Managing my home does not come naturally to me. I’ll admit; I can be lazy. I have a hard time getting started on chores. I’m not very neat or organized. And yet, clutter and mess tend to stress me out.
When we first moved into our house, my mother-in-law, who owns a house cleaning business, gave us a bunch of cleaning supplies. I’ll be honest; I never really used many of them. I didn’t know how to use several of them, and there were a bunch I’d totally forgotten we had. We just had everything jammed in the ugly, awkward cabinet under the kitchen sink.
It may not look too bad, but there are jars and bottles crammed right to the back of the cabinet. It turns out that one of the cardboard containers got water damage when our sink leaked a while ago, and there was stuff spilled all over back there. Not safe!
I try not to use too many chemicals (I mostly clean with vinegar and water.) So why did we still have all these harmful and potentially dangerous products?
First, I emptied out the cabinet. Everything went into two piles: keep or toss. Not surprisingly, the keep pile was smaller.
I even found a whole box of Swiffer pads that I thought we’d run out of!
Next, I swept then wiped down the inside of the cabinet. It’s still ugly, but at least it’s clean now.
I wanted to put something water-proof down on the floor, but couldn’t find anything to use that was the right size. I had hoped that the previous owners had left some self-adhesive vinyl flooring from when they did the bathroom, but no such luck (don’t worry; I know there really isn’t any such thing as luck.)
So next time I get the chance, I’ll get some self-adhesive vinyl tiles to put down in there
in case for when the sink ever leaks again.
I went hunting around the basement and shed for some sort of containers to use to hold the bottles and jugs of cleaners. I didn’t want them right on the floor again, and I like how neat and tidy it looks to have everything in a box.
All I could find were the extra shelves that came with our fridge to go in the door. Perfect! They’re large and strong.
And everything fit perfectly!
We just got a new toilet brush, so I used the (well washed) holder from the last toilet brush to store extra scrubbing brushes and old toothbrushes we use for cleaning.
Now, all that’s under there are the 3 containers and the refill jug of dish soap.
I’m still not sure if I’ll use all the cleaners I kept, but at least now I know what actually is in there! If I don’t use something in a few months time, I’ll get rid of it.