Where do you keep your vacuum cleaner?

nosoccermomMay 5, 2013

When our house was built, the builder looked at me like I was crazy when I asked for a broom/vacuum cleaner closet. Well, I hate to admit it but as it is, we just leave it in the corner of the room that was vacuumed last. The only other option would be the entry closet.

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roarah

I keep one in a broom closet in my kitchen. I have a second one for upstairs that I keep in a hall cedar closet and one in the basement in a utility closet. Can you tell I like to vacuum but not lug it up and down the stairs:).

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 9:38AM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

I have a roomba plugged into the wall. It's always there. We have tile floors mostly, so it happily does it's thing without me.

We keep the other vacuum in the guest bedroom closet.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 9:51AM
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DLM2000

I have 2, one for floors and one for rugs/carpet. Both are kept in our mudroom/laundry room.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 9:59AM
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violetwest

My last place had NO place to put the damn thing, so I hid it behind a curtain. I'm grateful my new house has closets, so it's SUPPOSED to be kept in the front coat closet (and no stairs either, yippee!)

But, like you, it's often left in the last room vacuumed. It's, uh kind of on the rotation system!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 10:14AM
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dedtired

Would you believe I keep it on my screened porch? There simply is no other place for it without it being in the way. I would love a utility closet. I tried keeping it in the coat closet but it would end up with boots, etc in front of it. That's the only closet on the first floor. I tried keeping it on the basement stairs, but that didn't work either.

It lives in the corner of the porch and really isn't all that noticeable. In the winter, retrieving the vac can be a very chilly experience!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 10:15AM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Where do I keep it or where does my DH keep it? Ha.

We have a closet under the stairs on the lower level where I keep it when I am finished. DH keeps it in a corner of his office, which is better than plugged into the wall and left in the dining room! My goal is to get another one, so we have one for each level. Then, there will be one in the closet and the other left out somewhere. I did try moving it into the closet of his office, but that is not, apparently, a preferred location. :(

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 10:20AM
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Fun2BHere

One in the linen closet and one in the laundry room. I wish I had a broom closet in the laundry room. That's going on my wish list for any future house.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 10:29AM
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annkh_nd

Small canister in the upstairs bathroom linen closet; large upright in the basement under the stairs. We have mostly hardwood upstairs and carpet downstairs.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 10:39AM
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maddielee

Ours IS in the entry closet.

ML

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 10:54AM
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trailrunnerbiker

I have one canister vacuum and it stays in the back hall closet. It has a beater bar head and then the optional bare floor attachment. It is the Hoover Wind Tunnel bagless. It works great ! I do the downstairs one day...all wood floors with Oriental rugs..I use the bare floor attachment on them too. On the next day I do the whole upstairs it is all carpeted . I don't mind carrying it up and down. c

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 11:12AM
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kswl2

We have a Rainbow that is a cannister type on wheels. When we remodeled our laundry room we built a drying cupboard with no floor, so the rainbow can be rolled right into the cupboard without having to lift it. It has made life much easier for the housekeeper, that thing is heavy!

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nosoccermom

Growing up small houses or even apartments in Europe, every single one had a fairly large broom closet while many/most of the houses here don't have a dedicated space for vacuum cleaners, brooms, cleaning supplies. Maybe since most people in my area at least have a weekly cleaning service, they don't need anything that's larger than a hand vac.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 11:24AM
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kristinekr

I keep the cannister in the coat closet and the upright in the laundry room.

I also have 2 bissel 3 in 1 vacuums, which are very lightweight "dustbuster on a stick" type vacuums. They both stay plugged in at all times. One is hidden behind a kitchen curtain, so I can pull it out multiple times a day to quickly clean up the kid's crumbs from meals. The other one is in the basement.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 11:24AM
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Oakley

When we remodeled I had a custom broom closet built in the utility room. But...my white dog sheds all year on my dark wood floors. So I keep it tucked in a little corner in my kitchen for all to see. It's a Dyson so it fits perfectly. lol.

I vacuum all the time and I was tired of walking to lug it out of the closet.

If I know company is coming over, I put it back in the closet.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 12:20PM
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mfallis

Mine is in the "coat" closet... I just vacuum once a week, so it's not a big deal to get it in and out of the closet. Then I have a handheld that it is in a tall cabinet in my kitchen for in-between cleanings -- that cabinet holds cleaning supplies, the handheld, microfiber mop, etc.. We have all hardwood, so this works well for us.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 12:33PM
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bronwynsmom

What is wrong with house designers, anyway?

Where are the utility pantry, the pet feeding area, the broom closet, the sufficient linen closet, the project room, the butler's pantry, the laundry room, the drying yard, the flower and plant room, the package room, the mud room, and the shop???

When I build my next house (if we live that long and have an extra million lying around), every wall will be 12 to 24 inches thick, and hold things, at hand and out of sight.

Enough ranting.

We have all hardwood with rugs, and keep a Miele canister in the downstairs closet under the stairs, a cheaper canister upstairs in a big closet in my DH's office room, and a rechargeable stick plugged in near the cat box for errant litter bits.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 12:38PM
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rosylady

I keep my Miele canister in a small closet under the stairs. In our current remodel, I am adding a hook to the wall to loop the
"tube" over and a set of built in shelves to hold the bags (Miele's use bags very quickly) and some other cleaning supplies: probably all the dusting things.

I have to lug the vacuum up and down our old winding stairs and it is a pain!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 1:44PM
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jakabedy

It would make sense to have it in the coat closet. but that is occupied with some spare folding chairs, the dog food, and one of DH's many toolboxes. So it is in one of the reach-in pantries in the kitchen. It's tucked inthe back, behind the garbage can (canister vac).

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 2:01PM
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mama goose_gw zn6OH

I have a Rainbow that is kept in a closet under the stairs. The empty cannister is kept in the mudroom, under a shelf. I keep the hose, extensions, and attachments corralled in a 5gallon bucket, so that I can carry it with me into other rooms, if necessary.

Edit: By 'cannister,' I meant reservoir. It still has some water and grit, after it's emptied outside, so I keep the reservoir in a location where it can air dry.

This post was edited by mama_goose on Mon, May 6, 13 at 11:31

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 2:14PM
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musicteacher

Right out in the open so if an unexpected guest drops by (and my house looks like it usually does) I can say, ooh I was just getting ready to vacuum!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 2:14PM
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LuAnn_in_PA

Broom closet, kitchen.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 2:57PM
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porkandham

We used to have two coat closets in the same hall, but we lost one when we added on. The remaining closet is now too full, so the vacuum has moved downstairs to the basement storage room.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 3:11PM
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TheRedHouse

Mine is the the laundry room, in the space where a utility sink would normally be. I can tuck the vacuum, the steam cleaner and the clothes steamer into that space.

I always found it a little perplexing that there's no other logical space in my house to store a vacuum - or even brooms for that matter. It's a little reassuring to see that a lot of houses are built that way. When I was house hunting many years ago, I saw a very cool center hall colonial revival that had a generous cleaning closet off the main hall - complete with a utility sink. If I ever build a house, I want that!

This post was edited by TheRedHouse on Sun, May 5, 13 at 15:22

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 3:21PM
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bronwynsmom

Musicteacher, you gave me a chuckle!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 3:50PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

We have central vac and keep the parts in a broom closet in our laundry room. I also keep a small vac in the linen closet by the bedrooms and we have another small one we keep in the lower level store room.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 4:42PM
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LanaRoma

We store our mid-size Kenmore canister vacuum in the big closet under the stairs. The house is 70's split entry, and there's a closet under the flight of the stairs up. It opens into the first floor landing.

The closet holds quite a lot of stuff - folding dining chairs, extension leaves for the dining table, a tall shelf rack with home preserves (pickles and jams), paper towels and napkin packs from Costco and various sundry, and also a stack of plastic drawer chests.

Our ShopVac resides in the attached garage.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 5:14PM
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peegee

I keep my uprights Lindhaus for hardwood floors and Dyson for carpets in the closet of my 'dining room/office' (repurposed bedroom), another upright Dyson upstairs in a closet because I don't want to lug a vac around. A canister Dyson, banished to the basement, and a big shop vac are located in the open in strategic areas, plugged in and ready for action...for managing spiders, if needed. I'd say the main floor Dyson lives in the closet less than half the time, and otherwise is hanging out where ever last used. Hmmm...going to try being more Mindful of putting it away more often.

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mandarin1

Our coat closet is under the stairs, so we broke open the back wall to have the total under-stair space for storage. We have the vacuum, the rug/furniture steamer, and the Spin-Scrub machine ( for tile floors) all in back of the coats. I use all 3 regularly ( 2 dogs). Agree, there should be a designated closet for cleaning electrics, even a central vac needs a place to put the hose and attachments!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 5:40PM
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marti8a

I have a cubby in the cabinets just for the vacuum. I asked that it be at floor level so I could just push the vac in, but dh insisted it wouldn't work right, so I have to lift it into the cubby. I love having a place for it but wish I had insisted on an opening where I could just push it in.

Before this, I was like you and just left it in the corner of a room, or if company was coming, I'd shove it into the coat closet.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 6:45PM
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nosoccermom

Interesting responses, and I thought my house was the only one without a dedicated space for vacuum cleaner, broom, swiffer, etc., preferably one on each floor.

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sundownr

When we remodeled the bathrooms we put a shallow closet (18" maybe) in the hallway behind the toilet. The vacuum barely fits in there but the door doesn't close. I've been meaning to cut a half circle in the shelves for the handle so we can close the door but haven't gotten around to it.

That is the only closet in our house that isn't in a bedroom and it's stuffed to the gills. :)

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 10:41PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I keep it in the hall coat closet year 'round except for the 2 days out of the year that I clear the closet out for guests, then it gets shoved in the walk in master closet.
However in reality, 363 days out of the year, it is sitting in the living room or kitchen as I vacuum something constantly.
Sometimes it sits in a bedroom, that rotation thing....

It's like a someone who drinks coffee all day long, they don't want to have to haul the coffee maker from the cupboard each time they make a pot...

There is a distinction between "guests" and friends although there is some crossover. Friends could care less about the state of my house and guests think I'm Martha Stewart. We have a fair share of both but guests are usually scheduled- and I have time to pull it together.

Family is a mixture of both so depending on what category they fall into depends on how clean/neat the house is and where the vacuum cleaner is stored and how soon it was last used.
It's complicated.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 11:00PM
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2bedhomewares

I keep it in my store room.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 2:00AM
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Cheen

The downstairs pet hair remover vacuum cleaner (upright) is kept in the front hall coat closet. It interferes with long coats but just fits on the jacket side.

The electric broom thing that is only good on hardwood floors is hanging on a hook on the inside of the door to a very small utility closet upstairs. The rest of the closet has shelving but there is just enough space to hang it up and still close the door.

It's a 1930's house with very little closet space.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 6:32AM
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celticmoon

Argggh. Pet peeve that this otherwise great house had no dedicated 'broom closet" or "utility closet". The vacuum wandered homeless as did everything from windex to oops.

Ultimately I gave up the centrally located linen closet to redeploy it as a cleaning supply closet. I whittled the linens severely - put sheets onto bedroom closet shelves, towels into bath cabinets, table linens into pantry, and miscellaneous into mudroom cabinet. Then corralled all the cleaning supplies onto closet's upper shelves. Made space for batteries and for light bulbs. Hung brooms, mops etc to one side. Hung rag bags to other. Rolled in vacuum and slipped floor sweeper to its side.

Whew. SO MUCH BETTER.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 8:57AM
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grlwprls

My miele upright has to live beside the open Swedish shelves in the back door area of the kitchen. I measured and ordered the shelves to just leave a perfect nook for the vacuum. While I'd love to have a broom closet, the former owners turned a generous closet under the stairs into a powder room by dropping and building a new subfloor. The first floor powder room trumps a broom closet in my opinion. And my vacuum is visually appealing, so I don't mind too much. It is what it is.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 12:26PM
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rosie

Celtic Moon's sounds perfect, but gotta say standing it behind the drapes would work too. Especially if it stayed plugged in.

We also have a central system and keep the vacuum parts in a drawer under a window seat.

We have a broom closet, but it's too shallow to hold a push vacuum. We also built a shower in the powder room just to have it on the main floor (in case someone broke a leg or something) but designed it to look like/function as a closet behind louvered doors. (The tiled shower pan edge is half depth to make room for the doors to set into the door frame in front of it.) To this day the shower hasn't been used, but the closet quietly holds things like wet coats, step stool and the extra vacuum I haven't gotten rid of.

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tinam61

This thread is cracking me up! I don't want to look at a vacuum cleaner sitting out. Reminds me of the time I stopped in at a friend's - the vacuum cleaner was sitting near the front door - with items hanging off it!

We used to use a rainbow exclusively, but since we now have all hard floors, I got tired of it. Still it has some wonderful attachments and there are a few times a year I use it - so it is kept in the garage. I have an upright that stays in the laundry room and a smaller, shark electric sweeper/electric broom - that is wonderful. It's used for in-between cleanings and is kept in a large linen closet along with a small broom that I use only for baseboard, etc.

tina

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 5:29PM
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sis3

Inside the walls! I have Hide A Hose for my central vac so it just sucks itself back into the wall after use. It is the best! It's the most common sense solution to house cleaning needs. I have had it 7 years now, it has never given a moment's trouble. It exhausts the fine dust to outdoors so the house stays almost dust free. Nothing but a few small attachments to store. Can you tell I love it?

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 7:05PM
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mdrive

i have a beam central vac and i keep the LONG hose on a hook in my foyer coat closet....have a second hose in the garage downstairs for the lower level and garage (yes i actually vacuum my garage!!)

:)

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 7:29PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Uhoh. Need to amend my response. Apparently, we are again keeping ours in the dining room, but now the cord is going down the hall into another room where it is still plugged in. Sometimes, I really wish I lived alone.

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catperson

The advantage of having a 115 year old home is that I have a large pantry off the kitchen where I keep the downstairs one, and the upstairs one goes on the landing in the back stairway.

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outsideplaying_gw

Walk-in pantry off the kitchen, along with a re-chargeable hand-held dust-buster and an electric sweeper for quick clean-ups. I insisted on having a couple of outlets in there for just such things, plus we have the alarm system power system in there too. Interesting thread. I can't understand why home designers don't work in a plan for this stuff.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 9:08PM
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ellyphant

Ours is kept in the closet of our little office, which is on the main level and was meant to be a bedroom. Another vacuum stays in the basement for cleaning that area and the cars.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 9:30PM
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anele_gw

When we looked at houses, there were some that really had NO place for a vacuum.

We keep ours in DH's closet. Well, that is where it supposed to be. Really, it hangs out in the baby's room, which is close to the closet!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 11:18PM
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nosoccermom

Yes, it's strange that there's no properly dedicated area for vacuum cleaners.
I guess it's just not selling a lifestyle when you have chef kitchens, luxurious spa-like bathrooms, dressing areas and walk-in closets with super storage for clothes and shoes, and then you're adverting a "closet for all your cleaning equipment and utensils."

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 3:00PM
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Fori is not pleased

Middle of the house of course! And yes it's plugged in! Previously it was kept by the back door to block the doggie door when needed since the dog door cover was broken. But the dog overcame his fear of unplugged vacuum cleaners so it's no good for that anymore.

We do have a closet for it but it seems to enjoy being with the family.

Our house was built in the '50s and has a nice storage closet for things like this.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 3:11PM
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violetwest

Posted by bronwynsmom (My Page) on
Sun, May 5, 13 at 12:38

What is wrong with house designers, anyway?

Where are the utility pantry, the pet feeding area, the broom closet, the sufficient linen closet, the project room, the butler's pantry, the laundry room, the drying yard, the flower and plant room, the package room, the mud room, and the shop???

^^ THIS! Modern home design sucks. I don't need those extra bedroom or great room or dining room. I need utility areas! The new houses I looked at (including the one I bought) don't even have utility sinks. and, oh -- I have a coat closet . . . but no linen closet. :(

This post was edited by Violet.West on Tue, May 7, 13 at 20:35

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mtnrdredux_gw

In the cleaning person's trunk.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 9:11PM
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gsciencechick

Right now, in the guest bedroom closet.

Now that we are down to one cat, I think I can get rid of the litterbox in the small hall closet/tool storage area. This cat never uses that box. So, that would actually be a great place to put the Kenmore upright.

My parents' house had a utility room, so Mom kept it in one of the built-ins there. Wish I could transport that room to here!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 9:41PM
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blubird

I have 2 hoses/wands for my central vac. One lives in the garage, just inside the door from the back hallway, hanging on a garden hose hanger. The second hose and accessories live in my walk-in closet upstairs.

Helene

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 10:32PM
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golddust

My Miele lives in the basement. My Shark Navigator lives on the main floor ( family room closet) and an Oreck lives upstairs. There is room In the closets but it likes the hallway better. It's spoiled, I guess.

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nosoccermom

Haha, my Dyson either lives in the DR between the wall and the china cabinet, or when it needs some alone time, it's hanging out in one of the unoccupied bedrooms upstairs. The lucky swiffer hides behind the master bathroom door where DH drapes sweaty gym clothes over it to dry.

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anele_gw

Fori, LOL about this: "We do have a closet for it but it seems to enjoy being with the family. "

Nosoccer, ha, ha! You are right. The "cleaning" aspect sort of brings all that down a notch, yes?

I have found that the age of the home doesn't seem to matter? I have looked at all sorts, and it just seems to be hit or miss. My house is 80 yrs and old and I guess it would fit in the hall closet, but I do need room for the coats/shoes of 7 people. (And we don't even have that many pairs!) My sister has a new house, and she has a HUGE closet off of her kitchen for utility items. I love it! I have a pantry, too, but it's only deep enough for a broom-- but I'll take it!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 12:10AM
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