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Small Broom Closet Ideas

by - Sunday, October 07, 2012

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Ta da! Yes, that is just a broom closet, but I'm pretty darn excited about it. We finally installed all the fittings and got all our cleaning supplies organized. This small broom closet is full of good ideas and it brings me a giant happy smile every time I open it. You know you're an adult when you get excited about a cleaning closet!

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Broom Closet Organization


Whether your broom closet is small or large, the key to making it work effectively is having a place for everything. This means doing an inventory of the items that need to go in the closet. Do you have lots of brooms that need to be hung? How many cleaning bottles and sprays need to be stored? Do you need shelves for things like folded cloths? 

Once you know what you need to store, it becomes easier to determine the best kind of organizing solutions and containers. 


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How To Organize A Broom Closet

As our closet was narrow, I knew that we needed to make use of vertical storage. I found an organizing rack on sale at Solutions (see similar here).  I wanted something with adjustable shelves and lots of storage and this one fit the bill. 


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The support brackets for the shelf needed to be screwed into the joists. However, the joists were not centred in the closet so doing that meant that the shelves wouldn't be centered on the wall. Instead, we first installed strips of MDF on the wall and screwed the brackets into that. 

Decorative Details


It's important to make a closet functional but you can make it fun too! We painted the closet walls in fun stripes (its a house wink!) and, like our frosted laundry room door, somehow that whimsical little detail makes the drudgery of house cleaning a little less like work. I actually like opening the door to pull out the broom or vacuum now.

We planned out exactly where the MDF would go and painted them the same as the wall stripes so they're barely noticeable. Another small detail which just makes this little room feel a bit more finished.

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Wall Hooks


The organizer came with a line of hooks.  They were meant to be hanging off the brackets, but this would be much too low to the ground. I wanted to use the hooks for brooms and other items that needed hanging so we found plastic clips and figured out a way to use them to hang the hooks off the MDF as well. Now the dirty dustpan has a home.


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Vacuum Storage


Using the vertical storage has the benefit of keeping the floor free. Now we have just the right amount of space to store the Dyson vacuum. It just slips in and out with ease.

There's still lots of room left in the closet. I think I'll hang some hooks on the right side to hang Chloe's art smocks. And maybe we rig up something to store her giant roll of art paper.


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Yay for organization!

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