Laundry Room Reveal {small Home/ BIG Ideas}

Laundry room organization ideas
Update: There is a mix of old and new pictures. I have a new camera now and thought y’all deserved some clearer photos.
Ideas to organize a small laundry room by Simplicity in the South

Don’t you love looking into other peoples’ homes to see how they live? Of course you do, or you wouldn’t be here. You’ll hear me say it a million times. Our house is small. We have five humans (three adult-size and two fun-size) crammed into 1644 square feet.

I love our small house. We have great neighbors, privacy, and a mortgage that doesn’t force us to eat fried Spam three days a week. I’m having flash backs to my childhood. I forgive you, Mom.

In my dream home, I would have a laundry room like this.
Meredith Heron Design via Houzz

 

Dream on, sister.
In reality, our laundry room is 9.5′ x 3′ wide.
Ideas to organize a small laundry room by Simplicity in the South
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Since the room is small, I have to utilize every square inch possible for storage. This means taking advantage of vertical space.
I bet you’re trying to read what is on the chalkboard labels. I would be, too.
Stop squinting and let me tell you what they say.
The top row: cake pans and party supplies. Middle row: light bulbs, air fresheners and lonely socks. Bottom row: play dough/paint, miscellaneous stuff , cleaning rags, and tape & twine. In the galvanized bins are dryer sheets, pet food, and trash bags. I got the idea for the hanging bins from this pin that links back to Traci’s pantry bins from Beneath My Heart. Here is the link for the chalkboard labels that I made for the baskets.

A few people have wanted to know how the metal bins are hung on the wall. I used a regular drill bit to make the holes for the screws.

metal bin storage

 

magnetic chore board

 

Simplicity In The South: Laundry Room Reveal
On the left side of the laundry room, I keep all of my paint hidden behind a curtain on a tension rod. Here she is, curtainless. I hoard paint, I do confess.
Simplicity In The South: Laundry Room Reveal
Behind the curtain on the right side of the room, we store the laundry supplies, the crock pot, the pressure cooker, and more party supplies.
Fabric covered galvanized bins for storage.
Want to see behind that curtain? Never mind. It is a mess. I have to leave something to the imagination. Here’s a closer look, instead. I covered the laundry bin and the floral bin with fabric. If would like to know how to make a fabric covered galvanized bin, I have the tutorial here. They make great gift baskets!
Fabric covered galvanized bins for storage. Laundry room reveal.

My favorite thing in here is the idea/bulletin board that I made. It was inspired by the one that Ballard Designs sells for $149.00. It’s just a salvaged frame with cork board tiles glued to a piece of plywood. With three boys and a husband who is a landscaper, I spend a lot of time in here. It’s nice to have something pretty to look at and it hides the fuse box.

bulletin board that covers the fuse box
Otherwise, the fuse box would be staring you in the face!
Blue and green together make me smile! :)
Bulletin board that covers the fuse box. Laundry room reveal.

See how I changed our bi-fold doors to french style doors in this post!

I hope you enjoyed peeking inside our laundry room and that you were able to gather some inspiration for your laundry room! While you’re here, leave a comment and tell me how you’ve organized a small space. I love to get new ideas!

Oh, by the way, we have lived here since 1998, so the changes we’ve made in here have been done a little bit at a time. I couldn’t have done all of this in week or even in a month, believe me!

I’ve linked this up to Remodelaholic’s Home Sweet Home on a Budget Laundry Rooms,
Simply Designing
Wednesday’s Adorned
Delightful Order
A Bowl Full Of Lemons
Tater Tots and Jello

Liz Marie Blog

 

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Comments

  1. Love your great laundry space! You did a fantastic job organizing such a small space. Everything is neat and tidy and has its specific place. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Looks great! That curtain is a perfect hiding place for all the paint.

    Smile, Nancy

  3. Looks like a great use of space! I love all the labels!

  4. That is a beautiful laundry room. I love the curtain to hide the stuff on the shelves. That first laundry room is amazing, but I think yours is a lot more friendly!

  5. WOW!! Love this! I like your room better than your “dream room.” I’m going to use your curtain trip for my shelving above my washer/dryer. Great job!!

  6. As I expected, I LOVE it! I especially like that you used three different styles of baskets but all the same color. Gives it a lot more interest but is very cohesive. The metal bins on the walls are adorable! How did you attach them?

    I think I might be able to stay on top of my laundry if my laundry room was this pretty because I’d be spending a lot of time in there!

    • Glad you like it! I got lucky with the baskets! I’m going to add a picture above so you can see how the metal bins are hung. I used a drill bit to get the holes in the bin. And then they are screwed into plastic wall anchors.

  7. Found your blog from Remodelaholic linky party and your laundry space is very nice! I’m a new follower and would love to have you come over and link up at Sunday Blog Love this weekend. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and fun as you enter into bloggy world!

  8. I would really like to see a tutorial on how to cover buckets & galvanized bins. I’d like to try and make those for teacher gifts!
    thanks

  9. How pretty! And goodness how I love that basket storage!

    Donna

  10. wow! I love this.
    I don’t know if you have an older home or what… but years ago… LIKE forever ago…the first little house we rented had a laundry room like this. I would of loved to done laundry in that room– IF. IT. LOOKED. LIKE. YOURS.~~~ So pretty.
    Heck…I’d love it if my current laundry room looked this sweet.

    …good job,Pat (via, FJI)

  11. Ok, you’ve inspired me. everyone I know has a large redecorated laundry room and mine is small like yours and you did a gorgeous fab job. K, now I have work to do. Hugs!!
    Jen @ http://www.beachmonkeys.net

  12. I don’t know what you are dreaming for………… your laundry room is awesome & I love your organizing. Where are your galvanized bins from (trash bags, etc)? Love them screwed to the wall and they are the perfect shape/size.

  13. You have done an amazing job with your laundry room. It give me inspiration for mine. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/simple-anti-aging-moisturizer-and.html
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

  14. I absolutely LOVE your laundry room. I love what you did for the baskets and especially the little tubs. Where did you purchase them?

    So glad I found you through the mercury glass shades and have subscribed to your feed.

  15. Such a beautiful laundry room. It makes me want to do laundry. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/reeses-smore-brownies-and-wednesdays.html
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

  16. I have a small laudry also, I love the shelves and the curtain. I have thought about a curtain, but wasn’t sure if that would work. Thanks for showing me it looks awesome! Can’t wait now to fix my laudry up with shelves and a curtain! Great Job, Hugs, Lynn

  17. I would love to know how you turned the bi-fold door into french doors. That is exactly what I need for my laundry room.

  18. Loved this post! I had to laugh when you said, “You’re trying to read the labels…” I had *just* pinched back in on the screen and turned ny head upright– you nailed it. I’m looking forward to more great content. Thanks for blogging.

  19. Lovely!

  20. Thank you, Comeca!

  21. This is wonderful! It has inspired me to start thinking about my own laundry room! I love the labels and those tins are awesome! I can’t wait for the tutorials of how you did the chalkboard labels!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Are the baskets from ikea? They are very nice.

  23. Hello from another small space Mom.
    Great job! And yes I like to see what others are doing. :o)
    I have 7 children and a husband a home that is almost the same size as yours. Let creativity abound.

  24. Can’t find those pretty baskets from IKEA’s website.

  25. I too live in a smaller home, but love the almost clear mortgage. My husband has wanted to buy or build me a new home with more square feet, although it was sweet of him, I have chosen to stay put. I will admit that there have been times I have become frustrated by space limitations, until I realized I needed to work around those limitations. Sometimes we have to think outside the box, or become more organized. I love your organization in the utility room.

    • Hi. Shonda! I totally agree. You and I are thinking alike! We looked at newer homes that were more expensive and then we looked into fixer uppers that were more along the lines of our budget. But when it came down to it, we realized we didn’t need to live in a bigger home, we just needed to make our home work better for us. I’m so we stayed put.

  26. Your laundry room is gorgeous! You did a great job with a small space. {Pat on the back.}

  27. Your laundry room is beautiful – I love it!! You did a great job. I was wondering if you would mind sharing the paint color on the walls? It’s so pretty. I apologize if you’ve already answered that question somewhere {I may have missed it}. Have a great day!
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  28. Tricia,

    I love this makeover! I went to look for those galvanized tubs and found the site and the ones I wanted but when I went to register it is asking for a tax ID # as a business. Did you have to do this? I don’t have one, but really want to order some. HOw many do you have to order in wholesale at one time? Maybe I could see if some of my friends want to get some too.

    When you get a minute, please let me know :)
    xx,
    Jennifer
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  29. Hi. Just discovered your blog at Fox Hollow Cottage so I will follow! Your laundry is very pretty and you have coordinated it all so well. It’s amazing what you can do with a small space, great imagination and good shops to purchase stuff from! I collect paint too, and I love that you put yours so nicely (and reverently!!!) behind a pretty curtain! :-)

    • Hi Petra! Isn’t Shannon a sweetheart? I’m so glad you stopped by! It’s good to hear that someone else shares my painting addiction. :) It’s what I’ve been doing all day matter of fact!

  30. Vonda Livingston says:

    Rhoda from Southern Hospitality is a precious friend of mine and I found your blog through her! Love love love this laundry room! And the fuse box cover is incredible. Just showed my husband this and we’re gonna work on that!

  31. Be sure to come see your lovely laundry room featured today on my blog! In the post “all things laundry – Roundup”! :)
    -Kayla

  32. Ceci Blanco says:

    Beautiful and warm. I love it! Thanks for sharing. I’ve looked EVERYWHERE for those bins… would you mind letting me know where you found them? Thanks again.

  33. LOVE your laundry room! I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with a space in my laundry room and I think the shelves and baskets will be perfect! I have a blog too but I’m just starting out with repainting furniture and design ideas! I love your blog. Any advice or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated!!
    Thanks!!
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  35. coming over from traci at organize and inspire. I love this space; don’t be jealous of big ones. Take my word, it’s just more time spent cleaning. the increase is exponential! Really loving the bi-fold to French door transformation.

  36. Lovely decorating! You are so talented! On a side note I was surprised that you use air fresheners. They contain the toxic chemicals and hormone disruptors under the guise of “fragrance”. The contents do not have to be disclosed under our archaic “trade secret laws”. Trying to get the word out! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_freshener

  37. Hannah Watabe says:

    Where did you get your shelving for the laundry room. I have some but the space is so small and the shelf takes up so much space that I ended up only with enough space for one. And I desperately need at least two!!

  38. Hi Tricia! I’m not even sure I remember how I stumbled upon your blog, but I am so thankful I did! :) Your laundry room is adorable, I too live in a smaller ranch style house with a bunch of boys :) I was curious if you could tell me where the rug is from in here? I looked for a source, but I may have missed it. Thank you so much, have a wonderful weekend!!! :)

  39. I seriously love this! Our laundry room / pantry / tool storage / random storage is about the same size and I just love what you have done! I realize baskets can be bought all over…but where did you find these? Thanks so much for the inspiring idea!!

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