I love my house, but its one pitfall is the dang laundry room, mudroom combination! It is TINY and gets a ton of traffic: It’s how you enter the house through the garage! It took me a while, but I found some great products for maximizing space in a small laundry room or mudroom (on a budget)!
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So, this tiny room has to serve two functions:
- As a laundry room
- As the mud room/gateway between the house and the garage.
Obviously, not the best design for a family of four #wompwomp. I needed to fix this quickly, and for as little money as possible.
The Laundry Room
First, I had to have stackable machines, or I just wouldn’t have had room for ANYTHING else. Next, I needed something to sort my laundry in, and then a way to hang laundry to dry (because, LuLaRoe). This part took me the longest, because there are a lot of fun gadgets out there. I finally settled on this 2-Tier Rolling Garment Rack (Amazon aff link) from Amazon.
Why I love it: It’s sturdy; really easy to put together; has three built in bins for sorting laundry; has PLENTY of space to hang things; and has a shelf to store all of your soap/laundry products!
So that was it for the laundry room function of this room, now on to the mudroom!
So there are four of us, plus a dog, that needed to utilize the mudroom space. This is the only way into the house via the garage, so it gets a TON of traffic, and needs to hold the usual mudroom items (coats, purses and backpacks, and shoes…lots of shoes!).
I decided that the shoes needed some kind of shelf, so that we could get more of them into the space, but that shelf couldn’t be too deep, or it was going to interfere with the two doors! I opted for IKEA’s ALGOT system, because it gave me a TON of customization options. I’m also a visual person, so I loved that I could plan it all out using their online tool, too.
Above the ALGOT shoe rack, I hung five hooks (one for each of us, plus a guest) (Amazon aff link). And above each hook I hung a little metal letter with our initials. The ones I purchased were from Hobby Lobby, but you can find similar letters at any craft store! I also threw a plastic boot tray (Amazon aff link) underneath to throw flip flops and rain boots on!
The “Outside” hook system was something I found on Etsy a veeeery long time ago, but I found a similar one on Amazon (Amazon aff link)! The key hook (for all our keys, duh) was a random Home Goods purchase YEARS ago, but here’s a similar option on Amazon (Amazon aff link).
How do I like the space now?
While I still wish that I had two separate spaces for my laundry and mud rooms, I am really happy with the end result! In the end we spent around $150 to change up the space, and it functions WAY better than it did before!