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Make This: Minimal Clothes Drying Rack

by M.E. Gray

Perfect for small spaces - a collapsible wooden drying rack for laundry.

If you're looking for ways to save money, or working on shrinking your environmental footprint, air-drying your washing is a great place to start. Dryers, while they are handy, use a ton of energy to operate. Plus, you might own delicate clothes that aren't suited for aggressive machine drying. A clothes drying rack is a must-have asset for your laundry room - and bonus, you can make your own.     

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Two Weird Things You Should Start Putting in Your Dryer

by M.E. Gray

Two laundry hacks for your dryer

I'm always skeptical of "hacks" I see on the internet. Sometimes techniques touted as life hacks can be - well... hacky! On the flip side, we've tested a few hacks here on Curbly before with surprising success. I've seen these two laundry hacks pass through my media feeds a few times, and decided to finally give in and try them out myself. Both are supposed to optimize your dryer. Do they work? Let's find out!            

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72 Organization Tips for Every Room of the House

by M.E. Gray

The ultimate roundup of organization tips, tricks, and projects for every space in your home

Organization: you either love it or hate it. No matter your stance, having a good system of organizing is the key to a clean, calm living space. And who doesn't want that? We've rounded up our favorite organization tips and DIY projects to help turn your home into the oasis it should be.       

What are your favorite organization tips? Let us know in the comments!

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ENTRYWAY

DIY Ladder Shelf Shoe Storage | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Design Sponge

1. DIY Ladder Shelf Shoe Storage: Keep shoes tidy by storing them vertically.

 

Over the Stairs Mudroom | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Apartment Therapy

2. Over the Stairs Mudroom: No space for a mudroom? These stair-cubbies beg to differ. Make the most of the space where shoes, coats, and gloves will inevitably end up.

 

Hidden Key Storage | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Planq Studio

3. Hidden Key Storage: There are certain things that are best kept by the door, but that doesn't necessarily mean they need to be seen. Unsightly objects can be kept contained behind a pretty picture. 

 

DIY Mail Basket | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Design Sponge

4. Mail Basket: You need a place to toss your mail. We're loving this simple leather strap stunner!

 

Order Matters | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Real Simple

5. Order of Things: Put hooks, containers, and mats in your entryway to correspond with the order in which you unload at the end of the day. Always take your shoes off last? Put a shoe rack at the end of your mudroom. Keeping things simple will keep you organized.

 

Try Narrow Shelving | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Nordic Bliss

6. Narrow Boxes: If you're limited on space, mount a narrow shelf on the wall to store what you need.

 

Minimal Wall Hooks | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Muuto

7. Wall Dots: If you're looking for a cleaner look, simply mount wall hooks to hang your belongings.

 

Giant Calendar | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Simple Shapes

8. Giant Calendar: Putting a calendar by the front door means everyone can stay on schedule. Get a giant planner like this one to organize absolutely everyone's agendas.

 

IKEA Fintorp System | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Cup of Jo

9. IKEA Entryway: If you don't have one, create your own mini-mudroom. A bench and this Fintorp rack from IKEA are just enough to keep the entryway tidy.

 

Recycling Station | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Martha Stewart

10. Recycling Station: If you have the extra space, organize your recycling by the back door to keep it out of the kitchen. Use a pegboard and baskets to sort items.

 

Magnetic Homework Organizer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: The Idea Room

11. Organization Board: Use metal boards and magnets at the entryway to keep kids' homework and assignments in order. 

 

Bucket Umbrella Stand | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Martha Stewart

12. Umbrella Station: Make a space for everything and every situation. A heavy duty container (like this metal bucket) is perfect for storing wet umbrellas.

 


KITCHEN

Create Vertical Space with a Kitchen Pegboard | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Apartment Therapy

13. Small Space Kitchen: Organize pots and pans on a wall-mounted pegboard.

 

Organize the fridge with bins | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IHeart Organizing

14. Fridge Bins: Step up your refrigerator game by keeping similar foods in labeled bins. Bonus - create an "almost expired" bin for food that's about to go bad. Store it near the front of your fridge so you're sure to pull from it first!

 

Etched Jar Labels | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Martha Stewart

15. Etched Glass Storage Jars: It's one of the classic organization tips: keep track of dry goods by storing them in matching containers. 

 

Harmonious Vinyl Jar Labels | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: The Painted Hive

16. Magic Decals: If etching isn't your speed, try organizing with easy-to-apply decals.

 

Create a Magnetic Fridge Work Station | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: The Paper Mama

17. Fridge Work Station: If you can put a magnet on it, it can be stored on your fridge! Create a mini command station by using small boxes and magnets to store all your odds and ends.

 

This bookshelf is a pantry! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: My Sweet Savannah

18. Bookshelf Pantry: If your home doesn't have a pantry, make your own by using bookshelves.

 

Fintorp Hook System in the Kitchen | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: A Living Space

19. IKEA Fintorp Kitchen Organization: Take advantage of any empty wall space by using a bar and hook system.

 

Hidden Pocket Organizers | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Organizing Home Life

20. Cupboard Pocket Organizers: Don't waste the space inside your cupboards! These plastic envelopes are perfect for keeping track of receipts, mail, and bills.

 

DIY Magnetic Paper Towel Holder | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

21. Magnetic Towel Bar: Make the most use of metal surfaces by utilizing magnets to hang what can't fit on your countertop.

 

Hidden Kitchen Organizer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Two Twenty One

22. Hidden Kitchen Organizer: Take your cupboards to the next level by making this DIY command station just inside the door - no more clutter on the refrigerator!

 

Canned Food Organizer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Classy Clutter

23. Canned Food Organizer: Store cans and jars on a rolling cart next to the fridge.

 

Airtight containers above the countertop | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: HGTV

24. Airtight Containers: Cut down on wasted pantry space by trading cardboard containers for uniform glass ones. They'll keep food fresh for longer, and they're easier to organize.

 

Wire Spice Rack | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Freckled Laundry

25. Wire Spice Rack: Store seasoning directly on the wall for easy access.

 

Keep Your Trash Bags on a Roll | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Simply Organized

26. Trash Bags on a Roll: You use them frequently - make them easy to reach! Store trash bags on dowel rods under the kitchen sink.

 

Tension Rods Make Organizing Easier! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Apartment Therapy

27. Tension Rod Organizer: Speaking of under the sink... you can easily keep cleaning bottles within reach by storing them on a tension rod.

 

How to Tame a Junk Drawer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

28. Junk Drawer: The junk drawer doesn't have to be a pit. Use rubber bands to store like-items together.

 

Magnetic Knife Hooks do Double-Duty | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens

29. Magnetic Knife Rack Hooks: Knife strips do double-duty. Use magnetic hooks to keep track of odds and ends.

 


OFFICE

Take your office supplies to the wall | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: The Lovely Drawer

30. DIY Hanging Organizer: It's as pretty as a picture, but also holds all your stuff! If you don't have any room on your desk, use wall space to store additional office supplies.

 

Create your own organizer from a slab of wood | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

31. Wood Desk Organizer: Take control of desk clutter by creating a unique wood slab organizer.

 

Organize on the cheap using cardboard and glue | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Design for Mankind

32. DIY Cardboard Organizer: Here's an organization tip for you: You don't have to spend a bunch of money just to have a non-cluttered desk. Make your own organizer from layers of cardboard.

 

These magnetic dishes are game-changing | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: A Girl and a Glue Gun

33. Magnetic Dishes: Never lose another paperclip. Keep a magnetic dish on the side of your filing cabinet for pushpins, binder clips, and other metal odds and ends.

 

Chalkboard paint makes it easy to label and re-label file drawers | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Design Improvised

34. Chalkboard Filing Cabinet: Paint a filing cabinet with chalkboard paint so you can label and re-label drawers as needed. It's also great for scrawling notes to yourself.

 

IKEA Fintorp Rack system used to organize craft supplies | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Renovation Tracker

35. IKEA Double Duty: This Fintorp rack system can literally be used in any room of the house. Here it is storing pens, pencils, and other tools via small buckets.

 

Keep like-items together | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Harri Wren

36. Paper Pencil Cup: Again, organization doesn't have to be expensive! These pencil cups are made from paper. The main goal when organizing a desk is to keep like items together, and frequently used items within easy access.

 

Go vertical with hanging baskets | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: A Pair and a Spare

37. DIY Hanging Baskets: Go vertical with your storage using hanging baskets.

 

Personalize your desk with DIY organizers | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Homey Oh My

38. Wood Desk Organizers: Being hands-on means being able to keep everything uniform and matching. Make your own desk cubbies from wooden craft boxes.

 

Gold and glam knockoff | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: View From the Fridge

39. Anthro Knock-Off Gold Organizer: Can you believe this is made from old cans? Being organized can be so glamorous.

 

Wrapping paper can be conveniently stored on dowel rods and hooks | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Woman's Day

40. Wrapping Paper Rolls: Use small hooks and dowel rods to hang gift wrapping paper.

 

Plastic bottles as organizers?? | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Make It and Love It

41. Plastic Bottle Bins: Can you believe these used to be plastic bottles? Organization on the cheap! By hanging these containers, they can be easily moved and rearranged as needed depending on the project you're working on.

 

Hide that unsightly printer! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: DIY Playbook

42. Printer-in-a-Basket: Unsightly electronics don't have to be seen. Hide 'em in a basket.

 

Labels are love | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Dabbles and Babbles

43. Washi Tape Cord Labels: Mark your cords with colorful washi tape to avoid the dreaded "pile of wires".

 

Use drawer dividers to keep your sanity in the office | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Modish & Main 

44. Desk Drawer Dividers: Don't let your desk drawers become endless pits of junk. Improve efficiency by storing them in dividers.

 

Binder clips are your buddies! Use them to hold cords in place along your desk | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Life Hack

45. Binder Clip Organizer: No more looking under your desk for that missing plug! Keep cords in the same place by affixing them to your desk with a binder clip.

 


CLOSETS

Save on space and spare the wrinkles | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IKEA

46. Stacked Pants:  Save on space and spare the wrinkles with this IKEA hack for hanging pants.

 

Enforce Limits | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Real Simple

47. Enforce Limits: Use restraint when storing your belongings in a communal closet, like this hall closet. It's everyone's space - be mindful!

 

DIY Bungee Organizer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Brit Co.

48. Bungee Organizer: These stretchy ropes hold just about anything. If you don't have the built-in space to hold your belongings, try creating your own.

 

Add a little light to your closet, making it easier to navigate through | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

49. Let There Be Light: Adding a little light to your closet will make locating things a breeze. Use a stick-on L.E.D. lamp or strip of lights to illuminate the space.

 

Hang those heels to prevent scuffing | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Stylizimo

50. Heel Bar: Keep your high-heeled shoes scuff-free by storing them on the wall with a towel bar.

 

Fold linen sets inside their matching pillowcases | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Home Goods

51. Organize Linens: By folding sheets inside of their corresponding pillowcases, you're sure to never lose track of a set!

 

Don't waste a lick of closet space | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Just a Girl and Her Blog

52. Utilize the Whole Space: Closets are small by nature, so don't waste a single inch. If you have space on the floor, you can use it to store shoes. Space above? Store objects you don't need everyday access to, like out-of-season clothing.

 

Make this sliding scarf organzier | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: View Along the Way

53. Slide-Out Scarf Organizer: Scarves are tricky to keep organized, but this DIY sliding organizer does the trick.

 


LAUNDRY

Built-in folding station | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Vintage Revivals

54. Laundry Countertop: Use the space above your laundry machine by creating a folding station out of wood. 

 

Laundry tips for little ones | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IHeart Organizing

55. Laundry System for Kids: Give your kids their own (labeled) laundry bins to teach them the importance of taking care of their belongings. 

 

A drawer on its side make a great shelf | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

56. Re-purposed Drawer Shelves: Mount a brightly colored drawer above your washing machine for added storage - plus the drawer pulls act as hooks!

 

Iron-on labels make sorting laundry a breeze | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IHeart Organizing

57. Iron-on Laundry Labels: If you sort your laundry as you're putting it in the basket, guess what you don't have to do before washing a load? Keep your colors separated with labeled bins. 

 

Learn how to actually fold a fitted sheet | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

58. Properly Fold Your Sheets: Your laundry will look seamless once you learn how to fold those pesky fitted sheets. Plus when folded properly, they take up way less room in your closet. 

 


BATHROOM

Interchangeable pallet system | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Ich Designer

59. Pallet Rack: This pallet-and-hook organizer is interchangeable, making it an ideal solution for those of us who like to rearrange.

 

Keep your earrings wired! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Morning Creativity

60. Wire Earring Organizer: Earrings are notorious for getting lost. Display what you have and keep track of your collection with a frame and some mesh wire. 

 

No shelving in your bathroom? Make your own! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Redbook

61. Towel Rack: No shelving in your bathroom? Bring in your own, like this IKEA-hack towel rack.

 

Easiest way to keep rings organized | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: michele ng

62. DIY Ring Box: With a cardboard box and some foam, this ring holder is almost too easy.

 


GARAGE

Bikes stored vertically take up way less room | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IHeart Organizing

63. Vertical Bike Storage: Bikes can take up a lot of space in a garage or basement. Try storing them vertically by mounting hooks to a wall or a low ceiling. 

 

Keep like-items together in the garage | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Maillardville

64. Garage Garden Station: As there usually isn't a focal point in a garage (other than the car), it's easy for things to feel like they're getting out of hand. By storing similar items together, your garage will develop a sense of cohesiveness. 

 

Colorful screwdriver rack | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Homemade Modern

65. Screwdriver Rack: Store your tools with... well, other tools!

 

DIY PVC Storage System | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: NewlyWoodwards

66. PVC Tool Storage: Few things are more frustrating than repeatedly knocking over the same shovel every time you move things around in your garage. Cut out that horrible clanging sound by keeping yard tools in this awesome do-it-yourself PVC storage system.

 

Use tin cans to organize supplies | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Hi Sugarplum!

67. Pegboard and Can System: Organize efficiently and for less by using recycled cans.

 

Gutters make great shelving! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Anyone Can Decorate

 68. Gutter Shelving: You heard that right. Gutters make great shelves!

 

The Ultimate Workstation | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Popular Woodworking

69. The "Hold Everything" Tool Rack: The ultimate craftsman's storage system.

 

PVC for Power Tools | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Remodelaholic

70. PVC Power Tool Holder: PVC is at it again! These large pipes make perfect containers for power tools.

 

A magnetic knife rack is a great solution for keeping track of drill bits | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens

71. Magnetic Holder: A knife holder can be a great solution to keeping track of drill bits.

 

Keep touch-up paint in easy-to-mix wide-mouth jars | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Hi Sugarplum!

72. How to Organize Paint: Wide-mouthed jars are great for holding touch-up paint, plus they're easier to shake and mix than a full bucket.

 


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Before and After: How Smart Storage Transformed our Laundry Room

by Stephanie Lee

Before photo of our cluttered laundry room

I've always thought of my laundry room as the most troublesome room in our house. Not only is it narrow, but all of one side is taken up by a washing machine, sink and toilet. Add to that the fact that there are 2 doors that open inward, and the space starts to feel very small indeed.

I'd long ago resigned myself to having a difficult laundry room I didn't enjoy being in. Turns out I couldn't have been more wrong!

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The Best Laundry Room Ideas

Curbly Staff

Laundry room ideas - makeover photo - before

I don't know about you, but my laundry room is a black hole in which I spend as little time as possible.  It's dark, tiny, and dank... in other words, the complete opposite of all these awesome laundry room makeovers.  If you're in a similar boat and looking for some serious inspiration, check out these laundry room ideas.

 

Scandinavian inspired laundry room

Erin's white-washed wood paneling is a Scandinavian-inspired laundry room retreat! And check out that DIY concrete countertop -- nicely done!  See more on HGTV.

 

 

painted cabinets in laundry room

Some painted cabinets (learn how to paint your own right here!), shelving, and decorative flourishes make this laundry room pop!  See more on Centsational Girl.

 

 

 

Basement laundry room

This basement laundry room gets a warm and inviting face lift -- SO much better than its prison cell-like beginnings!  One of our favorite laundry room ideas. See more on Country Home.

 

 

 

fresh clean laundry room ideas

More Scandinavian-y goodness!  Can you say "so fresh and so clean, clean"?  See more here.

 

 

 

super colorful laundry room makeover inspiration

I didn't realize how sad and boring the "before" was until I saw the "after"!  Holy color explosion!  I would fold laundry in this space any day.  See more on BHG.

 

 

 

stylish laundry room transformation

This laundry room started out looking like every laundry room that was ever built in the 90s.  And now?  Now it's got style to the max!  See more on Tatertots & Jello.

 

 

Scary basement becomes clean, colorful laundry room

Then there was a laundry "area" somewhere in this scary basement... but now it's got its own room, complete with colorful details and some seriously awesome tile.  See more here.

 

Eye Candy: 11 Incredible Laundry Room Ideas

Photo: Kriste Michelini

Right now, our laundry room is in a dark, unfinished corner of our basement but we have plans to *someday* turn it into a room that doesn't give us the creeps. Until then, I'll just keep collecting inspiration! If you're in a similar boat, take a peek at these gorgeous laundry room ideas.     

 

wood panel kitchen with laundry
Photo: Kathryn O'Donovan

Woah! A washer and dryer in the kitchen? Controversial, or just genius?

 

Washer and dryer with white subway tile
Photo: BHG
elegent minimal laundry with wood paneling
Photo: Leicht Westchester

1. Kriste Michelini 2. Kathryn O'Donovan 3. Better Homes & Gardens 4. Leicht Westchester

double stacked washer and dyer in laundry room
Photo: Hardenburg Designs
neutral laundry room cabinets example
Photo: BHG
walnut cabinets with laundry
Photo: HabitusLiving
Industrial laundry hamper on casters idea
Photo: Steel Canvas Basket Corp.

5. Hardenburg Designs 6. Better Homes & Gardens 7. HabitusLiving 8. Steel Canvas Basket Corp

tiny efficient laundry room
Photo: Designing Dinging and Diapers
Photo: Hayburn
Photo: HGTV

9. Designing Dining and Diapers 10. Hayburn 11. HGTV

Let us know what must-have features your dream laundry room would have in the comments below!

 

 

Before and After: An Incredible Laundry Room Makeover

 

Before and After: An Incredible Laundry Room Makeover
Photo: Twelve On Main

This laundry room looks like most do - functional and not so pretty. But just wait until you see the space after its makeover... it looks so nice, you'd actually look forward to doing a load of wash. Check out the incredible transformation. Hopefully it'll spark your own ideas for a laundry room renovation!

Before and After: An Incredible Laundry Room Makeover
Photo: Twelve On Main

So much better, right?! The tiling and new work surface were the biggest changes, while the rest were mostly cosmetic. Make your way over to Twelve On Main to see more photos and to read about the whole laundry room renovation process. 

Before and After: An Incredible Laundry Room Makeover
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An Incredible DIY Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry room makeover - before

I think my favorite thing about this laundry room makeover, besides the fact that it looks awesome, is that the homeowners did every single thing themselves -- and on a budget!      

 

Little Green Notebook laundry room renovation

From painting the tile floors to making their own concrete countertops (remember this easy way?) to embellishing the space with a million other DIY decor projects, Jenny from Little Green Notebook truly made this space pop!

Check out all the projects and everything that went into this incredible, budget-friendly makeover right here.

 

A Fresh and Clean Scandinavian-Inspired Laundry Room Makeover

Cluttered and dirty laundry room on porch

Going along with our basement and sleeping themes today (because you sleep in clothes/pajamas and washers and dryers are often in basements?  I know, it's a stretch...), I thought I'd share this lovely laundry room* makeover from Curbly fave Charles & Hudson!   

 

DIY laundry room renovation

In preparation for the arrival of their new baby, Timothy Dahl, the founder and editor of Charles & Hudson (and all-around great guy), decided to tackle a laundry room makeover.  The old space was functional in the most minimal way possible.  Sure it had a washer and dryer (both incredibly old, not to mention huge energy/water hogs), but there was no space for sorting and folding.  The scary utility sink was too grimy to actually use for hand-washing and the room had also become a messy, catch-all storage closet.  Bad news for a growing family with growing laundry needs!

bright, clean Scandinavian inspired laundry makeover

The new space is not only bright, clean, and full of Scandinavian-inspired goodness, it's also way more functional.  A new shelving system keeps supplies organized, the cleaned up sink is ready for even the most delicate of hand-wash-only items, and there's plenty of space to sort, fold, and hang laundry!  As for those new Energy Star rated appliances?  The icing on the cake!

Check out more of this makeover, including some great DIY projects (like the chalkboard and antler coat rack) and painting tips, over on Charles & Hudson!

*This laundry room is NOT actually in a basement... I told you--it was a huge stretch!

 

 

Lovely Laundry Room Makeover

laundry room makeover - before

Bryn's laundry room was lacking natural light, not to mention, the function she really needed. See how she gave her wash-and-wear room some "dry clean only" sophistication. 

wooden countertop for laundry room

Bryn added some task lighting beneath her upper cabinets, and installed a wooden countertop for a work surface.

chalkboard laundry room cabinets

She painted her cabinets with chalkboard paint. I think a laundry room is a great place to add this kind of texture. Bryn also glammed up the space with some DIY art and pretty containers for her laundry soap.

Laundry Room Hook Wall

Finally, she painted a stripe around the narrow room and installed hooks to hang air dry-only clothing.

See more pictures of her laundry room transformation, plus a detailed source list on her blog, Bryn Alexandra. 

 

BIG Tiny Laundry Room Makeover

tiny laundry room makeover

For being tiny (about 94 inches wide), Chrissy's laundry room is big on style. Of course, it wasn't always that way. Above is how it looked before she made it over. Utilitarian: yes. Inviting: not so much. After sewing curtains to hide the wire shelving, a new coat of paint on the walls, light fixture, rug, bins and other doodads, Chrissy's laundry room is now cute enough to put on display (aka: leaving the door open for all to see.) For more information about the makeover and the individual projects that went into it, head on over to Shanty 2 Chic. And to see more of Chrissy's magic, visit her blog Hoot Designs.

Hoot Designs - Laundry Room Makeover [Shanty 2 Chic]

 

Dramatically Functional Laundry Room Makeover

laundry room before
Photo: Stacy Risenmay

Recently Stacy made over her friend Taralyn's laundry room, and the results are nothing less than dramatic. The room, or rather, passageway, as it is just off the garage and functions as an entry of sorts to the rest of the home, was well-defined as "builder grade." After its makeover, the laundry room is now an eye-catching transition worthy of a lingering look. Check it out.

laundry room after
Photo: Stacy Risenmay

Stacy's fearless use of black paint really bumps things up a notch. If working with such a dark color gives you a case of the sweats, Stacy has a FABULOUS tip on how to get super-crisp paint lines. To find out just what the tip is plus more pictures of the room both before and after, visit Stacy's website, Not Just a Housewife. 

Laundry Room Makeover! [Not Just a Housewife]

 

Unbelievable Laundry Room Makeover with Penny Tiles

Vintage Revival Laundry Room Before Vintage Revival Laundry Room After
Photo: Vintage Revivals

 

Mandi from Vintage Revivals, recently revealed her laundry room makeover and the results couldn't be more spectacular. Unlike a typical laundry room that you hide behind closed doors, this one you'd want to show off. Maybe even host parties in there. New penny round tile on the floor and slim subway tile on the wall, plus loads and loads of new storage and counter space prove to be the winning combination. Take a look at the "after":

Vintage Revival Laundry Room After
Photo: Vintage Revivals

 

For the entire story including pictures of every nook and cranny of this glorious makeover, visit Vintage Revivals. 

Vintage Revival Laundry Room After Close Up
Photo: Vintage Revivals

 

Laundry Room Makeover: Reveal [Vintage Revivals]

 

A $125 Laundry Room Makeover

Photo: View Along the Way

Kelly's washer and dryer looked kinda sad in their old living quarters. Did she paint them with a bright color to cheer them up? Nope. She just changed everything around them to make them look like a million bucks--and it only cost $125! From top to bottom--including an amazing DIY pendant light to painting the vinyl flooring--nothing was overlooked by Kelly's keen eye and talented hands. Take a look at what her laundry room looks like now:

Photo: View Along the Way

The drying rack to the right of the washer and dryer was snagged for $25 and the cabinet in the center of the laundry room was found at a garage sale for $20. 

Photo: View Along the Way

For more information, pictures, and links to individual tutorials regarding the makeover, head on over to View Along the Way. 

Laundry Room Reveal [View Along the Way]

 

8 DIY Laundry Room Hacks, Tips, & Ideas

DIY Laundry Room hacks

Getting the laundry room ship-shape for spring will be a SNAP with these very clever hacks. There's something for everyone too. Woodworkers can go all out with Ana White's Laundry Basket Dresser plan, pictured above.

If you'd rather keep your tools in their chest, check out this super simple idea from Craft Blog. A 'blob' of hot glue was used to attach clothes pins to a tiled wall to hang dry those little items that get stuck in the dryer and come out damp. (Instead of glue, I'd opt to used 3M's hook and loop picture hanging strips, especially on drywall.)

Use clothes pins as drying hooks for socks and underwear

One of the best laundry room investments I ever made was a ironing board hanger. Although it works great, it isn't as charming as the The House of Smiths' laundry room idea.

 

ironing board hanger

How about turning an IKEA BYGEL towel rod ($1.99) into a clever place to hang all those spray bottles that seem to collect in the laundry room? I like the little 'catch-all' on the right too. 

Although this next entry is a store-bought item, I thought it needed to be included in our round up as it's TOTALLY DIYable. Some 1" x 2" (or so), pulleys, doweling and rope and we're good to go. I particularly like how this rack is elevated, unlike the ubiquitous fold up/fold down kind. 

Dowel hanging drying rack

And now for the second half of our round up...suds and stuff!

We'll start at the beginning: pre-treating.

 

Grate A Bar Of Soap To Make A Useful Soap Jelly

Sandy takes us step by step through her recipe for laundry soap as well as her tip for storing it. In this case a glass canister with a labels made out of chalkboard contact paper. Brill.

laundry soap

 

Of course, we don't want to forget the fabric softener. Hallee hooks us up for this one. Her recipe consists of hot water, baking soda and vinegar. Her concoction even works in one of those Downy ball thingies! 

 

10 More DIY Laundry Room and Mudroom Organization Projects 

10 DIY laundry room organization projects

Here's a collection of DIY projects and laundry room ideas to aid you in organizing or decorating some of cleanest and messiest rooms in our homes: the laundry and mudroom.  

Some of them are simple afternoon projects, costing as little as $10 and using thrifted or upcycled materials, and others are entire plans for building your own mudroom from scratch. There is something for every level of DIYer.

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1. The $100 laundry makeover via View Along The Way

rolling basket laundry dresser

2. DIY Laundry Basket Dresser via Infarrantly Creative

DIY laundry room drying rack

3. DIY Laundry Room Drying Rack via Centsational Girl

how to paint a clothes washer or dryer

4. How to paint a clothes washer/dryer via Five Days... 5 Ways

hanging ladder rack - laundry room idea

5. Ladder Laundry Rack via Little Lucy Lu

DIY garment rack

6. DIY Garment Rack for Littles via Smile & Wave

mudroom hanging clothes storage

7. One headboard, 3 looks via Shannon Quimby

coat hanger rack

8. DIY Coat Hanger Rack via Curbly

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9. DIY Wall Bike Hanger via Kyle The Wilson

Mudroom build plans

10. Build the cutest Mudroom via Ana White

 

 

Laundry Room Closet to Mudroom Makeover

Laundry Closet to Mudroom

In this 1950s ranch style home you walk in from the garage straight into the laundry room. Inside the laundry room is a walk in coat/storage closet. The owner before had used it as a pantry/coat closet. Besides being outdated, this closet had a few identity problems.

Problem #1: The space of the closet would make a great pantry except the kitchen is down the hall, through the living room, and on the complete other side of the house. 

Problem #2: All the doors opened into each other. If the closet door was open you couldn't open the door to the garage and vice versa. If you changed the door to open inward, you would have to walk inside and shut the door to access one side of the closet. The solution? Take the door off and make the closet into a mudroom.      

 

Laundry Closet to Mudroom After

Taking the door off made the space flow uninterupted but it created the need for something functional and visually organized. The mudroom with built-in lockers was the easiest solution.

Laundry Closet to Mudroom

This was what the closet looked like on the other side. There was another coat closet located at the front door so we didn't lose coat storage. Since the laundry room was located off the garage it was the main entry for the homeowner. The transformation to a mudroom would give the new homeowner a place for her family to drop their things on the way inside.

Laundry Room Closet to Mudroom

This was a "use what you have" transformation. The original shelves on the left side were taken down and reused on both sides. By hanging the first two shelves close together it created a nook for shoes. The space under the first shelf was made for bins and baskets to store hats and scarves. The top shelf is a place where she can store her folded laundry just in case she doesn't have time to put it away immediately. 

Laundry Room Closet to Mudroom

This makeover was easy to do and inexpensive by reusing what the closet already had to offer. Bead board and trim pieces were added to the wall to give the look of a custom built-in locker system.

Laundry Room Closet to Mudroom

The hooks were added after the dry wall was patched and the wood got a fresh coat of white paint.

Laundry Room Closet to Mudroom

The shelves are even sturdy enough to sit on while you take off your shoes.

Laundry room Closet to Mudroom

Often homes are built in a way that make sense for one family but when the home changes hands it doesn't translate to the new family's needs. It is not crazy that your family uses the space much differently than the homeowner/renter before. If you have a space that seems "off", re-work it a little to make it functional. A great place to start are closets like the one above. They are a great place to add some usable square footage in many different ways.

 

 

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Before and After: An Incredible Laundry Room Makeover

by Faith Provencher
Before and After: An Incredible Laundry Room Makeover
Photo: Twelve On Main

This laundry room looks like most do - functional and not so pretty. But just wait until you see the space after its makeover... it looks so nice, you'd actually look forward to doing a load of wash. Keep reading to check out the incredible transformation.   

 

Before and After: An Incredible Laundry Room Makeover
Photo: Twelve On Main

So much better, right?! The tiling and new work surface were the biggest changes, while the rest were mostly cosmetic. Make...

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Before and After: Unbelieveable Laundry Room Makeover

by DIY Maven
Vintage Revival Laundry Room Before Vintage Revival Laundry Room After
Photo: Vintage Revivals

 

Mandi from Vintage Revivals, recently revealed her laundry room makeover and the results couldn't be more spectacular. Unlike a typical laundry room that you hide behind closed doors, this one you'd want to show off. Maybe even host parties in there. New penny round tile on the floor and slim subway tile on the wall, plus loads and loads of new storage and counter space prove to be the winning combination...

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Eye Candy: 11 Incredible Laundry Rooms

by Capree K
Eye Candy: 11 Incredible Laundry Rooms
Photo: Kriste Michelini

Right now, our laundry room is in a dark, unfinished corner of our basement but we have plans to *someday* turn it into a room that doesn't give us the creeps. Until then, I'll just keep collecting inspiration! If you're in a similar boat, take a peek at these gorgeous laundry rooms.     

 

Photo: Kathryn O'Donovan
Photo: BHG
Photo: Leicht Westchester

1. Kriste Michelini 2. Kathryn...

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Eye Candy: 15 Organized Entryways and Mudrooms

by Capree K

Eye Candy: 15 Organized Entryways and Mudrooms

Entryways and mudrooms just have a way of getting messy and disorganized in an instant, especially in an active household. If you're looking for some inspiration in that department -- or your OCD brain just wants to see some pretty, organized spaces -- you've come to the right spot! We've rounded up 15 entry spaces that are as functional as they are gorgeous.    

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