Spring has sprung!
I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year I start planning my Spring Cleaning. It’s the one time a year clean where I go through all my clothing, toys, books, cupboards and either give items away or take them to a charity organisation. It’s the time of year I clean out my freezer, organise my pantry, clean my skirting boards, wipe down the walls – all in the hope that when summer arrives, my house will gleam like a toilet bowl scrubbed with Napisan…
Place spare garbage bags in the bottom of the bin – it makes it easy for the kids to find (they can’t use excuse ‘I couldn’t find them’..) and they are right on hand when you need them.
2. Cheap storage
Invest in some clear plastic containers (like the takeaway containers) you don’t need to spend much to get a heap of these. They are great for storing items like birthday candles, matches, coins, rubber bands, pretty much everything you keep in your ‘junk drawer (everyone has one!) and you can see at a glance what is inside! I particularly like these for organising makeup (pencils, sharpeners, blushers, etc.).
3. Hook Up and Hang
Pick up some hooks from the supermarket or hardware store and attach them to the inside of cupboard doors. This is great for little items that frequently get lost such as measuring spoons or ladles. Some hooks have an ‘adhesive’ backing – so you won’t do any damage to the door.
4. Shopping Made Easy
Use a shopping list (we have a FREE printable checklist) and keep it on the fridge for ease of use. Just tick off the items you need when you run out! Or download our iPhone app which has an inbuilt shopping list creator!
5. Knives Out!
Use a magnetic knife rack. You can pick them up at most kitchen shops for under $10 (I bought on at Ikea for $7) – it keeps the knives out of drawers where they can blunt easily or little hands can get a hold of them.