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Laundry Room Inspiration & Ideas

Updated on December 30, 2010

How to Turn Your Laundry Room into a Practical & Organized Oasis

Most people don't get excited by laundry room talk, but we all need to wash our clothes, so why not make this room a practical and organized place?

Don't give in to the clutter bug. Get inspired by the ideas below, and make your laundry room a pleasure to work in!

10 Tips for Improving Your Laundry Room

You can be more efficient and spend less time doing laundry if you take a few steps to make the laundry room a practical place to work. Here are a few tips that can go a long ways toward improving the space:

1. Choose a smart layout: Don't position washers, dryers, ironing boards, etc. behind doors or in awkward corners. If you purchase front-loading washers and dryers, consider pedestals to raise them up and make access easier.

2. Add adequate lighting: Since laundry rooms are often located in basements or rooms without windows, they can feel dark and dingy. Add plenty of overhead and task lighting so you can see what you're doing and don't feel like you're working in a troll cave!

3. Include plenty of storage: If you can afford it, built-in cabinets and shelves are smart (and can even add to a home's value), but there are plenty of inexpensive free-standing or between-the-washer-dryer caddies, cabinets, and bins too.

4. Choose easy-to-maintain floors: Don't put something like carpeting in the laundry room--ceramic tiles, laminate flooring, vinyl, and other "hard surfaces" are practical to keep clean and won't be damaged if a bit of water splashes on them now and then.

5. Install a real laundry sink: Washing delicates in a bathroom sink is a pain. A deep, dedicated laundry sink is a smart choice if you have to wash a lot of garments by hand, and it can also be useful for rinsing off sandy shoes and the like.

6. Decorate the walls: So many laundry rooms are drab, utilitarian places. Don't be afraid to continue your home's décor into this space. You'll enjoy working in there more if it feels as warm and inviting as the rest of your home.

7. Consider a fold-out or hide-away ironing board: Having an ironing board set up all the time takes up a lot of space. There are a lot of models that are meant to hide behind the door or fold up on the wall when not in use.

8. Add a TV or a radio: Make laundry less tedious by giving yourself something else to pay attention to while you fold and iron--a little entertainment can go a long ways toward making laundry chores less oppressive!

9. Paint the walls: As with decorating, a cheerful paint job can work wonders at making the laundry room a brighter and more appealing place to work.

10. Create a sorting and folding area: A table and/or laundry sorting bins give you a place to work (aside from on top of the washer and dryer). You can find foldable versions of these items so they only need be on the floor when you're using them.

Laundry Room Cabinets

Extra Laundry Room Storage That Lets You Hide Clutter Behind Closed Doors

Laundry rooms are often small, and if that's the case with yours, you may not have much floor space to work with. That's okay, because chances are you've got walls!

Place some cabinets on the wall to instantly increase storage space without cluttering up the floor. (You can choose floor cabinets, too, if you don't want to deal with mounting items to the wall and don't mind freestanding pieces.)

You can buy brand new laundry room cabinets, or you can also save money by purchasing recycled or reclaimed pieces. If you're remodeling your kitchen, you might even reuse the cabinets you take out and replace. Let's face it: laundry rooms aren't places guests usually hang out, so they don't need to be all that fancy. Practicality is more important!

Example of Practical Laundry Room Cabinets

Example of Practical Laundry Room Cabinets
Example of Practical Laundry Room Cabinets

Laundry Room Cabinets Can Be Purchased Online - You can find anything on Amazon... even organization items for the laundry room!

Take a look at some of these easy-to-install laundry room cabinets:

Example of Laundry Room Shelves & Baskets

Example of Laundry Room Shelves & Baskets
Example of Laundry Room Shelves & Baskets

Simple Laundry Room Storage Ideas

It's easy to add storage to the laundry room without spending a fortune.

If you don't want to add cabinets (or already have and still need more room!) there are inexpensive storage solutions that can be handy without taking up a lot of space.

Places to add storage can be above the washer and dryer, under and on top of the washer and dryer (if you have front-loading units, they can even go under a counter), and between the washer and dryer.

Shelves, bins, and drawers can all be easy-to-add items that can make a big difference without costing a lot.

Click on the links below for some popular laundry room storage and organization gadgets:

Browse Laundry Room Drawers, Baskets, and Shelves - Purchase these inexpensive storage upgrades at Amazon:

Get Creative: R2D2 Laundry Basket

Get Creative: R2D2 Laundry Basket
Get Creative: R2D2 Laundry Basket

Laundry Basket Love -- Fun and Practical Ideas for Baskets

Replace your cracked and faded laundry basket with something cool and practical

Not only is the laundry room itself important, but you should consider practical ways to transport clothes to and from the washer and dryer. Often, washing machines aren't located on the same floor as the bedrooms and bathrooms, so it can be a chore toting clothes. Easy-to-carry laundry baskets are practical and can look good too.

Also, if you don't want your laundry basket sitting out on the floor in your bedroom, it can be smart to get something sized just right for a closet.

If you're into closet organization, you can get systems that include a slide-out or pull-out laundry basket. Some of these are portable (meaning you can take the whole basket out and carry it to the laundry room) while others are meant to stay in the closet (so you'll still need another basket for transportation purposes).

You may also want to consider foldable baskets or hampers if your goal is to save space. In addition, a basket with multiple bins to allow you to sort clothes can be helpful.

Check below to see some of the laundry basket options available online:

Cool Laundry Baskets Available Online - Shop for a new laundry basket at Amazon or just click through to get ideas

Your Chance to Chime in on the Age Old Laundry Room Question...

Have your say below:

Should people add more storage to their laundry rooms or just get off their keesters and declutter the joint?

Lots of storage is super practical!

Lots of storage is super practical!

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    • candleandblue 5 years ago

      Declutter and then get more storage if you need it.

    • thegreenninja 7 years ago

      I recently moved into a new home and the laundry room is the biggest one I have ever had. I am GOING TO keep it clean. I just need a plan? And a little more storage.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      In todays world, lots of stoarge space is a must. I live an old Victorian home and closet space is a premium. Adding a smart layout with cabinets in the laundry room is just common sense. Plus it adds value.

    • Shari O'Leary 8 years ago from Minnesota

      My laundry room is in the unfinished part of my basement. It's cold, so I don't spend much time down there. I just carry my clothes up and down the stairs. If I had an actual "laundry room" though, I'd use storage.

    • rockycha 8 years ago

      Added storage is totally worth it. So many little items that fall into the in-between category of house versus garage. Laundryroom is the place for them!

    Get rid of your extra clothes, you pack rats!

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      • ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

        My laundry is in the garage. The only time it gets truly cleaned out is when a hurricane is threatening and we need to get the cars in there. I hate the mess.

      • Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        I sure don't know about anyone else but I need to declutter.

      • poutine 8 years ago

        First, it makes sense to declutter and then,you might

        not need new cabinets at all.

      Do You Have Any Tips for Laundry Room Organization? - Share your thoughts below!

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          lucille12 2 years ago

          You can find a lot of organizers available in the market, range from the cheapest and simplest to the most expensive and complex models.

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          ecoguy lm 5 years ago

          These are some great ideas! Thanks for the good lens.

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          Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

          I loved your ideas

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          pwerm11 5 years ago

          Interesting lens. Good ideas, thanks for sharing.

          laundry sink

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          jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

          These are the first practical laundry rooms that I've seen. Having a sink is good for doing some washing without using other sinks or bathtubs in the house. Also, keeping some racks to put clean clothes helps with organizing when you're finished.

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          pwerm11 5 years ago

          Great choice of costumes and I like the fact of costumes based on the original.

          laundry sink

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          nicemop 5 years ago

          laundry baskets

          good idea for me

          thanks

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          Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

          Have you been peeking in my laundry? I think I need to declutter AND add extra storage! Great ideas.

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          AlinaWarner 7 years ago

          Favorited and 5 ***** Loved this lens.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Great lens! Maybe it wouldn't seem like such a chore if I had more organization and decoration in the laundry room.

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          AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

          Great lens. Your lens is like a wish book to us. Thank-you for the tips. We'll use them, especially the tv.

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          BobbyBOOMBOOMBi 8 years ago

          Good lens. I was pleased to find a bit of info I could use. 5 stars, and thanks for your nice comments on my lens!

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          Shari O'Leary 8 years ago from Minnesota

          I love this lens. I'll have to think about what I can do in my cold basement.

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          daoine lm 8 years ago

          I feel a bit embarrassed reading your point about the laundry sink being intended for washing delicates - we have a nice big, deep sink in the laundry, but it is so gungy and used for washing hands and tools and stuff after gardening and painting that I wouldn't dream of actually using it to wash anything delicate that needed to come out of there clean... ;-)

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          Jenysie 8 years ago

          Great Lens!! I'm inspired!! Now I feel like going to organize my laundry room, which leads me to organizing the rest of my house...again!!! LOL!!

          Thanks for this lens!

          5* and favorite(d)!!

          Sincerely,

          Jenysie

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          GrowWear 8 years ago

          Love this lens! Great information. Clutter is such an energy sapper!

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          ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

          I need to clean out and organize a lot of rooms. The house wouldn't feel so crowded if I did.

          Great lens

          Lizzy

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          This sure makes me want to get started right now decluttering and organizing my laundry room. It has become a catch all. Thanks for the tips. Great job.

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          Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

          Very nice lens, great ideas. I love the R2D2 laundry baskets. 5*****

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          tdove 8 years ago

          Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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          rockycha 8 years ago

          Excellent lens, blessed by an angel 9/9/08 ;)

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          poutine 8 years ago

          My laundry room is quite well organized, the only thing missing is enough space to put my ironing board there.

          Poutine