Cleaning supplies are a necessity in any home. Keeping a home clean is just as important as staying organized! But have you gone overboard with the number of cleaning supplies you have? Open up your under-the-sink cabinet, and I’m sure you’ll find a sea of spray bottles – from Windex and toilet bowl cleaner to counter top cleaner and bath tub cleaner.
Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers didn’t have a separate bottle of cleaning solution to clean each of their separate surfaces. Why do we? We live in a society where there is a home cleaner for every type of cleaning duty. When we sit down to watch television, we are bombarded with advertisements that entice us to buy their cleaners for a specific need! Before you know it, you have ten different bottles. This is certainly not necessary.
The first thing you need to do is STOP buying so many cleaners. Then, it’s time to get organized! Below are three essential tips to organizing your cleaning supplies:
- Purge Unnecessary Cleaners – Before you begin organizing, get rid of existing cleaners taking up space.
- Purchase a Caddy – Fill a portable caddy with your cleaning supplies, and store one on each floor. If a mess happens upstairs, you’ll have your caddy ready upstairs, and won’t have to run downstairs.
- Fill Your Caddy – Include one general purpose cleaner, a set of rags, sponges, and paper towels. Instead of buying new cleaning supplies, you can make your own. If you Google home made cleaning supplies you will discover a wide array of recipes using just white vinegar and baking soda as the main ingredients. These are safe and natural products!
I challenge each one of you to look under your sink, and get started on purging and organizing your cleaning products. If you have tips for keeping your cleaning products organized, comment below!
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