Cleaning and Organizing – Update Part One

So far this series has not turned out how I wanted it too. It is not that I do not want to post. The problem is I do not have my phone with me all the time to take photos. I always think about it after the fact. I want to catch my daughter growing up and I never have my phone to take those pictures either.

Not going to lie; I have no clue where my phone is at the moment ha-ha.

I also organize things as I go along. While something works in theory, it may not work in practical. This means systems need to change until it works the way it should. If it takes too much effort to put things back where they belong, than the system does not work.

An example of this would be my cookie sheets. I did have a system that worked. I have since consolidated three drawers into two. I needed a drawer for ‘healthy’ snacks that would be in reach of Missy. In this case unless I add another set of drawers in the pantry I will just get over it. It really is just a pain in comparison. So this one does not have an end yet. Until I find my happy place the sheets just keep getting shuffled around.

Another example would be….who knew this would be so difficult. I am having trouble thinking of a decent example. Even from the duplex before this place was purchased.

I will have to come back to finding an example. Rather than trying to do the full room, I am going to split some of the areas in to parts. I also have to go back and change what I have organized in the first place. I do not want to go over the entire room again if I have only touched a small area (which usually has a large impact). Breaking things up to simply just what I have done, if there is enough content, will make me feel less overwhelmed. It will also keep you feeling good about your place compared to mine.

Cleaning and Organizing – Laundry Area

I lost the before photos for the laundry area but trust me it looks better now ha-ha. I do have the after photos though.

On the floor we have the container that we keep the dry dog food in. I purchased this on amazon. There is a smaller container that is empty right at the moment. It actually is only ever in there when a new bag gets opened. The laundry hamper is used for towels and clothes. I also have a plunger hidden back there.

The bottom shelf starting from the left is canned dog food, dog treats, dog grooming and health items. Once Missy can walk some of this needs to be moved. Galaxy’s pills are there. The first basket is clippers (nail and hair), hair brushes, and toothbrushes. The last basket is all the cleaning clothes and in the back I have the mop pads.

On the middle shelf starting from the left are all soy candles and the basket contains wax melts. We have the regular cleaning supplies loose and in the basket is stuff I do not use often. I put them in a basket just so they stay together.

On the top shelf starting from the left we have the water additive for the dogs. One basket contains filters for the dog bowl and the other contains random dog items and poop bag rolls. The blue pail is just random cleaning items, tools, small bag rolls, and the attachments for the forced air dryer. A large excess of laundry soap. Normally I would say you are not saving money when buying smaller containers but when the sale come on it turned out I saved more on the small bottles compared to the big bottle. Unfortunately it is not very environmentally friendly either. I have two rolls of paper towels behind the one box of tissue. I hardly ever use paper towels.

On the left side of the closet is pretty basic. The only things missing are the mop and the vacuum. The fabric hamper is not truely suppose to be there but I currently have no use for it. I am going to hold on to it for a little bit longer before I donate it.

Across from the closet are the washer and dryer. Is my cow not pretty! It was the first piece in my cow collection. I have been dragging it along with me for 11 years. Okay, so, on the left we have dog towels and mostly laundry supplies. I also put the essential oils in here. There is no way for Missy to get to them in here.

On the right starting on the bottom is just a small brush and dust pan. The middle shelf has extra cans of air, the basket is magic sponges and brushes, latex gloves and the fuzzy dust things. On the top shelf are the tools for cleaning the dryer vent and face masks. I have the face masks from when I was cleaning homes. I used them particularly at seniors homes since they have compromised immune systems.

These are things that no longer belong in this area and are not actually leaving the house. I had to throw out a bunch of stuff but I have no photo of that. The few things in the bin are being put in the porch with the other dog items in that area.

I am hoping areas like the cleaning supplies will get smaller. I am just currently trying to use up products I have and just will not repurchase them. I also get cleaners from my mother if she cannot stand the smell of them and they do not bother me. I really do prefer just the vinegar.

Cleaning and Orgainizing – Master Closet Part 2

So I just realized I never added the ‘after’ pictures from doing the master closet. Which explains why I had it sitting as a draft. So here is the finished product.

Okay so I pulled put the maternity wear, things I am not finding comfortable, and I replaced the hamper. I looked everywhere for a nicer one with the two separations. I did not find what I was looking for or anything reasonably priced in my opinion. I’ve quit looking for a hamper for Missy and I am just using one of the sections for her. I just have to find one before she moves into her own room.

I did have to remove the bin of seasonal clothing. This hamper is longer than the last. Which means that the bin no longer fits.

I also switched our Missy’s cl9thes since she grew :(. Rhings have just been straightened up really. I do have to get the sheets up top organized better. I can still easily locate sets so I am not worried about it right now.

Things Have Been Crazy

As I start typing this Missy has fallen asleep on my lap. I do not quite want to move her and yet I have posts that need to be typed and posted. So I am going to find out how well I can do this from my phone (hopefully autocorrect does not decide to kick in).

I have atleast one cleaning and organization post ready to go. Should have a second one right aways too. I also received another Medusa’s Makeup package to review. I have a thousand other ideas running through my head.

Im going to go back and update some of the reviews also. I also have a million things going on whole taking care of this little girl here. Let’s get a move on with it now!

Cleaning and Organizing- Master Bathroom

The bathroom does not look the worst from this angle (which is looking directly in). Trust me in the next picture you get to see the real mess. I want to note that I was only organizing when Missy was in the bathroom with me. I would not use cleaners when she is in that close.

Here we have the real picture of the counter. Somethings I had purchased for postpartum and others simply just did not get put away after being taken out. Such as the following:

  • Toothbrush heads need to be put away in the cabinet
  • Toothbrush charger needs to be put under the sink
  • Tucks pads need to be stored away as I did not end up using them
  • Various bottle need to either be put away or put to the side to get rid of

The drawer is just being re-organized. The only thing that will be coming out of here is a personal shaver that died. Why it got put back instead of disposed of I really do not know.

The cabinet is just being re-organized as well. The blue bin is coming out and everything in there will be going in the small toolbox on the counter. It contains first aid supplies and some medications. I will also be disposing of anything that is expired.

Again under the sink just needs to be re-organized.

Over the toilet storage will be re-organized and I need to go through the vitamins. Anything that is expired will need to be disposed of.

First I added items into the tool box. Which was purchased at the Dollar Tree and has a lock spot. I have to find something bigger for other first aid/emergency items though.

In the top left we have face masks, bath products, and samples. The samples I hold on to for guests or for travel. Top right is all nail polish supplies! Bottom left in the silver basket contains extra products, seasonal products (such as sunscreen since its winter), and personal supplies. Bottom right is Q-tips and cotton balls. The tool box ended up being moved after the picture was taken.

From left to right. Silver basket has bath supplies, hair shears, the extra razor blades, and my make up cleaning pad. In the green basket is all the extra shower supplies. Such as body wash, shampoos, face wash, and foot soak. I also have a shampoo/conditioner set and face wash in the white boxes. In the back are hot packs since I do not use them often.

Top to Bottom, left to right. I have soap for my bras and baby shampoo that I use to wash my make up brushes; foot lotions and a dry crème. First aid stuff (Iodine, isopropyl, and Nature’s Aid). Top shelf in the storage as you can see is where the tool box ended up with a few of the extracts. I also always have eyewash and nasal spray. Bottom shelf is mouthwash and floss. Than daily things like face moisturizer, hair products, and deodorant. Our razors and in the clear container are things we use in the shower but not daily.

Those shower supplies would be a body scrub, pumice stone, and shaving crème. The other would be my shampoo and conditioner. I only wash my hair once a week so I do not see the need to keep the shower cluttered with the two extra bottles.

As you can see the drawer does not look to much different. Front basket contains things I use regularly or semi-regularly. Middle contains Band-Aids and the last contains an electric personal shaver. Beside is just random stuff really or items that are to big for baskets. I really do not want to leave anything on the counter (like the larger mirror).

The bathroom is officially clean and organized. This picture was not taken right after I cleaned but rather three days later. Also, being real it took me a week and a half to get even get the bathroom clean. I would get part ways and Missy would need my attention.

The shower area is also clean. Missy had a bath and I had not cleaned up her bath stuff yet. I only keep my regular use stuff in the shower. As far as Missy’s stuff goes, the soap stays in the shower and her tub has a hook so it hangs on the shower rod.

The bathroom has been clutter free for a week now. This makes it easy clean and really makes me happy to not feel disgusted by it anymore. Next up is the master closet!