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Spotless Made Simple: Expert Tips
- Pare down supplies and products, tossing near-empty bottles and discarding duplicates.
- "The closet should be for cleaning and household supplies only, not a catchall for canned goods or other miscellaneous items," says organizing expert Linda Rothschild, founder of Cross It Off Your List.
- "First figure out where to put the vacuum, because it's the biggest tool," suggests Barbara Reich, author of Secrets of an Organized Mom.
- "If you're starting from scratch, have an electrical outlet installed in the closet," recommends Rothschild. Handheld vacuums and other appliances can then be recharged hidden from view.
- "Invest in matching bins, containers or stackable clear drawers, then label them for an uncluttered look," says Reich.
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Paper Towel Storage
Store extra paper towels and bulk items on a high shelf, along with specialty or seldom-used products like silver polish.
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Cleaning Supplies Storage
- Hang shelves and mesh bins at eye level or lower so everyday essentials like wipes and all-purpose sprays are within easy reach.
- Install hooks for hanging items like dustpans.
- Clip rubber gloves together before storing.
- Arrange cleaning products by room in bins or caddies and label accordingly.
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Broom and Mop Storage
- Mount a snap-lock grips organizer on the back of the door to corral long-handled tools like brooms and mops.
- Stash rags and sponges in their own holders so they can dry between uses.
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- Park an upright vacuum on the floor. Designate a bin for nozzles and attachments. To store a canister model, mount the detached hose section on a wall or the back of the door so that the body alone can be neatly tucked into a corner.
- Lay down a pretty waterproof shelf liner that can be wiped clean as needed.
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Video: How to Organize the Hall Closet
How To Organize the Hall Closet
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