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11 Brilliant Small Laundry Room Organization Ideas

These small laundry room organization and decor ideas will have your laundry room looking neat, tidy, and beautiful in no time!

Small, Organized Laundry Room

Our laundry room is finally finished! I have been dreaming of revamping this space for years, but the size of the project was so intimidating to me that I just kept putting it off.

And by “size,” I definitely don’t mean that the room itself is big. In fact, we have a very small laundry room. But though the room may be tiny, the plans I had for it were not, so I had to wait until we had the time and energy to complete the task!

Here is what we started with…

Small Laundry Room Before Photo

Not completely terrible, but definitely very basic.

Our laundry room is on the top floor of our house between my boys’ bedroom and their “hangout room.” Up until about six weeks ago, it looked pretty much the same way it had when we moved in back in September 2016– builder basic tile floors, dingy white walls, and a single wire shelf that I could barely reach. After we installed the washer and dryer, I threw our laundry supplies into some clear bins and called it a day.

But now, I am oh-so-thrilled to say that our laundry room finally looks like this instead…

Small Organized Laundry Room with Vertical Shiplap Painted Aqua

Yippee! And not only does our small laundry room look the way I had dreamed it would, but it is also so much more organized and functional. I may or may not be a little giddy about it. 😉

C’mon in and I’ll give you the grand tour!

Organized pantry with decanted baking items, pasta, and spices

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Small Laundry Room Ideas for a Beautiful, Organized Space

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The very first thing we did in this room was to tear out the builder basic tile and replace it with something that is more our taste. We used this wood look tile, and it alone already made a huge difference in the space!

Small Laundry Room Organization and Decor Ideas

Small Laundry Room Organization Tip #1- Add functional wall storage.

On the back wall of the laundry room, we ripped out the wire shelf that wasn’t doing us much good and installed some vertical shiplap. I then painted it Sherwin Williams Rainwashed (mixed at half strength) to add a pop of my favorite color to the space.

In place of the wire shelf, we added two 21″ cabinets instead. They hold much more than the shelf did and are easier to reach– win-win!

Small Laundry Room Organized with Two Cabinets and Shelf Above the Washer and Dryer

We went with IKEA cabinets because we loved them so much in our townhouse kitchen. They are installed using a rail system, which makes it really easy to get them level. And IKEA wall cabinets are 3″ deeper than traditional kitchen cabinets, which makes them nice and roomy. In a small laundry room, I will take all of the extra space I can get!

To make the cabinets look a little more custom and finished, Donnie added some crown molding to the top. He used the same technique that he used in our townhouse kitchen.

Small Laundry Room Ideas, Tip #2- Corral smaller items in bins to keep them tidy.

In the cabinet above the washing machine, I keep laundry detergent, our backup supply of hand soap for the house, and a stock of dryer sheets. I corralled all of our items in IKEA VARIERA bins in both the small and large sizes.

Organized Laundry Room Cabinet with Laundry Detergent, Hand Soap, and Dryer Sheets in Labeled Bins

Small Laundry Room Organization Tip #3- Add labels so you can find items quickly and easily!

The cabinet above the dryer holds additional laundry supplies, some cleaning supplies, and our stock of extra light bulbs. Tthe IKEA VARIERA bins came in handy again, along with RABBLA bins for the light bulbs.

Organized Laundry Room Cabinet with Laundry Supplies, Cleaning Supplies, and Light Bulbs

I was sure to label all of of my bins so that I could find what I need at a glance. I made the bin labels using my Cricut Explore + adhesive vinyl. (The font I used is called Crushed.) You can get a tutorial for how I create this type of labels in this post.

Upgrading the Light Fixture

On the first day of demo in the laundry room, Donnie was using a hammer and crowbar to pound out the old baseboards, and the dome of the old light fixture fell and smashed into 1000 pieces. Oops. Thankfully, we were planning on replacing that light fixture anyway, and I couldn’t be happier with this beauty!

Beautiful Organized Laundry Room with a Semi-Flush Mount Light

Since the space isn’t huge and I had cabinet doors to contend with, I knew I wanted something flush or semi-flush. But it had to be stylish too– no “boob lights” here! 🙂

When I came across this brass, semi-flush fixture with the glass dome, I knew it would be perfect. I also love that it holds three bulbs, which provide plenty of light in the space.

Small Laundry Room Ideas, Tip #4- Create a spot to hang items to dry.

Hiding behind the pretty new light fixture is a bar I use to hang any clothes that can’t go in the dryer. I was insistent that we find a way to work a hanging bar into the design. I hang Connor’s hockey gear nearly every week! This setup was inconspicuous and gave us enough space to hang the items needed.

Small Laundry Room Organized with Hanging Rod for Clothes

Small Laundry Room Organization Tip #5- Add a shelf above the washer and dryer.

We had a few eyesores in the laundry room that we needed to work around, namely hoses and plugs!

Originally, the plug for the dryer was arranged in such a way that the cord stuck out awkwardly. So when the electrician came to install the new light fixture, we had him flip the outlet (which you can only see barely peeking out above the dryer on the right), and now the cord is neatly tucked away.

The hoses for the washer were a bit more challenging, and they’re still not completely hidden. But Donnie installed a wall-to-wall shelf to help camouflage them a little bit, and they’re definitely better than they were before! (You can see the tutorial for this shelf here.)

DIY Shelf in Laundry Room to Help with Organization

The shelf also gave me a spot to put both some functional items– like a bowl to collect loose change that comes through the laundry and some jars for dryer balls and other laundry necessities– and pretty items too. The shelf is shallow enough that it doesn’t get in the way when I open the lid of the washing machine.

Small Laundry Room Ideas, Tip #6- Use a magnetic lint bin for trash.

Another conundrum I had in our small laundry room was what to do with the trash– namely lint and dryer sheets. I used to keep a small trash can in our linen closet (which is right across from the dryer). But my hands were often full and it was a pain to get to, so I didn’t want to do that anymore.

I ended up finding a magnetic lint bin that sticks to the side of the dryer easily, and it has worked like a charm! It is tucked out of the way (you have to lean against the far wall to be able to see it). But it is also so convenient to be able to throw things away easily.

Magnetic Lint Bin on Side of Dryer, Keeps Laundry Room Organized

You can see what the front of the lint bin looks like in the photo below. I chose the black version because my washer and dryer are dark, but it also comes in white.

Magnetic Lint Bin Used for Laundry Room Organization

DIY Laundry Room Signs

I didn’t have much wall space in this room that wasn’t covered by appliances, cabinets, or open doors, but I was still able to work in two small pieces of DIY art that I created!

Wash and Dry, Fluff and Fold, DIY Signs in Small Organized Laundry Room

Because the space is so cramped, it was hard to get a photo of the DIY signs in context, but you can sort of see where they hang in the photo of the linen closet and hallway doors below. (The camera is sitting between the washer and dryer to get this shot.)

Doors to Linen Closet and Hallway in Small Organized Laundry Room

Upgrading the Baseboards, Trim, and Doors

Since we re-did the floors and had to remove the old baseboards to do so, we installed new chunkier baseboards and doorway trim to give the space a little extra character.

Laundry Room Painted Linen Closet Door Before and After

I also painted the doors Behr Chain Reaction to break up all of the white a little bit.

Small Laundry Room Organization Tip #7- Maximize closet space.

Our teeny tiny linen closet is in our laundry room, and it got a bit of a facelift as well! Like the rest of the room, it wasn’t terrible, but I knew we could do better! Here’s the before and after…

Laundry Room Small Linen Closet Organization Before and After

I did a detailed post with linen closet-specific organizing tips here if you’re looking for ways to tidy up your linens! (The post also includes the answer to the question I get every time I show our linen closet: Where are your sheets?!)

Small Laundry Room Ideas, Tip #8- Make shelves a solid surface.

I am not a fan of wire shelves. I just never feel like they’re very sturdy and don’t love the way they look. But since our linen closet is SO small, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find solid surface shelves that were the exact measurements I needed.

So instead of ripping out the wire shelving, Donnie and I created simple wooden covers for them. We now have the sturdy shelves we wanted, and they’re prettier too! You can get the full tutorial for the shelf covers here.

Small, Organized Linen Closet in a Laundry Room

We love that we don’t have items falling over or slipping through the wires anymore, and the warmth that the wood tones bring to the space is great too!

Small Laundry Room Organization Tip #9- Choose collapsible laundry baskets.

Before we redid the laundry room, my laundry baskets were ALWAYS in the way. They were either right in front of the linen closet door so I couldn’t get into the linen closet or they were in front of the washer or dryer, making the appliances hard to access. I was always moving the baskets out of my way, and it was really frustrating.

Determined to solve my basket problem despite my small laundry room, I discovered these collapsible laundry baskets that I can fold up and tuck away inside the linen closet!

Collapsible Laundry Baskets Organized in a Small Linen Closet

I admit, I was skeptical about them at first. Would they really be as sturdy as my traditional baskets? But I have been using the collapsible version for over a year now, and I love them! They’re a little smaller than my regular baskets, but they still hold a full load of laundry. And they have been holding up really well so far.

If you don’t have closet space in your laundry room, it would be easy enough to install a small hook or two and hang the baskets flat up against the wall. They would still be out of the way and easily accessible!

Small Laundry Room Ideas, Tip #10- Keep a folding stool handy.

My very tall friends may not need this tip, but for the rest of us, having a stool for those hard-to-reach items is essential! I used to drag in a chair from my boys’ hangout room when I couldn’t reach something, but I knew there had to be an easier way.

But I ended up finding this cute little folding stool at Dollar General (similar), and it was the perfect solution for our space. I fold it up keep it tucked behind the laundry baskets in the closet when I’m not using it so it’s out of the way but still easy to grab.

Collapsible Stool in a Small Linen Closet, Used to Maintain an Organized Laundry Room

Small Laundry Room Organization Tip #11- Don’t overbuy towels, linens, laundry detergent, or other products.

This tip holds true for just about every space in the house! For some reason, my natural tendency is to buy WAY more items that I need “just in case,” and then all of the excess is never used.

This was definitely the case with our towels, washcloths, and hand towels. I finally broke down and replaced the towels we had gotten for our wedding over 15 years ago, and I realized that we owned way more than we needed.

Folded Towels in Small Linen Closet for Laundry Room Organization

When I replaced the towels, I purchased only the number we would actually use. Not only did I save money, but I saved space in our linen closet as well!

Grabbing a Towel from a Small, Organized Linen Closet in the Laundry Room

So that concludes the grand tour of our laundry room! I am loving that it is both prettier to look at and WAY more organized and functional too! I may even start to actually enjoy doing laundry… maybe. 😉

Small Laundry Room Organization and Decor Ideas

Here’s a quick before and after shot– I love a good transformation!

laundry room organization before and after

Small Laundry Room Organization Ideas: Frequently Asked Questions

Our laundry room is on the second floor of the house, so our builder installed that tray to catch any water that might leak so it doesn’t flood the kitchen below.

We just used a cabinet screw to attach the wooden rod to the cabinets. So if we were to take the rod down, there would be one screw hole in each cabinet. We don’t have any plans to ever remove the rod, so we were fine with putting one screw through the side of each cabinet.

We hung the cabinets as low as possible while still being able to open the lid of the washing machine the whole way. I am 5’4″ tall, and I can reach the bottom shelf of the cabinets with no problem. For the higher shelves, I use the collapsible stool.

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Thank you so much for following along! Have a wonderful day!

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25 Comments

  1. Tiffany Liebert says:

    HI Abby! The laundry room looks great! I have a question. When you painted the main door leading into the laundry room, is the back of the door gray and the front of the door white? I’ve always wondered how to do that and make it look good!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thank you so much, Tiffany! You are correct– the laundry room side of the door is gray, and the hallway side is white. I taped off the edges when I painted, so the edges are still white too. You have to actually be in the laundry room to see any gray. 🙂 I hope that makes sense! Have a great day!

  2. Beautiful job Abby! The laundry room looks so nice and functional. Not the we enjoy loads of laundry, but as least you made a great space to work.?

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Lol! So true! Thank you so much for your sweet words, Debra!

  3. Marie Loewen says:

    What about putting a small
    Plant (pathos maybe – needs little light) or a silk plant that hangs down over the shelf to hide the washer hoses?
    The room looks great!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      That’s a great idea, Marie! Thanks for sharing! <3

      ~Abby =)

  4. This is the exact design of how I want my new laundry room – cabinets on either side, hanging bar in the middle, shallow shelf above the washer and dryer. I couldn’t find a laundry room with all the pieces in one spot so I just decided to create it myself and try to explain to my husband. Now I can show him your laundry room!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Yay! So glad it will be helpful for you, Nicole! Hope you’re having a great week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  5. I have a great idea! How about now that your house is picture perfect, we can trade! LOL? I always love your beautiful rooms even though I don’t think I’ll ever get my whole house done…it’s nice to have inspiration for some parts of it…thanks for sharing!!!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Haha! Thanks so much, Patty! Hope you’re having a great week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  6. Debi Gray says:

    I totally love what you and Donnie have done in this space. Wow ! You are so talented in all you do! You addressed many of the issues one has in the laundry room with such great ideas. Keep up the great job fixing up your space!!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Aw, thanks so much Debi! You’re too sweet. I’m definitely happy with how it turned out!

      Hope you’re having a great week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  7. Melissa A Corriveau says:

    This looks amazing! Making wooden covers for our wire shelves has been on my list for ages. Love what you’ve done!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thanks so much, Melissa! They’re a game changer for sure! Hope you have a great week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  8. This is amazing! I love it! Also I’m totally going to buy a magnetic lint bin now!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      I LOVE it! 🙂 Hope you do too!

      Have a great week, Sharon! <3

      ~Abby =)

  9. Lovely space!

    Are your rags for cleaning, iron, and ironing board elsewhere?

  10. Kenorsha Gorden says:

    Hi Abby,

    I love your design, and might end up copying it! I think we have the same or very similar appliances (Samsung), and I am curious, how easy it is to access cabinets above them?
    We don’t have a linen closet, and the those cabinets, and one between the washer and dryer would serve that purpose. Thanks to your linen closet tips, I will store sheets and blankets in their respective rooms!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Hi, Kenorsha! I am 5’4″ and can reach the bottom shelf of the cabinets easily. To reach the higher shelves, I use the fold-up stool that I keep in the laundry room, which is quick to grab. I didn’t want to move the cabinets any lower because I needed the lid of the washing machine to be able to open the whole way so I didn’t have to try to hold it up and transfer clothes at the same time. I hope this helps! Have a great day!

      1. Kenorsha Gorden says:

        Hi Abby,

        Thanks for the quick reply and info! I’ll definitely need the step ladder- I’m 5’1”.

  11. Hi Abby,

    I love your laundry room! It turned out beautiful!

    What do you have beneath your washing machine? Is it a tray to keep water off of your floor or does it protect your floor from getting scratched?

    Thanks!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Hi, Jodie! Our laundry room is on the second floor of our house, so that is a tray to catch any overflow water in case of a leak to keep it from dripping down into our kitchen below! I think it is a pretty standard fixture for second floor laundry rooms. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week!

  12. Hi! In search of laundry room makeover I came across yours and like many other comments, it checks off all my “needs”! I appreciate the tip on IKEA cabinet sizes. I hang dry 80% of our clothes but can’t figure out how you installed the rod without damaging the cabinets. Please elaborate that process! Thanks and very well job done 😉

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Hi, Erika! We just used a cabinet screw to attach the wooden rod to the cabinets. So if we were to take the rod down, there would be one screw hole in each cabinet. We don’t have any plans to ever remove the rod, so we were fine with putting one screw through the side of each cabinet. Hope you’re having a great week!

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