Yes, the laundry room of your dreams is actually achievable.
The trick to laundry room organization is to stash everything you need, right where you'll need it. Don't walk to the bedroom closet to look for a lint roller—keep one handy in your laundry room so you can grab it to defuzz pants fresh from the dryer. And all that loose change you find in the bottom of the machine? Place a glass jar on a nearby shelf to collect it all (trust us, it will add up). Here's everything you need to build the organized laundry room of your dreams, from our new book, The Real Simple Method to Organizing Every Room.
A Folding Drying Rack
The next time you're washing delicate knits that can't go in the dryer, you'll be so glad you invested in this large, foldable drying rack. When it's not in use, the collapsible design lets it lean against the wall, out of the way.
To buy: $18, amazon.com.
Zippered Mesh Bags for Delicates
When you're washing delicates, like bras, camisoles, or lace panties, tossing them into a mesh bag before popping them into the washing machine will prevent them from catching on other items.
To buy: $8, bedbathandbeyond.com.
A Spacious Shelving Unit
Just 14 inches deep, this shelving unit hangs close to the wall in your laundry room, yet holds a remarkable amount of laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and folded jeans.
To buy: $60, bedbathandbeyond.com.
A Divided Hamper for Sorting Laundry
A hamper with three separate slots makes it easy to sort out each family member's clothing. Plus, wheels let it roll easily from room to room to pick up the dirty laundry.
To buy: $60, containerstore.com.
A Stylish Ironing Board
No laundry room is complete without an ironing board, and this white and wood option is one of the most stylish ironing boards we've ever seen. It's so pretty, you may just be tempted to leave it out, even when you're not doing laundry.
To buy: $130, williams-sonoma.com.
A Lint Roller (or Two)
A steamer is like having a mini dry cleaners in your home. Just a few swipes along most garments smooths out wrinkles, disinfects, and removes odors–all without a trip outside the house.
To buy: $91, amazon.com.
Loose Change Jar
Leave a change jar near your washing machine so you can let the collection build up before you cash it in.
To buy: $20 for 6, amazon.com.