Overcoming Negative Talk To Clear The Clutter

overcoming negative talk

Negative talk can easily stop anyone from clearing the clutter. Statements like,

“I can’t do this!”
“I won’t be able to handle it.”
“I will never get rid of any of this stuff.”
“I spent lots of money on all this stuff.  It’s like throwing money away if I get rid of it.”
“I don’t deserve to have a relaxing home.”
“I must be crazy for making this mess.”
“I am so embarrassed. I can’t believe I did this.”

Sounds familiar? After 20 years working with people clearing their clutter, I heard some of these statements at one point or another while going through decluttering.  And, it really takes a toll on the people.

I am here to tell you that it is OK and you are not alone. Here are tips that will help you overcome negative talk to motivate you to take action and complete you organizing projects. Take a deep breath, and let’s begin.

  • Create realistic goals. Make smaller, easy to complete, goals that will help you got through projects. Starting out with 15 minute goals work nicely. This will give you the confidence to move on and complete the project. Here are links to my 15 minute posts.
  • Create affirmations: Doing this will keep you positive and allow you to focus on the action not the negative talk.  Here are 10 Affirmation Quotes to Change Your Year for the Better post I wrote. Feel free to share the images.
  • Smile: This easy and simple task will help you feel more content with your life.  If you don’t believe it, try it for a day and see how it changes your outlook and your negative talk.
  • Be aware of what you hear and see: We are influenced by our surroundings every day.  Surround yourself with positive and inspiring sounds and sights. Be aware of what you watch and listen to on television and social media. Facebook allows you to customize what you see, so take advance of it. To do this, click the top right of the post and select “I don’t want to see this”.  Also, these days, the news is everywhere.  So, be aware of how much news you watch and how it influences your mood. If it influences you, maybe cut back to once a day. Or maybe read instead of listen or watching the news.  Be aware of the people around you.  Make sure they do not influence you as well.
  • Remind yourself that you have control of the situation: You are responsible and you are capable to clear the clutter.

To help you get even more motivated and overcome negative talk that stops you from clearing the clutter, here are some quotes. Feel free to share. 

“You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’
See the positive in negative events.”
~Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen quote

“Positive anything is better than negative anything.”
~ Elbert Hubbard

Elbert Hubbard quote

“Our minds are powerful. Only allow in what supports and motivates you to be a better you.”
~ Sabrina Quairoli

powerful mind quote sabrina organizing

I hope this helps you get motivated to clear the clutter. What negative talk stops you from clearing the clutter? Please leave a comment below.  I would love to hear from you.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Take Out the Clutter from Your Finances

take out clutter from finance

Do you know where all your accounts are?  What accounts are open?  What you owe?  What you have?  Not everyone does because they choose not to find out.  Getting finances in order is so important. These tips will help take out the clutter from your finances to allow you to see the bigger picture of your overall net worth.

First, be realistic with yourself and your partner. It may be scary but, it needs to be done. Write down everything thing you own and all the accounts you have with the amount that is owed. I recommend Quicken if you are computer savvy and have the time to set it up. If not, a piece of paper will do just fine. You can use this sheet too if you want.

credit card information checklist

After you determine what your bills are, the next step is to go and find out how much you want to put down on the outstanding debt accounts.   Tip: Always pay more than the “minimum”. If you can’t pay much, at least pay the minimum plus the interest from the previous month. Also, focus on the highest interest accounts first and then after you paid them off, work on the next highest interest accounts.

Then make the process easier: Go paperless!

  • Setup an email account just for bills.  Use this email account for your different bills.
  • Download your bank statements and reconcile if you use Quicken.

To keep your paper bills in one place, have a monthly bill organizer binder.

  • Have a place for those bills that are monthly or quarterly that do not have online access. If you have yearly bills, place those bills in the due date section or write on a post-it and stick it to the section of the binder.

Here is an example of one you can buy from Amazon.

Use your bank’s Bill Pay service.

  • Usually it is free and you can save all your bills and addresses in the account.  You can usually schedule reminder emails to keep you on top of the bills.
  • When you receive the bills, log into bill pay and schedule them right away. Use the due date as the date you want the bill to be paid.

Find a system to help you remember when bills are due.

  • After you save the bills that are recurring in Bill Pay, set up reminders to email you when ready to pay.
  • Use Quicken or other bill management software to manage and create reminders for all bills are due, as well as, your investments.

Create a nest egg: Saving is important.

  • SAVING FOR AN EVENT: Find out how much an item costs.  Decide when you want to buy it. Determine how many months it will take and divide the cost by the total months.  Then, save that amount each month till you have the funds to buy it. If you can’t do the entire amount each month, be flexible.
  • GENERAL SAVING: Start out small with general savings.  I recommend $50.00 a month or $100.00 per month.  That only comes down to $1.70 per day for 30 days or $3.34 per day for 30 days. Remember: This money is not intended to be spent.  It is your savings.  You should have at least 6 months savings for emergencies.  So, don’t spend it.  Pretend it isn’t there.
  • RETIREMENT SAVINGS: Rollover your 401k into one account instead of having several 401K accounts.  This way you can manage them all from one account.

By taking the clutter out of your finances, you will be able to help yourself and your family be more in control of your life. I hope this helps inspire you to get your finances in order and manageable. If you need help, contact a professional to assist you.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Blueberry Pancakes

gluten-free diary-free blueberry pancakes

I can eat some dairy throughout the year. But, in the Spring, I have several tree allergies that aggravates my sinuses.  As a result, I go dairy-free during this time.  It really does help.  So, here is a Gluten Free Dairy Free Blueberry Pancakes recipe for those who stay away from gluten and dairy.  I hope you try it, enjoy it and share it.

Here are the ingredients:

2 cups gluten free flour (I like pre-mix gluten-free flour instead of making your own gluten-free flour. Either way, the rest of the ingredients can be used as substitution for your ingredients on your pre-mix package. Just be sure to use the same quantity as the package states.)
1 cup of light soy milk (unsweetened) original
2 eggs
4 tbsp of vegetable oil
1 cup blueberries (fresh and washed)

gluten-free-dairy-free-blueberry-pancakes-ingredients

I first scrambled the eggs, then added the rest of the wet ingredients.   

1st-scramble-the-eggs

Then, I slowly added the flour in the wet ingredients.  Then, I added the blueberries.  I just mixed till wet.  

2nd-mix-the-rest-of-the-wet-ingredients-and-then-slowly-add-the-flour-mixture-and-then-blueberries

I sprayed the skillet. Let it get to the point where when you splashed a drop of water on it, it would sizzle.  I like these long two burner skillet for pancakes.  

place-the-batter-with-blueberries-on-a-large-skillet

Then, let it cook under you see half of the top of the pancakes have air bubbles. Then, flip them and leave them on for a few minutes more and remove. To keep them warm, place them in a glass pan and place in a preheated oven for 170 – 220 degrees to keep the pancakes warm until you are finished making them.

Then, I added more pancakes batter. This batch makes about 12 pancakes. Three pancakes per person for a family of four. Here is the final product!  Looks great right. They are yummy too. If you are wondering, I used dairy free butter spread on top and added maple syrup.  

gluten-free-dairy-free-blueberry-pancakes-finished

Here is the recipe if you want to print it:

Gluten Free Dairy Free Blueberry Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free flour (I like pre-mix gluten-free flour instead of making your own gluten-free flour. Either way, the rest of the ingredients can be used as substitution for your ingredients on your pre-mix package. Just be sure to use the same quantity as the package states.)
  • 1 cup of light soy milk (unsweetened) original
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh and washed)

Instructions

  1. I first scrambled the eggs, then added the rest of the wet ingredients.
  2. Then, I slowly added the flour in the wet ingredients. Then, I added the blueberries. I just mixed till wet.
  3. I sprayed the skillet. Let it get to the point where when you splashed a drop of water on it, it would sizzle. I like these long two burner skillet for pancakes.
  4. Then, let it cook under you see half of the top of the pancakes have air bubbles. Then, flip them and leave them on for a few minutes more and remove. To keep them warm, place them in a glass pan and place in a preheated oven for 170 - 220 degrees to keep the pancakes warm until you are finished making them.
  5. Then, I added more pancakes batter. This batch makes about 12 pancakes. Three pancakes per person for a family of four.

Here are some tools from Amazon I used to make this great breakfast.  Click on the image and buy on Amazon.com.

      

Sabrina Quairoli

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Organizing Raised Bed Garden

Organizing Raised Bed Garden

I had to revamp our garden this year so I decided this would be a great opportunity to share the process if you are interested in organizing your raised bed garden.

We have done a vegetable garden for years now.  It had been a relaxing and enjoyable experience for us. The kids don’t really help but they enjoy the food that is produced from our family garden.

It is not a big garden as you can see but it produces a lot of food throughout the season.  We only have a space for a 4 foot by 4 foot area.  Here is the before picture.

Before gardening bed

I first made a list of the plants I wanted in the garden. From past experience, these were easy to grown and maintain:

  • Swiss Chard
  • Spearmint
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Banana Peppers
  • String Beans

Because it was early in the season, I was able to find these veggies too. I am so excited to see how they turn out.

  • Broccolini – I have no clue on how this one will grow.  We shall see.
  • Kale
  • Sweet Peppers

I rather buy plants at a garden center that are ready to plant than grow from seeds.  I did it a few years when I started but it really didn’t work for me.

Then, we purchased 19 bags of 1 cubic foot of soil.  Why did I purchased that many small bags you may be wondering.

  1. The gardening kit needed 19 cubic feet of soil for the entire unit.  And, we used every last one of them.
  2. The local gardening store was running a really good deal on this size.  It was even cheaper than the Wholesale store I go to.
  3. The bags were easier to manage.  The large 2 cubic foot bags are really hard and heavy to carry.

Here are the supplies:

Supplies for new garden

This is the kit we purchased from Amazon. Greenes 4 Ft. X 4 Ft. X 21 In. Tiered Cedar Raised Garden Bed Here is the Soaker kit we used: Miracle Gro MGSPA38100FM Premium Bulk Soaker Hose Kit with EZ Connect Fittings, 3/8-Inch by 100-Feet  You can buy both from Amazon.

It was such a great day on Saturday that we started the project.

First, we took a part the old garden. It was quite easy since the older one was falling apart.

Taking apart the old garden

Then we added the soil for the entire first layer.  We need to fill the entire area with dirt before moving to the next level.  We used thick liner to help keep weeds out.  We cut it larger so to overlay the sides.  Then, we stapled it around the sides of the unit.

filling the areas with soil

Before moving on to the next level, we needed to run the soaker hose under the unit.  We figured that the bottom would be where we cap the end to allow for gravity to help the water move.  So, we capped the end and then ran the hose under the second level wood.  before filling in the second level.  Then we did the same thing for the third level before filling it with soil.

watering hose under the soil

After we finished all the laying of the hoses and filing in the dirt and then capping the end of the hose with an adapter for the actual hose, we cut around the edge of the levels to remove any excess liner.  An Exacto knife worked best to do this.  We had some extra layers that needed to be cut back so we used scissors for the corners. We then added the corners by screwing in the caps.  That is it.  Here is the final picture.

Organized raised bed garden

Note: The baskets hold our cherry and plum tomato plants.  This the first time I am using our vertical planters that I created last summer so we will see how it works.  I shared it on HomeTalk.com.  Here is the link if you want to check out how I made it. 

All and all, we are really pleased with the outcome and hope the garden survives for many years.

Here is the before and after photo of organizing raised bed garden:

Before and After Organizing Raised bed garden

Do you have a garden?  What plants do you like to grow in your garden?  Please leave a comment below.  I would love to hear from you.

 

Sabrina Quairoli

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April Monthly Organizing Challenge: Setup a Morning Routine

April Monthly Organizing Challenge

April monthly organizing challenge is about determining a routine for you and your children. Everyone needs a routine in the morning. You know, those tasks you do to make your day start off more relaxed and less stressed. Though, setting up morning routines for you and your kids can be difficult especially if you never did it before. Lucky for you, I am going to help you with the process.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. – Marcus Aurelius

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

Start by writing down the tasks you want to do in the morning. Below is a checklist you can use to help you write down the tasks you want to do in the morning.  Divide it up by person.  If you want, have your partner get involved too.  It can be a family project.  

Our Family Daily Morning routine

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What do you want the kids to do in the morning?
  • What do you want to do in the morning?
  • What do you want to get completed to start your day off on the right foot?
  • At the end of the day, what would you regret not doing?

Now, it is the kids turn.

  • Starting when the kids are five years old, works great because at this age, they want to be more independent and this is a way for them to do just that.
  • Help your kids by putting the tasks in easy to follow order. Like if they are in the bedroom getting dressed, have them also make their bed.  Here is an example of one that I created for my own kids when they were little: 

Morning routine reminder

  • Make it a game for them.  Offer awards if you want.  Anything for them to understand that the morning routine can be fun!

Here are some helpful tips to make your morning routine more successful:

  • If your kids do not read yet, use drawing with words under them on the checklist.
  • I had a clients who did this for with their ADHD children to help keep them focused. They would give them their own decorated clipboard to carry around and check off what the kids completed.
  • Laminate the morning routine checklist so the kids could reuse the same checklist over.
  • Determine the best routine for you and your family. But, be flexible in the process. There may be times when you need to change the tasks. Here are tips to get your morning rituals in order.
  • As a mom, carry around the checklist with you until you make it a habit.  It takes at least a month for you to get into the habit so don’t give up.

If you need some more guidance, please check my morning routines/rituals.  Good luck! Please return and leave a comment below on how it is going making your morning routine.  Did you have a chance to implement it?  How did that go?  How did your kids do with the process?  I would love to hear from you.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Gluten Free Pineapple Upside Down Cupcake

gluten free pineapple upside cupcake

I tend to eat Gluten Free because I have an intolerance to Gluten.  This Easter, I decided to make this gluten-free pineapple upside down cupcakes for my brother’s in-laws.  Over the years, I have been known for making pineapple upside down cake at Easter.  It’s so easy to make but all the gluten was doing a number on my stomach.  So, this is how I made a gluten free cupcakes recipe. Try them and share!

ingredients to make the pineapple upside cupcakes

Here are the ingredients:

1 box Gluten Free yellow box cake mix (or use the Gluten Free yellow recipe that would make one cake)  This is the one I used: Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix, 15-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6) (This link gives you 6 of them.)

1 jar of Maraschino Cherries

1 – 2 cans of the Pineapple Chucks

1/3 cup of Unsalted Butter

2/3 cup packed Brown Sugar

2 large non-stick Muffin pans

spray the cupcake pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Then, I sprayed each cupcake pan hole with a nonstick spray.  I was sure to go up the sides so the cake doesn’t stick. 

melt butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan

I, then, melted the butter and mixed in the brown sugar. 

place the pineapple and 1 hole cherry in each larger muffin tin

Pour the brown sugar mixture into each muffin area.  Then, I added 7 pineapples and 1 full size cherry and pressed it into the brown sugar. 

close up of the pineapple and butter brown sugar mix

Here is a close up of what I did. 

after baked cupcake

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cake batter is not sticking to the toothpick. This is how it looks. 

Let cool for 10 minutes and take a knife and separate the outer edge of the cupcake to separate from the pan.  

Then use a cooling rack and place the top over the muffin and turn it over.  The cupcakes should fall right out.

Let cool completely or eat warm, your choice.  

Here is the finished product. Doesn’t it look delicious.

gluten free pineapple upside-cupcake just out of the oven

 If you want to print the recipe, here it is.

Gluten Free Pineapple Upside Down Cupcake

Ingredients

  • 1 box Gluten Free yellow box cake mix (or use the Gluten Free yellow recipe that would make one cake) This is the one I used: Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix, 15-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6) (This link gives you 6 of them.)
  • 1 jar of Maraschino Cherries
  • 1 - 2 cans of the Pineapple Chucks
  • 1/3 cup of Unsalted Butter
  • 2/3 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 large non-stick Muffin pans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. First, I sprayed each cupcake pan hole with a nonstick spray. I was sure to go up the sides so the cake doesn't stick.
  3. I, then, melted the butter and mixed in the brown sugar.
  4. Pour the brown sugar mixture into each muffin area. Then, I added 7 pineapples and 1 full size cherry and pressed it into the brown sugar.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cake batter is not sticking to the toothpick.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes and take a knife and separate the outer edge of the cupcake to separate from the pan.
  7. Then use a cooling rack and place the top over the muffin and turn it over. The cupcakes should fall right out.
  8. Let cool completely or eat warm, your choice.

Here is an image with all the tasks in it.  Feel free to share. 

Pineapple upside down cupcake steps

Here are some examples from Amazon of the products that would help you make this dessert:

              

Sabrina Quairoli

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Simplify Email Notifications

simplify email notifications

To simplify my life, I looked at removing social media email notifications from my email inbox. When I signed up for social media accounts years ago, email notification is set to yes by default. Over the years, I received more and more of these notification email that cluttered my inbox. You see, I use my inbox for important / action to do items only. Since I do research for clients and am on social media a few times a day, so I see these notifications repeatedly. And, if I miss a notification, the apps on my phone will let me know if there are any notifications. So, to remove these duplicate notification messages was a no-brainer decision. There was just one problem: I needed to figure out how to do this for all my social media accounts.  So I went on the hunt.

Here are the main social media links I found that gave me instructions on how to change email notifications preferences.  Feel free to click and change your email notifications. 

Facebook

Linkedin

Twitter

Google+

Pinterest

Tips:  

  • If you want to do this, first determine if you have another way to receive these notifications.
  • Log in using your computer to get these settings.  The apps usually don’t have an option to do this.
  • Have your password handy, you may need to reenter when logging in to this social media site’s page.

Making these changes have reduced my emails and I am able to only keep in my inbox what I actually need to take action on.  Clearing out the clutter has helped me control my stress when I open up my business’ emails on Monday morning.  It has helped immensely. Try it and see.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Easy Emergency Kit

Easy Emergency Kit

These days, it is important to have an emergency kit that you can use if there are power outages or if you have to leave your home for a short length of time.  The Ready.gov/kit site talks about how to create these such Emergency Kit.  It is quite detailed and can get a little overwhelming.  

After 911 and some major storms in our area, I decided to create this easy emergency kit that I have updated and added items to over the years. This kit holds three days worth of supplies. Note: I also have extra supplies, like a first aid kit and other supplies in my cars as well.  I also have a backpack with 1-2 days of clothes for each member of the family in it stored in the garage.  I only update these clothes when the kids grow so it doesn’t need to be done often. 

Here are items I added to my emergency kit. I look for items that last for more than 1 year so I don’t have to review the kit often.  I also purchase items that I can be prepared quickly in a sauce pan that I keep inside the bin.  

Supplies in the emergency bin

Here are the list of items I have in my easy emergency kit.

  • Paper towel roll
  • Toilet paper
  • Solar powered radio and their manuals
  • Flashlights, candles
  • Napkins, Plastic forks, knives, paper plates and cups
  • Matches
  • Can opener and bottle opener
  • Water (3 large bottles)
  • Canned food: Stored at least 3 days supplies of food for all four members.

mix of cans for emergency bin

 I like to have a variety of canned fruit, legumes, pasta, soups, and vegetables just. 

  • Powdered Milk/ sometimes pineapple juice if I find it on sale.
  • Small sauce pan
  • Salt / pepper
  • Sugar
  • Tea bags
  • Band-aids
  • Plastic bags

To save money, I created this emergency kit over time. Every year, I go through the canned items and get rid of any food that are way past their expiration date.  If it is only a few weeks past, I make a meal with it.  If it is way older, I open them and empty the content, clean it out, and recycle the can.    

That’s pretty much it!  Not too bad.

If you are planning on making your own emergency kit, here are some additional tips: 

  • Pack food that your family would eat.
  • For seniors, be sure to get extra supplies, like batteries for wheelchairs, oxygen, medication, food for service animals, manuals for equipment, etc…
  • For kids, be sure to have extra diapers, extra bibs and other extra clothing.
  • For your pets, Keep extra food /snacks, and even an extra leash for your pets in your emergency kit.
  • If  you pull smaller items throughout the house to make a kit like this, zip top bags work great to keep everything organized.

Do you have an emergency kit? What do you store in your emergency kit that is unique?  I would love to hear about it.  Please leave a comment below.  

Here is a kit already made you can buy from Amazon:

Sabrina Quairoli

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Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

quick and easy pasta salad

I like cold pasta salads however, some can take up so much work.  This one however, only took me 30 minutes.  It is great for those leftover meat and other ingredients that you want to use but don’t know what to do with them.

Here are the ingredients I used to make this one:  Feel free to use whatever is in your pantry to make your own quick and easy pasta salad recipe.

quick and easy pasta salad ingredients

4 cups of dried pasta (I used small Fusilli pasta.)
1 cup of red peppers chopped into small pieces
1 cup of cherry tomatoes halved
1 cup of zucchini peeled and chopped into small pieces
1 cup of red kidney beans (rinsed)
1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese cubed
2/3 – 3/4 cup of favorite salad dressing (I created a Dijon mustard with oregano, white wine vinegar, and olive oil, salt and pepper to taste)

First, I cooked the pasta coordinating to the recipe.

Then, I drained it and placed the pasta on a cookie sheet to cool off. It worked pretty well. After about 5 minutes, I added the zucchini, then, beans, red pepper, cheddar cheese, and cherry tomatoes.

lay out pasta to cool on a cookie sheet then add ingredients

Then, I mixed them and transferred them to the bowl and used a little of the salad dressing and tossed it together. I added a little more until it was just wet and not too much dressing coating the pasta. I prefer it not be extremely wet.

Then, I covered the bowl and placed it in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Then, toss it again and add more dressing if needed.

Enjoy!

quick and easy pasta salad in the bowl

Here is the recipe if you want to print it.

Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of dried pasta (I used small Fusilli pasta.)
  • 1 cup of red peppers chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup of zucchini peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup of red kidney beans (rinsed)
  • 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese cubed
  • 2/3 - 3/4 cup of favorite salad dressing (I created a Dijon mustard with oregano, white wine vinegar, and olive oil, salt and pepper to taste)

Instructions

  1. First, I cooked the pasta coordinating to the recipe.
  2. Then, I drained it and placed the pasta on a cookie sheet to cool off. It worked pretty well. After about 5 minutes, I added the zucchini, then, beans, red pepper, cheddar cheese, and cherry tomatoes.
  3. Then, I mixed them and transferred them to the bowl and used a little of the salad dressing and tossed it together. I added a little more until it was just wet and not too much dressing coating the pasta. I prefer it not be extremely wet.
  4. Then, I covered the bowl and placed it in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  5. Then, toss it again and add more dressing if needed.
  6. Enjoy!

 

Looking for some great pasta bowls, here are some I found at Amazon:

              

Sabrina Quairoli

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Cleaning Supplies Area Organized

cleaning supplies area organized

This week I cleaned out my foyer closet, especially the cleaning area where I store lots of cleaning supplies for the common areas. Yes, I know what you are thinking, “Boring!”. It IS boring and that is why I am doing it. =)  I hope this helps you get inspired to organize a “boring area” of your home.

“The boring mundane tasks help
me rest my mind and refocuses on what I want.” ~Sabrina Quairoli

I had this unit installed when I converted my foyer closet into a pantry.  Here is the link so you can see it.  But, now that I don’t need the pantry in the foyer any longer, I converted this space into a cleaning supplies area.  This is the unit that I purchased: ClosetMaid Adjustable 8-Tier Wall and Door Rack, 18-Inch  You can order it from Amazon.com.

First, I pulled out everything from my foyer closet. Cleaned off the cobwebs.  Then, I sorted my cleaning supplies into tasks. 

how-to-hang-baskets-off-of-a-wire-shelf-part-1

I needed space to hold rags and small grocery bags so I did this.  I pulled from my “Organizing supplies” and zip-tied them to the wire shelf.  I used two for each because with one, it tipped to one side.  

Cut-the-extra-plastic-from-the-zipties

Then I cut zip-ties and then put a plastic liner on top.  

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The wire shelving kit that I have offered a wire bar for those shallow shelves.  So, I decided to use it for the long floor pads I need to store for my wood floors.   It works great.

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I then, added labels and hooks to help make it more organized.  I made sure the labels were large enough to read from a distance since there would be coats near the shelves.  I used small zip-ties with the labels and took off the excess when I attached it to the wire shelves.  I also removed some shelves that were just not necessary.  Here is the before and after image.

Before and after cleaning supplies

Note: My plant watering pitcher will still go back but I will probably hang it farther down on the shelf where the floor cloths are placed.  

Here is the breakdown of the supplies I stored in this space:

  • The top shelf is misc. cleaning supplies like silver cleaner, cooper cleaner, etc…
  • The second shelf down holds glass and wood cleaners.
  • The third shelf holds leather and stainless steel cleaners.
  • The fourth shelf holds cleaning supplies.
  • The fifth shelf holds cleaning floor pads and the cleaning rags and small trash bags.

Note: The bathroom supplies are stored in the respective bathroom. 

It may seem like a lot of supplies, but I purchase these supplies from a wholesaler in bulk or when they go on sale so I can save a little money.   I have another area for the really large refill bottles of liquid.

Where do you store your cleaning supplies?  What do you use to organize your supplies?  I hope you enjoyed this post and leave a comment below.

Sabrina Quairoli

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