is causing clutter in this space?
- Have I removed all nonessential items from the room, so it can function productively?
- What items do I need to make or purchase to contain items in this space?
- How can I beautify the space, so I enjoy spending time there?
Time to put things back in an organized manner!
- Trash – Place the trash bag in your garbage can
- Donate – Take the donation box to your favorite donation center
- Relocate – Place items in laundry hamper #1 into the room they belong in
- Replace – Place items in laundry hamper #2 back in the laundry room
This is such an important part of keeping your home organized! You must learn to put things back in the laundry room where they belong, or you’ll end up back at square one!!
We hope you’ll use our free printable sheets to help organize your laundry room!
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Why is it that the chore of laundry doesn’t seem so bad when you do it in a pretty space?
I hope this post has inspired you to use our tips to create a beautiful and organized laundry room in your home!
However, the inspiration doesn’t stop here!
Inspiration from the Fabulous Friday blog hop
Click on each of the links below to get our friends’ tips on home organization and cleaning!
They have so many helpful ideas!
Let me know in the comments below if you’ll be organizing a space in your home, and if our blog hop inspired you in some way!
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Blessings, Donna and Rich
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No time to organize your laundry room now? That’s alright, pin this and come back to it when you do have time!
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- Easy Way to Organize Your Garage into Zones
- Tips to Organize a Kids Bedrrom and Closet
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