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Organizing cleaning supplies

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I've had some questions on how I organize my cleaning supplies so I thought I'd give you the grand tour.

I've said it before but here I go again, keep your stuff where you use it! This basically means I have cleaning things in several places in our little house. The photo above shows the cleaning section of my broom cabinet in the kitchen. Here I keep the things I use to clean the upstairs and kitchen.

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In a super narrow cabinet in the tiny upstairs bathroom there is just enough space for some cleaning products. I don't use the original packaging, but find smaller containers to fill instead. 

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In a Muji container in the downstairs bathroom I also keep some. Again in smaller prettier containers than the original.

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In the garage there is a wire shelving system and on the top shelf I keep old used dish clothes and scouring pads which I've laundered. I use them once more on garage projects, like wiping down newly sanded boards or cleaning the bike. After that I toss them. There are also some cleaning products there.

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In the downstairs pantry I keep the bulk containers of cleaning products, a supply of scouring pads and dish washing brushes etc.

There you have it!


And the winner is...

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Oh my gosh, you sure wanted the bags didn't you :) Over a hundred of you.

I had a little draw just now and both by strange coincidence will fly off to Florida, United States!

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The winner of the turquoise one is Luisa. Ann, the other winner didn't specify which one she wanted so she gets the creamy white one.

I'll e-mail both of you to get your postal addresses. Congratulations!


Hidden outdoor storage

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We are in the midst of an outdoor project which I'll show you more of when we're a little closer to finishing. Now it looks like a bomb hit the front of our garage entrance. Not  really something to be inspired by.

What I can show you though is a pretty clever, if I do say it myself, outdoor storage solution.

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We have steps leading up to the front door. There was sort of a trellis there when we moved in but it was ugly, rickety and useless in terms of hiding stuff as the squares were about 8" (20cm). We built a new one with 2"(5 cm) squares. One side is fastened solidly underneath the steps but the other side is removable.

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I simply drilled holes in some of the vertical pieces of the trellis and hammered fat nails into the 2x2's we attached under the steps. The pre-assembled trellis is hung on the nails.

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Because the squares are so small you can't see what's hiding inside the space. We keep extra roof tiles, the slate tiles we're about to use in our project and a few other yard bits and  pieces in there. Its' easy to get to them but you don't have to look at them all the time.

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