A load a day keeps the laundry monster away, but what can we do to make the task more enjoyable? For me, it comes down to making the space as clean, organized, and functional as possible.
In our small laundry room, there is zero built in storage. While I would love to add cabinets and shelves someday, I need things that will help me stay organized in the meantime. Items that don’t need to be installed and don’t take up a lot of valuable floor space. So today I’m sharing my 5 favorite products for keeping my laundry room organized, and bonus, they are renter friendly as well!
Top 5 Products:
- Expandable drying rack
- Back of the door clothing bar
- Glass jars for laundry soap
- Magnetic lint bin
- Magnetic racks
Expandable drying rack
While I love using my dryer, sometimes I just need a place to lay a sweater to dry and the dining table isn’t cutting it. When I found this expandable drying rack I was overjoyed at not having to store a bulky rack since I just don’t have the space. This one expands to full size, but when you don’t need it, it quickly folds up into a small flat rack that can be slipped into the space between my washer and wall.
Seriously, I’ve never been so excited about something as basic as a drying rack.
Back of the door clothing bar
For items that I intend to hang directly from the dryer, I use this handy back of the door clothing bar. It easily slips over the door and provides enough space for me to hang items so they don’t become wrinkly and give me a space to hang dry shirts that I don’t want to shrink.
I especially love that it doesn’t take up any floor space and I can still open and close the door, even with a full rack of shirts hanging from the back.
Glass jar for laundry soap
While decorative storage jars are not a necessity, they do seem to provide a more serene look than a big box of Tide sitting on top of my washer. I love the price point of these jars (under $10!) and how easy it is to open and close the lid. I used my Brother P-Touch Label maker to quickly label the large jar “Laundry Soap” and the smaller jar “Oxi Clean”.
I still need to replace the scoops, since the ones that come with the soap are comically large and if I leave them in the jar my husband will use the FULL scoop for a load of laundry. But for now, just seeing these jars in my laundry room makes me feel like maybe laundry isn’t the worst chore to do.
Magnetic lint bin
While I’ve always had a small garbage can on top of my dryer to hold lint and other trash, it was alway very unsightly and, let’s face it, full of trash.
When I started looking for alternatives I was surprised to find they made magnetic lint bins that fit right on the side of the washer or dryer. Not only does this make for a convenient place to toss lint, but it can also be tucked out of sight. It’s been great for having the kids help because they can actually reach the bin to throw away the lint by themselves.
Magnetic racks for small item storage
When I realized that washers and dryers were magnetic, it was like a lightbulb moment that made me think, what else can I stick to the side of my washer? Lo and behold I found these magnetic spice rack organizers that stick securely to the side of my washer with giant magnets. They make the perfect instant shelf to hold spray and wash, dryer sheets and dryer balls. I can easily access the items and am thankful to have an instant shelf for storage.
All of these products are simple purchases that have turned my boring basement laundry room into an organized space that makes me feel a lot more zen while I fight grass stains and hang up wet shirts to dry.
I hope you are able to find some inspiration for your own laundry space and let me know if you try any of these items!
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