A client of mine decided she wanted to tackle her laundry room. This space was also used for storing cleaning supplies. We began by pulling everything out and categorizing items. She weeded out any items she no longer wanted or items that had dried up. We were still left with a significant number of products; many of which were multiples of the same thing. Cleaning supplies are expensive, so throwing out the extras was not our first choice. Fortunately, my client has the space in her home to keep this overstock. Here is what we did:
- After overstock items were grouped with like items, we placed them in clear storage bins (repurposed from a former organizing effort). Lids to the containers were not used to account for larger bottles and enable interaction with the boxes easier.
- The bins were labeled with their contents.
- A shelf in the basement was repurposed to store our containers of cleaning supplies.
Now, when my client runs out of a supply, she can go to the stock in the basement before purchasing new. The clearly labeled containers will enable her to find what she needs with minimal effort. This concept can be used for any number of household supplies. We focused on laundry and cleaning, but toiletries can also be done.