For our Fabulous 15 Minute Organizing Fix this week, let’s clean up our cleaners. We use cleaning products and supplies so frequently, which is why spending a few minutes to declutter and organize can make a huge difference. Think of how much time you’ll save by not sifting through cleaning cloths and spray bottles!
Purge and sort
If you have supplies that you don’t like or simply do not use, now is the time to let go. Same applies to cleaning cloths, scrub brushes, and other cleaning tools. Pare down to what you actually use and let the rest go.
In our home, I had several bottles of cleaners that were actually left by the former owners. I never quite knew what to do with these perfectly good, nearly full bottles of products I simply do not use. Until now! I offered them up for free on a local Facebook swap and sell page, and they had a new home within a few hours. Hooray!
Choose your location
Decide where to store your cleaning supplies. They may be fine right where they are, or you might consider a change. Do you like your cleaning supplies in one central location or kept close to where you use them?
Maybe you are like me and take a hybrid approach to this. I keep kitchen cleaning products under the sink, but otherwise I prefer things to be centrally located. The laundry room is the ideal location in our home, except for one problem. The laundry room is more of a tiny closet with barely enough space to turn around. I have struggled with how to store cleaning supplies or anything else here for four years! (But, that’s a blog post for later.)
Decide how to store your cleaners. You might corral them in containers or totes, place them on an open shelf, or need to keep them up high or locked away from children.
I kept mine in large totes for years, which used to make sense when we did all our cleaning on one day. But, that’s not how we clean anymore, and there are more reasons why the totes don’t make sense. They don’t fit very nicely on the shelf where they were kept. The shelf was too high for me to access or put away items without getting the totes down, which resulted in constant disorganization. I don’t actually need all those products as I clean. And most importantly, my children could not reach this high shelf or carry the heavy totes.
Put it all together
Finally, reassemble your cleaning supplies in their new home(s). Then, stand back and “ahhh” a while. Whether you make big changes or tiny tweaks, it’s still a good feeling to have this project done!
For me, the change was big. I pulled an over-the-door shoe organizer from my container station, put it on the back of the laundry room door, and now supplies are easy for anyone in my family to reach and put away! I absolutely love this new system, except for just one thing. There’s not an easy way to transport bathroom cleaning supplies, and I don’t want (or have the space) to keep supplies in each bathroom.
I need something that could be folded down for storage since there is no place near the cleaning supplies to store a regular tote, not even a small one. It also needs to be large enough to carry several bottles of cleaner, cleaning clothes and scrub brushes. I thought the solution would come to me in time, but it hasn’t.
Do you have suggestions for me? What do you use to transport cleaning supplies in your home? Also, just out of curiosity, do you store supplies in a central location or close to where you use them?