My husband and I radically changed our cleaning products when we were going through infertility. We opted for basic cleaners like baking soda, vinegar and mild detergent. I do keep a hydrogen based cleaner on hand for those moments when I don't trust "just" vinegar (pretty much anything to do with raw chicken or turkey). I went through the broom closet and kept only the cleaning implements that we truly use. I said goodbye to the steam mop (I like my old sponge mop better), Swiffer sweeper (I have a Swiffer Vac and a broom) and my large reusable lint roller. I plan to part ways with the Swiffer Vac when my new Dyson stick vac arrives. I am so excited! I donated my cleaning caddy, as it took up a lot of space and I never used it! I would just grab whatever I needed out of the closet and the caddy always stayed put! I also donated my scented wax items, as we don't like to use fragrance in our home.
I went through my cookbooks. When I was getting married, I mentioned to the odd person that I didn't have many cookbooks. Well, ask and you shall receive! (And receive and receive...) I kept the cookbooks that my husband and I use frequently and parted ways with the ones that we never look at or open. I pared down the "magazine" recipes and photocopies. One day, for minimalism's sake, I plan to write the recipes into the cookbook my Mom made for me. Then I can get rid of the millions of papers I have folded in my recipe box.
Here is the before:
Yikes! It looks way better (and is much more functional) now!
I hope you are all having a fantastic week! Take care!