This week I cleaned out my foyer closet, especially the cleaning area where I store lots of cleaning supplies for the common areas. Yes, I know what you are thinking, “Boring!”. It IS boring, and that is why I am doing it. =) I hope this helps you get inspired to organize a “boring area” of your home.
“Doing tedious, mundane cleaning tasks help rest the mind. If you want to take a break from life, clean something.” by Sabrina Quairoli
I had this unit installed when I converted my foyer closet into a pantry. Here is the link so you can see it. But, now that I don’t need the pantry in the foyer any longer, I converted this space into a cleaning supplies area. This is the unit that I purchased: ClosetMaid Adjustable 8-Tier Wall and Door Rack, 18-Inch. You can order it from Amazon.com (affiliate).
First, I pulled out everything from my foyer closet. Cleaned off the cobwebs. Then, I sorted my cleaning supplies into tasks.
I needed space to hold rags and small grocery bags, so I did this. I pulled from my “Organizing supplies” and zip-tied them to the wire shelf. I used two for each because, with one, it tipped to one side.
Then I cut zip-ties and then put a plastic liner on top.
The wire shelving kit that I have offered a wire bar for those shallow shelves. So, I decided to use it for the long floor pads I need to store for my wood floors. It works great.
I then added labels and hooks to help make it more organized. I made sure the names were large enough to read from a distance since there would be coats near the shelves. I used small zip-ties with the tags and took off the excess when I attached it to the wire shelves. I also removed some shelves that were just not necessary. Here is the before and after image.
Note: My plant watering pitcher will still go back, but I will probably hang it farther down on the shelf where the floor cloths are placed.
Here is the breakdown of the supplies I stored in this space:
- The top shelf is misc. cleaning supplies like the silver cleaner, copper cleaner, etc…
- The second shelf down holds glass and wood cleaners.
- The third shelf holds leather and stainless steel cleaners.
- The fourth shelf holds cleaning supplies.
- The fifth shelf holds cleaning floor pads and the cleaning rags and small trash bags.
Note: The bathroom supplies are stored in their place in the bathroom.
It may seem like a lot of supplies, but I purchase these supplies from a wholesaler in bulk or when they go on sale so I can save a little money. I have another area for the huge refill bottles of liquid.
Where do you store your cleaning supplies? What do you use to organize your supplies? I hope you enjoyed this post. Please leave a comment below.
Here are some additional tips for creating a cleaning supplies area.