The key to organizing is to think according to grouping. When setting out to organize any room or place in your home, group together items that are used together. Make a concentrated effort to have everything you need to complete a certain task placed together so no extra steps are needed to gather items you will need.
I have used this principle in regards to almost every area of my home. Today I wanted to share with you how organizing my storage shelves used for my cleaning supplies has helped me. I have been so pleased with home much this has simplified my cleaning routines.
In order to group together products need for the different cleaning tasks I have to do; I have assembled various 'kits'. Each 'kit' contains the items needed for that particular cleaning zone.
Having these kits has allowed me the luxury of pulling out the kit, going to the room needing to be cleaned, and having at my fingertips all I need to get the job done.
Because the majority of my cleaning products are homemade; I have not needed to purchase lots duplicate cleaning bottles; but rather purchasing (or better yet, recycling) empty bottles for each kit. Then as needed, I make up that particular cleaning supply when the certain bottles run low. (I will be posting recipes for homemade cleaning supplies soon!)
Here is a list of the different kids and the content of each kit:
LIVING ROOMS KIT
(this is for all rooms that are just 'lived' in: front room, office, bedrooms etc)
*Homemade Window Cleaner
*Furniture Polish (I had several cans of Pledge given to me - so I have not yet tried the homemade version
of this product)
* Homemade All Purpose Cleaner
*Carpet Fresh (I know that this is not a necessity; but I do enjoy occasionally sprinkling on the carpet for an
extra fresh smell!)
*Homemade Window Cleaner
*A toothbrush (for those hard to reach areas)
*Homemade All Purpose Cleaner
( I keep a small bottle of ammonia on the shelves in the storage area and use that for the days I need to mop the bathroom - I do not carry it in the kit... as I do not need it every time.)
(I have this kit under my sink for easier access)
*Homemade Sink Cleanser
*All Purpose Cleaner
*A Toothbrush (for those hard to reach areas)
*Mrs Myers Counter top spray (received as a gift ... I LOVE this stuff)
I have a shelf designated for rags. I always grab the amount of rags I need for the job and hand- grab my kit and head off toe clean.
This has helped so much in the organization, as well as the ease of keeping my house clean. Join me next post as I share some recipes for cleaning products that do not only do the job - - but (I have found) do it better than the commercial brand I was using!!