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Tame the Broom Closet

A neat broom closet will make you feel more optimistic about cleaning the house. To help avoid clutter, begin by making sure the space is stocked with only what you need. Using the wall and shelves will help keep the floor clear. Cleaning equipment and supplies should be grouped according to the room in which they're used. Install pairs of pegs, above right, to support your vacuum hose and mop; similarly, cup hooks and tool hooks can be used to hold whisk brooms and dustpans.

A nylon bag hung from a cup hook mounted on the wall can house vacuum-cleaner attachments and replacement vacuum bags. Bins and boxes, opposite, hold a variety of cleaners and tools without looking sloppy. A towel bar mounted behind the vent on the door lets damp rags air out, and sturdy hooks on the back of the door keep a folded stepladder out of the way when it's not in use.

Comments (7)

  • EAMMA 18 Jan, 2011

    No space in a small place. I converted my linen closet into a combined broom/linen closet. The two upper shelves remain for linens. The lower shelves were removed to the height of upright vacuum. Perfect for broom

  • LisaSVeale 17 Jan, 2011

    I too have no dedicated closet for cleaning supplies. This could be done in the garage though, on a free-standing tiered metal shelf; hooks mounted on the sides can hold booms, etc. Thanks for the great ideas! It's time to take my under-the-sink collection of cleaning supplies and organize!

  • its4connie 17 Jan, 2011

    A walk-in broom closet ... are you kidding me? I wish!

  • FLSR 17 Jan, 2011

    Too much wasted space in there! Could be better utilized. We converted our kitchen closet to a wonderful pantry, with shelves on 3 sides...brooms, etc will have to find another place to hide.

  • jayou 17 Jan, 2011

    I have the same problem as Smiletu. I have no broom closet or front hall closet and my pantry is tiny.

  • SMILETU 9 Mar, 2009

    Wish I had a broom closet to organize those items like yours. My basic cleaning supplies are in a carry -tote in the bottom of my pantry. I use my coat closet for my sweeper, and large ironing board is in back. Brooms are located in my garage with hanging racks for this purpose. Maybe next home I can locate it all together. Appreciate all your great ideas....keep it up. Thanks

  • mmsrjs 11 Jan, 2008