I don’t know about you but clothes washing ranks up there amongst my least favourite household chores. From collecting the dirty clothes to ironing to folding and putting away, it always seems a hard-to-organize process. So here are 15 clever laundry room hacks to save you time (and maybe even make you enjoy it!):
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From ways to organise your utility room to laundry design ideas to simple tips to help make laundry quicker and easier, you’ll love these laundry hacks.
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Clever Laundry Hacks to Try
#1. A Hanging Pole
This is a nice idea from Twelve on Main to put a hanging pole between the laundry cabinets so you can hang shirts up to dry or after ironing – one of our favourite laundry hacks!
#2. Have a Simple Sorting System
We love this simple sorting system idea from Yellow Brick Home who used canvas bags to make laundry organisation more efficient, but at the same time doesn’t take up much space.
#3. Angled Shelves
This is such a clever idea from Hold onto your Hats, creating angled shelves above the washing machine so when you put your laundry baskets up on them you can reach them more easily.
#4. Rolling Storage
This slide out storage tower from Amazon.com (we found a similar one on Amazon.co.uk too) is a pull out 3-tier cupboard on wheels which fits between appliances. Casters make it glide effortlessly for easy access and helps you keep items organized and at your fingertips.
#5. Hang Ironing Board Up
If you’re short of space and need a place to store your ironing board away, this idea from A Diamond in the Stuff is a nifty one – hang your board on hooks on the wall.
#6. Create a Missing Sock Hanger
Why not make a place for those poor socks that are missing their “sole mate” with this fun creative project from Michaels.com? Fun, stylish and handy too.
#7. A Hanging Drying Rack
In the old days, many houses used to have ceiling clothes racks that pulled up and down, in fact I had one in my first student flat in the kitchen and we did use it! Here’s a tutorial from One Creative Mommy to make one for your laundry room.
#8. Dryer Lint Bin
If your laundry room is on the small side or you are looking for some ideas for decorating that are also practical then this laundry room lint bin from Building Our Story is quick to make and mount to the wall.
#9. Pull Down Wall Rack
Need a drying rack but don’t have much room? Then this DIY Pull Down Wall Rack from Imperfectly Polished could do just the trick.
#10. Pocket Change Jar
Isn’t this a cute and handy idea from We Got The Funk to make a Check Your Pocket jar to store all the change and bits that always end up still in the pockets. (My own bug bear is tissues left in pockets!). It takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish.
#11. Retractable Clothes Line
This is a handy idea, a retractable clothes line by Just About Home uses a cupboard to store away the lines when not in use. A tip from Peg & Liz is to make sure to anchor both ends of the clothesline into studs in the wall, as a washing line full of wet clothes will be heavy.
#12. Table Top Ironing Board
If you don’t have space for housing a full ironing board, then why not create this nifty table top version like A Crafty Fox created. She gives instructions on how she made it, and you can either iron on a table or on top of an appliance then.
#13. Keep Laundry Detergent Out of Reach
One of the most important laundry hacks you have to be careful about if you have small children about is them getting access to detergents and laundry tablets. This idea from The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking uses big jars to store the detergent powder up and out of the way. You could also put tablets or gels easily into jars. I also like her wooden crates labelled for other storage of laundry items.
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#14. Drop Down Laundry Table
If space is a bit of a premium where you do laundry then how about creating a drop down laundry table like this one from Housewives of Riverton that can be folded away when not in use?
They have instructions on their blog along with all the materials you will need.
#15. Raise the Machines
If you have front loading washer and dryer, then you might like this idea from Decorpad which has built in cabinets with raised machines. It saves you bending over to access and I particularly like the pull out shelf idea.
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Have you tried any laundry hacks that saved time? What else would you recommend? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!