{five minute friday} Seven Quick Laundry Room Organizing Hacks

Friday, August 26, 2016

You guys, I've had the worst technology week! First my phone died on Monday, and then just when I had that sort of fixed, our home phone and internet went out on Tuesday and has been down pretty much consistently since then. Hence why it's been crickets on the blog this week. 

The only upside of having no internet is that I've been forced to get other things done around the house that I generally try to avoid as long as possible... like laundry. 

Even though I can't post any of the projects I had planned to share this week because my photos are being held hostage on my internet-less computer, I wanted to at least put together a quick Five Minute Friday post {testing the limits of my ability to blog from my iPhone}. 

So, in honor of technology failures forcing me to do laundry, here are 7 of my favorite quick and easy laundry room organizing hacks!


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#1: TRANSFER LAUNDRY DETERGENT TO CLEAR CANISTERS

I transferred my laundry detergent pods and my OxiClean powder into two large, glass canisters {and added washi tape detail to each}. Not only do these canisters add a little style to the laundry room, they also allow me to see when I am running low and need to add these laundry necessities to my shopping list.  

Laundry detergent in glass canisters

I made sure to place these canisters in the far back corner of the counter top, far out of reach of little hands!


2: CHOOSE A PRETTY BASKET FOR A LINT TRASH CAN

Since our laundry closet doesn't allow space for a garbage can on the floor, I used to pile lint up on the counter before finally carrying it all to a trash can elsewhere in the house. When planning our laundry room makeover last fall, I came up with a more function {and more stylish} solution. 

I found a black and white striped, lidded jute basket that I was totally smitten with, and I realized it would be a perfect as a lint collector. Now I just fill up the basket each time I do a load of laundry, and then empty the lint to the bathroom trash down the hall when the basket fills up.

Laundry lint bin container

3: ADD A TOWEL RACK FOR HANGING CLOTHES

Before our recent laundry closet makeover, I had a clothing rod high up in the back, left corner of the closet, but I'm short and I couldn't easy reach that rod, so it rarely got used. I wanted to find a better solution {one that my short self could reach}, so I opted to add four bar towel holder to the inside of one of the closet doors. 

Laundry Closet Hanging Space

Not only does this towel rack on the door work great for hanging up clothes as I take them out of the dryer, and the four bars also work well for items that need to hang to dry. I was able to get rid of my bulky, folding drying rack, and now when I have a shirt that needs to line dry, I can just drape it over one of the rods of the towel rack.

4: KEEP EXTRA HANGERS IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM

This one isn't so much an organizing "hack" - but it's one of my favorite laundry room organizing products, nonetheless, and it's so inexpensive! I keep a plastic hanger stacker on the laundry room countertop and fill it up with the empty hangers out of our closet so that I always have plenty of hangers on hand for clothes coming out of the dryer.

Back of Door Laundry Closet Storage

5: USE LIDDED JARS FOR SPARE BUTTONS & MENDING

All of those spare buttons and little packets of thread that come with new clothes can be hard to keep track of. I like to use inexpensive lidded glass jars to corral these small items, as well as other mending related supplies, like scissors, thread, needles, and pins.

Laundry room sewing and mending

I also use four more of these same lidded glass jars to contain small laundry supplies. You can read all about what I keep in the other jars in this detailed laundry closet organizing post, and you can get the DIY details of the black and white stripes that I added to the jar lids in this post. 

To maximize storage space in our small laundry closet, I installed an Elfa mounting rail from to the back of one of the doors, and attached three Elfa Utility Large/Deep Baskets. Four of the lidded jars fit perfect in each basket, and I use the top basket {out of reach of the kids} for bottles of stain removers and sprays

laundry closet organization

6: USE A BABY WIPE CONTAINER TO STORE DRYER SHEETS

The baskets on the back of the laundry room door have plenty of room for most of my laundry/cleaning products, but I had to get creative when it came to my dryer sheets. The box that they come in was too big to fit in the baskets, so I searched around the house for a smaller container that I could transfer some of the dryer sheets into for easy access. I came up with a travel sized Huggies baby wipes case from the nursery that is perfect for the job!

Laundry dryer sheet storage

This case holds quite a few dryer sheets at a time, and I can just flip open the lid and pull them out one at a time.  I keep the larger box of fabric softener sheets in the linen closet, and just refill this handy plastic case as needed. Here are some similar refillable cases...only prettier. 

7: COLLAPSIBLE LAUNDRY BASKETS TAKE UP LESS SPACE

Laundry baskets can take up so much room between use, so I got rid of all of my bulky plastic baskets, and replaced them all with the collapsible mesh laundry basketsI keep a couple of these baskets in our master bedroom closet {tucked behind our hamper} to make it quick and easy to carry clothes down to the laundry closet, and I stash another couple in the space between the washer and the wall in the laundry closet, ready for use to carry clean clothes to the appropriate rooms.

collapsible laundry baskets

These collapsible laundry baskets are plenty to big to hold an entire large load of laundry, and they pack a whole lot of function into very little storage space!

Laundry Closet Organizing Hacks


I'll be back next week with the tutorial for the DIY countertop that I created for this laundry closet, but in the meantime, here are links to all of the other DIY and organizing projects in our laundry / linen closet...

MORE LAUNDRY ROOM & LINEN CLOSET INSPIRATION:



4 comments :

  1. Great tips. Beautiful laundry closet. And well done on the iphone blog post!!

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  2. Great tips!!!!! One of my favorite laundry room makeovers and it still looks fantastic!

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  3. Really? Laundry hacks? Internet you can't stop intriguing me

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    1. I'm laughing because I'm not sure if you're serious or sarcastic. Either way I hope you found these laundry room organizing tips helpful.

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