Update from Original Post on February 10, 2016
When we were in the planning stages of the house, the original floor plan had called for a small coat closet in between the kitchen and the garage entrance. This made absolutely no sense to me because:
- Entryway Coat Closets belong near the front door ENTRYWAY
- Entryway Coat Closets do not belong in the kitchen
- I know everything
I had already altered the floor plan to create a larger entryway with a nice big coat closet for guests (and, let’s be honest, Bella stuff) so it seemed even more unnecessary. I was just about to have them erase the small closet when I realized that nowhere, in our giant brand new home, had I planned for a place to keep the vacuum, broom, and other cleaning supplies.
After having the expectation of the few things this closet might be able to hold, I found that an elfa door and wall rack helped make the closet work that much harder. We have a few things that were frequently left on the kitchen counter (packing tape, sharpies, measuring tape, greeting cards) and after a year or two, we made room for them in the Broom Closet – or Broom Closet of Requirement as us Harry Potter nerds call it.
I hate keeping things in boxes, mostly due to how difficult it is to uniformly store things in them. So the swiffer pads (we are transitioning to the kind that can be washed), reusable wash cloths, and dusters are kept in clear stackable large shoe drawers.
I like to keep good and bad scissors together at various locations throughout the house. This is so that the good scissors don’t get ruined by a nameless housemate of mine who doesn’t understand the difference between good scissors and scissors you can use in non-scissor appropriate ways (like opening a box). And also so that scissors should always be a few steps away and not need to be moved around.
The most exciting thing about this broom closet is that once we are done cleaning, we can
shove put everything away in the closet and close the door and pretend that magical elves clean our home while we are sleeping.
It’s pretty fantastic. Definitely the best closet I’ve ever saved 😉