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29 Incredibly Clever Laundry Room Organization Ideas

Dirty clothes beware.

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1. Hang up a change jar to collect all the spare coins you find in your pockets.

This one is $34 here, or you learn how to make one yourself here.

2. Or, enlist a piggy bank to help turn that spare change into savings. / Via

From here. Get a similar one here for $14.99.

3. Turn an outdoor box into a mini trash can for lint.

Also great if you're a frequent camper or BBQ-er, because lint makes a great fire starter. See how to make your own lint catcher here.

4. Pin your socks together right before you toss them in the hamper.

Use rust-proof safety pins (like these, $3.99), because they'll bang around less than this clothespin would. From here.

5. Still losing socks? Make a "Save Dobby" lost sock jar.

If it doesn't find it's match, at least it can free an elf. Get the instructions for painting and stenciling the lid here.

6. You can also hang up a little lost-sock clothes line.

Get the tutorial here.

7. Hang your ironing board on two attractive hooks.

Find two sturdy hooks that are your style, and hang them near each other (measure the length of your ironing board's foot, so you know what distance will work). From here.

8. If your room is too small for an ironing board, make a DIY version that fits on top of the dryer.

See the tutorial here. Alternatively, you can buy a tabletop ironing board, like this one, $4.99.

9. Slide a slim cart into the tiny space between your washer and the wall.

Tiny laundry room struggle. Get this one for $29.99 here

10. Hang an over-the-door rack on the inside of your laundry room door to store laundry and other cleaning supplies.

Bonus points if you paint the door with chalkboard paint, first. From here.

11. Decant your detergent into a beverage dispenser and avoid heavy lifting.

For store-bought detergent, you'll want a dispenser that can handle thicker liquids. Or, make your own detergent. See more here.

12. You can also decant your fabric softener.

And put pretty labels on them, natch. From here.

13. Store pods and powder detergents in glass penny candy jars.

If you have little kids, though, make sure they're stationed well out of reach (you don't want them thinking those colorful pods are ACTUALLY candy). Get a similar jar here for $9.99. From here and here.

14. Keep socks and other top-of-the-washer clothes from falling off with one of these Laundry Guards.

Useful if you have a similar front-loader setup (they're also adjustable to fit just one machine). Available here for $29.95.

15. DIY-savvy? Build a removable butcher block countertop to cover your front loaders completely.

A more attractive way to prevent socks from sneaking off the edge of the dryer. Learn how they did this here.

16. ~Helpful~ roommate or partner always changing out laundry for you? Write down any line-dry items with a dry erase marker on the washer lid.

Smiley face optional. From here.

17. Print out and frame this laundry guide so you always know what the symbols on your tags mean.

Available for free in several colors here, based on this guide.

18. Speaking of line dry: hide retractable clothes lines in a cabinet, then stretch them across to the opposite wall when you need them.

Also tucked in a corner: a glass penny candy jar, this time holding clothespins. From here.

19. Spruce up a basement laundry room by staining the concrete floor.

See how they did this here.

20. Build yourself some industrial shelving, if you're feeling up for a challenge.

It's certainly a weekend's worth of project, but it could really make your laundry room look more ~sophisticated~, even if you're not staging it for your blog. Get the step-by-step here.

21. Put together a stain station, with all the tools you need to get out every possible stain.

Find this and other laundry room ideas at Better Homes and Gardens. Learn more about stain removal tricks over here.

22. Repurpose an old crib into a drying rack.

This tutorial uses a crib's springs, and this one uses one side of a crib.

23. Or, you can build your drying rack from scratch.

Here's one that hangs from two pegs, and here's one that mounts to your wall.

24. OR, just buy one. If you're tight on space, one mounted on pulleys can make things feel a little less crowded.

This one is the Sheila Maid, originally invented in the Victorian era in the UK, which you can order here for $150.

25. Separate your colors well ahead of time by using designated hampers.

This will work best for grown-ups. Parents, you're doing a stellar job if your kids remember to put their laundry in the hamper at all. From here.

26. But if you really hate sorting, you can add vinegar to each load you wash, and wash lights and colors together.

This may make your clothes last a little less longer than they otherwise would, and you'll still need to wash dark items separately the first time. Learn more about it here.

27. Managing laundry for a big household? Build a laundry sorter to hold everyone's basket.

There are many different ways to use one of these, and it all depends on your home and what works for you. If you're washing laundry for someone else, you could put their clean clothes in their basket when you're done, and they can come pick it up and take it back to their closet. Learn how to build this one here.

28. Take the basket organization system one step further and label each basket with a name.

Read more about this mom's laundry system here.

29. Lack shelf space for your baskets or a rolling cart? Mount a wire shelf upside-down above your machines to make them easy to reach.

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