We are half way done with our weekly spring clean-up challenge! This must mean that spring is coming soon, right?!?! This week is are continuing our deep cleaning but moving into the bathrooms and linen closets. Week one was all about the closets and drawers! Week two was getting our kitchen and pantry spotless. Week three was the start of our deep cleaning, where we cleaned the main living areas. Each week we are going to be tackling one area of the house that needs a spring refresher, making spring cleaning not as daunting as it can appear. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for motivation throughout the week!
Since we are focusing on deep cleaning the bathrooms and linen closets, here are some areas we are going to focus on:
- Take everything out of your drawers, clean drawers, organize items in drawers
- Take everything out of your cabinets, clean cabinets, organize items in cabinets
- Scrub counters
- Scrub sinks
- Scrub bathtubs
- Scrub showers
- Clean shower heads
- Clean faucets
- Remove toilet sets, scrub toilets and seats
- Clean out bathroom fans
- Wash floors
- Wash baseboards
- Wipe cabinets
- Disinfect knobs
- Wipe mirrors
- Clean and dust lights (don’t forget about the tops of the lights)
- Remove everything from linen closet, clean shelves and organize items in linen closet
Some of the things on this list I try to do on a weekly basis, but by actually taking more time to scrub some of these items, I feel I am starting off the spring with clean bathrooms! I shared my weekly cleaning schedule with you all last year that you can read about here. Some other tips and tricks are listed below based on category.
Under Sink Storage:
This can be a tricky one because of all of the plumbing that is located under the sink. If you don’t have the money/energy/time/will-power to install those super cool pull-out drawers that we’ve all seen on Pinterest, then you might be looking for a few other suggestions.
I love products that stack on top of each other to hold things under the sinks. This way you can create storage in some tougher spots. I love these silver mesh stacking bins to hold my hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron and headbands. It’s a super easy solution to store some bigger items with some smaller items, making them easily accessible and utilizing the space efficiently. Or these 2-drawer mesh organizers that hold my contact solution, hair products and extra bathroom products. I love that you can store really tall items on the top (like my hair spray) and in the drawer, I can put smaller items like my hair products.
I am also a huge advocate for using bins to store like items under the sink. Not only does it look pretty, but it also makes it easy to keep items together, reducing the mess and making it easy to find. I prefer mesh bins for the bathroom because it’s easy to clean up all of the gunk that gets stuck in bins that are located in the bathroom…along with all of my hair!
I also like to hang things on the inside of the door of the vanity using Command 3M wire hooks. I have my round brushes and lint roller hanging on the inside of the door in our bathroom. I just grab whatever I need and then hang it back up on the door when I am finished!
Our master bathroom has three drawers built into the wall near the shower. These are incredibly useful for storing our stuff, since our bathroom isn’t that big. I keep all of my make-up in the drawers, while Ben keeps his shaving stuff in his drawer. I try to keep my drawer organized by using drawer dividers. I love this acrylic drawer divider because it can expand to fit your drawer and everything you need to store in that drawer.
I also like using small cups to store my hair ties and bobby pins. These kid cups are the perfect size for holding small items and they fit into the space in my drawer.
In the kids’ bathroom, I have two drawers to keep their stuff organized. I am using these mesh drawer organizers to keep their toothbrushes, toothpaste, brush, comb, nail clippers and other bathroom items organized. The drawers are narrow, so I am using Command 3M water resistant refill strips. They help hold the organizers in place so they don’t slide all over the drawers whenever I open or close them.
Linen Closet Storage:
I shared about ways that I got my linen closet organized, and you can read about that here. My biggest piece of advice for keeping the linen closet organized, is to create a system. Most people put their towels in their linen closet, so come up with an effective system for keeping those towels organized. For us, I keep the large towels folded and keep the hand towels and wash cloths together by keeping them in a bin. Our sheets and pillow cases are together in a large bin, so I don’t have to worry about folding them perfectly. Most of the time they get shoved into the bin, but this way I don’t have to worry about stacking sheets on top of other sheets and misplacing pillow cases.
I also think it’s important to label the bins. This makes it easy to find, and helps you stay organized. By looking at the labels on the bins, you are able to put things away quickly without having to study what is in each bin.
Over the past few weeks, I have shared some of my cleaning tips with you all! As you know, I try to only use natural cleaning products. One of the last chemical products I gave up using was CLR for the lime scale that builds up in our bathroom shower. I found this recipe to try and have had wonderful results in keeping the lime scale from building up!
I start with 3 tablespoons baking soda and mix it with 1 tablespoon water. I mix it together to create a paste and cover the shower with that paste. I let it sit for over an hour. Then wipe it off using a dry rag. I really like that it’s natural ingredients and that it still works as well as the CLR spray that I was using.
Take your time this week to truly scrub and organize your bathrooms and linen closets to get them clean and organized! Please share pictures with me as I’d love to see how you are doing with cleaning and organizing your way to a happy Spring! Post your pictures to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag me @organizedmamas, and you could be featured on The Organized Mama!