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Soap and Such

Introduction

Even the smallest laundry room is easy to work in if it's organized. Small nooks and crannies can become useful spaces. Here, a 4-inch-wide shelf, above right, holds bars of castile soap, laundry soap for delicates, a small sewing kit, sponge, and spray-bottle of water for ironing. Decant powder detergents and other supplies into narrow containers to fit on the shelf.

Steps

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Source
Organizing Good Things 2004

Reviews (15)

  • 7 Jan, 2009

    StrawbrryF - I also have a set up like yours but there is a tiny bit of space next to the washer/dryer and I purchased a rolling cart that is just inches wide - it fits all my stuff quite nicely. No help if you don't have that few inches, I know, but I thought I'd toss it out to you in case.

    Great tips for the shelf liner, everyone!

  • 7 Jan, 2009

    StrawbrryF - I also have a set up like yours but there is a tiny bit of space next to the washer/dryer and I purchased a rolling cart that is just inches wide - it fits all my stuff quite nicely. No help if you don't have that few inches, I know, but I thought I'd toss it out to you in case.

    Great tips for the shelf liner, everyone!

  • 6 Jan, 2009

    a 3 foot measuring stick can be nailed and used as the trim on the shelf in the laundry room and if not in too short a space can be used to hang your clothes as you take them from the dryer....just nail it where the bottom of the measuring stick is even with the shelf board on the bottom and then hangers will fit very nicely...or you could just use it to store your hangers

  • 5 Jan, 2009

    Another great use for non-skid shelf liner is to cut a piece somewhat bigger than your sewing machine floor foot--it keeps it from scooting away from you

  • 5 Jan, 2009

    Another great use for the non skid shelf liner is using it in your cars trunk to keep things from sliding around. If you are transporting food it is great to keep it from sliding as well.

  • 5 Jan, 2009

    My laundry room is also a walk-through - sort of like a short hallway from garage to house but with doors at either end. I took a tension-type shower curtain rod and put it from side to side above the door frames and twisted it tight so it stays put. I can store empty hangers up there and it's an easy place to hang things as I take them out of the dryer. Also great for hanging long items like tablecloths.

  • 5 Jan, 2009

    non-skid shelf liner is great between teflon pans both in your home and RV so they won't scratch or rattle! Also if you hava stainless bowls!!

  • 5 Jan, 2009

    Non-skid shelf liner cut in different sizes and use under a mixing bowl to keep it from sliding on the counter and also is great to help in opening new jars. Love the small shelf idea and the towel bar under the cupboard for hangars. Thanks ladies.

  • 5 Jan, 2009

    You can get small rolls of that non-skid shelf liner for a dollar at Dollar Tree stores! You're right - it's good for so many things! I have a piece under my microwave to keep it from sliding on the counter, and a piece between my stacked VCR

  • 5 Jan, 2009

    For StrawbrryF--maybe some sort of over-the-door hanging 'storage contraption with pockets' for the inside door of your laundry closet would be a better place to store laundry items. You could use Martha's idea for transferring things to smaller containers that would fit in the pockets; keep the large boxes or bottles somewhere else and refill smaller ones as needed.

  • 5 Jan, 2009

    I have cupboards above my washer and dryer but the rest of my laundry room is a walk thru. I couldn't figure out what to do with empty hangers. Finally hung a towel bar upside down from the cupboard above the dryer. The hangers are now in easy reach when I need them. AND the no-skid shelf liner will also work under booster chairs at the dining table, and under cushions on stools at the kitchen counter, keeping both from sliding. This stuff is wasted if it's only used as shelf liner!!!!

  • 5 Jan, 2009

    this is an awesome tip. i have no closets so to speak of but i have shelves above my washer and this will work for me wonderfully!

  • 5 Jan, 2009

    I would be careful, though, of storing items on top of your dryer. It gets surprisingly hot, and items have been known to catch fire on top of dryers.

  • 5 Jan, 2009

    Try placing a non slip mat (like a shelf liner) and that should stop them from dancing on the machine!

  • 5 Jan, 2009

    This is a fantastic tip. I have a follow up question if anyone can answer. I have a tiny laundry closet: just machines stacked on top of one another. Right now, I keep my detergents on top of the machines but they keep sliding back as the machines work. I'm constantly pulling them back. Has anyone come up with a great organizational idea of how to keep them from sliding around?