My laundry room is small. Actually it’s tiny…like the size of an elevator. Despite its itty bitty size, I’m able to get laundry for a family of five done in a neat and efficient manner.
If you also have to do laundry in a small space, don’t be discouraged. You can organize and make the most of a tiny laundry room. Here are my tiny laundry room ideas.
Make it a cheerful space. Generally speaking, I’m afraid of color. The walls in our home are beige (actually Bagel according to Sherwin Williams), but I stepped out on a limb and chose a bright color for the laundry room. The room is painted in a cheery yellow that makes the room appear a wee bit larger. Brightening the room makes it look better and improves your desire to work there.
We also have these horrific pipes and valves that run above and beside the washing machine and dryer. My husband needs access to the pipes and valves from time to time, so he could not put up a sheets of drywall to cover them. To make the space look better, I made curtains from a pretty blue and yellow paisley fabric and hung them from spring tension rods. Now, the unsightly pipes are covered and I’ve added a bit of colorful decor to the space.
Use baskets and bins to hide and hold laundry necessities. In order to do the laundry we need lots of things: detergent, various sprays and sticks, dryer sheets, etc. In a tiny laundry room, those necessities can take over if you’re not careful.
I don’t like the sight of big bulky boxes and cumbersome bottles lining the shelves, so I use glass containers and baskets to store the necessities. Glass containers house powdered necessities like Oxy Clean, borax, and washing soda. Strong and decorative baskets and pretty bins keep our laundry supplies neatly organized and within reach.
Mount towel racks on the wall. I like to air dry many articles of clothing including jeans and delicates. At first I considered purchasing a free standing drying rack, but then I realized it would take up too much space in the tiny laundry room. When my husband suggested mounting towel racks on the wall, I was thrilled.
By using the mounted towel racks, damp laundry isn’t left to dry in a haphazard pile on top of the washer/dryer nor are the clothes being hung from the shower rods in our bathrooms. The towel racks are an inexpensive addition that provides a convenient place for clothes to air dry.
Use small hampers. My husband and I place our dirty clothes into our small bedroom laundry hamper, while the girlies place their dirty laundry inside the small bathroom hamper. I intentionally chose small hampers so that I wouldn’t be tempted to allow double digit loads of laundry to pile up in huge hampers. Smaller hampers also make it easier to transport a load of clothes from the upper floors of our house and down to the basement.
Fold and put away immediately. If you have a small laundry room, you can’t allow freshly laundered clothes to pile up. If you do, you won’t have any room to work. This is why I fold clean clothes as soon as possible.
I purchased a tall storage unit and storage pins to slide into each of the compartments. Next, I assigned every family member a different colored storage bin. (My husband and I share a bin.) Once clothes are folded, I immediately place them in the appropriate bin. Throughout the week, family members take the bins up to their rooms, put their clothes away, and return the storage bin to its proper spot in the storage unit. Because the storage unit is so big, it has to be kept outside the laundry room.
You don’t have to have a large designer laundry room to take care of the family’s laundry in a organized and efficient manner. If you have a tiny laundry room, you just have to be a bit more creative when it comes to your laundry routine and storage options. These tiny laundry room ideas may be able to help you get the job done.
Do you have any tips for taming the laundry monster? If so, feel free to say so by leaving a comment.
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