Organizing a small laundry room with dollar store items isn’t the most exciting project, but it was one that was long overdue for me. The cabinets were a mess! Now, they are organized and I can find what I’m looking for easily.
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I’ve had this project on my list of things to do for a while, and this month’s dollar store divas blog hop was just the motivation I needed to get it done! I love teaming up with blogging friends to share great crafts and DIY projects with you. Today, we are sharing some organization tips using dollar store items.
We hope to inspire you to craft and create with us and look forward to seeing you on the third Friday of every month for all things Dollar Store.
January is a great time to get some organization projects done. Next week, for our monthly Pinterest Challenge, I’ll be sharing budget friendly organization ideas for a small pantry.
I have a really bad habit of stashing things in my laundry room that don’t belong in there. Over time, it has caused the cabinets to be overflowing. I wanted to get them organized, but I didn’t want to spend lots of money on bins, baskets, or shelving. To keep this a budget friendly organization project, a trip to the dollar store was needed!
Getting a Small Laundry Room Organized
Our house is a little over 2,600 sq ft. You would think that with that space, the builder could have included a sizable laundry room, but no! My laundry room is about 5.5 ft x 5.5 feet. It has to serve as not only the laundry space, but the two cabinets are much needed storage areas.
I use the space above the cabinets to store some dishes that are rarely used, some spray paint cans that aren’t used often, and there was a box of odds and ends in the middle. The top two shelves in both of the cabinets were home to items that had been stashed there and forgotten. You don’t often see messy sides of a blogger’s home, but I’m going to show you what the cabinet looked like before I got serious about organizing it!
The second of the two cabinets wasn’t quite as bad as the first, but it still needed to be cleaned out and organized better.
The first thing that had to be done was to remove every single item in both cabinets. I found things that I had forgotten I had and lots of things that I wondered why in the world they had been saved! The best thing I found was an empty Dom Perignon bottle and box that Dave and I shared on our first New Year’s Eve together. Some things have enough sentimental value to be saved. It didn’t belong hidden behind other items out of sight in the laundry room though!
Sorting and Purging Cabinets for Organization
Dollar Store Items Used for Pantry Organization
- Tubs with lids
- Divided Basket
- Wire Baskets
- Large Baskets
- Shelf Liner
- Picture Frame with Twine and Clips
After sorting, purging, or relocating to better places, I was ready to tackle the organization of the items I wanted to store in the cabinets. After wiping the shelves down, I used dollar store shelf liner on each of them.
I bought several sizes of bins and basket at Dollar Tree to help with organizing everything. I also bought a photo frame with twine and clips that I’m using for a shopping memo holder.
Use Dollar Store Bins and Baskets for Laundry Room Organization
After deciding what I wanted to store in each bin, I used labels that I found at the dollar spot at Target to label them. Even though we don’t have a dog, Gloria’s dog, George, visits quite often, so he has his own stash of necessities here. The divided bin works great for his stuff. Items that I don’t use often went into bins on the top shelf and some baking items that I use more frequently are easy to reach on the bottom shelf.
The second set of cabinets is much better organized, too. Various cleaning supplies are sorted by how they are used, cleaning cloths are in their own bin, and the top shelf has some items that I don’t need to reach often. I keep a small folding step stool behind the door so that I can quickly reach the top shelf and the dishes on the top of the cabinets when they are needed.
Keep Similar Items Together
I lined a thrift store tray with more of the shelf liner to hold laundry pods and assorted laundry cleaning items. The tub with a lid from the Dollar Tree is a great size for holding a large package of pods.
To make the shopping list memo board, I cut cardstock into 4×6″ pieces and used my Cricut to cut “Shopping.” I placed the vinyl letters on a piece of shiny cardstock and glued it to the Dollar Tree frame. It will be a handy way to jot down items I need when I think of them.
While I was organizing the space, I re-organized a wire wall hanging organizer that I’ve had in the room for a few years. It was pretty messy, too! I removed all of the items and decided what to keep stored there that I wanted to have easy to reach. Now, I find what I need.
I found a white wire basket at Target that was on clearance, marked down from $12 to $3.60. This sits beneath the wire organizer and is used as a laundry basket for used dish towels and napkins.
After cleaning, sorting, purging, and organizing my small laundry room is much more functional now. Even though it’s small, since it’s now organized, it feels like more space. I have to make sure that I don’t fall back into the old habit of stashing things into the room that don’t belong there!
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Organizing a Small Laundry Room With Dollar Store Items
A couple of years ago, I participated in a Drawer Organization Challenge Blog Hop. It was one of the most practical hops I’ve taken part in. Two years later, and my drawers are still looking well organized.
To see how I organized lots of drawers using dollar store items, click below!
Check out more organization ideas from the Dollar Store Divas.
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