7 Kitchen & Bathroom Organizational Hacks We Love


Since February is the month of love, we’re publishing some of our favorite things! Not much is better than saving time, space, and sanity. So, today we are sharing some of our favorite “life hacks” for kitchen and bathroom organization.

Kitchen

We stuff so many appliances, utensils, dishes, and groceries into one of the smallest parts of our home. No matter the size of your kitchen, everyone could use more storage. Here are a few of our favorite fresh storage ideas for your kitchen that we found on LifeHack.org’s list of 31 Clever Ways to Organize and Clean Your Kitchen:

Hanging Rack (#7)

Pots and pans can take up much of your cabinet space if you let it. One of the best choices you can make is to invest in a hanging rack for pots, pans, and lids. You can buy an overhead rack as seen in #7, or you can find one to hang from the wall.

Cutting Board (#4)

Free up counter space by finding a cutting board that can fit over your sink. Wash, peel, and cut your veggies all in one space.

Kitchen tablet (#9)

Replace paper calendars and cookbooks or recipe boxes with a more space-efficient electronic device. If you have an extra or unused tablet lying around, you can dedicate it to the kitchen and mount it on the inside of a cabinet or above the backsplash.

Under Cabinet Hooks

Turn your tea cup or coffee mug collection into interesting kitchen décor. This Kitchn blog shows us a beautiful example of this Pretty Storage Idea here. You can learn how to install your own mug hooks by reading this guide from the San Francisco Gate.

 

Bathroom

Bathrooms can never be big enough. Does it seem like you are always running out of storage space? Don’t let your vanity or linen closet overwhelm you. Get control of the mess with some of these helpful ideas for organization.

Above the Door

This may be our favorite “hack” of all. Turn unused space into a storage solution by simply installing a shelf above the inside of your door. Check it out here. This can make a great spot for towels or baskets with extra toiletries.

Vanity

From ice cube trays, to drawer dividers, to paper towel holders—everyday household items can be extremely helpful in organizing your vanity. There are several awesome ideas in this Redbook article. Check out numbers 1 through 10 for all your vanity organization needs!

Our favorite vanity clearing tip is #16 on this Cosmopolitan list. Keep all those little, hard to find items like clippers, bobby pins, and tweezers organized with a magnet strip.

Linen Closet

The linen closet can quickly become a nightmare if you do not have a practical approach to storing your towels and blankets. In this Life Storage article, they recommend 8 organizational tips for controlling the closet. Our favorites are numbers 3 and 4.

  • Rolling towels instead of folding them creates more space
  • Storing fitted and flat sheets inside their matching pillow cases keeps everything organized.

 

 

Keeping It Clean

We’d love to help you keep your newly organized home spick and span! But, if you aren’t even sure where to begin, we offer organizational services by professional organizers as well. Call us now at 541-601-6236 to schedule a consultation.

DIY Deep Clean!


A DIY Deep Clean for your House often becomes necessary during the early spring due to the increased time spent inside our homes. Here are sure-fire DIY tips and recipes to get your home DIY deep cleaned.

1. DIY Deep Clean Living room

 

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1. Microfiber Couch

Clean regularly using your vacuum’s upholstery attachment, or you can use warm water on a cleaning rag to restore the fabric.

Treat the occasional stain as quickly as possible with a microfiber cloth — slightly dampened, if necessary.

2. Carpet Stains

Mix together 1 tsp. dishwashing liquid, 1 tbs. white vinegar, 1 cup warm water and 1 tsp. baking soda in a spray bottle.

Vacuum your carpet, then wipe any stains gently with the abrasive side of a sponge. Spray the soiled area with the mixture, then gently rub and dab with the towel. You will start to see cleaning results right away.

3. Wood Furniture

To quickly restore wood surfaces, use this simple recipe. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into container straining the pulp and seeds then add a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of water. Tighten lid and shake until emulsified. Dab small amounts of this mixture onto a cloth and begin wiping down your furniture.

For older heirloom furniture, we recommend Howard’s Feed-N-Wax.

Since this is a natural and perishable recipe, make it fresh each time.


2. DIY DEEP CLEAN Kitchen

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1. Surfaces

All you need to clean the surfaces of your kitchen is a good cleaning cloth and this simple, but effective all-purpose cleaner.

Use it to scrub down countertops, appliances, tables, walls and the sink.

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 drops essential oil of your choice
  • Mix all of the ingredients in a spray bottle, shake, and get cleaning!

2. Sink

If you have hard water buildup, a simple mixture of white vinegar, lemon juice, and dish soap is effective at removing the grime.

For the faucet, scrub with baking soda and an old toothbrush. It’s perfect for tackling that narrow, grimy space where the base of the faucet meets the sink. Rinse when finished.

3. Toaster

How to Clean A Toaster (Pop Up & Toaster Oven) Via Clean My Space

4. Microwave

Pour equal parts vinegar and water into the bowl. Insert a toothpick or another small wooden object into the vinegar-water solution. This will help keep the solution from spontaneously exploding.

Heat the bowl for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how dirty the microwave is. After letting it sit for a bit, take the bowl out. Then, take a cleaning cloth and dip it into the hot vinegar-water mixture and scrub down your microwave. The gunk will come off easily with a few swipes of the cleaning cloth.


3. DIY DEEP CLEAN BATHROOM

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1. Toilet

Start by pouring a cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl and let sit for a few minutes. Brush and flush. Still seeing spots? A damp pumice stone is abrasive enough to remove stains caused by mineral deposits and lime scale but gentle enough not to damage surfaces (Pumice Scouring Stick). Be sure to soak the pumice stone for 2-3 minutes before using on the toilet.

2. Bathtub

Submerge the showerhead in a plastic bag with vinegar over night. Remove it in the morning and run the water to rinse. This will help remove any mineral deposits.

Give plastic shower curtains and liners a spin in the washing machine with your regular detergent and a few old towels. These act as scrubbers to help get rid of soap scum and mildew. Toss them into the dryer on a low heat for 2 to 3 minutes then rehang.

For shower doors, make a paste of a few drops of distilled white vinegar to a cup of baking soda. Wet the door and then apply the mixture and let it sit for an hour. Scrub the shower door with a microfiber cloth and then rinse. The tub is less of an issue and a weekly scrubbing is usually enough. For extra shine you can add the mixture to the bath tub and let sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing clean.

3. Ventilation Fan

Remove the vent cover and soak in warm water with dish soap. While the cover is soaking, vacuum the fan blades, nooks, and crannies. Then wipe with a damp cloth. Remove the cover from the warm water and when it’s completely dry, replace the cover on the vent.

4. Grout

Homemade Natural grout cleaner!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup vinegar

Directions:

  1. Combine lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar in a spray bottle.
  2. Stir in water to the mixture.
  3. Spray solution onto tile and grout.
  4. Allow cleaning solution to sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Scrub dirt/grime away using cleaning cloth or large scrubber pad.
  6. After scrubbing, wash with water
This will work for grout in the tub and on the floors!

5. Floor

Removing grout stains from the floor can make your home look like new! As one of the most high-traffic parts of the home, the bathroom floor gets a lot of use. Use the recipe referenced above to easily clean the floor grout. You could even get a steam mop to finish the job and make it sparkling clean.

4. DIY DEEP CLEAN Laundry Room


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1. Washing Machine

To sanitize the inside of your washing machine, simply run a cycle through with white vinegar and hot water. This will also remove soap scum and mineral build up.

2. Dryer

Empty the lint trap and wipe off fuzz with a used fabric-softener sheet.
Vacuum the inside of your lint trap area.

Wipe the interior walls of the dryer. Use a cloth dampened with dishwashing liquid and warm water. Scrub any linty residue around the trap opening with an old toothbrush, if necessary.

3. Vents

Using a brush attachment, vacuum the vents and wipe grates with a damp cloth.

Give your Washer and Dryer the Rub – Soak a cleaning cloth in liquid dish soap and water, and wipe the washer’s drum to remove any residue or sticky who-knows-what (your kid’s red crayon, a stray piece of gum?). If you’ve got a front loader, clean the rubber door gasket as its nooks and crannies can trap moisture.


5. DIY DEEP CLEAN FRAGRANCE

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Give your home a refreshing and invigorating new scent with this DIY air freshener.

  • Grapefruit slices
  • Fresh sprigs of lavender
  • Whole juniper berries

The bright citrus paired with classically calming lavender and juniper make for a freshening and inviting scent, perfect to fill your entire space. It’s a great one to simmer on the stove or place in jars right at the entryway.

For more DIY air freshener ideas visit our Clean Air page on Pinterest.

If you’re needing more time in your life for other priorities, consider hiring a professional housecleaner. The time and energy saved, and the frustration avoided is well worth the investment.

If a no-hassle, no-obligation phone quote makes sense,

give us a call today at 541-601-6236.

You can also shoot us an email at info@thecleaningcrewonline.com

Make Your Bathroom a Clutter-Free Zone


Have a really tiny bathroom space? Or, a tiny budget? Our friend Kathryn at Do It On a Dime, has these suggestions:

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Take advantage of all the room under your sink (and save yourself some stooping and reaching) with sliding drawers. Check out Living Locurto‘s super-smart ways to organize under the sink.

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If your quarters are tight and space is already limited, look up. Take advantage of vertical real estate by hanging a multilevel fruit basket for additional storage. When placed in the shower, the open rungs of the three-tier hanging basket allow loofahs and bath toys to dry over the tub. Or suspend the basket in an unused corner and stock it with lotions, treatments, and scented sachets. An idea that might keep your bathroom better stocked is to make sure you have the best home energy quote to save money. I hear Money Expert provide a fantastic range of quotes that should save you money.

Don’t Hide the T.P.tp

Two conundrums you’ve probably experienced: 1. You’re in your bathroom and you realize you are out of toilet paper. 2. You’re in someone else’s bathroom and you realize they are out of toilet paper. (Do you uncomfortably search your host’s cupboards or sheepishly go ask for help? Skip scenario one at least and always keep ample rolls in a nearby urn, bin, or basket.

There’s no end to Bathroom Organizing Ideas! These are meant to give us a kick start.

Do you have more bathroom organization ideas to add? Leave a comment below!

* BONUS RECIPE: SUPER DUPER TUB SCRUB *

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Along with a little scrubbing power from a sponge, we love this simple and effective Tub Scrub. It leaves tubs and sinks sparkling clean and does a great job removing soap scum.

  1. 1 cup baking soda
  2. 4 tablespoons water
  3. 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap (We like Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Castile Liquid Soap)
  4. Add baking soda to a glass container with a lid.
  5. Add castile soap and water, stirring until it’s toothpaste consistency.
  6. Using a wet sponge, work this cleanser into tubs surfaces, letting it sit for a few minutes
  7. Rinse with hot water.

If you don’t use all the cleaner in one use, you can save it in a covered container. If it dries out, just add water until it forms a paste again. You might even free up enough space to add some extra furniture to your bathroom. I hear that a friend decided to Buy Oak Bathroom Furniture Here and was not disappointed.

Have Bathroom Organization Tips of Your Own to Share?

Add a tip or two in the Comments section below!