It's easy to let clothes pile up in the laundry room. But when you have a system in place, you're less likely to allow clutter and chaos to build. Invest in some of these DIY and buyable solutions to get your laundry room in shape once and for all.
This three-piece hamper means you can have kids toss their whites, darks, and colors into the designated hamper at the end of each day — and skip separating the colors by yourself on laundry day.
A.k.a. a countertop. Give your laundry room a mini makeover like this blogger did by installing a plywood waterfall counter on top of your machines.
Get the tutorial at Vintage Revivals.
What you'll need: Wood screws ($7 for 150, .com)
Woven baskets (instead of plastic ones) will add some style to your laundry room, while keeping the dirty clothes hidden.
What you'll need: Woven basket ($50, .com)
This drying rack is super versatile: It can hold up to 32 pounds of wet clothes when in use, then can be tucked out of the way to free up space once everything is dry.
Instead of letting the gap between your washer and drying to go waste, invest in a custom skinny rolling cart that'll fit between your machines and can store all of your cleaning supplies.
Get the tutorial at Infarrantly Creative.
What you'll need: Wood glue ($7, .com)
This genius idea not only saves you space, but also eliminates the headache of pulling the ironing board out of the closet and setting it up.
This DIY idea is another smart way to save space and keep your bulky ironing board from getting in the way.
Get the tutorial at The Wood Grain Cottage.
What you'll need: Wall hooks ($8 for 4, .com)
Purchase a hanging rack system for the back of your door so you can keep the cleaning supplies and tools you need nearby.
Get the tutorial at My Sweet Savannah.
What you'll need: Hanging rack ($18, .com)
Forget wasted wall space. You can store detergent or stain remover on these shelves and hang towels off of the bottom. Talk about a hardworking design.
Not only will this method save space in your linen closet, but we think it looks nicer than traditional folding, too.
Skip the trash bin and create this cute box to save up all your lint. Quick tip: You can use the leftover lint later to light an outdoor fire.
Get the tutorial at Polished Habitat.
What you'll need: Brochure holder ($20, .com)
This drying rack can stretch out when you need it, then can be tucked tightly away for use later. Genius.
Install a clothesline so delicates and workout clothes have a place to drip-dry. Short on space? Try a basic rod with hangers or a collapsible style that is designed to tuck away.
What you'll need: Tension rod ($19, .com)
This handy poster will help you easily determine the best washing machine temperatures for your loads and items.
Get the free printables at Everyday Best.
What you'll need: Command strips ($9, .com)
To prevent losing your favorite shirt or pair of socks behind your machine, use a laundry guard to keep your dry clothes from falling and being forgotten until you move.
Want to fold your laundry in front of the TV? No problem. This organizer on wheels lets you take this chore with you all around the house.
Get the tutorial at Hoosier Homemade.
What you'll need: Swivel casters with brake ($15, .com)
We're talking change, lonely socks, basically a landing zone for all miscellaneous items that emerge from the wash and you don't know what to do with.
What you'll need: Large change jar ($15, .com)
Here's another way to get your family members to help out with sorting the laundry: Each number represents a different kind of item (like white clothes or colorful garments).
What you'll need: Labeled storage bins ($23 for 4, .com)
Hang up your cleaning supplies on hooks installed on your door or any wasted wall space to keep the room tidy.
What you'll need: Hooks ($8 for 16, .com)
Transfer bulky containers of laundry supplies into more manageable glass jars. You can then use a pretty cake stand for organization and storage.
What you'll need: Cake stand ($18, .com)