Laundry rooms and laundry closets are often placed towards the bottom of the list when it comes to what rooms to organise first. But with how often you use your laundry, it should be given higher priority. Here are some of our best storage ideas to maximise and make the most out of your small laundry spaces.
Add hanging rods or tension rods on the walls or areas with dead space in your laundry for extra storage space. The rods are great for air drying your clothes inside your laundry room on a wet, rainy day or are also great to hold freshly ironed clothes before they are placed inside the closet.
2. Install more counter space
Installing more counter space on top of your washer and dryer is great to create an area for folding clothes or to use a countertop ironing board. This can easily be done by buying a piece of wood or counter top from Bunnings or your local hardware store. You can also stain or paint the wood a colour to suit the rest of the decor in the laundry room, or leave it raw and sand down the edges.
3. Get laundry hampers on wheels
Get laundry hampers on wheels so it is easier to move around the house when you are collecting all the clothes for laundry day. This is great for the elderly and for kids who may struggle with lifting a full laundry basket. It is surprising how heavy a large pile of clothes can get.
4. Use glass jars for laundry detergent
If you have plenty of counter space in your laundry, place your laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets in glass jars and place them on top of your counter. The glass jars allow you to see how much product you have left, but it also looks great as decor in your laundry room. You can place them on your countertop or on some shelves rather than behind some closed cupboard doors.
5. Opt for a laundry hamper with components
Get a laundry hamper with separate compartments for quick and easy sorting of clothes. Having separate compartments allows you to separate your laundry during the week. Then when washing day comes round, everything is already sorted and can quickly be thrown into the washer. No more clothes on the floor!
6. Transform your wall space
Filling your bare, empty walls with shelves is a great way to bring in additional storage and also creating dimension in the room. Shelves are great places to store your laundry detergents, peg baskets and dryer sheets, but they are also great for placing decor items such as paintings and plants. When you are working with small spaces, you want to minimise the amount of items that are on the floor so you have a nice flow within the room.
7. Stack your washer and dryer
If you are working with a small laundry then having your washer and dryer side by side may end up taking up most of the space. Changing to a stacked front load washer and dryer will add a lot more floor space and make the laundry feel roomier. Having a stacked washer and dryer will give you more space to put other things such as shelves, tables, laundry hampers etc.
8. Create a DIY peg board for lost socks
Everyone has experienced the missing sock from the washer or dryer and having it reappear again a few weeks later. Instead of throwing the unmatched sock away, place them on a lost socks peg board or basket so they can easily be matched up again when the other pair reappears.
9. Get a collapsible laundry basket
Laundry baskets are bulky and awkward to store so they end up taking up a lot of space in a small laundry room or closet. A great alternative is a collapsible laundry basket that can neatly pack down flat and stored away in the smallest and narrowest of places.
10. Use over the door hooks
If you live in an apartment and have a small laundry closet, then you have to maximise every inch of space you have. An often forgotten space you can use is the back of your laundry closet doors. You can place over the door hooks to hang your drying rack, mop or broom, freeing up more space in your small laundry closet for other items.