Your utility closet may see less foot traffic than its other closet brethren, but it still serves an important role: your organizational armory – a home for the crucial supplies that clean up messes and keep things tidy. And the last thing you want is to discover a utility closet mess when you go to clean up a different household problem!
Start from the ground up. Certain utility closet mainstays, like the vacuum cleaner and mop bucket, require floor space. Determine what those items are and arrange accordingly so they’re easy to grab on the fly.
Add door storage. You don’t need to keep your stilettos in the utility closet to take advantage of a door-hanging shoe caddy in that space. Its pockets happen to be the perfect size for holding cleaning products, tools and other sundry essentials.
Save the top for seasonal items. If you have overhead space or a top shelf, reserve it for seasonal and other infrequently used items. Tip: Clearly label containers and boxes before placing them up top to spare yourself unnecessary heavy lifting during a midyear candelabra search.
Create easy access. Pinpoint the items that you use most frequently and make sure they’re kept front-and-center within the utility closet. If it’s cleaning products, consider putting them all in a portable caddy that you can grab easily. Or, keep your everyday must-haves at eye level in the door caddy so that they never, ever get buried.