New uses for old things: how you can use a shoe organizer in every room

source url Most people own an over the door shoe rack, or have at least seen one. They’re cheap, they’re easy to find, and they’re strangely versatile. 

Most of us use them just like this:

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Did you know you can use them in almost every room?

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You can cut them and affix them to the back of your bathroom cabinets to hold extra toiletries. 

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You can use them in your laundry room to store bottles of cleaner.


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Use one for extra storage in your kitchen pantry.


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How about in your mudroom or coat closet to store winter hats, gloves and scarves?


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How about in the playroom to store art supplies?

Or in your craft room to store your own crafty supplies?


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I have three of these things right now. I can’t wait to show you how I’m planning to use them.

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Thursday tips and tricks: Simplifying your cleaning routine


I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have a clean house. In fact, with two children in single digits, it’s almost never clean. 

If you come to my house and it looks clean, it’s probably put away and straightened, but not spotless.

I used to be the mom who’d spend all of Saturday morning cleaning the house, but then I realized we’d lose our entire day to house cleaning. 

I realized I needed to do some sort of daily cleaning. I found this cleaning schedule on Pinterest, and I liked the idea of it, but I needed to adapt it so that it met our needs.

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I came up with this:


You won’t be able to find a one size fits all solution for your family, but you can find an idea you like and adapt it for your needs.

So, is my house perfectly clean now? No. But it is cleaner than it used to be and I don’t have to lose my whole Saturday to cleaning. 

Which gives me more time with these sweeties:


And that’s a win in my book. 

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The easiest DIY EVER: DIY Room Refresher Spray

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This is the easiest DIY ever! I love having a house that smells freshly cleaned, even when it hasn’t been. I also love Febreeze, but I can easily use a bottle a week of the stuff. That would get expensive quickly.

I’ve found this “recipe” in various places in the Pinterest world and decided to try it. All you need is an empty spray bottle, some warm water and your favorite scent of Gain Fireworks or Downy Unstoppables.

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I personally prefer the Downy Unstoppables Fresh scent, which has the aqua lid. One of these bottles of scent boosters costs about $4, and you don’t need many of them to make the spray. I bet I have made almost 10 bottles of room refresher from one bottle of scent boosters. If a bottle of Febreeze costs $6 and I use one a week, well, that is $312 a year. That saves a lot of money, and I can spray it as much as I want to! That may sound silly, but that’s how much I love having a house that smells good.

I used an empty Method multipurpose cleaner bottle for mine. You want to use enough scent boosters to cover the bottom of the spray bottle. Then, fill the bottle with warm water and let it sit for about an hour. I love the pretty blue color of my room spray. Funnily enough, it matches the color of the Downy Unstoppables lid.

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What other uses have you found for Downy Unstoppables/Gain Fireworks?

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Common Sense Cleaning: Cleaning Supplies and How to Organize Them

Cleaning supplies that are organized are easier to find, thus making the task a little easier. I find when my cleaning supplies are easy to find, I clean more frequently.

First, let me explain that there will be some changes to my cleaning supplies in the near future: changes in how they are organized, and changes in what I use. We are in the process of becoming a chemical free house, and I haven’t decided yet if I want to make my own cleaners or buy organic cleaners. I decided to start small and make one homemade cleaner in the meantime.

Currently, I stash a caddy of cleaning supplies in the most frequently cleaned rooms in my house- the kitchen and bathrooms. I won’t be changing this system as it works too well.

Here is my kitchen caddy and a picture of what is in it:

 
The caddy contains a kitchen sponge with a scour pad, a hand broom and dust pan, cook top cleaner, oven cleaner, stainless steel cleaner, large trash bags, ceramic tile cleaner and homemade orange and vinegar cleaner.

I have a bathroom caddy in each of our bathrooms.

 
The caddies contain Chlorox fresh brushes, tub cleaner, multi-surface cleaner, magic erasers, Lysol, and hand brooms. I also have small trash bags and Febreeze Air Effects.

We are currently re-doing our laundry room, so this cleaning supply arrangement won’t last forever. Currently, my cleaning supplies that are not exclusive to kitchens or bathrooms (they are used all over the house) are stowed on a wire,wheeled cart in my laundry room. I really do tote my little cart around the house as I’m cleaning, too.

My cart is organized by item. The top shelf holds multi-room items, such as furniture polish, fabric refresher, oil soap, glass cleaner, Swiffer wet jet cleaner for my bathroom floors, office, and playroom, hardwood floor cleaner and carpet stain cleaner. The middle shelf holds countertop cleaner and cleaning cloths; the middle shelf holds microfiber cloths and magic erasers, and the bottom shelf holds Swiffer wet jet cloths and covers for my hardwood floor mop. 
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Common Sense Cleaning: Cleaning Supplies and How to Organize Them

Cleaning supplies that are organized are easier to find, thus making the task a little easier. I find when my cleaning supplies are easy to find, I clean more frequently.

First, let me explain that there will be some changes to my cleaning supplies in the near future: changes in how they are organized, and changes in what I use. We are in the process of becoming a chemical free house, and I haven’t decided yet if I want to make my own cleaners or buy organic cleaners. I decided to start small and make one homemade cleaner in the meantime.

Currently, I stash a caddy of cleaning supplies in the most frequently cleaned rooms in my house- the kitchen and bathrooms. I won’t be changing this system as it works too well.

Here is my kitchen caddy and a picture of what is in it:

 
The caddy contains a kitchen sponge with a scour pad, a hand broom and dust pan, cook top cleaner, oven cleaner, stainless steel cleaner, large trash bags, ceramic tile cleaner and homemade orange and vinegar cleaner.

I have a bathroom caddy in each of our bathrooms.

 
The caddies contain Chlorox fresh brushes, tub cleaner, multi-surface cleaner, magic erasers, Lysol, and hand brooms. I also have small trash bags and Febreeze Air Effects.

We are currently re-doing our laundry room, so this cleaning supply arrangement won’t last forever. Currently, my cleaning supplies that are not exclusive to kitchens or bathrooms (they are used all over the house) are stowed on a wire,wheeled cart in my laundry room. I really do tote my little cart around the house as I’m cleaning, too.

My cart is organized by item. The top shelf holds multi-room items, such as furniture polish, fabric refresher, oil soap, glass cleaner, Swiffer wet jet cleaner for my bathroom floors, office, and playroom, hardwood floor cleaner and carpet stain cleaner. The middle shelf holds countertop cleaner and cleaning cloths; the middle shelf holds microfiber cloths and magic erasers, and the bottom shelf holds Swiffer wet jet cloths and covers for my hardwood floor mop. 
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Common Sense Cleaning: Cleaning Supplies and How to Organize Them

Cleaning supplies that are organized are easier to find, thus making the task a little easier. I find when my cleaning supplies are easy to find, I clean more frequently.

First, let me explain that there will be some changes to my cleaning supplies in the near future: changes in how they are organized, and changes in what I use. We are in the process of becoming a chemical free house, and I haven’t decided yet if I want to make my own cleaners or buy organic cleaners. I decided to start small and make one homemade cleaner in the meantime.

Currently, I stash a caddy of cleaning supplies in the most frequently cleaned rooms in my house- the kitchen and bathrooms. I won’t be changing this system as it works too well.

Here is my kitchen caddy and a picture of what is in it:

 
The caddy contains a kitchen sponge with a scour pad, a hand broom and dust pan, cook top cleaner, oven cleaner, stainless steel cleaner, large trash bags, ceramic tile cleaner and homemade orange and vinegar cleaner.

I have a bathroom caddy in each of our bathrooms.

 
The caddies contain Chlorox fresh brushes, tub cleaner, multi-surface cleaner, magic erasers, Lysol, and hand brooms. I also have small trash bags and Febreeze Air Effects.

We are currently re-doing our laundry room, so this cleaning supply arrangement won’t last forever. Currently, my cleaning supplies that are not exclusive to kitchens or bathrooms (they are used all over the house) are stowed on a wire,wheeled cart in my laundry room. I really do tote my little cart around the house as I’m cleaning, too.

My cart is organized by item. The top shelf holds multi-room items, such as furniture polish, fabric refresher, oil soap, glass cleaner, Swiffer wet jet cleaner for my bathroom floors, office, and playroom, hardwood floor cleaner and carpet stain cleaner. The middle shelf holds countertop cleaner and cleaning cloths; the middle shelf holds microfiber cloths and magic erasers, and the bottom shelf holds Swiffer wet jet cloths and covers for my hardwood floor mop. 
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Common Sense Cleaning: Cleaning Supplies and How to Organize Them

Cleaning supplies that are organized are easier to find, thus making the task a little easier. I find when my cleaning supplies are easy to find, I clean more frequently.

First, let me explain that there will be some changes to my cleaning supplies in the near future: changes in how they are organized, and changes in what I use. We are in the process of becoming a chemical free house, and I haven’t decided yet if I want to make my own cleaners or buy organic cleaners. I decided to start small and make one homemade cleaner in the meantime.

Currently, I stash a caddy of cleaning supplies in the most frequently cleaned rooms in my house- the kitchen and bathrooms. I won’t be changing this system as it works too well.

Here is my kitchen caddy and a picture of what is in it:

 
The caddy contains a kitchen sponge with a scour pad, a hand broom and dust pan, cook top cleaner, oven cleaner, stainless steel cleaner, large trash bags, ceramic tile cleaner and homemade orange and vinegar cleaner.

I have a bathroom caddy in each of our bathrooms.

 
The caddies contain Chlorox fresh brushes, tub cleaner, multi-surface cleaner, magic erasers, Lysol, and hand brooms. I also have small trash bags and Febreeze Air Effects.

We are currently re-doing our laundry room, so this cleaning supply arrangement won’t last forever. Currently, my cleaning supplies that are not exclusive to kitchens or bathrooms (they are used all over the house) are stowed on a wire,wheeled cart in my laundry room. I really do tote my little cart around the house as I’m cleaning, too.

My cart is organized by item. The top shelf holds multi-room items, such as furniture polish, fabric refresher, oil soap, glass cleaner, Swiffer wet jet cleaner for my bathroom floors, office, and playroom, hardwood floor cleaner and carpet stain cleaner. The middle shelf holds countertop cleaner and cleaning cloths; the middle shelf holds microfiber cloths and magic erasers, and the bottom shelf holds Swiffer wet jet cloths and covers for my hardwood floor mop. 
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