Hello again, savvy savers! I hope you all are well rested, work-minded, and in the mood for cleaning and organization this week!
As you know, this last week, we focused the first part of the week on pantry organization, organizing food swap days, creating meals based on pantry staples, and then switched focus to alternative pantry re-stocking methods, and this morning we are going to scrub, dust, sort, purge, evaluate, and hopefully make a profit in the process! For the rest of the week we will be focusing on mini-areas within our homes, and today I want to tackle bathrooms.
So, today I am challenging you all to accomplish three tasks:
- To tackle a one hour cleaning challenge: you will need to start by a visual decluttering and surface cleaning of your home.
- To sort and purge from your medicine cabinets, makeup bags/drawers, and to clean out under your bathroom sinks.
- To also clean out any linen closets and/or closets within your bathroom spaces.
A few tips to keep in mind today for your bathrooms:
- All cosmetics older than one year, should be purged.
- All cosmetic sharpeners, brushes, or curlers two year or older, should be purged.
- All hair coloring products or kits, two years or older, should be purged.
- All vitamins or supplement older than one year, should be purged.
- All flue, cold, sinus, or allergy products older than two years, should be purged.
- All essential oils three years or older, should be purged.
- All first aid items, older than three years, should be purged and replaced.
- All digestive aids, older than three years, should be purged.
- Any fiber-based supplement, older than a year, should be purged.
- Anything half-way or partially opened or consumer, than has not been utilized within the last months, should be purged.
- Anything unopened that have in multiples, pharmaceutical or cosmetic, than you will not use in one season, should be moved to a stockpile area.
- All expired medications should be purged in sealed Ziploc bags, with your home information blacked out with a sharpie.
- Any nail lacquers that have been to separate should be purged.
- All manicure and pedicure supplies, that are used, but have not been utilized within the last six months should be purged.
- All paper or cotton products should be visible, organized, and easily accessible.
- Purge your oldest towel set; towel, hand towel, and wash cloth.
A few tips for cleaning out your linen closets:
- Bundle like sets of sheets together.
- Keep necessity items, such as bathroom staples, in small baskets, labeled, and clustered on a single taller shelf together.
- Corral cosmetics on servings trays for easy removal.
- Any mismatched items should be donated.
- Any fraying towels should be donated; animal shelters are a great place to send unneeded linens.
- Prevent dust from covering linen sets, by placing them inside their coordinating pillow cases.
- Antique linens are best to hang; install two hooks and a dowel rod in the bottom of a closet for hanging linens.
- Store throw pillows and guest pillows in a top shelf basket.
- Store towel sets in stacks for easy removal.
- Store like items on like shelves; linens with linens, towels with towels, and the like.
Now, while this list seems extensive, depending on the size of your home, should only take a couple hours today, and in the long run should greatly help you not only today but in the future. This week is not only about creating long-lasting cleaning solutions in your home, but establishing routines that will help you not only keep your home cleaner and safer, but to shave the time it takes you to do so, in half!
Be sure to come back this evening for today’s cleaning recap!
Here’s to saving,