10-minute laundry room makeover

Decorate your laundry room
Woman doing laundry

Let's face it: though you use your laundry room to clean your clothes, the room itself may be in need of a little tidying. We have some fun and easy ways to makeover your laundry room in under 10 minutes.

Make it bright and bold

You likely spend a lot of time in and out of your laundry room, so why not make it a stylish place to be? Decorate your laundry room with stylishly designed laundry hampers (like this teal one from Crate and Barrel), storage bins or baskets that fit your personal taste.

Having these items on-hand will help you quickly organize your work area before, after and in-between loads. Use storage bins to sort clothes according to color or designate hampers to hold whites/brights/darks and teach your family to sort before they toss their dirties. Organize your detergents, dryer sheets and stain removers neatly on an accessible shelf.

Maximize your space

Not everyone has a giant laundry room, but you can make your existing space seem larger with the addition of vertical space solutions -- adding shelves up and down the walls. Make sure you only put things you don’t need to access on a daily basis on the top shelves (and tuck a foldable step-stool into a corner).

Tired of sock pairs becoming solo acts? Clorox suggests placing a small basket on the dryer for missing socks to help you match them to mates that eventually reappear. Whenever you unload your dryer, place your missing socks in the basket and perform sporadic inventory checks during your next laundry load.

Keep it clean

The laundry room may be the smallest area in your home, but it easily can become the messiest. Tidy up after your throw in a load by keeping some simple supplies in a basket in the room. Stock the basket with a small broom and dustpan for those getaway lint balls as well as clean rags to wipe down the machines. Then tuck a small wastebasket into the room to trash those lint balls.


Accessories quickly spice up an area. Dress up the bare walls in your laundry room with colorful signs, clocks or artwork that fit the laundry/cleaning theme, and your laundry room will have a fresh new look. We love this fun sign we found on Amazon for a mere $17.

Use whatever you have

Before you run out and buy all new items for your laundry room, consider what you already have that you can reuse. If you have a tired old hamper, think about covering it with a super-cute fabric. Check around the house (and garage) for extra bins/baskets that are not being used. You can use the same fabric for the hamper to tie the room together.

Check out this video for more tips on maximizing space in your laundry room >>

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Comments on "10-minute laundry room makeover"

Allison November 19, 2012 | 12:50 PM

Great article! Our laundry rooms are quite easily the most overlooked rooms in our houses so this advice is very helpful. I agree with Katie and Lisa that doing laundry doesn’t have to be so boring. I like the idea of spicing up the laundry room with accessories and making it less messy by adding shelves and hampers. I wonder why I never thought of this before. Thanks for the tips and suggestions!

Katie November 14, 2012 | 12:36 PM

I really like this article - I agree, keep it clean and make it fun! Laundry is such a boring chore, so may as well make the room as fun as possible!

Lisa September 11, 2012 | 8:44 PM

Great tips! The laundry room is such a boring room, so I like the idea of adding bright and bold colors to spice it up. Also, always keep it clean! It's already not a fun place to be, so make sure it's at least clean and organized so you can easily access everything you need.

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