One of my favorite things to do is clean and organize. I wish I could say I don’t know why, but I know exactly why. It puts you in control of your environment. And I love feeling some control over my life. Even if that control only exists in allowing me to never run out of floss.
Having the house allows me to store *ahem hoard* my favorite items. Paper products, cleaning supplies and toiletries. I don’t know if you’ve ever run out of Kleenex during hay bailing season, but it’s an awful experience.
For the fall, I usually stock up on the types of supplies I mentioned above. They are my “school supplies.”
In fact, I had so much fun organizing the laundry closet last year, that I could not wait to do it again this year.
Side note, I don’t know if this post counts as a house post. The problem being, the only thing I can do to help at the homestead is clean and organize.
Definitely not as impressive as installing a garage door, or tearing off an entire floor of and rebuilding it….but it’s the little things, right?
So here is what the laundry closet looked like before I started organizing it. It had a rough year and you can see my supplies are dwindling.
The first thing to do was to take everything off the shelves and wipe them down. I don’t know how they ended up covered in dust considering this is a closet inside the house, but dang, they were dusty.
Next, I filled a cart to the brim with my supplies. Mostly cleaning supplies, bathroom products (face wash, lotion, toothpaste, etc), obviously some milk bones for the pup.
The pup couldn’t come with me for this car ride, as there would’ve been no room for him in the car.
In the laundry closet, I put the toilet paper, tissue and cleaning supplies.
Seeing your ten Oxy-Clean foaming tile cleaner with bleach bottles all lined up, ready to get your shower in tip top shape for any sudden visitors, is h-e-a-v-e-n.
The bathroom items were stored in either the extra drawer (we now have eight extra tooth brushes), or these cloth bins I have sitting out on open metal shelves. The storage situation in the bathroom isn’t exactly ideal (it’s not quite finished), but I’ve got enough shelves set up that allow me to buy five deodorants at a time, and four large bottles of body lotion, and lots and lots of pore strips.
Perhaps one day, I’ll have shelving set up in my basement (like from those coupons shows), where you keep extra hoards of items like your very own connivence store. Dreams people! Dreams!