Welcome to our laundry room!
I have shared this room before on social media and in my Organization Masterclass online course, but I have never done a blog post on it AND I recently added some new organizational updates so I wanted to give you a peek!
The laundry room is a place where I spend a lot of time ( …yay, lol) so I have tried to make it as efficient, functional, clutter-free and clean-feeling of a space as possible. Everything has an intentional place, especially now with the upgrades and changes, so it makes it easy-to-use and actually enjoyable.
If you’re looking to spruce up your laundry room, these are ideas that can be implemented in ANY kind of laundry space – from a reach-in closet to a larger, actual laundry “room.”
Scroll down for the tour!
I used to have these items on the counter. But by taking advantage of the vertical space above and installing a floating shelf, I freed up more space on the counter for sorting and folding. The shelf is made of solid oak to bring some warmth to the room. I love how deep and sturdy it is so that I can place items like wool dryer balls, stain removing powder, and other items on it with ease.
I always like to have some sort of greenery in the laundry room to give some life to the space, and typically use my fave Israeli Ruscus, which lasts FOR. EV. ER.
And yes, I have a diffuser in the laundry room, too! I usually do peppermint and lemon or some sort of citrus to create a fresh vibe while I’m in there. The laundry room also opens up into the mudroom, so the scent wafts into there, too, which is nice.
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Upper and lower cabinet switch-up
Until now, I had all our laundry and cleaning products in the upper cabinets above the washer, and then lightbulbs and candles in the cabinets below the counter. But the people who use the cleaning products – our house cleaners and myself – are short and so reaching up over the washer to get items like floor cleaner and magic erasers were hard to do.
So, I switched the placement of items and put the cleaning supplies in the lower cabinets, moved the candles up to the upper cabinets, and shifted the lightbulbs to where the candles used to be in a smaller cabinet below. In a nutshell, everything is now much more accessible according to how often we use them; it flows much better.
I used my go-to, clear deep pantry bins to organize the cleaning products. For the bulk items like hand soap and vinegar that I have large refill bottles of, I labeled the shelf itself to indicate their little “spot.”
The lightbulbs used to be in the cabinet where the cleaning supplies are now. There was no reason why it needed such a big cabinet, and once separated and placed into bins, it tucks neatly into the small cabinet to the right.
In the upper cabinets, I didn’t feel the need to place items in bins because if I put candles in bins, I thought it would be too heavy when pulling them down. And same with the laundry bottles; it’s easier to pull them down one by one. So I did the same thing as the bulk cleaners and labeled the shelves with the categories.
(I labeled the candle shelves after I took the photos, but you probably get the idea : fall, winter, by brand! )
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Spray bottles for vinegar
I have become a huge fan of using vinegar for cleaning – especially when washing towels. It gently strips buildup and freshens and fluffs up towels. Traditional fabric softeners actually coating the fibers in residue which affects absorption over time and makes them less soft and fluffy (which seems a little counter-intuitive, right?) Vinegar is a natural fabric softener alternative and helps fight mold and mildew, too. I also use it to spray down and clean the washer. So many uses!
I used to have an amber pump bottle and a spray bottle with vinegar in the upper cabinets, but switched to these clear ones so that I could have them out and easily accessible but still look visually nice – almost like a little display. I use the capped one for pouring the vinegar when doing the wash, and the spray bottle for wiping down the inside of the washer.
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Clear lidded box for dryer sheets
I still use the wool dryer balls and put a few drops of essential oils on them. But I recently found these dryer sheets that don’t have harsh chemicals in them but still work really well. (The reason I was using wool dryer balls to begin with was because of the harsh chemicals.) I like to use these sheets when I do bedding and towels because it has this nice lavender scent.
Just like I did with the vinegar, I bought a clear lidded acrylic box to keep the dryer sheets in to place on top of the dryer. This way, I could keep them out and still have them look clean and streamlined – not a busy-looking, crumpled box on top of the dryer. Bonus : the closed lid means the scent lasts longer!
The black hook-looking thing is called a Door Doc, which props open your front-loading washer door to air it out. That helps keep the mildew smell out!
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Stain-remover and oils drawer
I used to have hand wipes packs in here next to the microfiber towels in this drawer, but I moved them into an area in our mudroom that has all our hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes – something I call “the COVID closet.” (I’ll do a separate blog post on that space next!)
Now, I have some of the oils I use in the diffuser and on the wool dryer balls, along with two laundry tools : a stain-remover brush and a lint roller. These used to be in the upper cabinets, but now it’s readily accessible here! BTW, lemon oil is good for adding to sheets and towels, and also for removing sticky stuff off of items!
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To bring in some interest to the room, I found some original art pieces from Minted and framed them using the gold frames I LOVE and have used in many other rooms in the house (they’re such a bargain.)
Art should have a personal meaning or some sort of connection that speaks to you when you look at it, and these two did exactly that. Not just because of their simple clean lines, but also because of the subjects – cactus (to represent Arizona) and a tall green tree (to represent the trees on some land we own out-of-state.)
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If you want to know more about my laundry routine, you can learn all about it along with other cleaning tips in my Organization Masterclass course. Click here to find out more!