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RL Tips: Organizing the Utility Room

Decluttering ideas and nifty containers for the most multifunctional area of the home


The utility room can be the most multifunctional area in your home. It’s a storage room, mud room, laundry area, broom closet, and sometimes, even the maid’s room. That is why it’s important not to turn it into a dumping ground for everything you want to hide. Designate areas and keep track of all the items by making a list that you can post behind the door.

Styling by Issa Villar. Assisted by Paula de Guzman. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.

Read the original article (“3 Cluttered Zones, Controlled!") in the June 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Getting Started:

Go vertical. Whether it’s a room, closet, or part of your garage, utility areas are small. Maximize the space with a shelving unit placed against a wall. If you have a high ceiling, build a ledge to store seasonal items like Christmas décor.

Steel Shelf, P3,195, True Value; Collapsible Containers, P1,249.75, Muji

Hang it. Some items like brooms, the ironing board, and vacuum cleaner, are hard to store because of their size and shape. Good thing there are organizers made just for them. Install these organizers on the wall and clear the floor of clutter.

Ironing Organizer, P199.75 (check), Howards Storage World

Box it up. Since utility rooms are also used for storage, get matching containers (either plastic or cardboard) so you could stack them up in an orderly fashion. Label each box to make it easier to look for items. 

Regular assessment.  As with any room in your home, don’t forget to do a spring cleaning of tour stock room. While this area commonly houses “junks”, it doesn’t mean that you can leave it messy. Sort out items that can still be repaired or recycled and throw away those that are completely useless.

Here are some handy picks that may help you:

Four-tier Chrome Shelving Unit, P6,499.75, Howards Storage World

Laundry Sorter, P2,999.75, Howards Storage World

Plastic Storage Box, P1,199.75, True Value

Laundry Sorter, P2,999.75, Howards Storage World

Magic Holder, P499.75, Howards Storage World

Hang ‘n’ Hide Laundry Holder, P1,299.75 (hangers not included), Howards Storage World

*Prices are subject to change. 

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