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.
16 CLEVER WAYS TO ORGANIZE CLEANING SUPPLIES
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I've never thought of "containerizing" cleaning supplies, but I can see what a difference it could make.
The baskets hung by zip ties are so clever. And then covering the wire shelf with the shelf liner. Fabulous! It's funny that you described this project as boring because to me, I love doing this type of thing...transforming a cluttered space to a more accessible, useful space. You did a great job!
Thanks, Linda, there are so many possibilities available to us when we use zip ties to affix things together. I may make a post just about ways to do zip ties in organizing. =)
By organizing this space, I found that when I do need to clear something, it makes it that much easier to do so.
I like that plastic liner to put over the wires. Sometimes wire shelving can be tricky. Also neat to see how you hung the baskets to give you more storage in an otherwise wasted space. Very clever!
Thanks, Seana. =)
Meredith @ The Palette Muse
I love a good organizing project! Especially one that makes use of every square inch of leftover space. I love your baskets and zip ties, very resourceful. You've got me thinking of ways to integrate some of these tips in my own house...
Thanks for stopping by. It was a fun project to do.
Wow! Very Organised. I wish I was this organised.
Well done Sabrina x
It looks very organised and clean. I wish I had this much space for my cleaning supplies. I store a few essentials in the cupboard under the stairs and the bulk in a cupboard in the garage away from children.
Wow, you're like the MacGyver of organization. I like the shower bar across the closet which would be good for hanging bottles of Windex and 409. I'm going to try that one.
Thanks Pamela, That was an idea I thought of when I had those wholesale bulk items in there and run out of space.
Wow you did a great job.
I have a big problem with organization and can never be friends. All the time my husband is doing this for me as I am damn fool when it comes to properly organize things. I do not know how to manage the available space and my whole bathroom is full of supplies, some are in kitchen cabinets some in cupboards of my rooms. I too shop from whole sale and collect a lot of clearing stuff. I hope I will learn something from this post.
It may be boring but we are required to do it.
Thanks for the organising your cleaning closet tips.
My bathroom supplies are stored in a cupboard on the floor. I do not like cleaners of any kind on display.
My kitchen supplies are stored in the cupboard underneath the sink.
I buy multi-purpose cleaners to save on space.
Doesn't it feel good when you get a boring job out of the way and with such great results as you've shown. Those are great ideas - I especially like the one with the bar for hanging those floor pads, will have to steal that idea for sure.
It does. I used the area today and the hanging bar really works well.
I am a procrastinator when it comes to sorting. I like the idea that doing boring jobs rests your mind. I think that may help!
Looks fab, a lot more compact, you have demo given me inspiration.
I'm glad it inspired you. Thanks for stopping by.
Wow what a difference! My house if obviously SO much smaller than yours so I don't have nearly as much stuff, but I have a storage area just screaming for attention and you've given me some great ideas!
I'm glad you got some ideas for your space. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Simple yet relevant. How often we missed this simple step to get organize. Just finding the tools what we need to do already takes time. Your post takes us to basics. Thank you!
I love this! Is that your laundry room closet? You haven given me a new project!
Actually, it's my foyer right off the kitchen. It works nicely with the open floor plan in our house.
Wow what a great job! My cleaning closet looks remarkable similar, but I have to admit that all the apparatus was already installed when I moved in. So it was easy to arrange everything. But congratulations on getting that boring area done:)
Thanks Jacqueline! It was boring but so worth it.
Organizing your closet so well - good idea! Every time you go in there, you will be pleased with the result.
Today I was working with my daughter on her room - we made a dent. It's harder when you want the other person to take the initiative.