Laundry is a recurring task that takes more time than you probably want it to. You might be able to cut down on the time required for this chore if you implement an organized system for getting your laundry sorted, washed, folded, pressed, hung up and put away. Get inspired by these laundry room organization ideas, which can help you reduce the time you spend on laundry and ensure that you always have fresh, clean clothes to wear.
1. Mount a Pull-Down Ironing Board on Your Laundry Room Wall
2. Have a Drying Rack for Sustainably Drying Your Clothes
Drying racks give you a convenient way to dry clothes that can’t be placed in the dryer. Given enough patience and time, it’s also possible to dry all your other clothes on drying racks, too; this is also more sustainable and will save you a bit of money on your electricity bill.
However, drying racks can take up a lot of floor space. If you don’t want a drying rack always taking up so much space in your laundry room, be sure to choose a folding drying rack that can be collapsed and put in your closet when it isn’t in use.
3. Use a Room Divider to Separate Your Laundry Area from Other Areas in Your Home
If your laundry area is in your kitchen, garage, basement, utility room, or other multi-purpose room, you can use a room divider to separate the laundry area from the other space(s).
4. Incorporate Shelving So You Have Plenty of Space for Storing and Organizing Your Laundry Room Essentials
5. Hang Up One or More Rods You Can Use for Hanging Up Clothing
If you don’t have sufficient floor space for using drying rack, this picture gives you an idea for a viable alternative: Hang rods in your laundry room and use hangers for drying your delicate garments.
6. Use Multiple Separate Laundry Baskets for Sorting Your Laundry by Color
It’s ideal if you can sort your clothing by color before washing it. You generally want to wash whites together on the hottest temperature setting they can withstand, according to the care instructions. Bright colors get sorted together and washed in cold water. Black and other dark colors like charcoal gray and navy blue get sorted together and washed in cold water.
It isn’t exactly elegant to throw your piles of sorted clothing on the floor, so it’s prudent to use baskets, bins or similar organizers for this purpose.
7. Include Seating Because There May Be Times When You Have to Sit and Wait for Your Clothes to Finish Washing or Drying
8. Organize Your Laundry Soap, Detergent, Dryer Sheets and Essentials on Trays for Easy Access
9. Use Wall Hooks for Hanging Essentials in the Laundry Room
There are many things you might like to hang on your laundry room walls. Pictured here, you can use some twine or tie wraps to hang your brooms, mops, dustpans and other cleaning supplies onto the walls of your laundry room. Not pictured, you might want to have hooks for temporarily hanging up clothes that didn’t quite get dry in the dryer so they can air dry.
10. Include a Hanging Rack for Clothing
If you sort, wash, and dry your clothing, the next step is to press it with your iron in cases where you need the clothing to be wrinkle-free. You can save time and energy by ironing multiple garments at once. The next step is to hang each one up; then you take all the freshly-ironed items to your closet. It is really useful to have a hanging rack like this one handy to include in your laundry room. This will keep you from having to make excessive numbers of trips back and forth between your laundry room and your closet.
11. Place Houseplants or Other Decor in Available Nooks and Crannies in Your Laundry Room
Your laundry room should be functional, practical and well organized, but you’re also likely to enjoy adding some decorative items to the laundry room environment. In the picture above, the decorative items are houseplants, but there are many other ways to personalize your space.
12. Hang Rods From the Ceiling if You Need More Space for Storing Clothing
13. Integrate Your Laundry Room Into Your Bathroom
14. Incorporate Your Washing Machine and Dryer into Your Mudroom
15. Install a Long Shelf That’s Convenient for Folding Clean Laundry
16. Hide Your Washing Machine and Dryer in an Out-of-the-Way Hallway Nook
So there you have it: Bunches of useful ideas for how to organize your laundry room to maximize your efficiency while you’re sorting, washing, drying, pressing, hanging up and putting away your clothes. We hope this information is helpful to you as you plan to organize your laundry room and figure out how you’d like to approach the ongoing task of washing your laundry.
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Posted By: Amy Solovay
This page was last update on 10-10-2023.