If laundry is your least favorite chore, you’re not alone. And a tiny laundry room can only add to the frustration.

But dread not! To make the most of a small laundry area, consider using every bit of space intentionally. This can mean looking outside the box when it comes to storage: think containers, baskets, crates, and bins that’ll become your go-tos.

Here are 5 tips to maximize your space and help make this household chore surprisingly painless (yes, really!).

1. Think vertical

Save floor space by maximizing vertical space instead: install a stackable washer and dryer. Though they can cost more than side-by-side sets, having a bit more available room could be worth the extra cost. Weigh the pros and cons and see what works best for you.

2. Utilize the wall

If the room does have the capacity for a washer and dryer to sit side-by-side, you can add shelving to hold laundry or cleaning supplies. Prefer storage higher up the wall? Create cubbies with premade wall cubes. And if you’re up for a DIY project, you can try using milk crates.

3. Look above the machines

For your folding station, set up a wooden or composite countertop above the machines. If you have a stacked washer/dryer, try a hanging or drop-down wall desk. Your drying rack can hang from the ceiling too. But if self-installation sounds too elaborate, a simple folding rack that can be put away between uses should do the trick.

4. Embrace the corners

Even a small room has corners, so put ’em to use! A corner shelf is a great out-of-the way addition to make the most out of a small space.

5. Think outside the room

Believe it or not, the space behind the door can be a huge help when it comes to storage. For heavy-duty needs, an over-the-door wire rack is a great option. Or, if a lightweight option is a better fit for you, an over-the-door shoe storage system (like those fabric ones for closets) will work just as well.

Ironing boards can also be stashed behind the door or hung on the wall. Pro tip: if you don’t own an ironing board, you can always sub in a towel spread across a table.

And if you purchase a new washer or dryer — or decide to make more extensive repairs remember to update your home insurance coverage to account for them too.

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Hannah Fairbanks is a freelance writer living in San Francisco with her husband and 2 daughters. When she’s not writing, you might find her reading, packing bento box lunches for her kids, and making sure she gets in at least 10,000 Fitbit steps a day.