This post is in partnership with Lowe’s Canada. All words and opinions are my own.

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By Alison Mazurek

When I was given the opportunity to do a small DIY project with Lowe's I thought this is an opportunity to get creative with a tiny forgotten corner of our apartment, our laundry closet!

I could complain about how small our laundry closet is. I could say that there are only about 8 in. between the top of the closet and door frame to squish cleaning supplies. I could say the doors are so narrow that they don’t fit any standard mop/broom holder. I could say that the closet is so close to our front door that when we are doing laundry we have to lock the front door so no one comes crashing into the closet doors and the poor unsuspecting human tucked inside. I could complain that there is no where to hang our clothes expect the bathroom. But instead, I say, we have in-suite laundry! We’ve never forgotten what it was like to have shared laundry in our previous apartment. I’ve never forgotten the fight for the working washer and dryer, or the feeling when you know someone else took your undies out of the dryer. So despite our tiny stacked washer/dryer set up, we are forever grateful to be able to do laundry in our home at any time of day or night.

With this gratefulness in mind, I tried to look at our tiny closet with fresh eyes and see all that it could be, instead of what it isn’t. It had become a bit of a catch-all for umbrellas, scooters and mops. We also had been stacking laundry detergent and cleaning supplies on top that routinely fell down the sides as the top of the dryer is uneven. So in partnership with Lowe’s I decided to install a shelf above the dryer to hold the things we regularly use for laundry … laundry detergent, stain remover, vinegar, soap, wool dryer balls and mesh bags.

I went to my local Lowe's and was lucky to find that there was a finished pine board the exact size I needed at 16 in. by 36 in. Then I found L-brackets in the hardware section to attach with drywall anchors to the walls of the closet. I spray painted the L-brackets white so they would disappear and it was worth the extra effort.

While tight, this new shelf allows us to hold all the things we need, and easily display them. I also swapped out most containers for refillable ones and found a clear organizer to corral smaller objects.
Next, I moved on to our larger cleaning tools which in the past were shoved in the sides of the washer/dryer or awkwardly stacked in our pantry. I couldn’t find a traditional mop orbroom holder that fit our narrow 15 in. doors so I opted for a key rack (which I sprayed out white, again) and then added leather loops to all the cleaning tools. For the mop and broom a u-hook did the trick.

Our drying rack still tucks awkwardly beside the washer. And it most certainly is not the pretty wooden rack of my dreams but it is the right depth to just squeeze in there. I saw this smart option at Lowe’s that I tried to incorporate into our home anywhere and we just didn’t have an area that worked for it. But if you have a spot I love the idea of an expanding drying rack that folds up so small!

So there you have it, a simple and affordable update to a tiny closet that is (surprisingly) bringing a bit more joy to our laundry routine.

Supplies:

  • Pine Board 16 in. x 36 in.
  • 4 x L-Brackets
  • Package of Drywall Anchors
  • White Spray Paint
  • Pint of White paint to touch of interior of closet
  • Hook Rail
  • MadeSmart Clear Organizer
  • Glass Jar and Bottle (already owned)
  • Cleaning Tools (already owned)
 

About the Author

alison mazurek

Alison Mazurek

600sqft.

Alison Mazurek is a small living expert, designer and founder of 600sqft.com and @600sqftandababy, a blog dedicated to celebrating and chronicling family life in close quarters. Her work has appeared in Apartment Therapy, Cup of Jo, DesignSponge, Vancouver Magazine, and various other publications.

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