Declutter the easy way with practical utility room ideas

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Utility rooms by their very nature are home to a lot of items - washing equipment, cleaning products, boot racks... the list is endless.

While an organised and uncluttered utility room might seem like an impossible dream, there are several easy ways to keep the space tidy and usable.

Think about what you're using your utility room for and work backwards. Is it storage, washing or an extension of your kitchen? Read on for our top tips for decluttering and organising your utility room, whatever the size and shape of your space...

1/10 Understairs storage

entrance with white door and wooden carpet

(Image credit: Future PLC/Holly Jolliffe)

Don't have the space for a utility room? A storage unit and peg rail can be squeezed into the space under the stairs. This apothecary-style chest of drawers is great for storing bits and pieces and fits in with the farmhouse feel. A letter rack keeps things organised, while antique accessories, such as the radio and doorbell, add the finishing touches.

Chest of drawers
Pine Solutions

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2/10 Country-style utility room

kitchen room with storage table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Bolton)

With open shelving in the utility room, it's easy to lay your hands on the item you need. Pretty up a rustic dresser with a selection of china and decorative accessories.

Similar dresser
Fired Earth

3/10 Utility room with Shaker-style storage

utility room with cloths hangers and shelves

(Image credit: Future PLC/Robert Sanderson)

Utility rooms are usually little more than a box room off the kitchen, so clever use of storage is essential in such a compact space. Put up a Shaker-style peg rail and shelf unit to give you a handy area to hang up coats, jackets and other paraphernalia.

Similar shelving unit

4/10 Eclectic utility area

utility room with white table and cane basket

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Bolton)

Create a utility storage area in the hallway or by the back door for all the family. A console table is pretty and practical, while a large wicker basket and wooden crate will keep unsightly clutter hidden away. Scattered accessories give this utility area an eclectic look.

Similar accessories
Lavender & Sage

5/10 Green and cream utility room

green utility room with white cabinet

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Utility rooms don't have to be boring. Give yours wow factor with a lick of green paint. Wicker baskets are ideal for storing the bits and bobs you want hidden from view.

Similar baskets
Dunelm Mill

6/10 Utility room with wall storage

utility room with arm chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Nat Rea)

utility room is usually the smallest room in the house so ensure the space remains neat and tidy by maximising wall and shelf space. These large coat hooks are a great decorating idea for hanging hats in this compact room - they even make for a quirky display.

Similar armchair
The Old Cinema

7/10 Rustic utility hallway space

room with cloth hanger

(Image credit: Future PLC/Niall McDiarmid)

Rustic stone flooring has been teamed with vintage patterned rugs and wicker baskets in this hallway utility space for a country feel that is both laid-back and cosy.

Similar wicker baskets
The Holding Company

8/10 Hallway utility room

hallway with shoes and hats

(Image credit: Future PLC/Robert Sanderson)

Create a utility room you'd want to visit all the time by using quirky and clever accessories to store away frequently used items. This smart hallway design is the ideal place to store your wellies, hats and coats.

Similar floor tiles

9/10 Practical utility room

laundry room with wall shelves

(Image credit: Future PLC/Martin Black)

Well planned storage is key in any utility room. Elegant built-in cupboards provide multiple storage uses. Hide cleaning products out of sight by making a smart cafe curtain for an open shelving unit. A good decorating idea is to combine wall shelves for smaller items, such as vases, brushes and detergents, with deep cupboards for bulkier items, such as buckets and dust pans.

Similar paint

10/10 Multi-purpose utility room

utility room with white door

(Image credit: Future PLC/Robert Sanderson)

A practical wooden worksurface along with ample cupboards and deep drawers provide everything you need and more in this well-equipped utility room. A hardwearing chequerboard floor is the perfect foil for wet coats and muddy boots in winter months.

Similar floor tiles
Topps Tiles

Holly Walsh
Content Editor

Holly Walsh has been Content Editor at Ideal Home since 2021, but joined the brand back in 2015. With a background of studies in Interior Design, her career in interior journalism was a no-brainer and her passion for decorating homes is still as strong as it ever was. While Holly has written for most of the home titles at Future, including Livingetc, Country Homes & Interiors, Homes and Gardens and Style at Home, Ideal Home has always been her ideal home, and she can be found sharing her expertise and advice across both the printed magazine and the website too.