Who is ready for another bite-sized project to organize our home and our life a little bit more? This week, we are going to tackle getting our cleaning supplies organized. I know it isn’t the most exciting thing ever, but it does help to make the actual task of cleaning a bit faster and it makes sure you have on hand what you need when you actually get to cleaning. Plus, if you do something similar to what I did, it will add a little color and cuteness, which always makes my day. How about you?
I love being and feeling organized. It frees my mind to focus on other things. The thing that I often lack is the actual time to organize and keep things organized. Do you know what I mean?
That is the whole point of this Real Organized series. To break down organizing into little tasks that when put together will make a difference in our whole home and life. They are meant to be small tasks that you can complete in 30-60 minutes. Something most of us can fit into a busy week. So, please stick with me even if you dislike cleaning like I do and think that it is dumb or unnecessary to organize your cleaning supplies. I’ve been there and done that and having them organized makes it easy to find what you need as well as make sure have what you need on hand. These are the little things that add up to a more organized home.
Just in case you missed the other posts in this series, we started by organizing our calendars because if you have an organized calendar, you will free your mind for so many other things. Next we worked to get our cleaning schedule organized. We used our calendars to make a schedule that will work for our lives. Today it is organizing the supplies to complete the actual cleaning. At the bottom of this post, I have step-by-step directions and printable labels so you can complete this task as well.
Do you remember my laundry room? I’ve shown it a few times on the blog. I showed you how I reorganized it a few years ago. More recently, I’ve shown you the fun DIY wording I put on the cabinet doors as well as the wreath I made.
Until today, I don’t think I’ve ever shown you the inside of the cabinets. They tend to get a little messy because the doors close easily and they are tall and hard to reach. The problem I had with our cleaning supplies is that they just got thrown in there. Often the newest thing I bought would get used before we were done with the old one or we would run out of things and no one would tell me. It was also hard for the kids to reach and find cleaning supplies. I want them to be involved and to help with cleaning, so it just wasn’t working.
I also have organized and re-organized this cabinet what feels like a hundred times. No one keeps up with it. I needed to come up with some kind of system that would force people to keep it organized. AND I think I did! Woot! Woot!
These are the bins I decided to use in my mission to organize the cleaning supplies. The white square bins are from the dollar spot at Target. Then, I decided that maybe a magazine holder would work and fit better in my cabinet. Just like when I used office supplies to organize the linen closet, I used them again to organized the cleaning supplies. I found these on Amazon (affiliate link). They are the correct dimensions for my cabinet, they hold the shape and sizes of our cleaning supplies, and they are plastic so any spills and what not can easily be cleaned out of them. Perfection!
The other fun part is that they add some color to my laundry room. (Though the bummer part is that you don’t get to pick your color when you order them. It is just a random selection. Boo!) Do you remember how cuteness and fun colors make me happy? Do they make you happy? If I can add some cuteness and color to something I don’t like to do, it does actually help. Weird, but true!
Now, I purposefully didn’t re-organize the rest of the cabinet because I wanted to keep this quick and easy and stick to just cleaning supplies. I often start with a simple task and let it blossom into 15 other projects and days worth of work. I just wanted to keep this simple and quick. You can do the same. We can work on the other stuff another time as another small project.
OK…so it totally drove me nuts to not organize it and leave it like that, especially when it came time to photograph it, but I left it anyway. Guess what, I’m glad I did (aside from the fact that the pictures would look better if I had). It kept the project simple and do-able. I like that and that fits my current busy life.
When organizing your cleaning supplies, pull them all out and gather them all into one location. That way you can see what you have, what you need and what you need to get rid of.
Get rid of things you no longer like or use. Add things to the grocery list that you need. Then group items together by like items or categories.
I grouped mine by laundry, scrubbing products, products for the floor, and products to clean things (like all-purpose and glass cleaners).
While I was organizing the cleaning supplies into bins, I took the time to add new tags to them. While I liked the old tags, sometimes something simple, like changing out the labels, gives a quick easy new look, which is fun to me. I’ve got free printable tags for you at the bottom of this post. Yay!These little magazine holders work perfectly! They corral the cleaning supplies and allow me to organize them by use. I was also able to use of the larger Target bins to corral the miscellaneous supplies as well as those that are new and we have on hand for when we run out of something else. Now, my family will finish something before they start using the new supplies. Yay! It is the little things that make me happy.
These little magazine holders work perfectly! They corral the cleaning supplies and allow me to organize them by use. I was also able to use of the larger Target bins to corral the miscellaneous supplies as well as those that are new and we have on hand for when we run out of something else. Now, my family will finish something before they start using the new supplies. Yay! It is the little things that make me happy.
This is my scrub bin. It has my wood cleaning spray, toilet cleaner, Bon Ami as well as the toothbrush I use for detail cleaning. See how the bin easily holds the cleaning supplies and allows me to group things together. It will make it easier to find what we need. That is the point of organizing to me.
Like I said, I was able to quickly add new tags to my baskets as well. It helps me and the rest of my family know exactly where things go.
I’m serious, label things. It will make a big difference for you and your family. There is little to no confusion about where things go and you won’t have to answer the questions about where things are.
For this week’s task, here is what you need to do:
- Spend 5 minutes going over and updating your calendar. We have to keep up with the tasks from the past as well and make them a routine or habit.
- Add your cleaning schedule to this week’s calendar.
- Decide where you will store your cleaning supplies. It is best to keep them all in one location. I’ve long used a laundry room cabinet so they are out of reach of little hands. My kids are old enough I could keep them under a sink, but I like the laundry room, so I keep mine there.
- Gather all of your current cleaning supplies.
- Get rid of cleaning supplies that you no longer like or are empty.
- Add any supplies you need to your grocery list (we will talk about this later in the series)
- Group cleaning supplies into like items or categories with duplicates and misc. going in a separate area or bin in the cabinet.
- Figure out what containers will work to organize your supplies in your space.
- Put cleaning supplies in the bins.
- Label your bins. See below for your printable labels.
- Place your bins in the cabinet.
- Celebrate! You just completed a small task to help organize your home and your family! Yay!
- Share! Post a pic of your project on my Facebook page or on Instagram or Twitter and use #RealOrganized. Tag me (@realcoake) to make sure I see it. I would love to share you work on my social media channels.
I’ve got multiple versions of my labels. I’m hoping one will be the right color for your house and the right size for your organizing bins. 🙂
So what do you think about having organized cleaning supplies? What are your tips/ideas?
I’ve got more cleaning ideas for you on my Pinterest Real Cleaning board.
Next week, we are going to organize our recipes. I’m super excited because mine are currently a total mess! Hopefully, I’m also going to have a new family-friendly cookbook for you as well…that I wrote! I’m in the process of pulling it together. Fingers crossed I can get it done.
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