It’s not supposed to be a futility closet, right? Get a head start on household chores by better organizing your go-to gear.

By Hannah Agran
December 23, 2020
Advertisement
Credit: Jason Donnelly

1 ROLL REVERSAL

Use stacking wine bottle racks (these are made of acrylic) to hold rolls of trash bags or hand towels.

2 TOP DRAWERS

Organize the little stuff (batteries, cords, spare keys, or frequently used hand tools like screwdrivers and a measuring tape) in a stack of slim desktop file drawers.

3 CADDY SHACKS

Use caddies with compartments and a handle for corralling and toting your most-used cleaners, cloths and scrubbers. Devote one to general housecleaning and one for bathrooms, and always keep them stocked.

4 POWER ASSIST

Install an outlet in the back of the closet for keeping handheld vacuums or other small tools charged and at-the-ready.

5 SPIN THE BOTTLES

Rescue bottles from the dark recesses of a cabinet with a lazy Susan. (A high-sided model holds bottles upright.) Besides making it easier to grab things, its limited size will encourage you to curate and toss products you never use.

6 UNDER EMPHASIS

Slide a hanging rack under a shelf to maximize every inch of space. This one’s holding a small broom and dustpan and has a bar for hanging gloves or a cloth to dry.

7 FOLD HERE

Hung on a wall or door or tucked on a shelf, a collapsible step stool and bucket (yep, that’s what’s hanging on top here) are major space-savers.