Time-saving bathroom & kitchen cleanup tips

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Bathrooms and kitchens are easy to make messes in, so why not make it easy to clean them up?  Here are some simple yet strategic tips to help you maintain order and cleanliness in these areas:

  • Awavio Paper Towel Holder ImageKeep a roll of paper towels on a handy dispenser near each sink. This will make it easier for anyone in the household to wipe toothpaste spatters off the medicine cabinet mirror or mop up mishaps on kitchen counters.
    You’ll also never need to think about putting out guest towels for unexpected visitors. (Just remember to put a wastebasket in an easy-to-access spot. You don’t want a paper towel ending up in the toilet.)
  • If you prefer not to use paper towels, another option is to install a towel ring for hanging a designated cleanup towel near sinks. Or consider an old-fashioned but still excellent towel-grabber. Even easier, Over Cabinet Door Towel Bar - Clear Image
    use an over-the-cabinet-door towel holder requiring no installation.
  • A container of pre-moistened cleaning wipes is also helpful to have on hand in both kitchen and bathroom.  A more economical alternative is Windex Touch-ups.

By taking a few seconds to clean up any areas right after they’ve been splashed or splattered, or at least at the end of each day, the need to ever do a major clean-up job is almost eliminated.

 

 

 

 

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Video Game Storage Solutions

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If you’ve got gamers in your household, you’ve probably got video game clutter.  The multiple consoles and numerous accessories of PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo and other Gaming Computer Desk Imagepopular games can create a special type of organizing challenge.

Thankfully there are video game storage solutions called gaming stands expressly designed to accommodate all of these digital diversions and more. Here are three well-designed yet completely different examples:

  • The Gaming Computer Desk includes a variety of thoughtful features such as a cable management system, a charging station and even a drink holder.
  • The Game Keeper 4-Tier Wire Gaming Tower has space for up to three consoles, six Game Keeper 4 Tier Wire Gaming Tower Imagecontrollers and 70 games in a compact unit that rolls on locking casters and includes a slide-out shelf.
  • The X-Cube Gaming Storage Unit is a compact stackable unit with two drawers and handles for portability.

 

 

 

 

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Answer: Getting started on decluttering

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Q. ​My attic is so jam-packed with stuff. I get frustrated when I want to find things but cannot! Every time I go in there I resolve to clean it up, but the task seems so overwhelming that I never can bring myself to do anything. Any tips for getting started? (Then I’ll move on to the storage shed!) Thanks.

A.  Here are five steps for getting started and moving forward:
1) Prepare several spacious boxes or bins pre-labeled for Donate, Sell, Recycle, Relocate (for any items that you decide to remove from the attic for storage elsewhere) and last but not least, Trash–the largest container.
2) Take a few “Before” pictures.
3) Then motivate yourself by creating noticeable results quickly: Begin by decluttering the easiest and most visible clutter area or segment.  Decide what is the quickest thing you can do to that area that will have a visible effect: clearing off a surface?  cleaning out boxes that are obstructing an area?
4) Set a ticking timer for 15 minutes to give you a sense of urgency and see what you are able to accomplish.
5) When the buzzer sounds, step back to evaluate–then re-set and keep going until you achieve enough results for taking “After” pictures.

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Recycling Storage Solutions

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“Reduce, reuse, recycle” — this catchy environmental mantra has become familiar to most of us. What’s not as familiar is the variety of space-saving storage solutions designed to make those three R’s easier to integrate into your household routine.

Recycling bins have tended to be unattractive space hogs that belonged outdoors or in the garage. So in many households, recyclable materials are often tossed in the trash simply because it isn’t convenient to recycle them. Fortunately there are several home recycling systems that are refreshingly streamlined and easy to use.  Here are some of the most efficient and attractive storage solutions for maintaining a “sustainable” home:

  • The Stainless Steel Three-Compartment Step Recycle Center features three step-open compartments with removable bins for storing and organizing plastic, glass and other recyclables.  Each recycle bin section has a color-coded step pedal for easy identification.Three-Compartment Stainless Steel Recycle Bin Image

It’s also available in a two-compartment version.

  • For under-the-sink convenience, these Double Double Recycle Bins ImageRecycle Bins provide an out-of-the-way recycling station in an under-sink cabinet. The roomy removable recycling containers glide out on ball-bearing guided tracks and allow you to keep recyclables easily separated and ready for removal.
  • Simplehuman has an entire line of attractive and efficient dual-bucket home recycling systems.

 

 

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Spring cleaning caddies

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Cleaning supplies can create clutter unless you have an effective storage system for them. The trick is to keep your supplies streamlined–so you don’t accumulate more types of products than you actually use–and also instantly portable.Casabella Cleaning Supply Caddy Image

One time-honored technique is to utilize a classic cleaning caddy–the simplest option. But if you need something more comprehensive for keeping your cleaning accessories organized and easily accessible, the Chrome Pull Out Cabinet Organizer is a well-designed solution.   It makes the most of your under-sink storage space while providing an efficient carry-all.

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You can also use even the most minimal wall space to store housecleaning tools and supplies. The Cleaning Storage System by Casabella® is a sleek two-part system: one part stays on the wall while the other is portable.  The wall-mounted section includes four grips for mops and sweepers; three hooks for cloths and brushes; and two separate bag storage compartments.  Atop sits the removable caddy for storing and carrying your cleaning necessities.

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