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Why A Cleaning Caddy Works (And How To Create Your Own)

WRITTEN by CHRISSY, LAST UPDATED ON April 1, 2024

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Using a cleaning caddy is a really simple idea that can make household tasks a lot quicker and easier. Find out exactly how a cleaning caddy works so brilliantly, and how you can make one of your own (including what you should, and shouldn’t, put in it).

Why A Cleaning Caddy Works So Well - And Exactly How To Create Your Own

Cleaning for me can be a source of satisfaction, as it’s lovely to see my home looking fresh and tidy.

But, I’m the first to acknowledge that it takes a lot of work to get there!

Whether you’re doing a quick clean or a massive Spring Clean, it’s very physical and demanding.

Cleaning involves lots of energy and motivation to get it done, and as such I want to minimise the unnecessary expenditure wherever possible, and that’s where a cleaning caddy comes in.

You have enough to do when doing the cleaning tasks themselves without having to spend time going to and fro from room to room.

Carrying what you can and then undoubtedly forgetting something and having to make one or two more trips – exhausting after a while.

And who wants that?

I certainly don’t, so I like to keep the cleaning products I use close to where I tend to use them as much as I can.

This works brilliantly for the kitchen and bathroom particularly, where there are cupboards to store specific items for each space, but what about the more generic cleaning products that you need in every room and that you don’t want to store anywhere but your main cleaning store cupboard/utility room?

It’s time to create a cleaning caddy!

Cleaning caddies don’t have to be anything fancy, they’re simply a holder by which to easily carry around the cleaning products that you need for most rooms in the house.

With enough space for everything, you can simply carry it around with one hand and know that you have everything you need there when you want it.

Perfect!

What should you store in a cleaning caddy?

As I said previously, I would only store in mine any products that I need in most rooms.

After all – I don’t want to be carrying around toilet cleaner in my living and bedrooms really – that just adds to the weight of the caddy and I can store those in the right rooms anyway.

As such, I advise carrying around similar items to the following:-

  • Polish
  • Duster
  • Antibacterial wipes / spray
  • Rubber gloves
  • Window cleaner
  • Cleaning Cloths
  • Leather cleaning wipes / wax
  • Bin bags

Basically anything that you need to use to clean your home – everyone is different and as such please just use this for a guide.

Cleaning caddy contents

I always get my stuff together before I look at getting storage for it – so once I had worked out what I wanted to house in my cleaning caddy, I set about looking for a good one.

Mine comes from Wayfair, and it works for me as it has a bottom and top compartment and a really large handle – it is also really easy to store away in my utility so I can simply put it back when finished and I know it’s ready for the next time I need it.

Cleaning caddy - Housekeepers Box

Want To Create Your Own Cleaning Caddy?

A cleaning tote is a great tool to help you get through things more quickly – so I want you to get yours set up as soon as possible.

Below, you’ll find lots of caddy options.

Pick the one that you feel works best for what you’ve got to carry, how much you can carry (you may prefer to have it on your body, or a trolley, rather than carrying it by hand).

I hope they give you lots of inspiration, and I KNOW you’re going to love creating your own…

You can find out more about any of the items below by simply clicking the picture – where you’ll be taken to the shop it’s sold in. All links are affiliate links – which means that I get a commission if you make a purchase, at no cost to you of course.

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Housekeeping Caddy Tips

#1 – It Needs To Be Big, But Not Too Big

Before you buy a caddy, put together all the cleaning tools/items that you want to put inside it.

When its altogether you’ll be able to see exactly how much room you need. You’ll also be able to gauge the depth etc…

Ideally you want to pick a caddy that’s big enough for everything, leaving a little extra room just in case, but no bigger than that.

If you pick something that’s too big, you’ll find it harder to grab and move around when you’re busy cleaning.

#2 – Make sure everything is easy to grab

There’s nothing worse than having to take everything out before you can get to what you need for a specific chore.

As such, you might want to use a caddy that has layers, pockets etc… – so that everything can be seen clearly and reached.

It also makes things much quicker to put away – a big bonus!

#3 – Choose A Light Caddy

Cleaning products can be pretty heavy, so the last thing you want to have is more weight from a heavy caddy.

#4 – It Need To Be Easy To Carry

If you can try before you buy, then in this instance it may well be worth doing.

Why?

Because some handles are better than others in a caddy.

I’ve had handles that are way too large which makes it hard to keep from bumping into things (like the stairs) when walking around with it.

Or handles that are too small which make the caddy unbalance when you pick it up once it’s full of stuff.

You could also find that it’s just plain uncomfortable to move around – which will (in the end) stop you from using it as much, and that takes away the joy of it…

Why A Cleaning Caddy Works So Well - And Exactly How To Create Your Own

So, that’s it!

Once you have your cleaning caddy in place, you only have to carry around this, your hoover, and maybe a long feather duster for those high to reach places.

As such, it becomes much easier to get around the house quickly – and that to me is the biggest bonus!

I hope you enjoy creating – and using! – yours…

Read Next: How to Create a Cleaning Schedule that Really Works For You

This article was written by Chrissy

Hi - I'm Chrissy... Having run my own business for 12 years as a Professional Organiser and Interior Designer, I know what works (and what doesn't!) when it comes to setting up a home that works both functionally and aesthetically. Now you can mostly find me in a coffee shop or at home, working full time on OrganiseMyHouse.com (which I setup back in 2011) sharing all my tips and ideas. My mission is to help you create a home that you love to live in every day...

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