I managed to check off two more organization challenges this weekend, the mudroom cabinets and the cleaning supplies. I decided to make this into one post since these two chores weren't all that taxing. The biggest part of digging in was just getting started. I kept putting it off, but on Friday night I actually decided to "just do it." Once you get going, you build momentum and then seeing the progress feels so good!
organized mudroom & cabinets
I decided to start this off with the finished "after" photo since I didn't want the first picture on this Monday to be all our chaos. Our mudroom is one of the hardest working rooms in the house, holding all of our jackets, bags, backpacks, sport bags, shoes, and gym towels. We've got lots of hooks to hold the hanging things and baskets down below for shoes and more hats.
Everything gets dumped here as we walk in the door through the garage. And with our crazy Houston weather, I've had different weight jackets on hand and various scarves. I keep returns here and that extra bin by the door holds our gym towels.
Of course, I started with pulling everything out, and returned some shoes, jackets, and bags to the closet.
Not sure where all this dirt came from, but I used a mini broom and then the brush attachment of my vacuum to clean it out.
And finally the mudroom can breath again. I should keep up with it better by clearing it out every few weeks. Otherwise, things just accumulate.
The cabinets weren't that bad to clean out. Mostly there was just some things to trash and then reorganize our lightbulb storage into a basket and rearrange the summer stuff.
The only "problem" with this extra storage space is that it's so high, that it's hard for me to access easily. That's why I don't keep much on the top shelf. That rolled paper on top is the architectural plans to our house.
I can't wait till we get to actually use those beach towels again. This is our entire collection and most we've had forever.
One of the best things I've done as far as organizing was to put all the little things that don't seem to have a home in these small acrylic drawers from The Container Store. You'd be surprised how often I'm reaching into one of those. James used to chew and play with the door stops as a baby, so I started collecting them so we'd still have them later.
organized cleaning supplies
Most of our general cleaning supplies are stored in our downstairs bathroom. I'm always forgetting what I'm out of and also used Amazon 'subscribe and save' so I got one too many shipments when I forgot to cancel. The subscription service is supposed to simplify your life so things you use often are on automatic, but the drawback is when you forget to cancel, then you end up with too many. To simplify for now, I cancelled all my subscriptions. This area wasn't too bad for a cleaning supply closet, just needed cleaning out.
After it was all organized, I realized how many unenvironmentally-friendly cleaners I use. What natural products have you found that you love and that really work? I know some people make their own and I should try that.
Whenever I pull out the vacuum, my son wants to help. Wonder how long that will last?!
I had to toss some things and get rid of that broken toilet seat. Not sure why that was still in there anyway. Then, I just grouped everything together and folded the cleaning towels neatly.
So happy to have two more organizing projects finished! Only 3 more to go!
You can see the organizing challenges I've completed so far here: