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When you’re ready to start spring cleaning, keeping your cleaning supplies organized so that you can easily tackle cleaning your home can be hard. Whether you’re losing supplies between people sharing them, or having a hard time bringing them room to room, there are easy and cheap tips and tricks that I will give you to help you keep your cleaning supplies organized!
1 | Gather Your Supplies
You can’t organize your cleaning supplies if you don’t currently have any. Whether you are starting your journey in a new home, or are just refreshing what you have, it’s time to get your supplies together! Here are some ideas of what you can get to make your life as a homemaker easier.
2 | Ingredients
Maybe you are purchasing oils, vinegar, and other ingredients to make your cleaning supplies, or maybe you are just buying store-bought cleaners. Either way, you will need to make sure you have what you need to make or have enough of your supplies.
Some basic supplies may include:
- Glass Cleaner
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oils
- Borax Powder
3 | Rags and Sponges
This one is easy, grab an old t-shirt and rip it up for your rags. You can also use more “specialty” rags such as flour sack towels, or Norwex cloths, etc.
Depending on your lifestyle and the amount of space you have, you will have a different number of supplies and different kinds of supplies from the next homemaker. For me, I have just a few supplies: sponges, rags, vinegar spray and bleach spray; and I use that for everything.
2 | Group Your Supplies
Before you even start to tackle your project or cleaning day, make sure you have your cleaning supplies grouped as needed. Glass cleaner with the proper wipes, bleach with gloves, etc. You don’t need bleach to clean the windows or glass cleaner for the toilet, so make sure to group your supplies where it makes sense for you.
Here are some groupings you may have:
- General House Tidy
- Furniture polish
- Vinegar Spray
- Disinfectant Spray
- Window Cleaner
- Small Dustpan and Brush
- Plastic Bags for Trash
- Bathroom Supplies
- Window Cleaner
- Toilet Cleaner
- Tub Scrub
- Disinfectant Spray
- Deep Cleaning/Spring Cleaning
- Bleach Spray
One thing to remember, is that you don’t need a different spray for each room. You don’t need to go out and buy three bottles of everything, this is where your extra bottles come in handy. You can disperse your cleaner between your extra bottles making it easy to split up your cleaner depending on what you need. Or, if you really don’t want that many cleaning supplies, you can easily use just a few supplies like I do.
3 | Decide How You Want to Organize Your Cleaning Supplies
Whether you want to store your cleaning supplies in each room that you will be using it in, i.e. bathroom supplies in the bathroom, kitchen supplies in the kitchen, etc., or if you want to be able to take your supplies from room to room, figure out what works for you and what space yo have available.
No matter whether you have cleaning supplies for each room, or if you are using the same supplies for everything a great way to organize your supplies is with a shower caddy. These are easy to use with a handle and are easy to clean out in case of a spill. They’re also a great, cheap option!
If that doesn’t work for you, there are tons of other options, from organizers like these here, or using a tension rod under the cupboard to keep your spray bottles all in order.
It’s also important to talk about the recent trends in organization. Are you going to be one of those people who will leave the cleaning supplies in their original containers (if they came in one), or will you be transferring them to another “prettier” container? Neither way is right or wrong, but it’s important to think about that when thinking about space in your home for your supplies.
4 | Keep It Stocked
While this doesn’t pertain to organization persay, it’s important to think about finances when working on organizing your cleaning supplies. Especially in a pandemic, with cleaning supply prices on the rise, you need to make sure yo are making affordable decisions for yourself and your family when it comes to cleaning supplies.
There are plenty of great options even at The Dollar Tree or Walmart for cleaning supplies, organization and so much more.
Being a homemaker and organizing even the cleaning supplies can seem overwhelming, tedious, and pointless, but know that you are making it easier for future you! Keep at it and don’t be discouraged when it doesn’t live up to the “Instagram Lifestyle”. You are an amazing homemaker and you are doing Kingdom work!
What tips and tricks do you have for organizing your cleaning supplies?
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- My Secret to a Spotless Shower
- 3 Easy Ways to Organize Your Home
- 6 Easy Homemade Cleaning Products for Your Home
- Old Fashioned Cleaning Tips for the Modern Homemaker
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