Laundry rooms are known for not having enough space.
With so many tools, baskets, and products, you’re no doubt scratching your head,
wondering how everything is going to fit.
But never fear, laundry day will seem like a walk in the park after you check out
these practical solutions.
Grab that detergent and those dirty clothes. Soon you’ll have a serene and organized
Because who wants to spend all day looking for missing clothespins?
1. Invest in a Movable Garment Rack
If you prefer to hang up some clothes to dry for fear of them shrinking, consider
getting a garment rack.
We’ve all hung up wet clothes on bathroom knobs. We've also desperately tried to make space for them to dry in a tiny laundry room.
You can’t create space out of thin air. A garment rack is an excellent solution.
One that comes with wheels is easy to roll around in your apartment. Make it
accessible by keeping it near the washer and dryer. That way, it’ll be there after a
load of laundry gets done.
After you’re done washing your clothes, it’ll be easy to hang up the ones you don’t
plan to dry. While they’re drying, you can push the garment rack to wherever you’d
like. That’s the beauty or a garment rack with wheels. You can conveniently move it
to your bedroom or another area in the apartment.
It can stay there until it’s time to hang up wet clothes again!
2. Keep an Ironing Board Accessible
Do you happen to use an ironing board?
Instead of stuffing it in a hard to reach spot in a closet, find an area in your laundry
An ironing blanket that goes on top of your washer or dryer can be super
convenient. It’s easy to take out when you’re ready to iron, and you can stash it
away in a cabinet or basket nearby when you finish.
You may prefer to stick with a “traditional” ironing board but don't know where to
put it. Thankfully, the solution is simple: Tuck the board between the washer and
If there isn’t room between the two machines, see if you can squeeze it in on one of
You may have some room to spare between or to the side of each machine.
If you do, you can also use the area to store a step ladder. Step ladders are
convenient, especially if you have a lot of space above your washer and dryer you
need to use!
3. Install Shelving
In your small laundry room, install some shelves so you can take advantage of what
little space you have!
Having enough shelves above your washer and dryer can be a lifesaver.
Use them to store laundry items such as laundry detergent, clips, and dryer sheets.
Don't forget — you can store other household supplies. These items may include
toilet paper or clean towels and washcloths.
Remember, every square inch of space counts!
Take advantage of your shelves and store everything in a neat, concise way.
4. Keep a Hamper Nearby
If you can spare the room, get one or more clothing holders and put them in, or
near, the laundry room.
Laundry baskets and hampers are, of course, perfect for holding laundry. Having
them accessible makes it easy to get laundry done quickly and efficiently.
And if you want to keep it out of your closet, having it near the washer and dryer can
be a good alternative.
Get a basket with handles or a hamper on wheels to make it easy to transport it to
and from a bedroom.
When you select something to hold your laundry, look for a durable one. Finding a
decorative laundry holder would be nice too! Your goal should be to make things
look organized and appealing.
If you go with a basket, a woven one is stronger. Plus, the door to your laundry room
might be open sometimes. If that’s common for you, a well-structured basket won’t
be an eyesore.
If you're deciding if you’d like a hamper or basket, a hamper may work better. Why?
It uses vertical space. A vertical laundry holder with wheels makes it easy to store
and cart around clothing.
A basket works, but most don’t have wheels. That can make it harder to transport a
heavy wash load.
Whichever you choose, try to get one with a lid. The last thing you want to do is
reveal all your dirty clothes to the world.
5. Use Jars to Store Laundry Supplies
Containers work well to store laundry items. But, if you want to put a decorative
spin in your laundry area, try some glass jars.
Some people use laundry detergent powder. To store it, you can put it in one of the
glass jars. Have a scooper nearby so that it’ll be there when it’s time to do your
As long as you don’t break the jar (be careful!), this is an excellent way to store and
retrieve laundry detergent. And, you can always opt for a plastic jar that won’t break
and will still look nice.
A few other items you can store in the jars are clothespins and laundry detergent
To display jars, set them up in odd-numbered groupings. For instance, align three
jars next to one another in the middle of a shelf. It creates a decorative and
6. Store the Essentials on a Bookshelf
Using a bookshelf is another way to store laundry essentials. If there isn’t room by
the washer and dryer, keep it as close to the laundry area as possible.
On the bookshelf, you can arrange many items that pertain to laundry.
And, you can add your linens. Use it to hold a few towels, washcloths, or even a
Who says you have to use a bookshelf to hold books?
Use it to store your laundry and other household items. Doing laundry will be that
7. Consolidate Laundry Supplies
If you like to collect things in your apartment, you’re not alone. Your “collection”
may include different kinds of laundry detergent and way too many dryer sheets.
Instead of multiples of everything, try to consolidate. It’ll help you keep things more
If you’re torn between detergents, pick one that works well for all fabrics. This is a
better alternative than stocking up on a bunch of specialty products.
And if you want to eliminate dryer sheets, use baking soda in the washing machine.
It’s a nice trick that will soften up your clothes!
As you can see, there are many ways to keep your laundry area organized.
It may not feel that put together right now. But, if you apply these storage solutions,
you’ll be on your way to achieving laundry bliss.
Even if you’re tight on space, you can still come up with creative ways to store
Try your best to use the space above and beside your washer and dryer. That way,
it’ll be easier to find what you need.
Whatever you decide, you’ll no doubt come up with some practical storage
solutions. Your efforts will make the laundry room the best space ever!
Mark Lucero, Business Manager at Xander 3900, has been in the Multi-Family Industry for 12 years and has a wide range of knowledge in the sub market and complying with Equal Housing Opportunity laws. Mark has been with Alliance Residential for nine years.