Three Tips for Organizing a Small Broom Closet

The following is a guest post sharing three tips for organizing a small broom closet from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me.

One of my favorite parts of organizing is being able to tackle a small space, specifically one that can be overhauled in a short amount of time. When you can transform a space in as little as under an hour, it feels great! A recent organizing project, that only took me around an hour to complete, was our broom closet.

This broom closet by our garage door leads to our “Pocket Office” and was a bit shall we say…under utilized? Therefore, I decided it was time to take it to the next level!

Three Tips for Organizing a Small Broom Closet at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Three Tips for Organizing a Small Broom Closet

Tip #1: Define the space.

This closet is a standard builder grade closet with only a shelf and a rod. We didn’t need to use this closet as a coat closet because we use our entry way hall closet for all of our coats. Instead, I wanted this closet to hold: mops and brooms, extra shoes, rolls of gift wrap, grocery sacks, and tools.

The key principle with organizing any space is to limit what you will store. Whether a closet, drawer, or cupboard, when you better define boundaries you will be able to keep your space more organized for the long-term.

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Tip #2: Designate zones.

Like I mentioned, this closet needed to hold a variety of things. In fact, when I added up the different categories there were five specific “zones” to include.

When it comes to organizing, it is best is to set up specific places for each and every thing. I hear you saying, “…a place for everything and everything in its place!” Yep!

First, I hung up a hanging shoe system. My husband and I keep most of our shoes in the garage or in our closet but this area was tending to see piles of shoes. By adding this shoe system, it instantly helped minimize the shoe piles.

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Secondly, I added these hooks from Home Depot for the mops and broom.

Three Tips for Organizing a Small Broom Closet at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Thirdly, I put up a hook for extra grocery sacks and two tension bars to hold rolls of gift wrap.

Three Tips for Organizing a Small Broom Closet at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

This was a such a game changer for me. I keep all of our gift wrapping supplies in a cupboard in our kitchen but I had a few rolls of paper that were too long for any of my cupboards. Enter in this simple solution! (I also use Tidy Snap bands to hold rolls that are already opened.)

Three Tips for Organizing a Small Broom Closet at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

And finally, we keep the majority of our tools in the broom closet. One of the tool boxes is for all of my Professional Organizing supplies and the other two on the shelf are our house tools. These two tool boxes hold all of our main house tools and then we have a bin in the basement where we keep our less used tools.

Tip #3: Dedicate the time.

Once you have a decluttered and organized space, remember that it takes regular time and effort to keep it this way. Dedicate to keeping your space clutter free. Work to put things back where they belong, teach your children to do the same, and commit to maintaining your organized space.

That way when you shut the door you’ll know that you are not afraid of seeing a mess when you open the door!

Three Tips for Organizing a Small Broom Closet at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

So, my challenge for you is this.

Choose one small area in your home and see if you can transform the space in under an hour. Use these three tips as a guide. And, if you want a little more inspiration and motivation be sure to check out my seasonal Organizing Challenges.

Happy Organizing!

Morgan is the energetic and motivated, but also realistic girl, behind Morganize with Me. She is a chaos-calmer, list-lover, and exercise-enthusiast! Her mission is to share tried and true techniques that she hopes will encourage her readers and clients as they focus on their health and homes. Join one of her Challenges and be sure to check out her Shop full of fabulous organizing printables!


See also:

Small Organized Spaces: Tea Cabinet

Small Organized Spaces: Small Entryway

Small Organized Spaces: Purging Books

Filed under: Closets, Guest Bloggers, Morgan


5 Responses to Three Tips for Organizing a Small Broom Closet

  1. 1
    Alice says

    I would like to know advice when you don’t have a broom closet. I have a pantry and a coat closet, and no room for the broom (or mop and pail or vacuum or…).

    • 1.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      Hi Alice, I have a broom (with attached dustpan) in my kitchen slid in beside my fridge. All other mops, vacuums, etc are kept in our laundry room downstairs. Not as convenient for sure but it works.

  2. 2
    meryl says

    We don’t have a broom closet either. In fact the closet you used seems to be larger than my bedroom closet – maybe twice the size!

    I have my brooms and mops in the basement – but then again they are rarely used. I have swiffer in my upstairs storage and linen closed and another shoved in the corner of the small storage shelves in my kitchen. I was looking at getting one of the swiffers that sprays liquid as the pads always seem to dry out before I can use all of them, but found out that all of the liquids are scented which would be a problem for me and my husband.

    Our shoes are hanging on the inside of our bedroom closet doors. Our boots are in plastic boxes on the floor of the entryway closet as it is finally warm. In winter whichever boots we are wearing come out of the box and the box lid is put in the corner of the area – where hopefully neither of us will trip over it – and used as a boot tray.

  3. 3
    Julie R. says

    That’s a SMALL broom closet? I would love to see one you think is a normal size.

    Like the previous commenter, my home does not have a closet that can be dedicated to this, and the closet you show is larger than any closet in my 1950s home.

    I suspect ‘small’ was added for SEO, which did bring me here, but I was hoping for a true small-space solution.

    • 3.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      Hi Julie, I understand what you are saying. I personally don’t have a broom closet in my own home either. In fact we just slide ours in beside the fridge. But every home is different with different sized spaces. What may seem big to one, might be considered small to another. I like to share all kinds of organized spaces here so hopefully there is a little something for everyone 🙂


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