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Friday, May 1, 2015

An Easy Way to Organize in the Laundry Room - Vertically!

Hi fellow Organizing Made Fun readers! I'm Rachel from Useful Beautiful Home and am here to show how I organize using vertical space. I wanted to share something today that was relevant to summer organization and my thoughts immediately went to the laundry. Whether washing up outdoor play clothes or returning home from vacation with suitcases full of dirty clothes, my laundry room is a busy place this time of year!

Vertical Laundry Organization ::

There isn't much floor space in my laundry room, which makes all those partitioned laundry sorters and handy carts not very practical for me. I needed to brainstorm a method of separating the clothing chaos and getting the piles off the floor! Long ago, I remember watching The Christopher Lowell Show. One catchphrase he often stated was, "if you can't build out, build up" and that was my magical answer! I started with a blank wall in the laundry room. The space could accommodate hanging laundry bags of some kind, but which ones? I did some comparisons and found these washable hanging laundry bins on Amazon (pictured below)
as the best choice. 

The perfect solution to laundry sorting at UsefulBeautifulHome via 

Did I mention they are washable?!! They also hang flat against the wall due to the wide-mouth, rectangle-shaped opening. The design is perfectly brilliant!

  Perfect Hanging Laundry Bag at UsefulBeautifulHome via 

AND, they unzip in the back to easily empty dirty items into the washer. One full bag conveniently equals a standard wash load.

  Zipper in the back for easy unloading at UsefulBeautifulHome via

Rather than just hang some hooks on the wall and be done (too boring) we cut a 10' long piece of 1x4 lumber in half, giving us two equal sized planks. Next, we sanded the two 5' pieces, painted them with leftover Woodlawn Blue paint, and anchored them to the wall. And by "we", I mean my husband.

  Hooks on Painted Wood Piece Screwed into Wall at UsefulBeautifulHome via 

 Next, we my husband installed some inexpensive hooks (like THESE hooks) equidistant apart on the painted wood pieces.

  Hook and Label in Laundry Rm at UsefulBeautifulHome via

Finally, my turn! I did what I do best - label. I used adhesive metal bookplates (found bookplates here) and they worked beautifully. It's a little bit of bling in a tasked oriented room.

  Adhesive Metal Bookplates Hook and Label in Laundry Rm at UsefulBeautifulHome via 

The white papers that slide inside the brackets are interchangeable if necessary, making the whole arrangement adjustable if I want to change a category label or a category placement.

   Martha Stewart Adhesive Labels for Pretty Laundry Room Adhesive Metal Bookplates Hook and Label in Laundry Rm at UsefulBeautifulHome via 

In total, I have three on the top tier and three across the bottom tier.

  Laundry Organization Martha Stewart Adhesive Labels for Pretty Laundry Room Adhesive Metal Bookplates Hook and Label in Laundry Rm at UsefulBeautifulHome via

Now I'm prepped and ready next time we come home from vacation with a few of these bad boys...

  Dirty Laundry from Vacation at UsefulBeautifulHome via 

 Just so you don't think my laundry does itself, here they are in action upon returning home from a week of vacay last year. Don't worry, no undies are showing. ;)

  Laundry Bags Full Laundry Bags Full at UsefulBeautifulHome via

Below is a shot from another angle where you can also see my DIY laundry skirt using simple grommets and no-sew tape.

  Laundry Room Lovel at UsefulBeautifulHome via 

I'll share one final picture, just because I appreciate how they keep me organized in the laundry zone.  

Using Vertical Space to Sort Laundry at UsefulBeautifulHome via 

I haven't been able to find them anywhere other than online. However, they are very durable and are still in the same good shape today, over a year later from when these pictures were taken. Lastly, I want to mention two pleasant surprises I've experienced with this system over the past year. One, my wall system has made our laundry routine much easier and simpler by having everything pre-sorted and readily available for washing. Two, it's a relatively child-friendly design that helps in the process of teaching laundry skills to my kindergartener! 

I love Becky's Five Practical Ways to Deal with Laundry and Kids, to which I include pre-sorting as an age-approrpiate task for my daughter. It's a fun "game" to toss clothes into hanging hampers when you're six-years-old. :) Easy for her, easy for me, and no laundry on the floor makes this an organized winner in my book. I hope you've found some inspiration today and thanks for having me!

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  1. Hi! Love the idea! However, do the bag get really heavy and weighed down when you put lots of clothes in them? I was just worried that they would get so heavy and pull the hooks out. Thanks!

  2. Good question! The hooks are screwed into the painted wooden planks. Then, each wood plank is screwed into the wall very securely using long screws and wall anchors. There are about 3 or 4 places on each wood plank where it's attached to the wall. My husband attached the screws to wall studs directly where he could. If there wasn't a stud, he used a heavy duty wall anchor. All that to say, NO they don't pull the hooks out and we fill the bags to the brim often. Yes, each bag gets heavy but none of them have ever pulled away from the wall or started coming loose. Thanks for asking! :)


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