9 Ideas for Organizing a Utility Closet

Easily find your supplies and tools with these strategies.

Organized Utility Closet With Shelves and Hanging Storage
Photo: Jonny Valiant

Want to learn how to organize a utility closet and create an accessible arsenal of home maintenance? For example, you may want to stash emergency supplies in case the power goes out or add a spare first-aid kit. Clutter coach Chip Cordelli advises us to rethink the space and make it more than just a broom closet. Start by following these tried and well-tested techniques for an organized utility closet.

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Plan From the Bottom Up

Organized Drawer Container With Batteries, Matches, Orange Cord
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Designate a parking spot for the vacuum. Then add a freestanding drawer, which can hold items you need at a moment's notice, like batteries, matches, and a hand-cranked radio.

To buy: Organized Living freedomRail 1 Drawer Double Hang OBox, $126; amazon.com.

02 of 09

Create Eye-Level Access

Hanging shoe organizer holding cleaning supplies
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Keep everyday essentials, like wipes, all-purpose spray, and a whisk broom, within sight and easy reach.

03 of 09

Utilize Overhead Space

Humidifier and blankets on up-top utility closet shelving
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Specialty cleaning products, seasonal appliances (like the humidifier), and oddball items (like moving blankets) should be kept up top, with a wall-mounted step ladder nearby.

04 of 09

Use Unique Storage Solutions

Over-the-Door 24 Pocket Canvas Shoe Organizer

The pockets of a canvas shoe organizer are just the right size for spray bottles, cleaning wipes, and small items like grout brushes, which tend to get lost on shelves. Tailor storage to your space and needs.

To buy: 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer, $18; bedbathandbeyond.com.

05 of 09

Turn a Sweater Organizer Into Shelves

White 6-Shelf Hanging Sweater Organizer

Deep cubbies provide nesting spots for paper towels, recycling bags, and microfiber cleaning cloths.

To buy: Squared Away Arrow Weave 6-Shelf Hanging Organizer, $22; bedbathandbeyond.com.

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Get Creative With Shoe Storage

Two Medium-Sized Clear Shoe Boxes With Brown Heels and Gold Loafers

Maintain collections of similar items (lightbulbs, extension cords, rolls of tape) in clear, lightweight containers.

To buy: Medium Clear Shoe Box, $13 each; containerstore.com.

07 of 09

Organize Product Manuals—and Your Mind

Binder holding instruction manuals
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Streamline the search for warranties and other paperwork with clear pockets; use tabs to separate appliances and gadgets by room.

08 of 09

Track Important Dates With a Wall Calendar

Blank monthly wall calendar

Let's face it: You won't remember every trash-pickup and donation-collection date. Keep track of them with an adhesive dry-erase calendar.

To buy: UP·DATE! SILICONE MONTHLY PLANNER, $14; shop.threebythree.com.

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Keep Phone Numbers Handy

Wall calendar and brooms hanging in a utility closet
Jonny Valiant

When appliances or fixtures need repair, you'll want backup fast. Next to the calendar, post contact info for household-maintenance pros, like plumbers, electricians, and contractors.

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