Organizing Cleaning Supplies

Today I wanted to share a few tips for organizing household cleaning supplies.  I am fortunate to have a closet for cleaning-related supplies and equipment and it's a real luxury to find almost everything I need in one space. 



The closet is just large enough to store our full-size vacuum and floor cleaner, along with stackable drawer units. 




To the left is a wall mounted organizer that holds a broom, feather duster, dust pan, bag of vacuum attachments, flexible static duster, and a manual mop (the kind with reusable, washable cloth mop heads).  Having these items hanging neatly on the wall, rather than leaning in a corner, has been a real time saver.


A key to keeping this closet organized and having items readily accessible is the stacking drawer unit.  There are two of them and each provide two shallow and two deep drawers.  Without them, this area would be a cluttered mess with an "enter at your own risk" sign on the door!


The upper unit contains glass cleaning supplies, general cleaning cloths (including my all-time favorite microfiber cloths found HERE), and floor cleaner/mop pads.  






The bottom unit contains cleaning brushes, leather cleaners, cleaning gloves, and furniture moving casters.





The wood closet rod is a convenient place to store spray bottles - they just hang right on the wood rod - no need to have them taking up space on the shelf or in drawers.  If you don't have a closet rod, a curtain rod can also be used - or even a tension rod inside a cabinet.




Above the rod is a wood shelf where two plastic bins hold floor cleaning solutions/products and vacuum attachments (for a Dyson stick vac wall mounted in our master bedroom closet).
  



The hardest working item in the closet is that little grey pail that you see sitting on top of the drawer unit.  It's perfect for quick clean ups and I love the size - great for diluting cleaning solution in manageable amounts and easy to grab and carry throughout the house.  I'm very protective of that little pail!  :)



I do keep cleaning products in each bathroom and in the kitchen, but most of our cleaning equipment is kept in this closet for easy retrieval.  Being able to see everything at a glance has helped to eliminate duplicate and unnecessary purchases. 

Maintaining the Cleaning Closet
This space is super easy to clean - I just remove the plastic containers on the top shelf, roll out the drawer unit, and take out the vacuum and floor cleaner.  

A quick vacuuming of baseboards and the floor, followed by wiping the shelf and floor with a hot sudsy cloth, and it's done.  That's the beauty of a small space - quick and easy to maintain!






Do you have a closet, cabinet or shelf that you dedicate for your cleaning supplies and/or cleaning equipment?  Does having all (or most) of them in one area work well for you? 

Sending a heartfelt thank you to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for graciously featuring this post at her No Spend - Clean - Purge October Linky Party.



16 comments:

  1. Oh my word, this is the most organized cleaning closet I have ever seen. I love it. Thanks for linking to the party.

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    1. Before I got the stacking drawers, it was a mess! Thanks so much, Marty!

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  2. Carolyn, I LOVE your cleaning closet! You have it so very well organized! Now I want a cleaning closet, myself! But I don't have a spare closet. I keep my cleaning supplies in the under-sink cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms (with spares in the garage). The vacuum is stored in the guest room! The broom and long-handled dust pan in the family room!

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    1. Hi, Bless! Sounds as if you have a system that works well for you! When we built our house, we realized that by having them put the a/c & heating system air return in the ceiling of a hallway (instead of on a wall), we gained space and I was gifted with a cleaning closet! :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing your cleaning closet with us! Organizing one's supplies makes such a huge difference! Although my stuff is fairly organized, I still think I can pick up some tips from you! What I REALLY need is to tackle my pantry - yikes!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy. Have an amazing week! :-)

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    1. Love your link party! The pantry is on my long list of areas to refresh. Seems I have to do it several times a year - it's a clutter magnet. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. Those stacking drawers are the best! You're so organized, I'm impressed! I keep separate cleaning supplies in each bathroom and the kitchen because one time I was carrying the bleach from one place to another and spilled it on the carpet. So now each bath and kitchen has their own. Lol! I'd love to have a closet like that though for my vacuum, mops, dusters, etc.

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    1. Oh my, Lisa! That would be a nightmare to spill bleach - especially on carpet. Yikes! We have a septic system so I don't get to use much bleach, but I do keep the gel bleach in each bathroom. I don't trust myself with the liquid. :)

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  5. I wish I had a whole closet. Everything is shoved (um, somewhat neatly) under my sink.

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  6. I really like how you labeled the drawers. I think it makes things so much easier to find and reminds us that everything has it's place. Keeps things organized! Thanks for sharing at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing at Friday Favorites at Must Love Home! I just love your organization! And a little envious. I love how you labeled the drawers and used the rod to "hang" the spray bottles!! Have a super week...Christine!

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  8. Love this idea! I have a closet that is supposed to be a coat closet, but this is Arizona, so do we really need a coat closet? I think it would make a perfect cleaning closet!

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  9. This is great, I always love new and quick ideas for organizing. Cleaning supplies can quickly become messier than the mess they are intended to clean. I really like the hanging hook, I might have to try that with my brooms / Swiffer! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesday!

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  10. Your cleaning space is a tribute to cleaning cupboards. It's so well stocked and organised. I have to make do with under the kitchen sink for storing my cleaning products and the items that won't fit under there, such as mop and hoover, end up stashed in the bathroom corner. However, you've inspired me to create a designated storage cupboard now.

    Lucy Andrews @ Safeclean Westminster

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  11. What a well organized space! I don't have a closet but I'm thinking of using your stacking bin idea near my washer and dryer in the extra space. Currently I have my vacuum shoved there but an organizer would be perfect. Adding a shelf with a rod over the area will let me hang my sprays too, thanks for sharing.

    German Zollinger @ Total Clean Equip

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  12. That looks like a great way to organize cleaning supplies. I wish I had this kind of setup in my office as it would look that much more organized and sophisticated. Thank you for taking the time and posting this and inspiring your readers. My wife will be getting the link sent to her very shortly, she will like it.

    Alex Burke @ ICA Supply

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