Organizing my cleaning supply closet was not as difficult as I imagined. All I really needed to do was make up my mind to get started. Once I finished, I was amazed at how much room I had in my supply closet – – it is wonderful to be able to put more items in there. Having an organized cleaning supply closet makes it much easier to clean my home because everything I need is exactly where it should be and easily accessible. Below are the seven simple steps I used to organize my cleaning supply closet.
1. I took everything out of my cleaning supply closet/laundry room closet as the first step. You cannot organize anything unless you first clean it completely out to begin with a fresh slate.
2. After pulling everything out of the closet, I sorted and organized them into separate piles according to what they had in common: cleaning products, cleaning tools, small appliances, etc.
3. Take an inventory of the items that you do have and discard any that are damaged, out of date or need to be replaced. Make notes as to what supplies or items need to be replenished and replaced.
4. Measure your closet noting the width, height and depth of the closet. Then begin to design an organizer for your closet. This may be a pre-made organizer, additional shelves (or removing shelves), storage boxes, etc. This will depend on the number of piles you have from number 2 above and what you need to store in the closet. There are several options for organizing your cleaning supply closet at this point. You can purchase the pre-made organizer units to install in the laundry closet or you can purchase storage bins and shelf organizers to use with standard shelves. The key is to sketch out a plan so that you can fit everything you have into the closet in an organized manner.
5. Purchase and install the closet organizers of your choice following the manufacturer’s instructions. I used a label maker to make labels for my storage bins that were not see-through to make identification easier. I also did not waste the space on the back of the door – – I installed a chart of seasonal cleaning goals as well as weekly and monthly cleaning schedules.
6. Return all items to the supply closet placing each item into its designated place. If any items will not fit as you anticipated, make the necessary changes right now. It is better to make changes now because if you are not completely satisfied with the way your closet is organized you are not as motivated to keep it organized in the future.
7. Purchase any items that need to be replaced and/or replenished on your next shopping trip. I keep a pad and pencil hanging on the inside door of my closet to jot down items that I need to add to my shopping list as they run out.