20 Clever Ways to Organize a Small Laundry Room

It's all about making your walls work harder.

If your space is more like a "laundry closet" or "laundry corner," take note. These ideas will help you maximize your space to make it more streamlined and efficient.

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DINY Home & Style
Make surfaces work twice as hard.

$11

If you don't have enough space for an ironing board, this mat is heat-resistant and can be folded up and put away when not in use.

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The Marge
Don't forget the doorway.

$28

Hey, it's still technically part of the room. This drying rack is a nail-free solution that you can take down once your shirts are dry.

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KLN Store
Go between machines.

$30

Unless you built your own home, the space between your washer, dryer, cabinets, and wall probably isn't exact. Make awkward gaps work wiser with this narrow cart.

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Haus Maus
Install wall guards.

$30

The top of your washer and dryer is valuable real estate. Install these guards so you can pile clean laundry high without worrying that items will tumble over afterward.

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The Home Depot
Roll out your storage.

$84

Instead of letting your over-flowing hamper take up valuable floor space, push this container in and out of your cabinet as needed.

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VESPEN
Collapse your baskets.

$30

Don't let bulky baskets pile up when not in use. This collapsable design means you can tuck it between your washer and dryer once clothes are folded and put away.

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Whitmor
Sort as you go.

$50

Face it: You don't have the floor space to hand sort dirty clothes on laundry day. Good thing this organizer helps you sort your whites from your colors as you wear items.

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Home Depot
Hide an ironing station.

$211

Or if having a board is important to you, go for this prettier all-in-one ironing station that can collapse out of sight when your work is done.

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Metrodecor
Use your walls.

$18

Not only does this wall-mounted organizer save valuable floor space, but it can also fit inside a closet if you don't have a dedicated laundry room.

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The Home Depot
Pull out your board.

$150

Listen, ironing boards are not pretty. Which is why this drawer contraption is pure genius.

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Heather Bullard
Add a countertop.

A butcher-block slab morphs the top of your machines into usable workspace. Plus, pull the cute curtains, and your utility room is suddenly just cozy nook. It's a clever trick for holiday party season — washing machines aren't exactly festive.

Shop a similar look: butcher block countertop ($299, amazon.com), curtains ($10, )

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Waffling Design
Hang handy baskets.

No room for a shelf? These little caddies are the perfect size for your cleaners, and they can fit on even the bittiest bare wall.

Shop a similar look: plastic caddy ($14, ), wire basket ($24, )

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Home With Baxter
Try tilt-out drying racks.

If a standalone version is out of the question (this blogger's laundry room is in her bathroom), line the walls with racks instead. Hinges help them tuck neatly out of the way when you're done.

Shop a similar look: drying rack ($82, )

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Liz Marie
Float a shelf over the machines.

Much like a sofa table can offer a much-needed spot to rest your coffee, this handy ledge turns the top of your machines into storage – without requiring much extra room at all.

Shop a similar look: shelf ($50 and more, )

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The Cavender Diary
Go up (up, up!).

First of all, this might be the loveliest garage laundry space we've ever seen. But it also reminds us to hang shelves and cabinets as high as they will go — no vertical space left behind.

Shop a similar look: floating white shelves ($25 for a 2-pack, )

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Bungalow Chronicles
Maximize narrow spaces.

Even the diagonal ceiling in her laundry room didn't stop this blogger. She took advantage of the awkward nook by hanging lay-flat drying racks that flip up when not in use.

Shop a similar look: hanging drying rack ($15, )

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2 Bees in a Pod
Sneak in your shelves.

Shelving tends to offer more flexible storage than bulkier bookcases. And anchoring shelves on the side of a laundry closet (instead of bracketing them to the back wall), will allow you to hang the widest ones possible — and claim every inch of empty space.

Shop a similar look: white shelving unit ($88, )

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Apartment Therapy
Squeeze an ironing board in the wall.

Make extra space magically appear by adding a hidden closet in-between wall studs. This one holds a recessed ironing board, so it can alway stow completely (and we mean completely) out of the way.

Shop a similar look: cabinet ironing board ($160, )

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Craftaholics Anonymous
Choose shelves with hooks and rods.

Souped-up shelves work much harder than their sleek floating cousins. This set has hooks (great for holding lingerie bags as you stuff them) and a rod that makes the teeny space between the machines available for hanging shirts as you press them.

Shop a similar look: shelving unit ($150, )

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The DIY Mommy
Install a pegbaord.

In a small laundry room, not even wall space should go to waste. installed a pegboard that serves as storage for all of her tools and dirty clothes baskets.

Shop a similar look: pegboard ($54, )

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