Clear the Clutter: the Laundry Area

What my laundry room has going for it, besides the facts that it’s an actual room and it has a window, which I love, is that it’s the smallest room in the house, and therefore, the closest to being finished. In a house full of renovation projects, that is a very big deal.

We have already put in a new tile floor, new paint, and replaced the light fixture. Now what it needs is a colorful curtain and a few organizational touches.

Motivated by the idea that this room could be done soon, I decided to make progress on it by cleaning and straightening it.

1. Remove the dirty towels from the floor and wash them.

2. Wipe the dust and lint from the top of the washing machine and dryer.

3. Straighten the washer and dryer so they sit side by side instead of crooked.

I still need to clear off the top of the dryer. There is a huge container of a detergent that’s not my favorite, but I didn’t go to the store that day. I want to decant it into a container that’s smaller and easier to manage, and put the rest of the things away.

Time estimate to work on the laundry area: 10 minutes, tops.

Ready to improve the laundry area? This task is one of my favorites because it’s so easy to make a big impact just by cleaning the top of the washing machine and dryer.

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  1. We just redid our laundry room to make it more user friendly and efficient. My husband put up shelves, we stacked the washer and dryer and even got rid of a few things we don’t need.
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  2. Ha! I’m just sitting down for a blog-reading break after doing laundry. I stared at the pile of stained things waiting for treatment on top of the dryer, and decided to leave it for later.

    Now I think I’ll get my bum back out of the chair and go get some things “cooking”. (A la your stovetop stain removal technique…)
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  3. My laundry room is also our back porch, so I need to be very careful about letting the clutter build up – there isn’t much extra room! I wash laundry daily (family of 10) but usually use my clothes line for the drying.

    Your laundry area is very nice, love the window!
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    • I feel overwhelmed by the laundry of four today because I haven’t done any for a few days. Thanks for adding your tip that you do it daily. It might be time to do a load daily just to keep the overwhelm at bay.

  4. 10 mins to straighten the laundry room? You’ve clearly never been in my laundry room! Lol!

  5. Oh, I’m envious of your laundry room. I’m trying to figure out why I can’t seem to corral the laundry components of my apartment no matter how much time I spend trying to make everything come together.

    Although, writing this comment made me consider that maybe I have the laundry on the wrong shelf of the linen closet (bottom); if I trade out the towels, which are easier to pick up without looking, for the detergent and wool-soak and anti-static sheets and delicates bags and iron, life might be easier.

    Thanks for the inspiration, Rachel!

  6. I so love my laundry room…I think it is because I too have a window in there. It isn’t “finished” even though we have lived in our house for 8 years, lol..but I did finally decide what color I want to paint it. I enjoy doing laundry so much more when the space where I am doing it makes me want to smile!

    I have some craft stuff that have infiltrated the area that I need to find a home, then I am going to paint. Can’t wait to get it done.
    Thanks for motivating me again!

    • My laundry room is painted hot pink and I love it! Makes going in there fun! :O)

      • Cathie Australia says:

        My laundry too is hot pink, and orange with white cabinets and sparkly black top. I love it, I have wall hangings and all sorts in there. Definitely more fun to do laundry in a cute room.

  7. I was supposed to clean my laundry room this weekend, but I put it off and put it off. Now I have some new motivation. 10 minutes — I can totally do that!

    I do have to say, though, that I am very jealous of your cabinets. We only have a shelf, and it’s too high to really be useful. I may have to consider adding some cabinets to keep the products I only use occasionally off the top of the washer and dryer.
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  8. I’m kind of super jealous of your laundry room. We rent, so our laundry room is in a creepy unfinished basement. There is a huge hole in the cement to allow for piping, but I’m pretty sure Shelob lives in there. I don’t go down there if I can help it.
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  9. Annie Bee says:

    I have so many small to medium organizational tasks to complete, I am overwhelmed. I love your “small steps” approach…I think I can, I think I can! Thanks!

  10. I like the idea of finishing a room…feels like a long way off. And you’ve got me rethinking our laundry room. It’s been last on my list because it feels so non-essential, but you’re right that it’s a small room and so would be easy to feel the work is completely done. Will have to ponder this further… :-)´s last post…No longer running on empty:Family time refuels us for the final push on the painting job

  11. My laundry room is an actual room, too (instead of a laundry closet), but it’s tiny. So tiny that we can’t close the door with the 3-section clothes sorter straight against the wall (we have to angle it and shove it up against the washer and it’s honestly not worth the struggle to close the door). The shelf is so high and my enormous front-loaders are so huge/deep that I can’t reach the shelf, but there is a lot of room above the W & D that I need to maximize. I need to start re-thinking this small but very important room!
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  12. I remember my very first rented apartment in Luxembourg-city (I just turned 22). It was very small and I had my bed in the living room, but I loved it. In this apartment my washing machine was on the -2nd floor, so the floor under the basement. It was so creepy and dark and I didn’t like going there at all. Fortunately I lived alone so I didn’t have a lot of laundry, but I still remember taking the elevator and pushing the -2 button.
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  13. Mine is in the dungeon, area 51, or the basement, whichever you want to call it! Its in TERRIBLE shape because my husband puts tons of his tools and stuff on the floor taking up a good 1/4 of the space. Next summer I plan to have a workbench built for him and some organizing thingies…that will help a lot!
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  14. My washer and dryer are in the garage, so I’m loving your laundry room, especially the window! It’s hard to keep my laundry area clean, especially right now since my husband is working on a project in the garage. But he recently cleaned all of his things off the top of the washer and dryer. So much better!
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  15. wish i had a laundry room! our washer and dryer are in the garage, but i can still clean it up a bit… i always forget to wipe them down and they are all dirty on top! great reminder!!!
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  16. hi, could i ask where you got your light fixture, and the name of it, if you know it? i LOVE it.

  17. I noticed your washer and dryer. I am looking for a new (used) dryer. Have you been happy with the brand?

  18. I did a big clean up in the laundry area about 10 months ago, so I really need to attack it again. My biggest problem is just keeping up with doing the laundry. It’s like having laundry on the floor there has become some kind of pet or something.
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  19. I have been buying the All Small & Mighty detergent because it’s, well, small. My washer and dryer are in my kitchen – they are built in between cabinets and have a counter over them (and I do love the laundry in the kitchen). BUT, I have to keep the detergent in a basket ON THE COUNTER. Small is the only way I will go. My husband keeps saying, “Oh, look, this detergent is cheaper per use.” I do not care. I cannot look at it on the counter, I don’t care how great the value! :o)

  20. We did a small laundry room makeover earlier this year and it made it such a pleasant space which has greatly improved my attitude toward the task. It is still very small but functions great for our big family, all things considered. And because it is a small space, a 10 minute clean-up makes a huge difference. I’m off to do that now!
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  21. Colourful curtains? I made my laundry curtains out of four tea towels! I smile every time I go in there.

  22. Wow, 10 minutes tops! That’s a really good thing. We renovated last year and that included our laundry room as well. It now has two windows and we painted the room pink since I’m the only one who goes there – most of the time. ;) Anyway, at the moment, I don’t really have a problem with clutter building up there as I can manage fine since I’m the one doing the laundry, and maybe, sometimes, my mother when she comes to visit. :D
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  23. My laundry area is in the basement, so cleaning it involves cobweb destruction — not my favorite thing! But you are right, wiping off big appliances gives immediate gratification.
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