Those of you who have been reading for a while know that I clean every day. EVERY day. Sometimes it feels like a bit of a chore (pun totally intended), but I like that I am able to break my cleaning tasks into bits and pieces so that I don’t have to spend one entire day cleaning the house.
What I don’t like is when I grab what I think is bathroom cleaner and find myself spraying carpet cleaner in my sink.
At my house, we store our cleaning products in a cabinet in the laundry room. Even when we kept them under the kitchen sink in our old house, there was never enough space to have the labels of all the bottles facing forward. All of the cleaning product bottles are wider than they are deep, so I end up having rows and rows of products. I couldn’t see what is hiding in the dark spaces behind the first row, and I was always grabbing the wrong product since they are all packaged in similar white bottles.
That also explains why I currently have three bottles of Clean Shower, which I really don’t even use.
One evening, in a stroke of brilliance, I grabbed a Sharpie and changed my life.
This may be an “uh, duh” moment for you, but it sure was an “a ha” moment for me. I hope this tip works for you as well as it works for me!
the BLAH BLAH BLAHger says
One of the reasons I love you…your crazy anal cleaning and organizing!!! Please come to CA and whip me into shape!
Now if I could just keep the Windex from disappearing! I buy one to keep in each bathroom, and inevitably, it’s not there when I want it. No matter which bathroom I’m cleaning at the time.
Raise Them Up says
That’s definitely one of those, “Gee, why didn’t I think of that??” tips. Thanks!!
Amanda @ Serenity Now says
Not “duh,” it’s brilliant! The type A in me just loooooves that. Good tip, thanks. 🙂 🙂
Awesome! Not to mention, I love to find a new use for a Sharpie (they are a long time love of mine) – You are right about the white bottles, everything seems to be in them and you can’t be sidetracked at all when going to for the cleaning supplies.
My sister teased me one day when she saw that I had a container marked “Laundry Soap” above the washer. I told her it was in case I got loopy and forgot what was in there, I didn’t want to use it like sugar. LOL
Hmmm, I have many of the same cleaners as you do…..so why is my house not clean??? 🙂
Great idea, btw!!!
Carissa Houston says
Fantastic! Will copy–thanks
Great idea, writing the names down the sides. Definitely helpful!
I probably would never have thought of this. My utility cabinet could use some serious attention! Thanks for the idea!
Great organizing! Love it! Thanks for sharing!
just me... says
Great organizing tip! TFS
Well, DUH! HAHA! GREAT tip!! Although it seems obvious, the thought never crossed my mind either. Thanks for sharing!!
Great idea!! I did something similar in my medicine cabinet. You know how the expiration dates are so tiny or they are just an imprint? Well, I decided to mark across the bottle the date with a sharpie so I can toss it when it’s old.
Angry Julie Monday says
Great idea on the Sharpie. Have I told you about my love for Sharpie’s? SERIOUSLY, love them. Actually I might need to do a blog post about my love for permanent markers.
Anywho, great idea on the labeling. That’s also a good tip to move everything to one central place. I did that last week. I went into all the cabinets and moved everything to my garage cabinet. I had like 4 bottles of Windex, and like 3 bottles of Clorox spray.
great ideas I think this would help my teens now why did I not think of that
Cupcake Dessert says
that is a great idea!! i will have to use that!!
everyday? um yeah i feel like such a failure now lol
Jill -Forever and Ever House says
Now, you aren’t just another pretty face are you?!!? Smart cookie.
Small House says
What a great idea. So simple.