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How to Clean Up Your Utility Closet

Chores are a drag. Finding the products to start those chores shouldn’t be. These top-to-bottom organizing tips will help!

Photo: Mark Lund

Handle It

Caddies and boxes with handles are easy to grab, making them perfect for top shelves. Fill them with cleaning supplies organized by usage: bathroom, stain removal, kitchen, etc.

Hang It

For a closet with just one shelf, a hanging shoe organizer adds extra storage for spray bottles and any frequently used supplies you want to keep easily accessible.

Nail It

Clear up floor space with a wall-mounted organizer like this one—it’s tricked out with eight hooks and adjustable clips that grip any size handle. (Expandable Wall- Mounted Organizer, $25, OXO.com)

Floor It

Vertical storage can be key and help you utilize valuable floor space. One idea: Use a file folder caddy to contain wrapping paper, tools and ribbon.

Nestpert: BARBARA TAKO, author of Clutter Clearing Choices (O Books)

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