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Top tips for organising and cleaning a utility room

“Organising a utility room efficiently can make tasks easier and keep the space functional. If your space is organised, the cleaning of your utility room will be so much easier. These are my tips to help you organise your utility room effectively: 

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Tom Howley
  • Declutter: Remove any items that you no longer need or use. This will create more space and make it easier to organise the remaining items. 

  • Categorise Items: Sort the items in your utility room into categories such as cleaning supplies, laundry essentials, tools, and household maintenance items. Keep frequently used items within easy reach. Store them at eye level or in easily accessible drawers or shelves. 

  • Invest in Storage Solutions: Invest in storage solutions such as stackable bins, baskets, drawer organisers, and over-the-door organisers to make the most of the available space. 

  • Create Zones: Divide the utility room into zones based on the type of items stored or the tasks performed. For example, have a laundry zone, a cleaning supplies zone, and an ironing storage zone. 

  • Utilise Vertical Space: Maximise storage by making use of the walls and ceiling by incorporating hanging space and shelves. Level up your wall shelves by choosing ones with built-in towel bars for example and install a hanging airer. Use hooks or pegboards to hang mops, ironing boards and brooms on the walls.” 

Cleaning a utility room 

“Cleaning a utility room involves several steps to ensure it's thoroughly cleaned and organised. You want it to remain a dedicated space for cleaning and storage – not a dumping ground for household clutter. Here’s some of my top tips for cleaning your utility room: 

  • Declutter: Start by removing any unnecessary items from the utility room. Dispose of items you no longer need and organise the remaining items into categories – such as designated areas for your cleaning products. Having a designated space not only keeps things tidy but also streamlines your cleaning routine. 

  • Dust, then wipe down surfaces: Dust all surfaces including shelves, worktops, appliances, and light fixtures. Don’t forget to also dust your machines. Use a microfiber cloth or a dusting spray for better results. Use a damp cloth or all-purpose cleaner to wipe down surfaces thereafter. 

  • Sweep and Mop Floors: Sweep the floors to remove any dust or dirt. Then mop the floors with a suitable floor cleaner. Pay attention to corners and baseboards as regular cleaning of these will make a huge difference in the long run. 

  • Clean your washer and dryer: each month give both appliances a thorough clean by emptying any trays and cleaning them out too. Clean the drum too with a cloth to make sure any dirt is gone from the machine and if relevant also clean your filters.” 

Gervaise Ovin, Professional Cleaner
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