Well, I had all sort of plans to spiffy up the closets and cabinets in my laundry room this week. I had put them through THE DECLUTTER this time last year, so I didn’t have a whole lot to get rid of. But, since I really get a little geeky about pretty organization, I had some ideas to take my relatively uncluttered cabinets and closets to the next level…not only would they be uncluttered and organized closets and cabinets, but I was going to employ my functional aesthetics plan to make them good looking AND organized closets and cabinets.
“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”. Adapted from Robert Burns
But that was before…
Before I miscalculated the 4 inches between the ground and the step from my landing.
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve stepped up these 4 inches and down these 4 inches in the 13 years we’ve lived in this house. But on this day, I decided to land on the side of my foot as opposed to the sole of my foot (#whybenormal) and ended up fracturing 2 bones in my foot.
So, now I am bound for the next 4 weeks to this fashion-forward footwear, with limited agility and usefulness.
As a result of my mishap, I had to step back from my original plan (pun intended) and focus on what was already done.
My ‘cleaning products’ theory falls very much in line with my ‘makeup/beauty products’ theory…the fewer the better. I don’t get all caught up in a product for this and product for that.
I mean, what makes a ‘countertop cleaner’ better for countertops than a generic cleaner? Why a special ‘bathroom cleaner’?
At the end of the day, aren’t all cleaners basically the same? If you took your ‘kitchen countertops’ cleaner and cleaned your bathroom with it, would it be less clean than had you used ‘bathroom cleaner?’
Does the ‘bathroom cleaner’ know it’s in the bathroom and so kicks in and does a better job than if you used it in say, the laundry room?
Now, if I’m all washed up (get it?) and don’t know what I’m talking about, please pipe in and educate me. But…I’ve been using the same cleaner in all parts of my home for…EVER…and nothing bad has happened. (Meanwhile, I’ve got a funny image in my head of someone coming in to use my guest bathroom and thinking to herself “hmph, it’s obvious she’s used a kitchen countertop cleaner in here!”)
The best tip I have to keep your cleaning solutions decluttered and organized is to limit the number of ‘single use’ cleaners and opt for multi-use cleaning solutions.
So, my cleaning supplies are very simple, I buy a bottle of concentrated all-purpose cleaner (right now I’m using Bio Kleen All-Purpose Cleaner that I dilute in spray bottles for just about everywhere but on glass.
I do keep a bottle of Clorox Clean-up for when I need to make sure areas are well disinfected (I have a teenage son after all) and a bottle of glass cleaner, which I make using this recipe.
Those 3 comprise my main cleaning arsenal, although I do use a stainless steel cleaner, abrasive scrub and an adhesive removing product from time to time.
My laundry needs are equally simple, but I did want to share a couple of laundry tips that have come in handy over the years.
The first is to keep a SWM (Socks Without Mates) bin. This comes in so handy; when a lone sock pops up, I plop it in the bin.
In a perfect world, both socks will end up in the bin and can be matched up when I sort the bin every week or so. I keep the ones that are mate-less for a period of time wrapped in a rubber band with a date on it. Once a couple of months have passed and those socks remain mate-less, I consider them a lost cause and donate them to the trash bin.
And I have two more laundry tips for you.
One is to put a small amount of bleach in a dropper bottle which helps control when just a wee bit of bleach on a piece of clothing. The other tip is to keep a timer in your laundry room.
When I want to just barely dry a piece of clothing, but don’t want it to go through the full dryer cycle, I just set a timer for 5-10 minutes so I don’t forget.
Last but not least is the closet in my laundry room. I store brooms, my ironing board, drying rack, etc…on the floor and have wire shelves at the top.
If you remember my mailing envelope ‘problem’, I may or may not have a similar plastic and paper bag ‘problem’. I actually weeded through a good many of these and recycled all the ones that were recyclable.
But, I just have a hard time throwing out perfectly good and usable bags. That may change when we downsize.
And while I keep a paper-free kitchen, there are times when you need plastic cutlery, paper napkins and paper plates. I keep a stash of those items here.
I did go through them and donate a good number of items to my son’s Robotics team; I would think that most youth sports/activities can always use these items.
So, my friends, I hope I have provided you with a few tidbits on keeping organized closets and cabinets, even though it wasn’t quite what I had planned.
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