Laundry room organization is one of the inevitable hassles of owning a home. Not only is the area a hub for washing, drying, stacking, and sorting clothes, it's also commonly used to store cleaning supplies and other small appliances as well. This can lead to a lot of clutter, but laundry organization tools can help you! These organization hacks can free up space in even the most compact laundry rooms. From portable vacuums to pedestal washers and dryers, and even laundry room shelves, here are some of our favorite ways to keep your laundry area organized. Whether your laundry room is incredibly spacious, or a bit more compact, you're sure to find something that will help you.
Equip Pedestals to Washers and Dryers
A lot of laundry pedestals provide more than just convenience, but additional storage for clothing (or for those blankets you've put in storage for the summer). But these pedestals come with more benefits, as well: because they elevate your washer and dryer, they reduce the amount of bending over that you have to do with every load of laundry. This can be a game-changer for people with bad backs, arthritis, or other physical impairments. Many of the companies that manufacture washers and dryers also make pedestals that fit them perfectly, so keep an eye out for these add-ons.
Utilize a Slim Rolling Cart
If you have a lot of floor space in your laundry room, it can be hard to keep everything you need close. Your cabinets may be across the room from the washer and dryer, which may be several feet away from the folding table. Rolling carts are an elegant solution to this problem. You can use them for long-term storage of items like brushes and rags, or they can be used to carry larger items (such as detergent and heavy bottles) with you, hands-free. It can be a good idea to select one that comes with locking casters, since you don't want your cart to roll away from you as you use it.
Hang Lightweight Vacuums
Vacuum cleaners have come a long way from the giant appliances of decades gone by. You can get a lot of power out of a lightweight vacuum cleaner, allowing you to hang it up without breaking your back. This saves you quite a lot of maneuvering around a bulky vacuum that's stored out in the open, as well. Many vacuum manufacturers also make wall hanging brackets for their lightweight models, so all you have to do is determine the right place for your vacuum.
This versatile 3-in-1 vacuum cleaner from Miele is not only lightweight, but cordless as well. It can be used to clean large spaces as easily as you can fit it under flat furniture, and the removable PowerUnit can even be used to clean up messes in tight spaces (such as your car). Because the Varta battery is fully removable, you don't even have to place the hanging bracket near an outlet. You can remove the battery for charging, instead.
Use Shelf Brackets to Hang Clothes
A shelf bracket is extremely useful to have in a laundry room. You can use it not only for hanging clothes, but to hold them as you sort them. If you plan on placing a shelf bracket above a top-loading washer, make sure that you will have enough space to open the appliance and reach inside it without banging your head. If you have extensive space for these brackets, you can even use them to sort clean clothes before removing them from the laundry room in the first place, saving a lot of time.
Hang a Rail from the Ceiling
Even if you don't think you have a lot of space available in your laundry room, you can use all three dimensions to increase it. Maximize the utility of the area by installing a rail along the ceiling. If you're handy, there are plenty of rails with installation kits. If you're not, tension rods may be the easiest solution for you.
Use Clothespins to Label Baskets
One of our favorite organization hacks for the laundry room is to use clothespins to label baskets. Wooden clothespins are inexpensive, they are plentiful, and they are easy to customize with markers or paint. You can use them for any number of labeling needs, including:
- Clean and dirty laundry bins
- Clothes with special washing needs
- Priority loads of laundry
Get a Fold-Away Ironing Center
If you don't like having an ironing board and ironing is taking up space in your laundry room, one thing you can consider instead is a fold-away ironing center. These innovative appliances allow you for convenient storage anywhere in your home, and once you unfold them, you can use them to press any amount of clothes quickly and efficiently. Because of their all-in-one design, there are fewer things that need to be stored, making for a much more convenient experience.
This fold-away ironing center from Miele is one of our favorites. Its large open-end roller allows you to press even wide items such as tablecloths and sheets, while its casters allow it to fold compactly away when it isn't in use. It's not even 16 in. wide when folded, so the amount of space it will take up in your closet is truly minimal.
Zip Tie Mop and Broom Handles for Hanging
If you simply lean your mop, broom, and other long, slim tools up against the wall, they'll be sure to fall down a lot and take up valuable space on your floor. The handles will also knock against each other as you attempt to grab one thing, and you will end up getting everything in your storage corner, whether you want it or not. Thankfully, your mop and broom have holes at the end of their handles for a very good reason! Place a zip tie through these holes, and you have a ready-made handle that lets you place them on a hook or a rack. This allows you to keep them within easy reach while still preserving your floor space.
Use Glass Containers for Small Supplies
If you have limited space in your laundry room, you may wonder the best way to store the items that you use frequently. For this purpose, we recommend using glass containers to store a small amount of supplies (including detergent pods, dryer sheets, and clothespins) while you store the original container somewhere else. This opens up quite a lot of possibilities for your laundry room: simply by having a matching set of glass containers, you maximize the amount of storage space that you can use.
Where are Miele vacuums made?
Miele manufactures the vast majority of its vacuum cleaners in its factory in Bielefeld, Germany. This factory produces more than two million vacuums every year.
What should I look for when buying an ironing board?
Your first thing you should consider when choosing an ironing board is to find something sturdy — you don't want the board to collapse while you're ironing clothes! Then make sure that the height can be adjusted to something that works for you, and that the cover provides enough ventilation for the iron's steam to escape.