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Ah, the joy of doing laundry — okay, fine, we can hear you laughing from here. So maybe separating our whites and scrubbing that ambiguous stain (is it tomato paste?) out of our favorite blouse isn't exactly the highlight of the week. But ... maybe it could be?
With so many gleaming, spotless laundry rooms showing up on our Pinterest feeds day after day, it almost seems attainable that, with a few well-placed laundry room organization hacks, we too could be the kind of domestic goddesses that swan around the washer, dabbing scented vinegar on things and always, always using eco-friendly dryer sheets. Who knows — we're not promising a total lifestyle transformation with these laundry room organization ideas and must-have storage tools, but we do have a sneaking suspicion that they'll improve your life. Or, at the very least, your Monday morning wardrobe options.
1. Elevated Laundry Hampers
We can't quite put our finger on it, but for some reason, it seems so much less taxing to toss in a few loads of laundry when you're pulling last week's sweatshirts from an elevated bin. (Maybe it's just the word "elevated"?) These retro-style rolling hampers come in single-bin or divided styles, so you can separate your lights from your darks before you even reach the laundry room — a major time-saving tip — and they glide so seamlessly across the floor, you'll practically enjoy doing multiple loads.
2. Open Storage
Open shelving may be very en vogue now for kitchens, but we think it's an absolute must for laundry room organization, too. Being able to take an instant inventory of what you have (and what needs to be added onto the next Target run) is an essential benefit for a spot you might only frequent once a week (or less, depending on your laundry schedule).
Get the Look: Kennard 3-Tier Wall Shelf, $95
3. Hanging Racks
If you only get one organizational tool for the laundry room, make it this one. Combining hanging storage with three (three!) canvas bins for sorting out loads, it's basically a one-stop shop for all your laundry needs. We can't think of an apartment laundry closet that wouldn't benefit from this.
Get the Look: Verlie Basics 3-Bag Laundry Center, $60
4. Dowel Systems
Dowel systems, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. While we're partial to the flexibility of these hang-anywhere hooks in an entryway or a bathroom, they really shine when placed in the laundry room, where they can help sort clothes to be washed (we're looking at you, fussy silks), be used to hang dry more easygoing styles, and hold up the occasional college-style laundry bag off the floor (we know somebody out there is still bringing their laundry home on weekends, right?). This system is even smarter because it includes open shelving that's the perfect size for all your laundry essentials.
Get the Look: Pottery Barn Gabrielle Laundry System, $359
5. Detergent Canisters
One of our favorite laundry room organization ideas is actually one we lifted from the pantry-perfecting experts on Instagram: almost anything looks more sophisticated when it's decanted into a nice glass vessel. Add a candy store-style metal scoop for laundry powder and voilà, you've got a photo-ready laundry room (and a perfectly-measured portion for doing your whites, too).
Get the Look: McGee + Co Classic Glass Canister, $43
6. Chic Catch-Alls
Considering their relatively small size, laundry rooms sure do tend to accumulate a lot of ... stuff. Whether it's stain-treating tools or shoe-shine kits, dryer balls or extra cleaning supplies, the best way to keep it organized is to invest in some attractive catch-all baskets, tins, and bins. Trust us, you'll be glad when you don't have to chase mothballs under the dryer anymore.
Get the Look: Rejuvenation Wire Gym Basket, $49
7. A Sleek Surface
When is a counter not just a counter? When it's a folding surface. As basic as this laundry room "hack" may seem, a smooth, sleek surface turns wasted space on top of the washer and dryer into the ultimate way to get crisp, department store-style folds in all your favorite tees. And crisp folds mean no haphazard piles, which we'd confidently say qualifies this as an organization essential.
Get the Look: Lowe's Baltic Butcher Block 8-Foot Counter Top, $240
8. Rolling Racks
Super-skinny rolling racks are the true MVPs of any laundry room. With their ability to fit in between washers and dryers (or off to the side, like in this space-saving setup by Yellow Brick Home) and keep everything from detergent to those pesky orphaned socks close at hand, they're a must for keeping your laundry area organized.
Get the Look: [Lowe's Freestanding Metal Laundry Organizer, $26](https://www.lowes.com/pd/30-in-x-19-5-in-x-7-in-Freestanding-Metal-Laundry-Organizer/1000194051?cm_mmc=im--BLOGGER--HOW--yellowbrickhome--laundry112818)_
Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.