Hand brushes, mops, brooms, rags, microfiber cloths, wipes, etc – these essential cleaning supplies are a bit too much, no? First, you spend money on purchasing them, and then, they make your home look so cluttered. Especially when you live in a small home and are short on space.
In my observation, we stock up on so many cleaning products and then can’t figure out how to nicely tuck them away, which always leads to a mess. But what if I told you organizing cleaning supplies is not that big a deal, and you can actually keep them accessible at all times? If you always knock over a few bottles while finding that one cleaner or the brooms fall over every time you open the utility closet, I hear you.
Today, I will share some easy and pocket-friendly tips to organize cleaning supplies that you can follow right away and make your cleaning process a breeze! So, without any ado, let’s get to it!
Organizing Cleaning Supplies: Preparation
When you’ve read some articles on this blog, you’ll know by now how important it is to declutter before you organize anything. The same goes for organizing cleaning supplies. This way, you’ll get rid of near-empty bottles, half-decayed scouring pads, that sticky soap in the corner of your cabinet, and extreme amounts of supplies you never use as it turns out.
1) Start by taking out everything of its storage space (or hey, pick it up from the floor!) and collect items in one central place. For example your kitchen floor.
2) Next, categorize the supplies into three piles: keep, donate and throw out. Perhaps you can donate your surplus supplies to your children’s school, a homeless shelter, or your local clubhouse.
3) Throw out anything sticky, half-empty, funny-smelling, or otherwise dubious material.
4) Now give every storage area a good cleaning with a soapy solution before you store items back in their places. Also, wipe down the bottom of all your supplies to prevent stains on your storage surface.
Well done! You now know what you’re working with and how many items need organization!
7 Best Solutions For Organizing Cleaning Supplies
1. Supply Caddy For Everyday Cleaning Supplies Organization
Let’s start with the easiest solution. If taking cleaning supplies out of the drawer every time feels annoying, get a handy storage caddy for your home. This supply caddy will hold everyday cleaning essentials that you need quite often.
Since cleaning caddies are quite spacious, you can store many cleaning supplies in them, like kitchen cleaners, and oven cleaners, and eventually free important drawer storage space. Once you’re done cleaning, put the storage basket back in the cabinet, and that’s all. You won’t see household cleaners on the kitchen countertop or near the bathroom sink because your supply caddy is tucked away in a drawer.
2. Lazy Susans For Least-Used Cleaners
Do you have stain removers and window cleaners at home too? Well, you don’t need them every day, and they’ll only fill up your daily used supply caddy. A lazy susan under the sink or in a storage closet is ideal for less used cleaning supplies and chemicals. You can keep this lazy susan hidden in a drawer and pull it out when needed. However, if you prefer keeping these supplies on a countertop or when there’s no space in the drawers, a non-skid lazy susan will do. This round holding tray will prevent stains and scratches on the countertop, which are pretty common otherwise.
3. Tension Rods For Under-The-Sink Storage Space
No drawer or under-the-sink space left to hold your cleaning tools? Installing some tension rods is a great solution. You can adjust these rods inside a cabinet or under the sink to hang cleaning spray bottles. Since most cleaning bottles have long nozzles and spray heads, these rods will work well for them. Make sure these rods aren’t installed too low because kids and pets might knock these bottles over if they can reach them.
Even if you have a small storage cabinet in the bathroom, you can adjust a long tension rod in it to get additional storage for bathroom cleaners. These rods are great for holding toilet paper rolls, spray bottles, and hand brushes.
4. Vertical Storage In A Pinch
Adjusting cleaning supplies in a small home is a real challenge. When most drawers are brimming with stuff, and you can’t find any space to neatly place your cleaning supplies, getting new storage options is wise. A vertical over-the-door organizer will be a great addition to your regular storage drawers and keep your cleaning things accessible. You can hang this organizer on the inside of a cabinet door or on the inside of the bathroom door. If you have plenty of rags, dusters, and brushes, adjust them on a vertical organizer to free your storage drawers.
5. Utility Closet For Backups And Extra
If you’re lucky enough to have a utility closet, your cleaning closet is already sorted. All you have to do is organize this cleaning closet according to your cleaning schedule and preferences. Say you have an entire range of cleaning supplies for glass windows and mirrors that you occasionally need.
You can allocate one side of the utility closet to this range and avoid mixing up. You can also add hanging toilet roll holders in the cabinet to keep them near and free some space from your bathroom drawers. Similarly, keep one side of the closet for big cleaners like the vacuum, mops, brushes, and brooms because you don’t want them to be in front of you. If there are no compartments in the closet, install some hooks or smaller shelves to increase its space so that you can organize it better.
6. Pegboard Or Broom Holder For Wall Mounting
Got loads of brushes, brooms, mops, and dusters? You need a big pegboard to hang them and keep them out of sight. This board can be inside your utility closet, behind the laundry room’s door, or at any other discrete spot in the home. I used to have trouble organizing these cleaners because of limited storage space, and I would always trample over them in the storeroom. So I got myself a wall-mounted broom holder that offers easy access and keeps things arranged. Now I don’t fiddle through brushes to find the one I need. A sturdy and sleek broom holder is good for organizing cleaning supplies because it can hold different kinds of stuff.
7. A Cleaning Trolley For Easy Access
If you’re on a mission to keep everything in your home organized and mess-free, nothing is better than categorizing things. Shoes in the shoe closet, crafts tools in a craft cabinet, and cleaning essentials in a supply trolley or rolling cart. I love those, they’re so handy! When you put most cleaning supplies in a trolley, there’s no mess or access-related problems. You can roll this trolley to every room, clean whatever you have to, and put things back in the trolley for storage in a closet or other discrete place. This cart will ensure you don’t lose important cleaning supplies and everything is right in view, so you’ll know exactly when you have to buy backstock. Once you’re done cleaning, roll your cleaning trolley back into the utility closet, and that’s all.
FAQs On Organizing Cleaning Supplies
How do you store cleaning supplies in the bathroom?
If you have storage drawers in the bathroom, fix one for cleaning supplies. To increase its storage capacity, you can add a tension rod or implement some hooks inside the drawer. Also, putting a tray under the sink is a good idea. A vertical organizer will also work well in a bathroom.
Where is the best place to store your cleaning, laundry, and dishwashing supplies?
The powder, store, or laundry room is the best place for storing cleaning supplies. Since these are the more discrete areas of a home, you can store cleaning essentials there to keep your home decluttered.
How should Lysol be stored?
You should store Lysol in a cool, dry place and keep it away from direct heat. Also, make sure children or pets cannot reach it. A storage cabinet or tension rod in the storeroom is good for storing Lysol.
Can you use Clorox wipes in the refrigerator?
Yes, Clorox wipes are safe for cleaning spills in the refrigerator and wiping the refrigerator door and handle.
How do you hide brooms and mops?
Put the mops and brooms in a vertical cabinet to keep them out of sight. If you have a spare room, install a vertical mop holder behind its door to keep these cleaners hidden and organized.
Cleaning supplies can easily make your storage compartments look messy because there are too many of them. And they have many different shapes as well. From wipes to brushes and toilet cleaners to rags, you need all of these supplies. But if you don’t organize these essentials, they’ll only add to your work. Hopefully, this easy guide will inspire you to categorize your cleaning supplies better and keep them handy. I hope you won’t trample over your brooms or mops anymore because they’ll be on a wall-mounted stand. Good luck!
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