Organizing my broom closet.  It struck my fancy.

Organizing my broom closet, utility closet, cleaning cabinet (you may call it something different at your house)-it needed to happen.  It gets messy.  It can get beyond messy, it can be a disaster.  I wanted to get mine under control before it hit disaster status.

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Today was the day that organizing my broom closet stuck my fancy.  I don’t know why I am referring to it as a broom closet, you can see that I don’t keep a broom in there!  Maybe I should call this the cleaning closet.  Ah, whatever!

The Mess

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The mess that is the closet in which I store my cleaning supplies.  Ugh, goodness it became a dumping ground of sorts.  For the most part, things in that closet were items that should go into a broom closet.  So, that I can be proud of, right?  It got to the point that so much was being thrown onto the floor that I was having a trouble hanging my beloved Dyson cordless.  For shame.

How I went about organizing my broom closet:

Empty It Out

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So, how does one go about cleaning a broom closet?  Like any other place that needs organization, it needed to be completely emptied out.  That rule was not 1000% followed here, but pretty close.  I didn’t see the need to take out the plastic shopping bags or the tools that were hanging where they belonged.  I have been using my IKEA bag dispenser for years and I love it.  It is like $1.99.  I need to pick one up for the room we keep the foster cats because I use a ton of bags for scooped litter in there.

All the cleaning supplies were taken out of the space and I used that beloved Dyson to suck up the bits of whatever that was hanging out on the floor (the marks on the shelf covering thingie did not come up but I decided to let go of perfectionism).  Where did it all that stuff go?

How I went about organizing my broom closet:

Sort It Out

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As I took out the contents of the space, I attempted to sort things into like items on the kitchen table.  This is helpful to really give you an idea of what you have and what you may not need.  Get rid of broken items right away.  In my case, it was a feather duster that was dropping all of it’s feathers.  Have NO idea why it was falling apart like it was.  It was OK because I actually had two in there and it wasn’t my favorite ostrich feather duster from the Flylady that was dropping feathers, so all is good.  Now is the time to re-home items that don’t belong.  In my opinion anyway.

Re-homing items is important.

Re-homing items is something I do it right away.  I read many posts that say to continue with your organizing project and put things that belong else where in a pile or box until later.  I think for a small project like this, you are better off dealing with it as you come across items.  If it doesn’t have a home to go to, consider donating it.  The pile of micro fiber duster pads were being kept, but I no longer had the mops they belonged to.  They were put in a box to be donated.

How I went about organizing my broom closet:

Put Back The Most Important Items First

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In the broom closet, the broom is probably boss.  I don’t keep a broom in this closet because I don’t use a broom in the rooms that this closet serves.  Many brooms live in my home, there is one in the garage, one in the attic hallway and one in the basement.  I keep things close to where I use them.  If I were to put a broom in this closet, it would take up valuable space, and I just wouldn’t use it in this area.  My Dyson is boss in my broom closet.  It went back to it’s home first.

Consider other uses for what you have.

The Dyson went back into it’s obvious place.  Attachments for this vacuum are many and only two mount on the wall with the vacuum, which blows.  My other Dyson vacuum lives up in my attic and I don’t use it often because the cordless is so easy to bring all over the whole house.

I do however use it’s attachments fairly often on the cordless, so they needed to find a home in the closet.  They had been stashed on the shelf in this closet but they always got in my way and they were really shoved on the shelf, not put away.  There was already a wire basket used in this closet and when I saw it on the table I thought I’d try out putting the attachments in there.  I think it worked out really well and will be much easier to put away.

What items could go other places?

Next up, the Shark steam cleaner.  I don’t use it very often, but it doesn’t store well in the garage.  There was some thought of placing this behind the vacuum but I figured it would be easier to get out if it wasn’t behind anything.  The advantage of the home I chose for it is that the cord can wind up on the old vacuum holder that is mounted in the cabinet.  You may have items that could go in one or more places, it’s time to really think on which home is best.

How I went about organizing my broom closet:

Find A Home For Things That Belong.

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The next thing to do after the obvious items have found there homes, is to think about how you use your items and see if you can think of new ways to store them…or just better ways.  Many of the items I have in my broom closet just got shoved in.  I had to think of a way to utilize the unused areas of the closet.  One word.  Command Hooks.  I guess that is technically two words.

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A command hook should be your friend.

You are a good friend, you will make sure that your command hook has other friends near by.

My purple Flylady rag had been hanging from the little hook that now is holding the duster.  I had put the silver rag on the little hook, but it didn’t always stay put.  It needed a friend, so I grabbed another Command Hook and reused the little one for the feather duster.  This duster used to get shoved on the shelf until I realized I just needed to add some string to make it easy to hang.  Duh!

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Reuse and re-purpose.

I mentioned earlier about how I changed up how I used this wire basket.  I had been used on the shelf for cleaning products but I thought that the vacuum accessories would fit well and look pretty good in it.  I am still pretty pleased with myself for thinking of it.

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Pairing down your cleaning supplies is important.

I had many bottles that were just about empty.  Recycle what you can, reuse what you can.  I put the few things that need almost daily access up front.; the garbage bags and the stainless polish for that fridge that never looks clean.

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It won’t always look perfect.

Sometimes things won’t live where you really want and that’s OK.  I would really have loved the vinegar and baking soda to live on the shelf.  They can’t, they are too big.  I could move them to the garage, but that is a pain in the rear when you actually need to use them.  Tell yourself it that your organizing project does not have to look like the perfect Pinterest images you see out there.  What it should be, is functional.  That means it should be sorted out in a way that works for you, how you use it.  I am OK with this layout because I know it can be maintained easily.  Oh and I wanted to leave the dirty shelf cover to let you know that we don’t need to be perfect.  We just don’t.

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I didn’t get a great shot to really talk about this, but this will do.

The paper bags that I keep thinking my kids will need them for book covers (it isn’t the 80’s so why do I think this?), they get out of control.  I recycled the majority of them, only keeping the nice Whole Foods bags.  I threw a Command Hook on the wall, put those bags in a reusable shopping bag that my Texas friend gave me, and hung that bad boy up.  Yay.

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I say that I don’t have a broom in my broom closet.

Technically I have lied to you.  I have a mini broom.  Or is it not a broom because it is a dust pan and brush?  Well, I had about four dust pans and two brushes in this closet.  The extra dust pans and brush have been re-homed.  This was a set so I kept it.  Guess what I did next?  Stuck another Command Hook on the wall, that’s what.  No more stashing, it has a home, a real home!

How I went about organizing my broom closet: Sit Back And Enjoy The View!

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Am I the only person who sits and just looks at their finished organizing projects?  Like sit there with a stupid smile on their face?  Giddy was how I was feeling after organizing my broom closet.  Although, I was wondering why it took me so long to find simple solutions to finding homes for items.  I have to admit, I kept going back and visiting the closet all day.  Just to see it.

How I went about organizing my broom closet:

Organized spaces make life easier.

In the time since organizing my broom closet, I have found that I just don’t mind cleaning as much.  When things are easy to access, easy to put away, life is just easier-better.

My hope is that my showing you how organizing my broom closet struck my fancy, will strike yours!  Let this be some sort of inspiration to get organizing….remember it doesn’t have to be perfect.  Even imperfect things are a blessing.  The Flylady always told me (in her emails) that even if I cleaned my house imperfectly, it still blessed me and my family.  I live by this.  I hope you will too.

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