An organized laundry room

15 laundry room organization ideas

Is laundry day every day in your household? No matter how often you wash, dry, iron or mend, organization is key to help cut down the amount of time you spend in your laundry room. Our organization tips can help – we have laundry room shelving, storage and design ideas that help you make the most of your space.

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How to organize your laundry room

Almost every laundry room or closet will allow for storage space if you get creative. Here are some great small laundry room ideas that work just as well in larger spaces:

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1. Install shelves

Shelves can easily fit in small alcoves, closets or corners. Have a laundry closet instead of a laundry room? Install shelving above your washer and dryer to store detergent, laundry boosters, stain fighters and other essentials.

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2. Use a door rack or shallow shelving

Consider using a door rack for storing an iron, detergent or other items. Don’t want to put a rack on the door? Consider installing shallow shelving on the wall behind the door. It will help you create more space for fabric softener, dryer sheets and so on.

3. Install a shelving unit between appliances

Is there space between your washer and dryer? Don’t waste it! Instead, install a shelving unit – either stationary or on wheels – in this area to help store everything you need to finish a load of laundry.

4. Buy or build a laundry cart

Buy or build a laundry cart to hold laundry baskets or cleaning supplies. Its mobile nature makes it easy to bring out on Laundry Day and store out of sight when chores are over.

5. Install an angled shelf to store laundry baskets

This laundry room shelving idea helps take care of several issues with one simple fix! Install an angled shelf above your washer and dryer with a lip to hold up multiple laundry baskets. This system can get dirty clothes up off the floor – and make sorting laundry even easier.

Detergent poured into a washing machine

6. Use compact detergent bottles

Believe it or not, your choice of laundry detergent can affect how much storage space you need. Swash® Laundry Detergent from Whirlpool Corporation1 is 8x concentrated, so you need less than regular detergent. Its Precision Pour Cap dispenses the amount you need for clean clothes, while its ultra concentrated formula means the bottle takes up less space than traditional, bulky detergent bottles.

7. Install a hanging drying rack

Can’t have a clothesline outside? Consider installing a hanging drying rack, bar or retractable clothesline in your laundry room to air dry and organize all at once.

8. Use curtains to create multiple rooms

Use curtains to conceal your appliances or create multiple rooms within your laundry space. It’s a great way to create stations for prepping, washing, line drying, ironing and mending.

9. Hang laundry charts

Hang two charts up in your laundry room – a basic laundry guide and a stain treatment guide. Not only is this a good reference for adults, but it also helps kids learn laundry basics so they can help out too!

10. Install peg board

If you don’t have a closet in your laundry room, don’t despair. You can still maximize storage space for mops, irons and other essentials by installing peg board on one or more walls. With a few hooks and baskets, you can organize these items in no time.

11. Hang and label laundry bags by clothes type

Don’t have room for multiple laundry baskets? Consider hanging up laundry bags labeled “darks,” “lights,” “whites” and “colors” instead. Not only will you reduce clutter, but this system also makes it easier for everyone in the family to sort their own clothes.

12. Convert flat space into mending or folding areas

Create or convert as much flat space as possible into areas for mending or folding clothes. You can create a wall-mounted desk, repurpose a small table or even install a counter above your washer and dryer.

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13. Create space for fold-down ironing boards

If you have room for cabinets and drawers, convert some of this space into pull-out or fold-down ironing boards and drying racks. This small laundry room idea helps you make the most of your space and provides a built-in storage option.

14. Use laundry pedestals to create storage space

Laundry pedestals are an excellent way to create more storage space in even the smallest laundry room. These pedestals also lift your washer and dryer, making it easier to load, transfer and unload clothes.

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15. Use a countertop to treat stains

A countertop can be a great place for pre-treating stains – just make sure you have the right surface, like tile or glass. Wood that has been treated with urethane can also work for this purpose.

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How do you organize a small laundry room?

With a smaller laundry room, you should start with the essentials: install shelves to maximize vertical space, use compact detergent bottles and utilize the room created by laundry pedestals. These ideas will allow you to limit the items in your laundry room while also maximizing space.

What's the best way to organize a laundry closet?

To optimally organize a laundry closet, think about how to best maximize your current available space. If you have unused vertical space, consider installing a peg board or shelves. With horizontal space, create folding areas by installing counters or hanging laundry bags to expand your spaces for washing and drying.

Whirlpool® washers and dryers are a great fit for your laundry space

There are lots of ways to organize your laundry room, but it’s important to make sure you have room for your washer and dryer. Whirlpool brand’s collection of washers and dryers includes a wide range of styles for spaces of all sizes, including front-load and top-load laundry sets, washer and dryer combos, stacked appliances and our Smart All-In-One Washer and Dryer. Explore our laundry appliances to discover the perfect fit for your home.

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1. Swash and the recommending brands are owned and distributed by Whirlpool Corporation.