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Filed under: Laundry & Bath,Uncategorized — Colleen at 2:37 pm on Wednesday, June 3, 2009

As you organize your Laundry and Bath space, consider whether some of these products will help your cause!

Laundry Products

Bath Products

Bath toy organizer    This is one of my favorite bathroom organizers.  Bath toys are great, unless you’re stepping on them first thing in the morning! This frog attaches to your bath tub stall and has a detachable scoop to house bath toys. My kids love using the scoop to fish out their toys when bath time is over.

Laundry & Bath Mission #4 Bathroom Basics

Filed under: Laundry & Bath,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 7:00 am on Saturday, December 27, 2008

At the end of a long day, there’s nothing like taking a good long bubble bath. But it can be hard to relax in the tub, when you’re staring at bathroom clutter. Here’s how to make the most of your bathroom, so you can enjoy your well deserved bath!

1. Do a quick purge. Go through each drawer and shelf getting rid of old, expired, damaged, out-dated, and unnecessary items.
2. Assess the need for towel racks. Make sure that every member of your household has a towel rack. If there is no room in the bathroom, install a towel rack on or behind bedroom doors. Consider assigning each family member a different towel color so towels can be reused and you’ll know who left theirs on the floor!
3. Make the most of your bathroom door. Bathroom doors can hold towel racks, robe hooks, or an over the door shoe cubby to house all your small items.
4. Organize your drawers. Using drawer organizers, put like things together. Keep items that are used regularly the most accessible.
5. Take a peek inside your shower stall. Remove any products from your shower that you do not use on a weekly basis. If you need more space in your shower, get a shower caddy.
6. Add some shelves. Consider shelves or a cabinet for above your toilet or on another available wall. Store your products in attractive baskets on shelves.
7. Finally, turn on some music, get a glass of wine, and enjoy your bath!

Not sure where to start? Set Me Free! offers hands-on help.If you are motivated by this project or have a great organizing idea that works for you, please leave a comment to inspire others!

Laundry and Bath Mission #3 The Functional Linen Closet

Filed under: Laundry & Bath,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 10:19 am on Monday, December 22, 2008

Linen closets are relatively small spaces. So it’s really amazing how much stuff you can actually fit in there! But if your linen closet is overstuffed, chances are you can’t find your spare deodorant on the day of your important interview, and you find yourself in a crisis when you use that last square of toilet paper.

  • When you tackle this project, don’t let size fool you. Avoid the impulse to pull everything out at once or you’ll be overwhelmed by the mess. Start by sorting one shelf at a time. Put like objects together.
  • Take inventory. How many spare sheets do you really need? The less you have the more likely you will be to stay on top of your laundry. Five sets of sheets could mean that you’ll end up with 4 sets of dirty sheets stinking up your home- which as awful as it sounds, may actually be tempting to those of us who hate doing laundry. Get rid of the temptation.
  • Put an end to digging around for matching sheet sets. Store each set of sheets in their coordinating pillowcase. Changing sheets becomes grab and go!
  • If you’re cramped for space, store spare linens in their appropriate rooms using under-the-bed storage containers. Changing a bed is a snap when the spare sheets are so handy.
  • Take a close look at your towels. Pitch the ratty towels or recycle them into cleaning rags. Stack in a pile using shelf dividers, or try rolling them to maximize space.
  • If your linen closet door is wide enough, use a clear plastic over the door hanging shoe organizer to house your spare health and beauty items. You’ll be able to easily find your q-tips, and of course, that spare deodorant. Keep any potentially harmful products in the upper pockets, out the reach of children.
  • If in the process of clearing out your linen closet you discover your collection of “free” shampoos/conditioners/soaps from every hotel you’ve ever stayed, use them or lose them! Before you open a new shampoo bottle, use a trial sized one from your “collection”. Or donate them to your local Ronald McDonald house.
  • If you’ve been meaning to line your shelves, now is the time to do it.
  • Make sure to keep frequently used items easily accessible. Use your top shelf for seasonal or other infrequently used items.
  • Not sure where to start? Set Me Free! offers hands-on help.

If you are motivated by this project or have a great organizing idea that works for you, please leave a comment to inspire others!

Laundry and Bath Mission #2: What are you hiding in your medicine cabinet?

Filed under: Laundry & Bath,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 12:32 pm on Sunday, December 14, 2008

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Ever wake up in the middle of the night as sick as a dog and find yourself staggering around your home in search of a pill that may offer some relief?

Stagger no more! Organize your medicine supplies so that you can find your cold medicine, bandages, and vitamins when you need them.

Step 1: Get rid of expired and unused medications. Be sure to safely dispose of medication.  I recently learned that you can take expired/unexpired and opened/unopened (non-controlled) medication to the Costco Pharmacy and they will send it to those in need overseas or properly dispose of it.  If you don’t belong to a Costco, ask your local pharmacy if they participate in a similar program.
Step 2: Sort your supplies by type. Consider categories such as “Regular Use Medications/Vitamins”, “Cold & Flu”, “First Aid”, “Children’s Medications”. Use labeled shoe boxes or baskets to store each category.

Step 3: Reconsider where you store your medication. Keep your “Regular Use Medications” some place handy–perhaps in a kitchen cabinet or a medicine cabinet. Avoid creating medicine clutter on your kitchen counter. If you need to see your medication to remember to take it, store it in an attractive basket or container. Place infrequently used items, such as cold and flu medications in your linen closet or another storage area. Always make sure medications are not in reach of children.

Step 4: Re-stock. When you’re sick, you don’t want to have to run out in the middle of the night for supplies. Have a few medications on hand for when a cold descends on you.

Not sure where to start? Set Me Free! offers hands-on help.

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Laundry and Bath Mission #1: Do the Laundry!

Filed under: Laundry & Bath,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 11:13 am on Monday, December 8, 2008

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Is your laundry area storing more than dirty laundry? It’s time to take action.

1. Get caught up on your laundry. Yes, even those hand-washables you’ve been putting off. And make a decision on that shirt you’ve already soaked 3 times. If the stain isn’t leaving, it’s time for the shirt to leave!
2. Take inventory of your laundry supplies. Are you using all the products you have? If you still have the detergent that made your husband break out in a rash, get rid of it! If you have 2 of the same products open at the same time, try to consolidate them.
3. Organize your laundry supplies. Be sure to make the most frequently used items the most accessible.
4. Clean the outside surface of your laundry machine and dryer.
5. Assess your space: Are you keeping things in your laundry room that really don’t belong there, like that box of clutter you hid from your dinner guests last week? Take some time to put away things that don’t belong in your laundry area.
6. Consider some products to help laundry day be more efficient.

Not sure where to start? Set Me Free! offers hands-on help.

If you are motivated by this mission or have a great organizing idea that works for you, please leave a comment to inspire others!