My home organizing clients often want tips on how to organize cleaning supplies. Cleaning supplies are sometimes difficult to organize because they have many purposes in various rooms, and most people have many types and sizes of cleaners to store in their home. Here are some suggestions on ways to organize and store those cleaning supplies.
Create a Home for Cleaning Supplies
Determine where you’d like to keep your cleaning supplies. Do you have space under the kitchen or bathroom sink? Is there a hall closet or utility closet that will work well? Is there space in your laundry room for cleaning supplies? Often brooms, mops and vacuum cleaners are such odd shapes that they need to be stored away from the rest of the supplies, either on wall hooks, or on a closet floor.
Some people like to store bathroom cleaning supplies under the bathroom sink and other cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink. It really depends on your personal preferences and the way you clean your home. Decide on a location (or locations) and then use storage containers to make the most of your space.
Use Storage Products to Contain Cleaning Supplies
For cabinets, there are great over the door cabinet baskets or over the door cabinet hooks that can be helpful in holding sponges, gloves and other frequently used items. It is best if bottles of cleaning supplies are stored plastic containers to prevent cleaning fluids from leaking onto other items. A cleaning caddy can make it easier for you to travel with the supplies. You can even create one caddy for the bathroom, one for the kitchen, another for carpet cleaners, etc.
Inside closets, clear labeled plastic bins on shelves work well for smaller cleaning supplies. If you store all similar cleaning supplies together, you will be able to find what you need when it is time to clean and prevent repurchasing or over-buying supplies.
Other items that work well to store in utility or laundry closets near the cleaning supplies are bins of batteries, flashlights and lightbulbs. These are things you may need frequently, and it helps to have an easy to access spot for these kinds of items.
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This is one area that has definitely gotten out of control for me! Reading this now i’m thinking maybe my hall closet would be a better place to organize my cleaning supplies instead of the jumble they are in inside the pantry / laundry room. I used to keep two cleaning caddies (before two moves resulting in utter chaos) – one for wet cleaning jobs and one for dry cleaning jobs. Thank you for the inspiration.
Nancy Haworth says