Simply Organized: Organizing the Cleaning Closet

What is it about the month of January that puts everyone into this almost panicked, “I must get organized” mode?
I think about it every year around this time, but don’t often do a whole lot about it. This year, it’s going to be different! I say that every year, but this time, I really mean it (and I’ve got the receipts from Home Depot, Target and Dollar Tree to prove it)!
My Plan: It seems that whenever I try to organize one room at a time, all of the junk that doesn’t belong just gets tossed into a different room, cluttering up that space, and it becomes a vicious cycle. I’m going to attempt to get organized, item by item and space by space, rather than going room by room. For example, one week it will be cleaning supplies, the next week, tools, and so on and so forth.
Simply Organized: Cleaning Closet
*Disclaimer – I am no expert in the subject of organization. I’ll leave that to Ask Anna, A Bowl Full of Lemons and The Organizing Junkie!
I decided that the first step to actually wanting a clean and organized home, is organizing the cleaning products themselves. Because if the cleaning products are nice and organized, I’m going to want to use them to clean something. And if I want to use them to clean something, I’m going to have to organize the space I want to clean. And then I’ll have to organize some more and I just won’t want to stop…sounds logical, yes?
First I corralled all of the cleaning products.
A bunch of cleaning supplies on a table
Most of these were in the hall closet (soon to be known as the Cleaning Closet!) and there were a few in the kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms.

 

Don’t judge me, but some of the supplies have been in here, untouched, for more than five years. Hey, I share this all in the name of keepin’ it real, folks! Here’s what I threw out…mostly because they were empty or practically empty, or were ripped or just plain nasty (gloves).
A bunch of cleaning supplies on the floor

 

Mostly, everything had been kept in here:
An open cabinet with cleaning supplies
Shameful.
And here’s what it looks like now:
Closet with cleaning supplies
A cabinet with cleaning supplies
After tossing a bunch of the empty bottles, I divided the remainder of the supplies into sections – bathroom, kitchen, etc. and sorted everything into bins, and added cute, professional looking labels.
A cabinet with cleaning supplies
The top cabinet houses the chemical cleaners.
In the lower cabinet, I kept the mops, brooms, dusters and rags, and I even had space leftover to store the TP and paper towels. Rags and paper products were placed in seagrass baskets from Homegoods (on hand).
A closet with cleaning supplies
Before I could load everything into cabinet, I had to first completely removed everything, and scrub the bottom, walls, and shelves. I ended up painting the dirty, marked up walls with paint I had leftover from my living room makeover. Then I covered the shelves with non-slip drawer liner ($1 a roll from Dollar Tree). It was much easier to work with than contact paper, and if it rips I can just take it up and replace it. It was a dollar a roll, and I used two rolls.
A closet with cleaning supplies
A hook rack on the inside of the cabinet hold my mops, broom and other tools.
Hanging mops, dusters, brooms on a rack
It was so easy to pull this little space together, I could slap myself for not doing it sooner. With the exception of the painting, it took about an hour.
Here’s a list of the supplies I purchased:
Hook rack: Dollar Tree
White bins: Dollar Tree
Non-slip Drawer Liner: Dollar Tree
Metal Shelves: Target ($17)
Bathroom Caddy: Target ($4?)
Seagrass baskets (Homegoods) and actual cleaning supplies all were on hand.
Cleaning supplies in a closet
Sharing this little space has really inspired me to keep going (hopefully it inspired you too!), so I hope you’ll check back often to see what I’ll be working on next!

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Looks fantastic!
    (I’ll print a giant copy of this picture to drape over my own mess.:)

  2. Oh my goodness your space looks amazing!! I love how you took advantage of the vertical space, that’s took what I would have recommended you do. I love the non-slip paper you used too, I used something similar in my bathroom cabinets. So not a fan of the whole contact paper thing, who has time for such things! lol Anyway just popping in to say I love what you did. Whoot!

  3. Love how much cleaner and organized this looks! And what a great idea to use the drawer liner on the floor! Adds a touch of color and style! Love it!

  4. Looks great girl. I have so been in the cleaning, organizing, and throwing away mood also. It feels so freeing.

  5. I really enjoyed seeing how you organized your cleaning items.
    I’m hoping it will get me motivated to do mine!
    I really loved that wall hanger for the mops and stuff.
    I have such limited space in my home and this would be perfect in my washroom.

  6. Great job getting on the organizing wagon! Love that closet – looks like it was made to be your cleaning closet!!

  7. Wow Kristen, I love your new cleaning cupboard. I definitely need to do this too. It’s one of those areas I just close the door and hope no one sees. It’s now on my to do list. Thanks! x Julie

  8. I’ve been working on my laundry room for 2 weeks (yes, I know that’s a ridiculously long time but it was Christmas Break from school and I really wasn’t in a huge hurry!). My last issue was hanging the Swiffer, broom, etc. I had seen more expensive hanging systems…LOVE your dollar hanging rack. Getting that tomorrow and I’m done! Thanks for the idea! Wish I had a closet to make into a cleaning closet!