A few days ago we organized the laundry room and I wanted to share some of my favorite tips for organizing laundry closets for those of you (like me) that have a smaller area to work with.
Use vertical space for storage by adding shelves.
When we purchased our home, the laundry closet had one shelf above the washer and dryer. We added an additional two shelves to maximize the storage right up to the ceiling. This made a huge difference and using wire racks was an economical way to make the space more useful.
Use the side walls for extra storage.
I added a few small shelves and two-tiered baskets to hold more products and for little decorative touches. I added these metal adhesive labels just for decoration.
Add a clothesline to dry small items.
I added this retractable clothesline to dry tank tops and some other pieces that tend to shrink in the dryer.
In the corner, you can also see that I hang my cleaning gloves from a hook and a clip. They dry faster and they are out of the way.
Add a drying bar.
The clothesline that I added doesn’t hold larger pieces of clothing and I have literally used every corner of this little green closet. I added a shelf with hooks on the adjacent wall to hold shirts that are meant to hang-dry.
The hooks are from the Young House Love line. They have the cutest hooks and shelves.
Add a mini trash can.
I found this small trash can at Target and it is perfect to throw away dryer lint or little wrappers that I find in the boys pants before washing.
Add storage for loose change.
These little buckets from the Target dollar section, hang from a hook and they hold change, buttons and clothespins.
Keep extra hangers in closet.
Rid your master closet from all the extra hangers and bring them into your laundry room. I keep kid and adult hangers in the laundry closet to make putting away laundry easier and also for drying damp items in the drying hook as soon as I take them out of the dryer.
Decorate your laundry closet.
A small space like a closet, is a great space to try a wall color that you love but don’t want to commit to putting in a main living area. If you change your mind about the color, it is quick and inexpensive to change in the future. Add matching baskets that are functional to give your space a cohesive and bright feel. Although my baskets are not all the same, they are all white and they brighten up a space that is otherwise in a pretty dark corner.
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