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March/April 2017

8 Storage Tips to Help You Clean Better, Clean Faster
Though there may be a dozen other items on your to-do list, you can’t hide from the one you wrote in red at the top of
the page in all caps and circled twice: “Clean the house.” It’s a drag, and the task always takes twice as long as you
expect it to. But it doesn’t have to be a drag. Not if you’re organized, that is.
When everything is accessible and ready to go, you’ll be motivated to get started — and you’ll finish faster, says Jan
Dougherty, author of “The Lost Art of House Cleaning.”

Try these ideas for a bit of motivation to grab your cleaning gloves:

#1 – Obtain a $3 Tension Bar for Spray Bottles
The rooms that require the most cleaning accoutrements are the bathroom and kitchen. Fortunately, they both typically
contain the gold standard for supply storage: the cupboard under the sink. But this blank box can be a lot more efficient.
Add a cheap and easy-to-install tension bar to hold your spray bottles where you can easily see and grab them.

#2 - Use S-Hooks to Convert Any Closet to a Broom Closet
Have just one broom closet, but three stories and nine rooms to clean? Or no broom closet at all? Turn any closet into an
efficient space for cleaning supplies by using inexpensive S-hooks to hang mops and brooms right where you need them.
And, wow, look at all that floor space for storing your buckets and other supplies!

#3 - Use a Cart to Move With You
No closets? No problem. Do what hotel maids do — use a cart to haul your cleaning supplies around. The one pictured
comes from IKEA (about $30), and does the job without taking up a ton of space.
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#4 - Build (or Buy) Shelves to Fit That Odd Corner
Inexpensive shelving can be tucked anywhere, and you can configure units to fit your supplies. If you’d rather not look at
your storage, you can always use a decorative curtain or screen to keep it out of view.
Can’t find room in the main house? Garage space — especially close to the door of an attached garage — can be an
efficient spot for a set of shelves to live.

#5 - Hang a Hook for Gloves
Below the sink is the natural spot for gloves, but finding them crumpled up and stuck to the side of a grimy spray bottle
makes for a gross cleaning delay. Hanging them up makes rubber gloves easy to find, and keeps them clean and dry. Add
some grommets to your gloves, or use a chip clip with a looped top for the same effect.

#6 - Pull Out a Closet
This is the Cadillac of cleaning storage solutions — making a closet-sized pull-out rack. If you’ve got a foot or two of
blank space between the right walls, you can have a pull-out closet custom fit for all your supplies. From the outside it
looks like one of your cabinets. Inside, everything is visible and easily accessible.

#7 - Hold It All in a Shoe Caddy
It’s cheap. It’s easy — and all those pockets! The beauty of using a behind-the-door shoe caddy is you can hang it in or
on any closet or door depending on where you want your supplies. Clear plastic sections make products easy to see for
grab-and-go cleaning. Drips and spills wipe right off. And to keep the cleaning product clutter out of sight, simply close
the door.

#8 - Pegboard the Lot
Pegboards are the Swiss Army knife of the organization world; they can do everything. You can hang small shelves,
baskets and, of course, hooks of every shape and size on this baby — just need wall space. Pegboards keep cleaning
products up off the floor and make them easy to locate.
The secret, says Dougherty, is the discipline to put everything back the same way every time. “I have eight crews out and
eight vans, and every van is packed the same way,” she says. “No matter which vehicle one of my cleaners used, the
interior is familiar.” Do the same with a pegboard, and reaching for the rag, bottle, or duster you need will be a cinch.

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Memphis-area home sales for March increased 17.1 percent from a year ago, with 1,634 total sales recorded in the Memphis Area
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1,130 total sales. Average sales price from March-to-March was up 2.7 percent, at $155,124. Inventory decreased 0.8 percent, with
4,464 units listed for sale. Year-to-Date sales volume was up 19.4 percent at $606.9 million.

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