Spring has arrived! ...and perhaps with it the desire to get your house in order. For me, I feel a pull to clean the windows as well as the baseboards in my house. It makes such a difference when I’m done! I love sparkly-clean windows!
If your cleaning supplies are tidy, it makes cleaning much easier and enjoyable!
I have a set of cleaning cloths that I keep organized in a drawer. I fold them and store them vertically in a shoebox so that I can easily see them and grab what I need without disturbing the rest. Storing items vertically is a key element in the KonMari Method™. Because it brings me joy every time I open the drawer, I also put them in color order! This is obviously not necessary; do what works best for you!
Some things to consider about your cleaning supplies:
1. Do you know where your cleaning supplies are?
You have two options: Keep them all in one spot. Or keep them where they are needed. Be careful with the latter... Marie Kondo recommends keeping all of one category stored in one location. The caveat would be an example such as the bathrooms: it may be easier to have a set of cleaning supplies in each bathroom for easy access during cleaning. Again, do what's right for you.
2. Do you have what you need?
Make a list and get any necessary supplies.
3. Do you have extra, old, or expired products?
Make sure to dispose of them safely.
What tips and tricks do you have for organizing your cleaning supplies?
It has finally gotten colder here in Houston, and it feels like fall! Or winter! The city goes a little crazy when it gets cold… we sometimes forget how to drive… or how to leave the house… ;)
Do be aware that Texas can be 80 degrees one day and 40 the next. It’s a gamble every day to know what to wear! But I think that just makes life a bit more interesting.
On to our clothes... the KonMari Method™ was created by Japanese organizer Marie Kondo and is explained in her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Instead of organizing room by room, she encourages readers to organize by category, starting with your clothes.
At this time of year as the weather changes, we obviously start wearing different types of clothes. Where do you keep your seasonal items? Are your winter sweaters in boxes? In separate closets? Way up in the rafters of your main closet?
Marie recommends NOT using seasonal storage for your regular clothes. On the other hand, large items like a ski jacket or snorkeling gear are fine to store elsewhere. But clothes… clothes should all be kept in your main closet(s) or dresser(s) all year round. Why? Most people forget about those items, and they become wrinkled and unused. If this is you, then I highly recommend that you go through all of your clothes, choose the ones that “spark joy”, and organize them in a way that gives you access to all of them year-round.
Now let me share a little secret about my own closet. You see, I love novelty, and I tend to get used to my clothes. Over time, my clothes don’t bring me quite as much as joy as before. So I do actually take away seasonal clothes and store them elsewhere for a few months. Then, as the weather changes, I eagerly bring out the seasonal clothes. And they bring me SO MUCH JOY, y’all! Usually, I've forgotten that I own certain items, so it’s kind of like shopping and getting new clothes all over again!
Since Marie’s method is all about bringing more JOY into our lives, I think that she would approve. :)