The laundry room usually gets the least amount of thought when organizing for back to school. However, it is essential for keeping the school year running smoothly.
Shelves and cabinets add storage space and help keep clutter in place. They also give 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, and 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.
It may go without saying, but the more organized your dirty laundry is, the easier things will be when it comes time to do the wash. A hamper or a basket will keep your dirty laundry in place and easier to handle before the wash; a sorter will help you organize dirty laundry into loads before laundry day.
Set up a drying rack next to the washer to hang clothes as they come out of the washer, especially delicates. A drying rack not only allows you to lie clothes flat to dry, you can also use hangers to hang garments from it. That'll keep you from scattering wet clothes all around the laundry room, perched on every available hanging place.
A folding table or rollaway cart is a great resource for folding clothes as they come out of the dryer. A table or a cart is there for you when you need it and easy to put away when you don't, keeping your laundry room organized when it's not laundry day.