The laundry room project that I dreamed up two years ago finally came to fruition, and I am positively giddy! We knew when we built our home that it had one closet on the main floor to hold our coats, guest coats, and cleaning supplies. When it was just two of us, that seemed manageable with some creative use of the extra wall space in the unusually shaped closet. Fast forward to one dog and two kids later, and that closet was a hot mess!
There was never enough room for bulky winter coats, and the brooms and mops were constantly falling out of their holder. I knew that if we replaced our washer and dryer with the stack-able kind, it would free up enough space in our tiny pass-through laundry room to create a utility closet. The trouble was at that time, our washer and dryer were in good working order and it seemed wasteful to splurge on a new set. Since then, they got less and less efficient until we finally bit the bullet when it was taking nearly 3 hours per load from start to finish.
Before we got started, I took a few minutes to assess the current laundry room setup to consider what was working and what could stand some improving. Here’s the result:
- Dedicated spot for iron and ironing board
- Place to hang clothes to air dry
- Closed storage for unsightly rags, laundry soap, and pet supplies
The Bad & The Ugly
- Utility tub cluttered with supplies
- Cleaning supplies stored in 3 separate areas: laundry room, 1st floor closet, under kitchen sink
- Dirty laundry piles collected in sink and on bench outside laundry room
- Buckets and re-usable bags littering the floor
Then I got to work measuring and researching in order to take this utility closet from idea to reality. After some Google-ing, Pinterest-browsing, and a trip to Ikea I was armed with some great inspiration and a clear list of features to try and squeeze into this small space.
Create a laundry room solution for our small pass-through to meet the following requirements…
- Cabinet, tall enough to fit brooms, and about 30″ wide
- A place to air-dry clothes
- A bin or basket to create a dirty laundry holding area, positioned low enough for Mischief and Mayhem to reach
- Plenty of closed storage
- A dedicated spot for the iron and ironing board
- Something to corral the sink-top clutter
This transformation begins with Ikea kitchen cabinets re-purposed for laundry room use. Layered on that are some organizing helpers from a variety of sources. With a little planning and careful measuring, I was able to work in every one of my requirements to create a laundry space tailored to meet our family’s needs. I am absolutely loving how it turned out!
The ironing board holder (not shown) went right back in the same spot, since there was just enough room next to the cabinet to fit it. The reusable bags are hanging from an oversized 3M Command hook on the back of the door leading into the main living space. The broom holder that was mounted in the closet was not holding our collections of brooms and mops very well, so I replaced it with sturdy individual grip clips in the right size for each handle. I moved a magnetic organizer that was sitting unused on the kitchen fridge right next to the sink, stuck to the side of the dryer. It holds the odds and ends that used to clutter up the sink, keeping them within reach but tidy.
Wondering how the wire rack from the before doubled in size for the after? The bottom section was sitting unused in basement storage. I brought it up and moved both pieces to the small wall behind the door, where they fit perfectly. All cleaning supplies unrelated to dishes have been consolidated to the laundry room, so there is now only one place to go to find what you’re looking for. (This is the point in this post where The Hubs is hoping this will inspire me to help out more with the cleaning!) I snatched a few adorable wire baskets from World Market. There is one on the floor which holds the dog’s leash. A pair of larger ones sit on top of the dryer. One holds towels and a basket of rags, the other a pile of hangers to use with the air-drying rails hidden behind the door leading to the garage. I used our double-hang closet organizer as my guide for placement, and hung the lower rail at 40″ and the upper at 81″.
We enter and exit the garage through our laundry room, and it opens onto the intersection of our kitchen, family room, and front hall. It’s a space I see many times a day, not to mention when I’m doing the 12 loads of laundry our family manages to generate a week. It’s new and improved function and tidy look bring a smile to my face each time I pass by. Our patience in holding off on this project until we could do it right was rewarded with a dramatic laundry room transformation!
- AKURUM 30″ Sink base cabinet with LIDINGO WHITE doors from IKEA
- AKURUM 30×39″ wall cabinet with LIDINGO WHITE doors from IKEA
- AKURUM high cabinet 24×88″ with LIDINGO WHITE doors from IKEA
- 2 AKURUM cabinet leg 4-packs from IKEA
- 2 LANSA 9″ handle 2-packs from IKEA
- 1 LANSA 13″ handle 2-pack from IKEA
- RATIONELL pull out waste sorting tray from IKEA
- RATIONELL recycling bin from IKEA
- 2 BYGEL 30″ rails from IKEA
- 1 BYGEL s-hook 10-pack from IKEA
- Crawford Grip Clips from Ace Hardware
- 3M Command Hooks
- Adjustable wire rack – reused
- Magnetic office supply organizer – reused
- Charlotte Lined Wire Baskets from World Market
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