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Black and White laundry + clever storage ideas


Today I’m sharing our black and white laundry and some clever storage options to help keep your laundry neat and tidy.

It’s a compact space, with some super simple storage ideas.

Here’s the before shots.


Firstly, we added a shelf to store our laundry baskets.

And wall mounted the dryer.



  • Floor tiling Gretta Charcoal 300 x 600 laid stackbond
  • Laundry Splashback – Marmi Nero polished rectified 300 x 600 laid horizontal stackbond
  • Custom push touch cabinets in Formica Snowdrift
  • Bench Top – Polytec Laminate – Blanco Marquina
  • Paint Colour – White on White


Then we added a bracket in the tall cupboard for brooms and dustpans.


So there’s no more brooms or mops falling out when you open the door, I can’t tell you how great that is.

One of my favourite projects is this recycling storage for bottles and paper, here’s how we did it.



Did you spot that plastic bag dispenser on the recycle wall?



IKEA Recycling Storage Hack

You will need:

Trones shoe cabinet

Fixing hardware

Vinyl Lettering (optional) I used these

Washi tape


Fix the shoe cabinets to the wall as per instructions.

Then order your lettering, I used Vinyl Lettering Direct, they are the best I’ve found, check out our hallway here.

Then position the labels with washi tape until you are happy with the placement.

Peel away the protective coating from the labels and press down firmly with a squeegee (this one came with the labels).

Peel the top protective coating off and you have a neat recycling area for bottles and paper.

The best bit is….

There’s no excuse for papers and bottles piling up and everyone can see exactly where they go once they are finished with them.







You might remember this free laundry printable I made.

We printed this out and framed it too.

Click here to download the laundry printable it for free.


We also needed a handy place to keep our pet food.

It had to be in easy reach as we use it every day,

and still look good.

So, these glass jars became the perfect option. I used a different method to apply these labels, I’ll get back to you with this DIY next week.



Our black and white laundry is a minimalist design that compliments our Yamba Scandi look and feel.

Teamed with simple storage solutions to keep everything neat and tidy and function smoothly.


It’s one of those rooms I don’t like spending a lot of time in,

because… laundry!

However, I can’t help but smile, when everyone puts their recycling away, and if visitors arrive and the laundry still needs sorting, it gets placed on the shelf to keep everything tidy. Priceless!

Do you love the laundry as much as me?

Got any storage ideas I need to know about?

Love a label or four?

Ever used an Ikea product for a different use?



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28 responses to “Black and White laundry + clever storage ideas”

  1. Love the Ikea hack! My laundry is narrow, but luckily I have some overhead cupboards. Storage is always on the wishlist however! Currently my brooms keep falling on me when I open the cupboard, so may need to get me a nifty holder!
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    • Sarah says:

      Yeah totally grab yourself a broom holder, you’ll never regret it. It’s the simple things that make life easier I say.

  2. Your laundry is beautiful and that is such a clever idea with the recycling units. Love it.
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  3. What a great update. The shiny splash back gives it a really modern feel. The recycling system is really impressive too. I really need to update my laundry. I think something fresh and de-cluttered gives a positive feel to a laundry that we generally associate with constant work.
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    • Sarah says:

      You said it… I like to spend the least amount of time in here as possible, so keeping it clean and tidy, means I can do just that x

  4. merilyn says:

    looks great sarah!
    love m:)X

  5. jess says:

    Oh my goodness the broom holder is genius, and I love the ‘lost and found’, perfect for those pesky solo socks!

    • Sarah says:

      Don’t you just hate how socks get lost and become solo travellers, happens all the time at our place. x

  6. Love this – it is beautiful. You’ve done a great job.
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  7. I love the idea of the shelf for the laundry baskets. Our laundry is tiny but I think even we could manage that! I don’t like doing laundry per se, but it would be a joy to do the washing in that space, it’s ace!
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  8. Perfect timing!! Our laundry renovation is set to take place early next week. Wait till you see what I have been calling a laundry until now 🙂 We also have a small space so clever design and storage options are really important. Another inspirational Ikea hack! Awesome work xx
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  9. Very classy! But tell me your secret to make your tumbler work upside down???
    xx cathy

    • Sarah says:

      Well… when we got the dryer a few years back, it came with a sticker that had two options for hanging or leaving on the ground. Of course we didn’t keep it when we moved to the new house, it has the same positions just the name is upside down.
      Still works fine, I’d forgotten all about that until now.

  10. Love your work. Always awesome. How good are those buckets in the laundry too!
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  11. Bec Senyard says:

    Love this so much. I need a shelf in our laundry to keep the baskets off the floor near our washing machine.
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  12. Sandra Kelly says:

    Plastic bag dispenser? Where do I find me one of those gems? I’m ashamed to say my laundry looks worse now than when all the kids lived at home – I think I may be the messy one, lol! Lovely pics and lovely ideas Sarah! 🙂
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  13. Grace says:

    Ooooooh, you don’t know how much I love this! Especially your recycling corner! Not sure we would be able to fit one in our laundry but I’m sure we could do something similar just near our kitchen. Love the minimalist feel!

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks Grace, we have a butlers pantry just next to the laundry, so this is a great way to keep that area tidy, as it’s just a turn around the corner, I probably could have put an ironing board there, but I try very hard not to use one, but this recycling corner gets a good work out. You will just love it if you make one, especially when the kids and the big kids use it x

  14. Gorgeous laundry and great storage ideas! I think my furbaby Lexi needs her treat jar redecorated 🙂
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