Shelves and cabinets add storage space and can keep clutter in place. They can also give you room for folded clothes and organizing detergent, fabric softener and other laundry supplies.
Keep your shelves organized. Storage containers are great for stowing away items you don't need all the time, keeping them clean and dust-free. With storage containers, you can keep similar items on the same shelf. This will make finding everything from holiday decorations to extra blankets easier. Try keeping a smaller storage container around for those items lost in the washer/dryer like coins, buttons, etc.
A small trash bin for lint and used dryer sheets is a great thing to have handy next to the washer and dryer.