1. Hang up a change jar to collect all the spare coins you find in your pockets.
2. Or, enlist a piggy bank to help turn that spare change into savings.
3. Turn an outdoor box into a mini trash can for lint.
Also great if you’re a frequent camper or BBQ-er, because lint makes a great fire starter. See how to make your own lint catcher here.
4. Pin your socks together right before you toss them in the hamper.
5. Still losing socks? Make a “Save Dobby” lost sock jar.
If it doesn’t find it’s match, at least it can free an elf. Get the instructions for painting and stenciling the lid here.
7. Hang your ironing board on two attractive hooks.
Find two sturdy hooks that are your style, and hang them near each other (measure the length of your ironing board’s foot, so you know what distance will work). Fromhere.
8. If your room is too small for an ironing board, make a DIY version that fits on top of the dryer.
9. Slide a slim cart into the tiny space between your washer and the wall.
Tiny laundry room struggle. Get this one for $29.99 here
10. Hang an over-the-door rack on the inside of your laundry room door to store laundry and other cleaning supplies.
Bonus points if you paint the door with chalkboard paint, first. From here.
11. Decant your detergent into a beverage dispenser and avoid heavy lifting.
For store-bought detergent, you’ll want a dispenser that can handle thicker liquids. Or, make your own detergent. See more here.
12. You can also decant your fabric softener.
And put pretty labels on them, natch. From here.
13. Store pods and powder detergents in glass penny candy jars.
14. Keep socks and other top-of-the-washer clothes from falling off with one of these Laundry Guards.
Useful if you have a similar front-loader setup (they’re also adjustable to fit just one machine). Available here for $29.95.
15. DIY-savvy? Build a removable butcher block countertop to cover your front loaders completely.
A more attractive way to prevent socks from sneaking off the edge of the dryer. Learn how they did this here.
16. ~Helpful~ roommate or partner always changing out laundry for you? Write down any line-dry items with a dry erase marker on the washer lid.
Smiley face optional. From here.
17. Print out and frame this laundry guide so you always know what the symbols on your tags mean.
18. Speaking of line dry: hide retractable clothes lines in a cabinet, then stretch them across to the opposite wall when you need them.
Also tucked in a corner: a glass penny candy jar, this time holding clothespins. Fromhere.
19. Spruce up a basement laundry room by staining the concrete floor.
See how they did this here.
20. Build yourself some industrial shelving, if you’re feeling up for a challenge.
It’s certainly a weekend’s worth of project, but it could really make your laundry room look more ~sophisticated~, even if you’re not staging it for your blog. Get the step-by-step here.
21. Put together a stain station, with all the tools you need to get out every possible stain.
22. Repurpose an old crib into a drying rack.
23. Or, you can build your drying rack from scratch.
24. OR, just buy one. If you’re tight on space, one mounted on pulleys can make things feel a little less crowded.
This one is the Sheila Maid, originally invented in the Victorian era in the UK, which you can order here for $150.
25. Separate your colors well ahead of time by using designated hampers.
This will work best for grown-ups. Parents, you’re doing a stellar job if your kids remember to put their laundry in the hamper at all. From here.
26. But if you really hate sorting, you can add vinegar to each load you wash, and wash lights and colors together.
This may make your clothes last a little less longer than they otherwise would, and you’ll still need to wash dark items separately the first time. Learn more about ithere.
27. Managing laundry for a big household? Build a laundry sorter to hold everyone’s basket.
There are many different ways to use one of these, and it all depends on your home and what works for you. If you’re washing laundry for someone else, you could put their clean clothes in their basket when you’re done, and they can come pick it up and take it back to their closet. Learn how to build this one here.
28. Take the basket organization system one step further and label each basket with a name.
Read more about this mom’s laundry system here.
29. Lack shelf space for your baskets or a rolling cart? Mount a wire shelf upside-down above your machines to make them easy to reach.
Learn more about it here.