Jennifer Garner's ingenious storage solution takes lessons from the kitchen – and her method makes laundry easy

The actress's laundry room uses vertical space to maximize storage. It's simple, stylish, and interior designers love her look

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Storage solutions require creativity. Jennifer Garner's might make her a creative genius.

The 13 Going on 30 actress shared an adorable video giving her cat a bath in her laundry room sink and we couldn't help but notice all the brilliant lessons it takes from traditional kitchen storage ideas. Garner's white laundry room has high ceilings, allowing room for cabinets both across the base of the space and on the upper walls. They provide infinite space for cleaning supplies and other, more rarely-used home items.

In addition to the cabinets, the actress's laundry room incorporates kitchen countertops, a kitchen island, and a kitchen sink. These additions made it easier to handwash laundry right next to the machine, while the counters make sorting clothes notably more seamless. 

Interior designers are impressed by the scheme, which is simultaneously stylish and functional. NYC-based interior designer Kathy Kuo says, 'Speaking as a mom myself, I can tell you that this storage wonderland of a laundry room is the stuff that dreams are made of! If you have the space for it, as Jennifer does, I love the idea of using your laundry room as a multi-purpose storage and cleaning area.'

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Kathy Kuo

Kathy Kuo is a celebrated interior designer and international guru within the home and lifestyle space. She has 20+ years of experience in the design industry. 

The kitchen cabinet idea is particularly impressive to experts. Best-of-Houzz-award-winning designer Elizabeth P. Lord-Levitt states: 'Accentuating ceiling height through tall cabinets can visually make a space feel bigger, even if the footprint is small, like a mudroom. A second row of cabinets may be inefficient for everyday needs but can be great for overflow items or holiday decor that are rarely accessed.' It both expands storage and adds style – a rare combination that's hard to resist. 

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Elizabeth P. Lord-Levitt

Elizabeth Lord-Levitt is the principal designer and founder of Elizabeth P. Lord Residential Designs. She has a master's degree in real estate and construction management from the University of Denver. She has worked on countless design projects and has been honored with nine 'Best of Houzz' design awards.

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Furthermore, the cabinet color in Garner's home enhances the visual interest of her space. Kuo tells Homes & Gardens: 'The crisp look of the cabinets filling the vertical space here is very modern-farmhouse-inspired and really just such a smart use of the space.' It's proof that functional spaces in the home needn't only be for storage: they can also add a touch of intentionally designed flair.

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Jennifer Garner's laundry room is more than just a laundry room. It's an all-purpose storage space that doubles as a calming, stylish room that complements the interior design style of the rest of Garner's home.

Sophie Edwards
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I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.