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Tool Caddy Turned Cleaning Caddy…What a Good Idea

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An Unexpected Organization Find!!

A blast from the past…

My husband and I were in Sears to pick up a filter for the refrigerator water system a while back…they are expensive! 🙁 While walking through the store I happened upon a tool caddy and it was on sale for $9.99. Well, the water filter was triple that cost – Ugghhh! And you know I’m all about the bargain! I did not need a tool caddy, but it caught my eye and because of the bargain price…I lingered. The issue was finding a way to put the caddy to good use. Then I had a lightbulb moment. Isn’t that what we re-designers and organizers do?

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This caddy would be perfect for my cleaning supplies. How nice it would be to have all of my cleaning supplies in one easy to carry caddy. The caddy was offered in several colors. Pink, which I absolutely loved; blue and green which did not speak to me; and black which I bought. I know you’re asking; if you loved the pink why did you buy black. Well, I’ll tell you why. I immediately thought of my caddy 6-months down the road, all dirty and gross looking in a dirty pink. Not attractive! While the black will remain close to the original color and not look so dirty over time. So instead of following my heart, I followed my sensibilities. WhooHoo, I’m proud of me.

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So take a look at my caddy. It houses everything I use to clean both down and upstairs and I can just pluck it out of the closet and go for what I know in one fail swoop. Rubber gloves, glass cleaner, disinfectants and all of the other necessary cleaners are right here in the “cleaning caddy”. So this Craftsman tool caddy is now my Craftsman cleaning caddy and I’m pleased and I think you will be as well. One more example of finding a new way to use an organizational tool.  Are you using something in a different way than it was intended? Share with me.

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Five-Steps To an Organized Household

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Monday’s Memories – 5 Steps To An Organized Household

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I am tired! It appears that once I complete one organization project there is always another. However, the power is in having a handle on the process. As you organize and reorganize a space in your home, even if you need to reorganize your reorganization, the job will be less overwhelming because it will be a much less cumbersome process.

It may seem daunting, but maintaining an organized, clean and clutter-free home is not an impossible task. This week let’s delve into what we can do weekly to maintain a clean and clutter-free home. The process begins before you even enter your home because the process is a mindset.

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Note: None of the correlating pictures are of my home. As I write this post, my home is in total disarray. I am having tile replaced in two bathrooms and there are tile guys and plumbers in and out today, and for the next two days. My home is a mess so I could not bear to take pictures of it in the current situation.  😀  You know how it is…in order to get your home in order, you have to create disorder. Well, I am currently in disorder, but I still wanted to get this post out to you. Don’t judge me.  😀

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  1. The mail:

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Create a mail station where you can sort the mail quickly once you enter the house. The space does not need to be elaborate and can be as simple as a mail sorter on the kitchen counter. There should also be a trash can or recycle bin nearby for junk mail. Sorting mail daily and trashing junk mail as it arrives will make your weekly chore of paying the bills and filing important papers much easier and organized.  By setting aside some time every week to pay bills and file all important papers received in the mail during the week, you will avoid the mounds of paper and junk mail that can accumulate if you do not stay on top of it. So five minutes a day and an hour over the weekend can save you hours of time spent going through piles of paper later. Also, why allow a pile of junk mail to dictate how you spend your weekends or free time. Dispose of it immediately and stop the paperwork madness.

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  1. The Bathrooms:

If you are following the daily routine of wiping down your main bathroom daily, deep cleaning all the bathrooms in the house weekly should be a piece of cake. You can make the weekly bathroom cleaning even easier by creating a cleaning caddy. Deep cleaning the bathroom weekly is a necessity for a clean, germ-free (as germ-free as a home can be) and clutter-free home. My suggestion is never to skip deep cleaning the bathrooms. Wipe down the shower, disinfect all other surfaces, and of course clean the toilet. Clean mirrors and shine facets and viola…the bathroom is done! Always clean bathrooms using disinfectant supplies. Be sure to include restocking the toilet paper and refilling the hand soap dispenser for the week in your cleaning routine.

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  1. The Kitchen:

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You’ve kept the dishes done and counters wiped down all week…right? Of course, you have. So the weekly cleaning will consist of putting all dishes away, cleaning out the refrigerator which includes disposing of leftovers from the week before, wiping down the shelves and drawers and taking inventory of what items are needed for the coming week. Wipe the inside of the microwave, and the outside of all appliances. It wouldn’t hurt to wipe down cabinet doors and the top of the refrigerator as well. Remember to take inventory of the pantry to prepare for the meals for the coming week as well. I make food prep a part of my weekly kitchen chores as well. I do this because food prep can be time-consuming and I like to get it out of the way. I also like to organize the refrigerator for the upcoming week. I generally clean my kitchen last and once it is all cleaned and smelling good, then I food prep.

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  1. Bedrooms:

The weekly cleaning of the bedrooms is pretty straightforward especially if you have kept things put away and clothes hung up all week. First things first – change the linen and make the bed. Next dust the furniture and if there is carpet, vacuum and the bedroom is clean. , Make sure you use your vacuum to dust baseboards, window sills, and if you are blessed to have crown molding, be sure to check for cobwebs there as well. Next up, the living and dining rooms.

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  1. Living Room/Dining Room:

First, the living room – anything that is out of place should be put away. Fluff pillows, dust furniture, toss newspapers, fold throws, use a vacuum hose or a long-handled Swiffer to remove cobwebs and to dust the light fixtures if there is carpet, vacuum. Run Swiffer over artwork and TV screens and it wouldn’t hurt to sanitize remote controls (I use Clorox wipes).

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Moving into the dining room – Again, remove anything that does not belong in the dining room, this includes books, your laptop, shoes, etc., use a vacuum hose or long-handled Swiffer to remove cobwebs and to dust the chandelier/light fixture, if there is carpet, vacuum. Wipe down the dining room table and chairs and place something pretty in the center of the table. No that is not cleaning but it makes you feel good to look at your space and it’s clean and pretty.

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So we have cleaned for the week. You may have noticed that I have not mentioned cleaning hard floors. Well, that’s because I was saving the best for last. I have found the best cleaner for my hardwood and tile floors. No more lugging heavy buckets with dirty water from room to room. I invested in a Shark Steam Cleaner and although I am not being compensated in any way for this endorsement, I must share with you the change in my life because of this machine. As I said, no more buckets and water, and also it is quick and easy and works without the smell of chemicals. And most important, it sanitizes as it cleans. I love my steamer and it goes from one type of flooring to another without incident and it swivels to get into tight spaces and corners. It is great for all your hard floors.

So there we have it! We have finished our cleaning for the week and our home is ready for another busy week of organized living. I will ask you…don’t you think that keeping things tidied up on a daily basis has made the weekly cleaning easier? I know it has and if you haven’t tried the daily cleaning tipvisit my site and get prepared to run an organized home.

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Week-At-A-Glance – September 30–October 16, 2015

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September 30 – October 16, 2015

Another couple of weeks have passed since my last Week-at-a-Glance post. Therefore, this week you get two for one or is it three for one. Well, you get it all. 🙂

Thank you all for showing up every week and for following my projects. I wish I could explain to you how appreciated you are. In the meantime, please enjoy my posts for the last couple of weeks. So let’s get started with our round-up for September 30 – October 16, 2015.

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Making a College Dorm Room Feel Like Home

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Making a College Dorm Room Feel Like Home

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It is time to get your college student(s) prepared for the upcoming school year. Whether you are dropping off a college freshman for the first time or returning your college junior back to the dorm, it’s time to get them organized and prepared for a successful school year. Making a college dorm room feel like home on a budget is necessary if you want your scholar to feel comfortable and doable if you get organized. Although I originally posted this over a year ago, I thought it was appropriate now as college kids get ready to return to or move into the dorm for the very first time. Enjoy!

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To get started, I thought I would make a list for you to help you remember the essentials and the fun and homey touches to help your college student feel at home away from home. When I was getting my daughter ready for college (many moons ago :)) I would always make a list in June and I would order the items on my list throughout the summer. This allowed me to first be ahead of the game, and secondly to snatch up some pretty good bargains, and lastly to spread out my purchasing dollar. When you’re on a budget, it’s easier to spread those dollars out instead of dropping a whopping $500.00 or more all at once.

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Also shopping at discount stores helps you stay within budget and still get all of the things your college student needs and most of what they want for their home away from home.

Let’s begin with essentials. The bedding is most important and it’s best to begin at the bottom.

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Bedding:

I realize it’s not a pleasant thought, but it is a necessary one. We must protect our children from a not-so-clean environment.  Here are my suggestions:

  • Spray the mattress with Lysol disinfectant spray
  • Once mattress is totally dry, sprinkle baking soda onto the mattress
  • Enclose the mattress in a plastic, zip-up mattress cover
  • On top of the plastic mattress cover add a quilted and cloth mattress topper
  • The quilted top cloth mattress cover will keep the mattress soft and comfortable while putting a barrier between the plastic mattress cover and your child
  • I would cover the boxed springs, if applicable in a plastic cover as well
  • I also suggest you purchase and a couple of new pillows
  • Now for the color. Choose a colorful comforter set and window treatment if necessary. I always think window treatments are necessary, but some do not if the dorm room or apartment comes with blinds, but I like window treatments to soften the room and make it feel cozy. See my post on choosing window treatments here.
  • I spend a little more for bedding because it has to hold up wash after wash and be soft and comfortable. I don’t buy name-branded, but I do buy good-quality bedding. I believe everyone should have a clean and comfortable bed.

Storage:

  • You can pick up most of your storage needs at the Dollar Tree. Below are just a few of the large selection of storage items you can find at the dollar tree. You just need to be creative.

      

                                    

Miscellaneous:

  • You can also find desk accessories at the Dollar Tree
  • Cleaning supplies and snack foods and other food items can also be purchased at the dollar store or other discount stores
  • Plastic plates and utensils are available at the Dollar Tree
  • Laundry bags are necessary and can be picked up at the discount stores
  • Memo boards, whiteboards, cork boards are also available at your local discount and dollar stores

Cleaning:

  • Wipe out the refrigerator (if provided with the room)
  • Leave the remaining baking soda in the refrigerator
  • Wipe down all surfaces with Clorox

  • Clean mirrors with vinegar
  • Vacuum thoroughly including under the beds, closet space and window seals Don’t forget baseboards and ceiling corners to ensure no cobwebs are left behind
  •  Vacuum the inside of desk and dresser drawers and closet shelves
  • Wipeout desk and dresser drawers with Clorox and line with shelf liner paper

Stock the Kitchen/Room:

  • Stock the kitchen area with snacks, canned goods, etc.
  • Store loose food items, cookies, bread, snacks, etc. in plastic storage containers with tight lids
  • Stock lower cabinets with cleaning supplies

Decorating:

  • I encouraged my daughter to connect with her roommate during the summer so they cou;d build a rapport and discuss a color scheme for their room
  • I have never painted a dorm room, but I have used fabric on a focal wall to add color and ground an otherwise drab space
  • I have also hung window treatments using a tension rod so I would not have to repair walls when the school year ended
  • Add throw pillows to the bed to add much-needed color as well
  • It’s a great look if both roommates match or coordinate colors

The Dorm Room Before:

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This Is How Most Dorm Room Start Out

Fabulous & Coordinated Dorm Rooms:

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Look at the difference a little color and coordination can make. As I said above, in the past, instead of paint, I have used fabric to create a focus wall.  I have also added a wall of draperies. It made quite an impact.

You should hang everything you can with command strips. Using command strips will make it much easier to pack up at the end of the school year and will not damage the walls.

In such a small space, organization is key. Make sure there are plenty of different size storage bins and boxes. Use as much vertical space as possible to free up floor space. Add shelves and cubbies to the wall. Please note the list of necessary toolbox items you will need on move-in day and the other is a list of items your college student will need to start his/her college life. Of course, they will be calling to remind you of things you forgot. But I believe we’re off to a good start.

Really important…remember to add a fresh box of tissues to the list for you  because you will probably cry all the way back home after you drop your baby off,  but that is to be expected. 🙁

College/University Move-In Day Checklist
Purchase List: My Tool bag:
 
Bed risers Baking Soda
Cleaning supplies Clorox
Clip on lamp for bed Drill
Command hooks & strips (lots of command strips) Hammer
Desk Lamp Labeler
Dorm refrigerator Lysol Spray
Electronics (TV, Laptop, etc.) Pin Sol
Extension cord Screw drivers (phillips & flat)
Family photos Small nails
Hangers  Shelf liner paper
Mattress cover (plastic)  Rubber gloves
Mattress cover (quilted)  Cleaning rags
Organizers  Vacuum cleaner
Pillows  White vinegar
Plastic plates and utensils  Command Strips
Plastic storage bins (to fit under the bed)
Plastic ties (to coral and organize electrical cords)
Power strips
Several styles of plastic storage bins
Sheet sets (2 sets)
Shower caddy
Throw rugs
Window treatments
Ziplock bags (food storage)

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Choosing your Bathroom Accessories for Storage

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Choosing your Bathroom Accessories for Storage

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If you have a cluttered bath, you may want to consider a wide array of bathroom accessories and they do not have to cost a lot. Most people store items in linen closets, in cabinets below the sink, or on/inside shelves installed in a bathroom. Some of us do not have this luxury, however, it may be surprising but folks with lots of storage still face an issue with clutter.

 

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How can that be?

It can be because, as I have told you many times, de-cluttering is not about how much you spend on organization tools. Nope, it is about finding the process that works for your particular organizational style.

Online or at any store, you will find cabinet organizers or the common pullout drawers. Shaker boxes, wicker baskets, hat boxes, shoe boxes, etc, and all make great bathroom accessories for storing. In addition, you can add a sink skirt below your sink, especially if you do not have doors to hide your items or you are using a pedestal sink. And with all of these options, it still goes back to finding the tool and process that is personal and works for you.

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For example, I love, love the container store. I could spend hours just meandering through that store, however, most of my bathroom organizational tools are from the Dollar Tree, Amazon, or are baskets I purchased many years ago for a different reason that just happened to fit perfectly in a bathroom space.

 

How do I choose?
It depends on what you want. If you enjoy the 3-stacked picnic baskets then you may want to consider the wickers. The color and pattern is based on the texture of your bathroom. And do not forget that you can alter colors by simply spray painting your old wicker baskets. *ching ching…money-saving tip*.  You can place the baskets in the corner of your bathroom to store items. If you have a cluttered sink, then try purchasing small wicker baskets to store your items, such as colognes, perfumes, hair sprays, dryers, cosmetics, and so on.

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How do I choose shaker (hat/storage) boxes?
Shaker boxes are usually small boxes. You can find them in thrift stores, big-box stores, or most stores with home decor. You can also go online to choose the boxes since the market has a wide selection. If you are leaning toward a farmhouse (my current choice) bath, then you may want to consider a collection of the boxes. The boxes will add enchanting style to your country surrounding. You can also paint these boxes to match your decor. You can find these boxes at most thrift store or discount store, or again, at the popular big box store.  *ching ching…money-saving tip*. Even better, if you are crafty, you can make your own. Double *ching ching…money-saving tip*.

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If you have a traditional bath, or even a country bath you may want to consider the traditional pie safes (my grandmother had one. Aww, the memories, but I digress. Pie safes stand in the corner of your bath, which is similar to a shelf. The doorway is made of a glass frame. The storage facility is ideal for storing towels, linen, or cleaning supplies and doing it beautifully, I might add.

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How do I clear up space in my bathtub?
Try choosing bathroom accessories, such as the wired-over the shower head storage, or the tub trays. The tub trays have to fit your particular tub because it lays across the tub, over your tub side or back. If your children bathe in your tube, you can also purchase toy nets that provide storage for toys, soaps, wash clothes, etc. The wire basket storage system provides you the same capabilities, yet you can store shampoos and conditioners as well, depending on the style you select. Also, wire baskets allow water to run through instead of sitting at the bottom of the basket.

Mesh shower bags are also an option for folks with lots of product in the shower. And did you know there are shower curtains with pockets? Well, they do exist and they hold products very nicely without clutter overflow. I do not use mesh bags, I prefer wire baskets. But that system works for me. Remember, you must choose the system that first, appeals to your sense of style and second, works for your personal organization style. If you have a shower, the bags enable you to store soaps, shampoos, conditioners, shaving cream, razors, bathing toys, and more in one convenient place without overflowing onto bathroom counters.

My personal in-shower storage is a corner wrought iron storage caddy. Our shower is small and this type of storage system works for us. It fits in the corner, it is attractive and it holds lots of body wash…my personal fetish.

If you are designing a child’s bath, consider choosing a motif or style that your child enjoys. By doing so, you will make bath time much more enjoyable for both your child and you while encouraging keeping things tidy. You can always choose a theme. Children love themes.

How do I choose exotic patterns and colors?
It again depends on your style. If you want exotic you can add a few live plants and vines to your bathroom. Exotic is too general to point a finger, so considering your style is important.

Tell me…how do you choose your organizational tools? Do you shop the expensive stores or the less expensive stores? Have you found a system that works for you? If not, do you need help doing so?

Happy organizing.

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