Cleaning products I love.
At some point I “ice skated” across my kitchen floor on one too many magna-tiles (and felt the associated pelvis-ripping-apart sensation when your legs slide apart suddenly that comes with pregnancy/early postpartum for me) and decided I had to figure out some organization and cleaning system. Well. I won’t call what I do a system, but I needed to start doing something so I did.
The purpose of sharing this post is that during disordered eating recovery interests outside of food and body are important to cultivate. I don’t think cleaning is necessarily a hobby for me, but I really like our house. I like the things in it. The things we are buying now are higher quality and what we want to have around for many years to come and I really appreciate our home and want to care for it well (this also relates to caring for your body, we care for things we appreciate).
So today I wanted to do something a bit different and share some cleaning products I’ve been enjoying lately. I care about our home running well and cleaning and organization plays a part in that for us. I don’t mind clutter much, so my main motivation right now for cleaning/organizing is to know where things are when I need them. I hate when we’re running behind and I can’t find that random pink toddler shoe and it adds stress.
My favorite cleaning product of all time is my Bissell steam mop. I use this thing so much. I would buy this again 100%.
At the recommendation of my sister-in-law, I ordered some products from Grove Collaborative and have really liked them. They had a buy $20 worth of products and get $30 worth of products free, so I bit the bait and have been pleasantly surprised by the stuff. One thing I got and love is a couple of these pretty glass spray bottles.
Also from Grove I got this Caldrea Sea Salt Neroli Countertop Spray and I adore the smell. This is the best smelling one I’ve found yet.
This wasn’t from Grove, but I love Pacha Soap Co. I first heard about this brand because I started using their whipped soaps and they are so good. They’re super unique and I constantly gift the peppermint scented one (my favorite) to mom friends who are in their 1st trimester, since peppermint always helps my nausea some. And, I now know, the hand soaps are good too!
The little ramekin with the scrubber in the above photo and the dish soap came free from Grove.
I have had our sink scrub (all the way to the right in the photo below) around for awhile now and love it. It’s baking soda + drops of essential oils. Whenever I want to clean the sink, I sprinkle some in and drizzle in some dish soap and scrub away. I think it’s fun and I like how the jar looks. This idea came from CleanMama on Instagram.
One effort at organization was buying these 4 baskets.
After talking to a friend who’s great at organizing I decided they will store:
one: my stuff (bible, computer, stuff I usually leave out on the counter but want a home for)
two: blankets (or if Andrew has stuff he wants to store at some point)
three: kids’ shoes
four: kids’ debris of life (aka toys and random bits and bobs, like a random puzzle piece I’m not ready to part with yet. I just throw clutter in there at the end of most nights and every now and then go through it and get rid of what I don’t like.)
This is more cleaning than organization, but whenever I notice the bathroom needs cleaning I’ve found cleaning the bathroom while the girls are bathing works nicely for me.
One other thing I’ve been doing is that while I fold clothes I start a pile of things to donate (things we’ve out grown/don’t fit well) and/or a trash pile of things super worn/stained and that’s been helpful so I’m weeding out what we don’t need anymore semi-regularly.
So those are some cleaning/organizing things I’ve been loving lately! Any cleaning/organization tips that are helpful for you?
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