Organizing Tip: Organizing Cleaning Supplies 

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How to Organize Cleaning SuppliesHaving trouble keeping tabs on cleaning supplies at home, work or anywhere in between?

While cleanliness and orderliness are two separate things, there is something to be said about the two…especially when it comes to keeping house!

In this post, I offer a few tips to help you organize cleaning supplies.

Consider what items need to be cleaned.

A silly question, right? Far from it!

Cleaning supplies exist so they can actually help you clean something.

Make a list of basic housekeeping chores for the different areas or rooms of your home.

You might jot down sweeping or vacuuming the floor and drapes in the living room and scrubbing the toilet, shower and tub and mopping the floor in the bathroom.

As you go through your list, try to recall if you already have this cleaning product or supply on hand.

If not, this may prompt you to create a shopping list for basic cleaning supplies.

See if you can match up cleaning supplies and tools with areas of the home.

Gather up and sort through supplies.

Lay down some newspaper on the kitchen for other hard floor surface and start gathering up all of your cleaning supplies. What do you have? What don’t you have? Do you have any duplicates?

Do items look old, broken, cracked, expired or otherwise unusable? Go online for information on proper disposal of hazardous materials according to your local municipality.

If you’re looking to make the most of your organizing efforts, extend your idea of cleaning beyond general household supplies to other items, such as cleaners for jewelry, computer monitors, shoe care items, and so on.

Devise storage system(s) for your needs.

There’s lots of ways to store cleaning supplies. Will you keep supplies in a centralized location in your home or in specific rooms for specific chores? For light housekeeping tasks, you might want to keep a plastic bucket filled with cleaners, cloths, wipes, brushes, and gloves at the ready and store everything in a broom closet.

If you’re constantly buffing your leather shoes, you might decide to keep a shoe care kit in your bedroom closet or hallway. Depending on your living space, you could store items in plastic containers, on shelves on the bottom of a kitchen or bathroom cabinet, or on a small wheeling cart in a laundry room.

If you have children or pets in the house, you’ll want to make sure your cleaning supplies and potions are securely stored in an area that is otherwise inaccessible from curious hands or paws.

How about you? Have you ever thought about corralling and keeping your cleaning supplies in order? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.