Generally speaking, a laundry room just isn't a fun place is it? I mean- the main purpose of the room is a place for you to do more housework, right? Never ending loads and loads of housework. But that doesn't mean that the space shouldn't be pretty to look at. And organized. It should definitely be organized! Here are 10 laundry room ideas to inspire both of us to get organized in our laundry rooms! (And make it pretty too!)
Organized Laundry Room Ideas: Hanging Laundry Baskets
How often do your kids just toss their dirty socks/sweatshirts/soccer uniforms onto the floor of the laundry room? Like every.single.day? Yep- here too.
I love the idea of creating sorting bins on the wall and insisting that I will only wash what has been properly sorted into a bin! Created by The Pin Junkie and featured on Remodelaholic. You can find the hanging laundry bags here This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. ).
A Place for the Lost Socks
This is a cute idea to hold all of the items that are missing their mates!
You'll find the tutorial on how to make your own over on Katie Brown Home Workshop. (link no longer available) You can create something similar by mounting command spring clips This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. to your laundry room wall!
Where Do You Put the Lint?
I am kind of tired of taking the lint out of the laundry room to the bathroom garbage can with every single load. I love this idea of hanging a small container on the wall to toss it into and just emptying the container weekly!
Created by Polished Habitat. (And if you don't have time to make one yourself, you can do what I did and purchase this small wall mounted trash can This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. as a simple buy-it-now solution!)
Organized Laundry Room Ideas: A Drop Down Drying Rack
This is such a fantastic idea for a drying rack! It drops down and allows you to hang items that you don't want to shrink in the dryer, and then folds up and out of the way when you are done!
Created by Centsational Girl. (You can purchase a wall mounted laundry drying rack here This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. if you don't have time to make one yourself!)
Laundry Baskets on Shelves
I am in love with this idea…. in principle.
The very notion that I could have a bin for each of the kids' laundry baskets so I can then just fold items directly from the dryer and put them into the bins sounds awesome!
But what I wonder- is that when those laundry baskets are on the shelves, is there enough clearance at the top of the basket to allow you to put the laundry inside without having to first slide each basket out a little to access it? I think if I had to slide each basket out to put something in it- that would make it take twice as long to fold and sort. What do you think?
Created by Melissa from Polka Dot Chair.
Jotting Down a Reminder
Under the category of “why didn't I ever think of this?” is this idea for using a dry erase marker to write a note on the top of the washer to remind yourself to seek out those one or two items you plan to line dry when you are grabbing everything out of the washing machine and popping it all into the dryer!
This is a fantastic idea from Mother's Niche! (link no longer available) And you can use these dry erase markers that have magnets in the caps This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. so they can hang from the front of your dryer!
Organized Laundry Room Ideas: A Place to Hang Towels
Here is an idea from my own laundry room that I featured over on OrgJunkie.
In our house, the laundry room is also the place where we hang all of our beach towels and swimsuits in the summer. If they are soaked- they are only dripping on our laminate laundry room floors, and it makes it super easy for me to toss them all into the washer and dryer each week to return them to their soft and fluffy status!
(Does your laundry room serve multiple purposes? Mine is also a place for storing cleaning supplies.) You can create a similar hanging towel rack with this wall mounted 6-hook board This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. ).
And Speaking of Laminate Floors
As I mentioned earlier, I think a laundry room should be both organized AND pretty. But what do you do if you want to improve those laminate floors but not spend a lot of money?
Well, check out this amazing laminate floor makeover from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! In fact, she made over her entire laundry room for $71!
Something Pretty for the Walls
The Shabby Creek Cottage has a fantastic collection of free printable laundry art that you can download and print at home, pop into an inexpensive set of picture frames This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. and “pretty up” your laundry room! I love these!
A System That Works for You
There is no better way to have an organized laundry room than to have a system of doing the laundry that works for you.
A few years ago I heard from tons of MomOf6 readers when I asked, “Am I Doing Laundry All Wrong?“. (In fact, many of you said “Yes”!). So I love to read about how other families (especially large families like mine) tackle the laundry chore!
Sarah from An Inviting Home shares how she manages laundry for her family of 7 in less than an hour's work a week (not counting the time that the clothes are spinning in the machines!). I know I can learn something here!
Looking for some great ideas on how to get more organized?
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- Best Planners for Moms – a family calendar can help you organize your schedule and your time- but a planner can help to make sure that you are giving your life purpose!
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- 20 Organized Kids Bedroom Ideas
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Of all of these ideas- which one inspires you to want to make a change in your laundry room right now?
Derek Hines says
I just came across this post, but am glad I did! There are some GREAT ideas here! I especially like the dry erase marker on the washing machine. Wow! That makes SO MUCH SENSE! Thanks for writing the article.
I collect dryer lint in a recycled “Clorox wipes” canister. It has a handy flip top, and keeps down the dust. You can carry it camping. For fire starter – put some lint into an empty T.P. roll. ⛺
That’s a great idea, Judy!
Maya Lee says
Love these ideas! Because Dry/Wet Erase markers can eventually stain a surface, I put a strip of shiny white contact (removable) paper on the lid. I then put a magnetic pen cup (Dollar Tree!) on the side for the markers, including a red one for emphasis on crucial instructions :- D
I want a hanging basket for my lint right now! Awesome idea!
Sara Syrett says
Love these great ideas! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! Visiting from www.twelveonmain.com. Have a great weekend!
We don’t have much of a laundry room at the moment, but I’m bookmarking this post for when we do!
Also, I’ve chosen to feature this post on the next Peace, love, link up! Thanks for linking with us! Be sure to grab a button and check out the post which goes live tomorrow at 6! : )
This is a cool idea! Thanks for sharing at Pin Junkie Pin Party.
A Cornish Mum says
Great tips here, I am determined to get our home more organised so I’m glad I found your site!
Kendall Patton says
There are some great looking ideas here! I know we now have a lint basket and I can be a bit finicky about not having too many clothes in the baskets. Typically, we wash loads a few times a week and whether we’re drying outside in the sun or in the dryer, those clothes need folded and put away. It’s a thing I have, probably related to the order that our house isn’t always in (hello littles!) 🙂
Jessica-Faithful Farmwife says
I love the hanging baskets!! Definitely looking into that one! And just a little fun fact to add in…lint is great is compost! How neat is that??
Thanks for the tip! I also heard it makes a great fire starter! Bring on the s’mores!
Janet Vinyard says
Hi Sharon, Great ideas! A laundry room is a luxury to me – we just have a laundry closet! 🙂 Thanks for the great info and photos! Blessings, Janet
Our laundry room is also where the back door is so it’s the main way we use in and out of the house (only visitors use the front door!) so I have to keep it reasonably tidy, you have some great ideas here to help me keep it nice, thanks
Julie @ Logger's Wife says
I love these ideas. We are reworking a room in the basement which will end up making my laundry room bigger. It is far from pretty as it is from back in the day when the laundry was just done in the utility room and there was no storage. I’m going to keep some of these ideas in mind for when we are finished renovating. (visiting from Thrifty Thursday)
Some great tips here! #artsyfartsy link party
Life Loving says
There’s some awesome ideas here. They do actually make spending time doing laundry look fun. Thanks for popping by and joining in my linkie. I’d love it if you added my badge or a link back to my homepage so that other can find my linkie too.
Sally @ Life Loving
I have been meaning to buy a mail holder for my lint. I have seen that idea before, but I love those hanging baskets. Hoping to revamp my laundry room soon. I’ll make sure to pin this! Thanks!
I’ve also seen that lint makes the best fire starter too- so you’ll have something to do with all that you save in the mail holder, once winter arrives!
Laundry is my least favorite chore! Probably stems from living in a house with 14 brothers and sisters! Yes, 15 of us kids and of course, my parents. My poor Mom did multiple loads of laundry every single day and I don’t recall her ever complaining about it. I think my siblings and I did most of the complaining and we only had to fold every now and then and put it away – shame on us! I do love some of these laundry room ideas! Thanks for sharing with us at Brag About It! I love reading about large families as it brings back so many happy memories for me! Bless you and your family!
So funny- my kids complain about having to put their laundry away too! And I feel like- heck, I did all of the work- this is the easy part! Love hearing about your large family growing up! Hats off to your Mom!
Daile Fordoski says
I love all of these tips!!!! I’m going to use many of them, especially writing on the washer. i forget all the time and put stuff in the dryer that’s not supposed to go there. Thanks for sharing!!! #TurnitUpTuesday
I LOVE the dry erase marker idea! My daughter does a load of my clothes occasionally and it seems like something always ends up in the dryer when it shouldn’t. Thanks for posting!
Laundry baskets on shelves
I’ve been looking for an inexpensive “how to” on laundry sorting so I’m super excited I found this one. I never thought about having each person with their own basket. When I pictured it the baskets were sorted by: whites, lights, darks, towels, reds/pinks and blue/greens (in my house we have many clothes under the red/pink and blue/green category). So that is my plan with this arrangement.
So glad this post inspired you!
Corinna L Stevenson says
Love the dry erase marker idea. Also the fold down drying rack. We have a strange little old cupboard the size of an old medicine cabinet in our laundry room. It would be perfect for a small rack for bras and small delicates.
I’ve been looking over my laundry room all week trying to figure out how I am going to incorporate these ideas! But yes- if I had the cupboard like you- I took would figure out how to put a rack in it!
Just an FYI for all of your followers – lint from the dryer is the best bonfire starter ever -save it up!
And the dry erase – so cool – going to do this just for fun!
Great idea on using lint for bonfires! I will save mine to use this summer for backyard s’mores!
I throw small amts of the dryer lint near bushes in the yard – the birds always find it and use to make fluffy nests. Love watching them gather it up and knowing it helps them.
Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? says
Oh, I love dry erase marker tip on the washer. We do cloth diapers and they need three separate runs and sometimes my hubby doesn’t know which one they are on next!
I also like using dry erase marker to write messages on windows! When I worked in an office (way back when) we used to work on whole flow charts on my office windows!