Organizing Your Cleaning Supplies

Organizing Your Cleaning Supplies

By Lynn Herrin

I donÂ’t know about you, but this one was a real bugger for me. I had the supplies in a plastic tote, but it seemed I could never find them. If someone used them, they would put them in a different place, or if I was upstairs the kit was downstairs, and it really was very irritating for me. So, I decided that there had to be a better way. After much research and testing, I came up with the perfect system for your cleaning supplies.

I call this my “Sparkle Kit”. Mainly because when I use the kit my house sparkles and also because I have everything in one place and I always know where it is. We all know how difficult it is to get everything done, so we are always looking for a way to cut corners and make things easier. I really like for my house to look nice and smell nice, so I am always looking for an easier way to do things. This is how I came up with this kit. I can assure you that if you make these kits, you will find that you have the time to “sparkle” your house and still have time to do things that you enjoy. Ok, let’s get started!

First, you need to gather your supplies for your kit. Remember, that you need 2 of everything if you want to make 2 kits. If you live in an apartment or a small house, you will probably only need one, but if your house is large, has 2 stories, or you have several family members, it will make a big difference if you have 2 kits. You can call your kits anything you like, but please feel free to call them “My Sparkle Kit”. Here is a list of basic supplies:

Glass Cleaner

Bathroom Cleaner

Spot Carpet Cleaner



Furniture Polish

General Purpose Cleaner

Paper Towels

Dust Cloths


Bowl Brush

Small Broom/Dustpan Combo

Rubber Gloves

Air Freshener

Now that you have your supplies, letÂ’s make the sparkle kit.

I use a “homer” bucket. This is a large 5 gallon orange bucket that I bought at Home Depot. You can use any kind of bucket that you wish, as long as it a 5 gallon bucket. I like the “homer” bucket because it is bright orange and easy to see.

I also purchased a tool belt that carpenters use and wrapped it around the bucket. The tool belt fits perfectly around the bucket. All my spray bottles, cans and jars fit easily into the slots for the tools. In the center of the bucket, I store my paper towels, my cleaning cloths and the dust cloths, gloves, bowl brush and dustpan. I put these items into inexpensive large plastic zip loc bags so that they stay clean and dry.

And that is all there is to it!!!! You have created a sparkle kit that will tuck neatly into your pantry or broom closet, and everything that you need is included. When you are ready to clean, simply bring out your bucket. You can remove all the items and use the bucket for cleaning if you need to. If you always put the bucket back in the same place, your family will know where to locate the supplies and where to return themÂ…Â…Ahhh, doesnÂ’t that feel so good????

About the Author:

Lynn Herrin is the owner of Organize Easy! She is a professional organizer and freelance writer. For more tips and a free monthly newsletter, visit her website at

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