8 Tips on How To Organize Cleaning Supplies In Any Room

Last Updated on February 23, 2020 by EditorWith a home full of cleaning supplies, the average homeowner has a difficult time keeping track of all of their supplies when they need them most. That’s why we’re here to show you our tips and advice on how to organize cleaning supplies for any room in your house!

If by chance you do know where what you need is, it’s probably stuffed behind a bunch of other things that need to be moved or knocked out of the way.

This can be incredibly frustrating and leads homeowners to the only logical solution which is to let their cleaning supplies awkwardly sit out in the open for everyone to see. 

You know what I’m talking about…

The broom leaning against the wall or the air freshener that’s sitting right next to the TV. 

The truth is what you gain in ease you will lose in aesthetics.

Lucky for you, there’s a way to get the best of both worlds.

We understand the frustration and decided to compile 8 ways to organize your cleaning supplies at home in an out of sight and easy to find fashion.

Expandable Under-Sink Rack

Underneath the kitchen and bathroom sink is usually the first go-to when it comes to organizing cleaning supplies. Over time as it fills up, it eventually becomes a dark pit full of unknowns. When you reach your hand in there, you have no idea what it’s going to come back out with.

The solution?

An expandable under-sink rack.

Of the two racks we recommend, they both can expand or get smaller depending on the space your working with under the sink. 

Also, they’ll fit around the pipes underneath the sink. 

The two tiers of storage space allow you to double your storage space and see all your under-sink items in one clear view.

Finally, an efficient way to organize all your dish soap, sponges, and miscellaneous kitchen items.

We like these organizers from Venoly Home and OBOR because of their easy setup and adjustability:

If you have cabinet space in other rooms like the laundry room or garage, don’t be afraid to order more than a few to maximize the space in your home’s cabinetry.

A Plastic Bag Dispenser

plastic bag dispenser
Source: Marian Owens

We love the versatility of a plastic bag dispenser. You can attach one to the wall both vertically or horizontally. Or, you can stand it in a cubby or on a table. Because of its versatility, you can store a variety of items inside it, or just stuff it full of plastic bags as the name intends.

Here are a few of our favorite alternative uses:

  • Gift-wrapping
  • Yard-sticks
  • Sports equipment like baseballs, tennis balls, and even hockey sticks
  • Yoga mats
  • Toilet paper
  • Spray bottles
  • Gloves & hats

Because of the holes, you’re not just limited to stuffing items inside of the plastic bag dispenser. You can also hang items like spray bottles on the outside for easy grab-and-go storage.

They’re also really small meaning they can fit on just about any wall space.

IKEA is not usually the place where affordable comes to mind since it’s easy to buy more than you originally planned for.

But at these prices, you really can’t go wrong. 

Who would’ve thought you can get so much functionality for less than $5? At this price, you might as well order more than a couple.

You can get yours on Amazon:
Ikea VARIERA Plastic Bag Dispenser, White (2pc)
Ideal for storing things like plastic bags, toilet/kitchen rolls, gloves and socks.

Tension Rod

Looking for a DIY option to organize your cleaning supplies under your sink? We recommend installing a tension rod to hang your spray bottles on. 

The handles on the spray bottles will hang on the rod and leave space underneath for more cleaning supplies. 

You can also implement this idea in the cleaning supply closet. 

Take everything (and I mean everything out from under your sink), get rid of anything you don’t need than install a tension rod to get the party started.

At the end of it should look something like this.

This little hack can be installed for just $7.

With an adjustable tension rod, you won’t need to worry about hiring a handyman or breaking out the power tools. 

Here is our pick:
Blu-Pier Tech - 2 x Pack - Powder Steel Adjustable Tension Rods, 16-24", White
HEAVY DUTY - The weight of each tension rod is 124 grams. 2 Pack weighs 248 grams.; GREAT FOR RENTERS - no markings left on walls and easy to transport when moving.

Shoe Organizer

Yes, shoe organizers were designed for shoes, but despite their name, they’re a useful multipurpose tool.

Here are a few of our favorite unconventional uses of the shoe organizer:

  • Spray bottles, cleaners, and other toxic items that need to be out of kids reach
  • Hair care tools like brushes Brushes
  • Organize your makeup by by color or finish
  • Keep track of your kids easy-to-lose school supplies like pencils, markers, and erasers
  • Gardening tools like gloves
  • Pantry storage for spices or non-refridgable bottles
  • Kids toys and action figures (no more stepping on Legos!)

Closet space is usually already a little tight, using a shoe organizer can quickly free up some space. Keeping everything at eye level gives you quick access if you need to clean up a quick spill or get ready on the go.

We recommend the shoe organizers from Simple Houseware and Misslo. Both options come with 24 pockets for plenty of space.

Here are our picks:
MISSLO Over The Door Shoe Organizer 24 Large Mesh Pockets, White
24 roomy clear see through mesh pockets organizes up to 12 pairs of shoes;; Dimensions: 56 1/2"L x 22 1/3"W, each pocket measure 5 2/5" in width and 7 4/5" in height.
24 Pockets - SimpleHouseware Crystal Clear Over The Door Hanging Shoe Organizer, Gray (64'' x 19'')
24 clear pockets hanging shoe organizer; Hangs on standard door or closet rod, no hardware needed

Rolling Cart

When in doubt, get a cart. 

Loading up a rolling cart is an easy way to organize your cleaning supplies and add some mobility to your cleaning to cut down on the back-and-forth. When it’s not in use, just tuck it back out of sight into the closet.

A closet with a rolling cart and shoe organizer can easily gain 2X or 3X space. It can store laundry supplies, kitchen supplies, or kids’ toys.

Our favorite options are stylish so you don’t feel like a middle school janitor while cleaning your home.

Here are our picks:

Portable Caddy

A portable caddy makes it easy to move from room to room with a couple of handfuls of cleaning supplies. Your caddy can go places a rolling cart can’t go making it the perfect addition to one of the rolling carts we mentioned above. 

Simply store 2-3 caddies on each row of the rolling cart and grab what you need.

To save time, label each bin.

You can also store them on shelves in the laundry room, hang them on kitchen cabinet doors, put them in the garage, or anywhere your heart desires.

When cleaning day comes, all you have to do is grab one, load up your items and go!

Plastic caddies work best since they’ll be holding cleaning supplies.

Here are our picks:
Sale
Rubbermaid Deluxe Carry Caddy for Cleaning Products, Spray Bottles, Sports/Water Bottles, and Postmates/Uber Eats Drivers, Black (FG315488BLA)
Cleaning use: Heavy-duty caddy conveniently fits on cleaning and housekeeping carts; Capacity: Securely holds up to (8) 32-ounce bottles and other cleaning tools
Casabella Cleaning Handle Bucket, Rectangular Storage Caddy, Graphite, 4 gallons, Gray and Orange
Casabella storage caddy in translucent gray with orange handle; Conveniently stores cleaning products and supplies

Labeled Wooden Crates

If you want to upgrade from a caddy to something a bit more trendy, then you can’t go wrong with wooden crates. The unfinished and European look is definitely “in” right now.

There are a ton of cool ideas you can find to spice up your wooden crates, here are a few of our favorites:

  • Stack a few wooden crates, then turn them into a rolling cart by adding wheels. This is exactly what they did at The Shabby Creek Cottage
  • The Beauty Dojo painted wooden crates white then used them as an organizer for linens and bathroom items.
  • C.R.A.F.T turned a wooden crate bookshelf into an entry doorway shoe organizer.

Amazon has tons of options for wooden crates of all sizes so you can transform your storage shelves into an eye-pleasing cleaning assortment.

You can also get them for next to nothing at your craft store or find someone who’s willing to give them away for free.

Here are some options:

Pegboard

A lot of wall space in homes goes to waste. With a pegboard, you can make use of your wasted wall space without making your home look like a warehouse.

How could you make use of a pegboard?

Here’s how.

Most people store their mops and brooms in the coat closet. They then have to deal with their winter coats and jackets causing tall items like vacuums, mops, and brooms to fall out of the closet every time they go outside in the winter.

Can you relate?

Pegboards are usually used for hanging tools in your garage, but you can hang one just about anywhere in your house to put your cleaning supplies.

Emily Counts from Small Stuff Counts likes to hang pegboards behind doors, walk-in-pantries, closets, and stairwells.

Elsie from A Beautiful Mess likes to hang scrubbers, lint rollers, paintbrushes, and even a first aid kit she found at a flea market.

Final Thoughts

You can’t get around the fact that keeping a living space clean takes a lot of resources and supplies, but we don’t really want to know they’re there until we need them.

The key to having a clean home is to have your cleaning supplies organized and accessible at any moment. When they’re not, you’re more likely to put off cleaning and never get that much-needed housework started.

Instead of letting your cleaning supplies get lost behind clothes in the closet or stashed away in the garage, try any one of these easy and affordable options.

We’re ready to conquer or weekend cleaning checklist! Are you?