25 Budget-Friendly Ideas To Help You Organize Your Laundry Room

If you've ever tried to clean clothes in a messy laundry room, you've experienced this truth: It's hard to be productive in a disorganized space. According to News GP, clutter can make us more likely to procrastinate, may make it more difficult to focus, and could cause feelings of stress. If you often allow your dirty clothes to pile up, forget to throw your wet items in the dryer, or feel anxious about having to do the laundry, take a peek inside your laundry room. Is it orderly, or does it appear to be in disarray? Most likely, the latter is true.

Some may procrastinate organizing their laundry room because they assume this endeavor will be extremely costly. However, this is not the case. In fact, there are even a few ways to tidy up this room without spending a penny.

Below, you'll discover 25 ways to organize your laundry room without breaking the bank. The first five ideas won't cost you anything, while the last 20 could easily cost under $100.

1. Tuck away your ironing board

One way to make your space more orderly without spending a penny is to find a place for your ironing board. Some ideas include placing it inside a closet, leaning it against a wall, or tucking it between your washing machine and dryer.

2. Find a place for laundry baskets

Laundry baskets can take up quite a bit of space, which is why it's important to also place them in a designated area, such as underneath a counter or in the corner of the room.

3. Store things on top of the machines

Those with front-loading machines should make use of the top of their washer and dryer. If there is enough storage space, you won't have to spend any money on shelves or cabinets.

4. Display a laundry care guide

Instead of feeling pressured to remember how to clean each of your items, print off a laundry care guide (which could easily be found for free online) and display it on the wall.

5. Move storage to another room

Those with limited space may want to relocate some of their items, such as kitchen or bathroom cleaning products or office supplies, to another area of the home.

6. Add hooks to the wall

Adhesive hooks could be added to the wall to organize cleaning supplies such as a broom, mop, or rag. This is an inexpensive way to give each of these items a designated space.

7. Decant items

To improve both the functionality and the aesthetics of your laundry room, decant laundry detergent and other items into more decorative containers like glass jars.

8. Utilize decorative baskets

Or, if the items are too hard to decant, you could simply place their containers inside decorative baskets, which will help keep everything in order.

9. Use a rolling cart

If you have some space underneath a counter or between your machines, add a rolling cart to store towels or supplies.

10. Include a floating shelf

Those who are low on floor space may want to add a cheap floating shelf, which could display items like detergent bottles or decorative pieces. 

11. Create a drying rack

A simple rack underneath a shelf or cabinets could be used to hang items on hangers as they dry.

12. Utilize vertical space

Adding a shelf or cabinets close to the ceiling will save space in the rest of the room while still providing more area to store items.

13. Add more lighting

Adding a hanging light, lamp, or strip lighting underneath cabinets will make your space much more functional without having to spend a lot of money.

14. Clean up easily with a trash bin

A small trash bin tucked into the corner could help you keep your room clean, as you could place trash found in pockets and lint from the dryer straight into the bin.

15. Keep a piggy bank in the room

If someone in your family regularly has loose change in their pockets, save it inside a cute piggy bank. 

16. Corral small items on a tray

Small items like decanted jars, cleaning supplies, or items found inside pockets could be placed on a tray, to make them appear more orderly.

17. Use box shelves

Box shelves are typically less expensive than full cabinets and could easily be placed next to or above the washer and dryer.

18. Try out a pegboard

A pegboard hung on the wall could be used to hang things like brooms and mops or even shelves.

19. Designate a place for lost socks

If you're crafty, create a fun place to hang lost socks until their mates are found. All you'd need is wood, a marker, glue, and a few clothespins. 

20. Prioritize a place for folding

If you don't have a place to fold your clean clothes, they may end up in piles around the room. An easy way to create a folding station is by stretching a piece of plywood along the top of your machines.

21. Don't underestimate the power of magnets

Those who need more space to store cleaning supplies may benefit from magnetic shelves, which could be attached to the side of any machine.

22. Label items, baskets, or shelves

Labeling your glass jars, laundry baskets, or items on your shelves will help you keep everything in order. If you don't have a label maker, use tape and a permanent marker.

23. Fill the gaps between machines

To keep yourself from constantly losing small clothing items between the machines, fill in any gaps along the wall. For instance, you could push the machines together, include a cabinet, or use a skinny rolling cart.

24. Sort clothes in a laundry basket

Investing in a three-container laundry sorter could help you keep your laundry room more organized, as the sorting could happen outside the room instead of inside. 

25. Consider aesthetics

Do you like a loud style with bold paint colors, or would you rather have a clean, all-white space? Decorating according to your preferences could inspire you to keep the room organized at all times.