Cleaning and Organizing – Kitchen – Making it Safer for Missy

I would have had this up earlier but I have been having modem problems. I am hoping new equipment solves this problem. So, going back to Update Part Two, I have moved around some of the cabinet contents. You can see the before pictures in the previous post but I am also going to include them in this post as well.

I needed to move some of my small appliances so they were not in such immediate reach when I finally unlock the cabinets in the future. I have a reason to be paranoid about this. I have a cousin, who was not so young at the time, that decided to stick his finger in a blender. Kids can do stupid things. Let get on with it though.

I am moving the small appliances into the cabinet were the serving dishes are. The serving dishes have been moved out of the kitchen and will appear in the dinning room post.

I have left the glass prep bowls in the cabinet as there is no other real place for them. On the bottom shelf I have all the mixer attachments. In the baskets I have the different paddles.

On the second shelf I have moved the Baby Bullet, the food processor, and the Ninja blender. In the back I have a basket that contains the cups for the blender, that way I do not have to worry about constantly knocking them over. The blender is a little heavy but not enough that I will avoid using it.

On the top shelf, I have a basket there. I have just left it there. This has stuff in it that Missy is still too small for and there is no point in moving it.

This is the before of Missy’s cabinet and her dishes that I wanted to move. You have seen already where I moved the baby blender to and I just want to move her dishes down. This cabinet does not have a lock on it.

I think this cabinet looks so much better! I left the food freezer trays because I am not that worried about them. In the basket on the bottom shelf are popsicle molds. She will not be able to use these for a while yet but she can play with them in the mean time. I have put the bottle liners down here as well. Her sippy cups (I had two more in the wash) will be there as well.

On the top shelf, in basket I have put just the smaller stuff. It has a few silicon self feeders and the formula to-go containers. Soon enough I will add snack pouches in there and what not. You can see her dishes are now accessible to her and behind those I have put her formula cans.

Now the cabinet that had the small appliances in it. I have moved the rice cooker in to here. I had it above the stove because there was no other spot for it. I expect I will use it more now that I can actually reach it. The water bottles and to-go cups have been moved in to here. I also put the spiralizer in here because it has just been sitting on the counter. It needed a place to go and this is where made the most sense.

A bonus cabinet that Missy will probably never be able to reach but I did it at the same time. This has vitamins and a couple medicines, vases, coffee and tea containers.

Again, another cabinet that looks so much better. I have moved the vases out of the kitchen. Them being there made me nervous every time I needed one. Plus, I want a to add a couple other choices. There was no room for that. I, of course, left the vitamins and medicines. They are out of reach and I take the vitamins with food. The kettle was in the small appliance cabinet and it should have been here in the first place. I only use it when I make full pots of coffee or tea. You can see my teapot and coffee pot. I put the grinder behind the pot. I had a french press in here and as much as I want to keep it. I HATE cleaning it, I have not used it in a couple years. When I make coffee, I grind the beans myself and my coffee never ends up with a burnt taste since I do not use a percolator. Maybe that is technically one but it does not have a heat source, I just have to heat it up the amount I want though out the day.

It is amazing how just having a few things done can make one feel so much better. Then I look around at the rest and I get overwhelmed again. One step at a time.

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.

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!