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Laundry Room Ideas For Better Functionality

Laundry is a major chore in any home. And if you want to keep your busy household on schedule, you need to make sure you have a functional laundry room. After all, cleaning up the detergent you knocked over while hunting for stain remover can really eat into your free time. (Not to mention be frustrating.)

Make laundry day less taxing and more productive with these small laundry room ideas for organization and storage.

Maximize Laundry Room Space

Though this room sees a lot of action, it’s often one of the smallest in the house. Making the most of every available surface is crucial when it comes to setting up a functional laundry room. Check out the following small laundry room ideas:
  • Hang a rack on the back of your laundry room door to hold detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets and stain sticks.
  • If you have space between your washer and dryer, consider storing your laundry necessities on a small rolling cart.
  • Install a shelf above the washer and dryer to hold laundry baskets or detergents and ironing necessities.
  • Place a tension rod under the shelf for clothes that need to air dry or be taken to the cleaners.
  • Store a tub filled with detergent, fabric softener and stain solutions or your laundry basket under the laundry room sink.
  • Invest in a wall-mounted drying rack that folds flat when it’s not being used to dry clothes that require hand-washing.
  • Mount a built-in ironing board on the back of the door or on a wall so you can tuck it away once those wrinkles are gone.
  • Create a small stain station that holds all the brushes and ingredients you need to fight even the most stubborn wine stains.

Set Up Multiple Hampers

One excellent way to create a functional laundry room is to have more than one clothes hamper. Sorting laundry can be time-consuming, so have your family pitch in. Designate a hamper for dark clothes, one for whites, one for denims and one for linens. Or, if each member of your household is responsible for washing his or her own laundry, assign everyone an individual clothes hamper. This will save you loads of time on laundry day, as everything will be pre-sorted and ready to wash.

Make a Place for Odds and Ends

A bit of change here and some tubes of lip balm there can really affect your functional laundry room. Store loose change in a jar on a shelf. Once it fills up, you can roll the coins and save them in a drawer or deposit them in a special account that you use to order pizza or make a fun family purchase, like a movie everyone wants to watch or a board game.

In addition, mount a small basket on the wall for items that you’ve found in pockets, and the other members of your household will always know where to look for hair clips or pocket knives that they’ve left in their pants — or that loner sock that always seems to show up.

You’ll also find lots of trash in pockets, from gum wrappers to random balls of twine. Take laundry room organization to the next level by placing a small waste bin in the corner for these items and lint.

Aside from using a drop-off service, there’s no way to avoid doing laundry. However, you can make the chore easier — and more productive — with the help of these small laundry room ideas.

Looking for more ways to keep your laundry in order? You might like these tips on linen closet organization.