As I mentioned in my previous article on Spring Cleaning, the next step I want to go over is the types of oils to purchase, the benefits of this methodology and the upfront costs. But, before I go over those details I first would like to go over what you should do before making the cleaning products.
Organizing and Inventorying
Before I start rolling up my sleeves and gathering all my sponges, containers and rags I take the time to organize and take inventory of the house. This is always a fun time for me because I enjoy organizing and getting rid of all the clutter that has gathered over the stretch of fall and winter. I grab a paper and pen to make a list of all the things that need organized and if I need to purchase any bins, files/folders, totes, etc. You can purchase a wide variety of organizing bins and containers at your local dollar store (for us it’s the Dollar Tree) for $1. I enjoy using those to organize my kitchen. This makes life so much easier by saving yourself time and money! Whenever you need to find something quick like an ingredient or a snack you can quickly find them. We used to just throw items in our cupboards and we would forget what we had purchased and forget about them. Then when the time came to do my cleaning I would find lots of food that was uneaten and out of date or find ingredients we never knew we had bought and had double or even triple the amount without even realizing. Using the Sticky-Pad Method and dollar tree bins has really improved our kitchen organization!
I use the same method for other parts of my home like the cleaning closet, bathroom, bedrooms, and laundry room. I use bins or totes to organize just about everything and label each accordingly. I believe there is a great reason why teachers have bins with labels in their classrooms. Whenever I worked at a daycare, I noticed this method not only helped the child to recognize that words have meanings as well as teaching the child responsibility for the materials they use. All of this while learning the valuable lesson of clean-up time, but this method also made it easier for the teacher to maintain inventory of the classroom materials. I’ve adopted the same method for our home to keep us more organized and to keep track of what items we have and where to find them in a hurry. I look forward to seeing the other part of this method take action when children come along in our future.
Next Article I will be discussing Part 2 to Spring Cleaning – Cleaning Supplies