I just rounded up a house’s worth of cleaning supplies. At least 35 different products here! Overwhelming. Is this volume normal? It’s nuts! I bet my grandma would’ve had just 3 products, (and a much cleaner house).
I discarded 1/3 of this mess, and you can too! Here’s how…
First, round up all your cleaning supplies. Scour your house for all items in this category (thank you Marie Kondo). I rounded up supplies from the bathroom, the laundry room and a hall closet.
Next, group all your cleaning supplies by subcategory (gloves, sponges, soap, oven cleaner…etc). This is to help you better understand what you have. Now, you can make informed choices about what to let go of.
Then, get some focus, pare down and purge! I used this cleaning mag to focus my needs (remember, minimizing is all about working to disassociate need from want). Don’t have a mag? You could search online for a good list of basics. You could also sit, and visualize your cleaning rituals then list out all the products you use.
Lastly, put it all back. Be proud! Enjoy the thrill of being able to find things. Enjoy being able to grab (one handed) what you need. Enjoy having nothing topple over!
See, cleaning is really all about strategizing so you don’t have to actually clean or pick up so much.
Ta da! Everything I kept, put back.
I did end up buying some baskets. These fit the space well and I can slide them out easily. I also use binder clips and clothes pins to hang items, such as the rubber gloves.
Thanks for reading. Let me know if this helps you out. Post any comments/questions below.