These Small laundry room organization ideas that pack a punch in a tiny space! From space-saving storage solutions to smart organizing tips, discover how to make the most out of your compact laundry room, turning it into a functional and stylish oasis of cleanliness.
Phenomenal, humongous bedrooms!
….itty, bitty laundry room.
If house listings in real estate were accurate, mine might have looked like that. The small laundry room was truly an afterthought for whoever built this house. It sits next to the kitchen, as a breezeway between the garage and the kitchen. Our garage door is usually open, so friends and family often enter the house this way rather than the front door.
Who really wants to enter your house through the laundry room?!
A few years ago, we made it more functional. You can read about how we built the laundry room cabinets here. However, the style and organization were pretty basic.
No more neglecting her! Today, I am offering an overview of all of the small laundry room organization ideas that we have utilized in this laundry room and others. If you are interested in my process for organizing a room, you can read my post about how I organize a room in one day and make it last.
What Should Go in a Laundry Room?
A laundry room should have more than just laundry supplies, but it should NOT be a catchall storage space for everything else that doesn’t have a home. Here are some ideas for items that may be ideal to store in a small laundry room:
- Laundry detergent
- Stain removers
- Dryer balls or dryer sheets
- Fabric softener
- Drying rack
- Laundry baskets
- Ironing board
- Lint rollers
- Broom and dustpan
- Trash can
- Bath towels
- Beach towels
- Cleaning rags
- Cleaning supplies
- House Lightbulbs
- Extra products (bulk paper towels, toilet paper)
Refresh Your Space
In my experience, making a space pretty motivates organization. I know it sounds strange, but a makeover makes you want to maintain it even more!
Even just a good cleanout is one of the most effective ways to get motivated. When you pair certain decorations and practical storage solutions, they make a space a pleasure to work in.
The very first thing I did was repaint all of the room and pick out some coordinating floral wallpaper. The wallpaper is all the heart emojis! I think it alone made this a very beautiful laundry room, but maybe I am biased!
Wallpaper Tip: Did you know you can custom-size wallpaper patterns?! It is made to order so they can reduce the pattern size to fit your purpose! I was concerned the flowers would be too big for between shelves that we reduced the pattern scale by 50%. Etsy is a great place for this sort of thing.
Add Cabinets or Shelves or Both
Cabinets and shelves are the perfect solution to fully use your vertical wall space no matter how your small your space. I decided to add some shelving and a cabinet above the washing machine and dryer to replace the wire shelving rack. This made for more smart storage solutions.
See my post on how to add a cabinet and shelving to your small laundry room for a guide!
This also freed up floor space and gave easy access to all of the laundry room essentials without clutter. I now have a dedicated place for everything in the laundry room.
Storage in Tight Spaces
There is a thin set of drawers (this one is similar) between the washer and dryer. I keep dish towels, cleaning towels, and items we use the most often in it. We added a board underneath the shelf to fill the drawer gap and support the shelf. This was a great way to make use of otherwise unusable free space in the tiny laundry room. One great addition, indeed!
If you have a front-loading washer and dryer, you could lay a board over top for folding clothes and it makes the space look very modern and neat.
For a stackable set, some of them have a pull out tray option for the stacking kit.
Baskets and Bins
One of the best tricks to making a space organized and efficient looking is to hide the supplies and create a little bit of decoration.
We made use of every inch for storage and made sure the available space was thoughtfully used. The cabinet is where we hide most of the laundry essentials and small items.
Dirty Laundry Storage
In our laundry room, we built shelves in the laundry closet organization here. I store my laundry hampers and dirty clothes here to keep it easy to store until wash day.
However, you don’t need a closet at all to create space for dirty laundry. A few other ideas I have used in the past:
Hanging Laundry Ideas
For delicates, that cannot be put in the dryer, I have a few ideas for wet clothes that I have used in other laundry room configurations:
- Hooks on the Wall – I can put shirts on a hanger for drying. You can use single hooks or a line of hooks like a coat rack.
- A Bar under shelves – screw a towel bar to the underside of shelves as a hanging rod. Having hanging clothes in plain sight might also encourage you to put them away sooner!
- Add a row of pegs – Similar to hooks, this makes use of wasted space and is a charming way to decorate your laundry area.
- A fold-out laundry hanger on the wall – Anything that folds away when not in use is a great space saver!
- Door organizers – Don’t underestimate the power of making use of your laundry room door for storage. While you can’t open the door while in use, it can be hung on an open door.
- A rolling cart – This one folds away when not in use, which is a nice space saver for sorting laundry, and you can hang some laundry off the sides to dry.
Iron Storage Ideas for Small Spaces
Truthfully, we store our ironing board in another closet because my husband does the ironing usually while watching TV. However, there are generally 3 space saving options for storing an ironing board:
- Behind the Door. This handy storage unit has a place for the iron so it won’t fall, but it doesn’t fit well if the wall is right behind the door.
- Wall Mounted Ironing Board Storage. My mother loves this folding wall storage. There is a good amount of storage space in this cabinet and the ironing board folds away to hide when not in use.
- Portable Ironing Blanket. I used to use this in my dorm room on the floor with a piece of plywood behind it and it really worked.
- Leaning it Up against a Wall. This definitely works best in a small crevice like a space between the cabinets and wall.
- An Ironing Board Closet Hook. If you hang your board against a wall or in a closet, you can hang it up with a handy hook. For walls, make sure to put a good-sized bolt deep in a stud to support the weight.
Frequently Asked Questions
I found my white rolling storage bin on Amazon. It fits perfectly between my washer and dryer and is great for storing all my Norwex towels and a few cleaning supplies.
Some have a designated laundry day, while others find it easier to do a load as soon as a full one is ready. I sort all clothes ahead of doing laundry, checking pockets as I sort. I also have a regular seasonal rotation for items such as pillow covers, bedspreads, and curtains.
Use light, soft colors, and good lighting to make a room feel larger. Choosing a cool tone like blue, green, grey, or purple make a room feel larger. However, the biggest difference is proper lighting. Bright, full overhead lighting plus adequate task lighting, like under cabinets, will always make a room feel less cramped.
Now when our friends and family pass through the laundry room, she won’t be the leftover lady anymore! She has her own identity and shines brightly.
Might even make laundry a bit more fun.
Room Decor Sources
I often get asked about the sources of certain things for this laundry room, so here is a handy list:
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