My laundry room is more utilitarian than a showroom! And it gets used a lot! It’s smallish and does not have room for lots of extras. But you would be surprised how much can be fitted into a laundry room if you organize it well! As much as I love my laundry room it has a big downfall. It easily becomes a catch-all for things I need to put away or things that don’t have a home. And when it gets a little cluttered it not nearly as efficient. Let’s talk about giving our laundry rooms a big cleaning out and after we have it tidy things that should go into a laundry room if you have the space. Here are my 10 BEST items to have in a laundry room.
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No matter the size of your laundry room there are just some things that would make clothes washing, drying and organizing a whole lot easier! Some you might already have and some you might want after reading this post. And some may not work in your laundry room space… but a girl can dream!
I’m not talking about washers or dryers or laundry room sinks or cabinets. But here are 1o things that will make laundry day a whole lot easier!
First of all, an uncluttered laundry room is much nicer and easier to work in. So dig in and get EVERYTHING that does not belong in the laundry room out!
And let’s organize everything that goes into a laundry room! You will be so happy you did!
Here are 10 great laundry room items that a laundry room should have!
Laundry baskets come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. I have lots of plastic ones that I use for hauling everything from Christmas decor to veggies from the garden. And using them to haul laundry up and down the stairs makes doing laundry so much easier! I also keep a chippy metal one in the laundry room to put clothes that come out of the dryer.
If you don’t have one, this is the number one laundry room item to get! I’ve had a small drying rack that has hung on my laundry room wall for decades. If it could talk!!!!! I found it at an Amish craft sale and love love love it! I also have a big tall drying rack that I keep on the back porch to dry clothes.
I used to hang up all of our clothes when I was a young mother. A drying rack now works fine for our more delicate clothing. I love the smell of air dried laundry!
The apron on the pegboard below is my gardening apron.
I keep a small hamper in the laundry room for dirty dish towels and other small things. It’s so much better than throwing them in a pile on the floor! I got this one at IKEA.
The wet dish towels get dried on the drying rack and then popped into the laundry basket.
BASKETS FOR ESSENTIALS
Our washer and dryer are elevated on stands and are tall! So I use the space above them for two big baskets. They are fabulous places to organize things that could look quite messy!
I like to hang our clothing on hangers right out of the dryer or off the laundry rack. So I keep a bunch of hangers in one of the big baskets. Having baskets in the laundry room to hide and corral items is such a great idea! I also keep my drop cloths for painting projects and my computerized vacuuming system in a big basket too!
Out of sight and organized!
This is something that I do not have right now in my laundry room. I usually fold clothes in my family room while watching the cooking channel. I really do not like to fold clothes. It’s one household chore I could do without! So as a treat for folding the laundry right away by watching my favorite cooking shows.
I’m thinking about installing a folding table or using my extra large ironing board as a folding table. It would save me carrying the laundry into the family room.
A must for lint! Make sure you clean the lint trap out after every use.
PLACE TO SAVE LOOSE CHANGE
I have the coolest “piggy bank” in the bottom drawer of my washer stand. It literally counts change as it goes in. Right now I have over $12.00 in it just from going through pockets before washing clothes.
Click on the image below and it will take you to a link to see my coin counting bank.
A JAR OF STONEGABLE HOMEMADE LANDRY SOAP
I make my own laundry soap and it works wonderfully! A little goes a long way. I think having a good laundry soap and stain removers is so so important! You can see an oldie-but-goodie post for homemade laundry soap HERE.
I no longer use fabric softeners or dryer sheets. I am wild over dryer balls! They can cut down drying time by one-third and makes clothes soft and helps keep away wrinkles. I add several drops of essential oil on a dryer ball and my clothes smell amazing! You can see a tutorial to make them HERE.
IRON AND IRONING BOARD
I iron almost everything. But I’m pretty sure this is the worst household thing I do. Years ago I decided that I would hang or put away all clothing and everyone in my house can iron as needed. This works amazingly! I iron everything I wear and so does the rest of my family. So I have an iron and ironing board upstairs and one downstairs too!
We also have a steamer that we keep upstairs.
Now it’s your turn! What are some items in your laundry room you love and can’t live without? Please share! We would love to hear.
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