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It’s a new year! A fresh start! And although we only have a handful of big projects left in our home (more on that later this week), this year, I want to work on streamlining and organizing all the systems and spaces around here. Over the break, I started this task by organizing all of our cleaning supplies and coming up with systems to make cleaning a lot easier. (Not going to lie, I had the time of my life). Here’s what I did:
1. Cleaned out the cleaning hub. We already stored all of our cleaning supplies in our laundry room cabinets, but the first task was to toss all the old solutions, or those with harsh chemicals. I couldn’t believe how many different types of wood polish or glass cleaner we had. I donated a lot, and only kept my favorite brands–we use a lot of Mrs. Meyers, Seventh Generation and Method with our subscription to Grove Collaborative. They have all of the best natural products for home, and we order a lot of our baby supplies monthly, too–free shipping, straight to our door!
After I cleared out the toxic and unused, I organized what was left using a turntable for the large bottles and a 3-tiered shelf for the smaller bottles, making it easy to see and grab what we need. On the top shelf, I stashed some paper towels, empty cleaning caddies so we could make a quick cleaning kit to carry around for whatever task we were working on–dusting, windows, baseboards!–and a stack of microfiber cloths, as well as, a ready-to-go bathroom cleaning caddy with toilet bowl, tub and tile, and glass cleaner.
2. Stocked the Bathroom with Cleaning Supplies. The bathroom is one of those things we wipe down every day, with a thorough cleaning once a week. The only way to keep this going is to streamline the process–especially now that our daughters are so eager to help. For the girls’ bathroom downstairs, that meant no more trips up to our cleaning hub to get supplies. I stocked their vanity with toilet bowl cleaner, stone cleaner (for their countertop), glass cleaner and tile cleaner–all from Grove Collaborative. As well as paper towels and disinfecting wipes for the daily wipe down.
3. Organized Under the Kitchen Sink. Turns out, the cabinet under the kitchen sink doesn’t have to be a free for all. Ha! Just by tucking our kitchen cleaning supplies into a clear lazy suzan, everything has a spot and it looks and feels a lot more organized. I also brought in a nice container for our dishwasher tablets–since they are always going to be under our sink–why not have a permanent container for them (make sure to choose something that is water-tight)?
This lazy suzan with sides is really nice for this area because I can also stash my walnut scrubber sponges and rubber gloves without them flopping all over the place. I love keeping this area stocked with dish soap, my favorite Mrs. Meyers baking soda and vinegar cleanser and their All-Purpose spray that I use to wipe down our counters.
What cleaning systems do you have around your home? I’m eager to do more and now that everything is organized, I feel like I can!
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Let’s do this, 2018!
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