Tips for setting up and maintaining organized closets & cabinets in the laundry room.
My ‘cleaning products’ theory aligns very much with my ‘makeup/beauty products’ theory…the fewer, the better. I don’t get all caught up in a product for this and a 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 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 keep a bottle of Clorox Clean-up for when I need to ensure 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 want to share some laundry tips that have come in handy over the years.
The first is to keep an SWM (Socks Without Mates) bin. This is so handy; I plop it in the bin when a lone sock pops up.
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 mate-less ones 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 just barely to 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 recyclable ones.
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 donated 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
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The 2023 Decluttering Challenge
- We kick off this decluttering odyssey in our bedrooms and bathrooms with a handy decluttering checklist.
- During week 2, we tackle the kitchen and laundry room with a checklist to help you locate items that may need to be ‘re-housed’.
- Week 3 has us tackling the clutter in the den and linen closet with another handy checklist for items in those rooms.
- We go head first into our office and craft rooms during week 4.
- Did you know that your pcs and mobile devices get just as cluttered? Let’s deal with the clutter on those devices this week.
- During week 6, we tackle our garages and attics with a decluttering checklist aimed at those areas.
- New this year, we are dealing with mental clutter during week 7.
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