Friday, July 16, 2010

14 Got 15?: Bathroom Cleaning Supplies

As I mentioned this morning, I am making a couple of content additions to the blog.  This morning I premiered a post regarding Top 10 Items IHeart.  And this afternoon, I am going to put out there a quick "Got 15?" challenge.

So what does this challenge entail?  Well, I thought it would be fun to toss out there, quick 15 minute organizing challenges that we can do collectively {or that I may have just done and it helped me out a ton}, because when you do things in packs, it makes it WAY more fun than doing it alone!

And, I am a total believer that organizing should be done in strides.  Trying to do everything all at once can become really overwhelming.  So, doing quick little 15 minute exercises can be a lot less overwhelming and just as effective as spending a whole day on something.

Sometimes the challenges may require a little thinking about what you already have, or may get you running out for a quick purchase... it all depends on you and what you have laying around your dwelling.

So, since the bathroom is this month's Featured Space, I thought I would focus the first Got 15? challenge, on the bathroom.

Ready?  Set?  Go!

Take a gander around the homestead for some small plastic baskets or bins.  Mine were all used up so I opted for some cheapo ice cube bins I found at Target:

Although I have a cleaning caddy on each level of my home, bathrooms for me are a little different.  They get messy faster than any room of the house.  And I am sure it has a little something to do with the fact that I live with four boys, but even so...

To reduce the need to head to a cleaning caddy each day for the quick bathroom wipe up, I found it was much easier just to store the essential items in the bathroom itself.  I also found it made me and the hubs a lot more likely to actually give the bathroom a quick wipe down more frequently, which was a huge bonus!

Inside the ice cube bins I filled them with the following:

Toilet bowl cleaner, all purpose cleaner, a sponge and three cut up old rags.  For our lower level bath, I threw in some more abrasive cleaner since we have grout/tile.

I went with the plastic bins to reduce bathroom germs from getting spread, an old box or wicker wouldn't be too great in this scenario due to germies and durability.

Then, I just tucked each one under a bathroom sink.

Main bathroom:

Master bathroom:

I opted not to put one into the spare bedroom bathroom since it's rarely used and get's cleaned far less frequently. 

Done?  I bet you got it done in under 15 minutes!  Even if you took some extra time to cut up some rags from an old towel, it is still a super speedy organizing project that will reap huge benefits, so congratulations!

I received some good feedback on the first new addition this morning, what do you think of the Got 15 challenge?  Is it a good concept and motivator or should I flush it down the toilet?  Anyone got a favorite 15 minute or less organizing tip to share with me?


  1. i like this idea. i do 30 second organizing....while i'm doing my Listerine rinse at night, i take out one of my 7 baskets from the bathroom closet and do a quick straighten job. i found it's important to "maintain" once you are organized.

  2. Great ideas! And I like the idea of the Got 15? segments. I don't usually have much time, but I do usually have 15 :)

  3. I'd say this is a winner, too! I love the ice bin as a storage solution, I'm going to have to steal that one!

  4. I'm a total organization nut, using anything and everything to store stuff - but never thought of Ice Cube bins!! Great stuff!

  5. Definitely a keeper! I'm always trying to find out how other people clean and do things. I thought this was great.

  6. What a great idea! I was looking for a small container for my bathroom. Perfect! I also love all the changes you have made.

  7. I just love your blog and all the great ideas you share!

    I desperately need to organize our bathroom cabinets, and it didn't occur to me to use ice cube bins. Perfect!

    Also, thanks for sharing the homemade all purpose cleaner recipe. I've been looking for ways to streamline my cleaning products, and that sounds like a great way to do so. I'm sick of carting around 15 different products (okay, okay, I'm exaggerating... a little bit)to clean my bathroom!!!

  8. I love your blog and love the Got 15 idea!

  9. I like the "Got 15" idea. I set a timer and race myself to see how much I can get done on this amount of time. Can't wait to see your ideas. I like the improvements you've been doing to the blog, the new look and professionalism! Great work!

  10. I love this idea!

    Also loving Heather's 30 second organizing idea!

  11. I thought I was a follower of your blog and found out today I wasn't. Hmmmmm! I have been following your blog since I found it several months back and have your button on my blog. Many people come over to check you out. It is a wonderful blog chocked full of awesome tips and such. Thanks Jennifer!

  12. Love love the lady necessities storage!

  13. weird question, but where did you get your toilet brush and holder? I love that one because the holder is larger so it can still be clean on the outside. THANKS!


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