February Bathroom Cleaning

organize bathroom If you live where it is cold and snowy sometimes you feel like just hibernating.  I know I do. 🙂

February is actually a great month to clean out areas you neglect. Cleaning out the drawers and under the sink in the bathroom can be daunting.  Take everything out. Pile it onto of the sink and counter. If you haven’t used something in a year-do you need it?  Old makeup should be tossed. Combs and brushes that are tired should be tossed.  Get as much hair out of the brushes as possible, then soak the combs and brushes you want to keep in soapy water for an hour or so and  rinse well. If they still look dirty take a tooth brush to the areas that are hard to reach.

organize bathroom cabinetsReorganize your cabinets.  Any boxes or baskets that can keep like items together are always very helpful. Keep in  mind if you don’t use something often and it really doesn’t need to be damp everyday from the steam of your bathroom, think about storing it in a linen closet or your bedroom.  Makeup should actually NOT be in the bathroom. Electronics should not be in there and prescription medicine shouldn’t either. Extra razors should not be in humidity, nor should jewelry or nail polish. Towels can get moldy.  Keep those circulating out of the bathroom. Many items do not do well with constant fluctuating temperatures and humidity.

organize bathroom cabinetsWipe down all the cabinets inside and out and apply a wood oil if you have wood in your bathroom.  Scrub around the toilet and baseboards.  Wash the floor.

Clean out the medicine cabinet. I know scary. Take it all out. Wipe it all down.  Get rid of things that over a year or two old.  Medicines should never get thrown out in the garbage or down the drain.  They reek havoc on the environment.  Instead take them to a place in your area that accepts old prescription medicines-pharmacies and the like. Every area is different so you would need to look that up on the web.

Happy cleaning!

How to Downsize a Collection

angelsI had a collection of angels. I am talking about 70 angels that started with a few angels that were my grandmother’s.  It grew through the years. Family and friends gave me many of them.  When I went to move a third time I really started to look at what I had in my house, and I realized a COLLECTION actually only has a few pieces that are amazing.  Probably under 10. I was surprised, but it becomes clutter at some point, and many pieces are just OK. Only keep the fabulous ones.

Fabulous pieces are the ones you really like, and they will make a beautiful well placed collection when there are only a few.  If you are thinking about storing the collection that is a great sign that it is time to let them go.  Keep the pieces that have meaning, the rest can be donated.

Kid’s Storage Ideas

basket to store toysStoring kid’s toys can be a chore, but it also can be fun if you can get it set up so that it is simple. You also have to accept that toys are going to show and there are always going to be some out.  If you have that mindset it is a much easier task.  My very favorite way to store toys quickly is to have a large pretty basket in every single room of my home.  This made a quick cleanup so easy. I just tossed all the toys in each room into the basket there.  I found it to be very stress-free.

lego storageLegos are a world all their own.  I tend to sort by style brick, but by color is a very easy way to sort.  Keep them organized and there will be hours more of fun. And keep one draw free for all the odd pieces and all the wonderful people.

In a bedroom or a playroom a central spot for a lot of toys is a great idea.  Remember to keep things LOW.  You cannot make a game of cleanup if your children cannot reach the containers. Sort by like types.  It teaches at the same time.

I could not resist this lovely way to store books instead of using a book case. What fun. And the wagon can be used outside as well.

kid storagebook storage