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Cleaning Supply Stockpiling and When It’s a Bad Idea

We just moved across several states. We hired four professional movers to play Tetris with our belongings so they’d fit in one ABF trailer, then strapped the sad remainder of our crap on a 14-foot trailer and drug it 1,200 miles to our new home. Sigh. These last few weeks have been big. And emotional.

All the while we were showing, selling, packing, and moving, I’ve also been writing my little head off. Two days before we rolled out of town, I finished up the last chapters of my book in preparation for editing. Somewhere amongst those last chapters I included some tips I’ve learned throughout the years that I’ve found helpful in attempting to raise kids that know how to work and do things for themselves. One of those tips, though simple, has made a big difference in how quickly and effectively we get chores done around the Norton household. Ready for it? Here it is:

Have ample amounts of logically-placed cleaning supplies.

Let’s be honest, time working side-by-side your kids is meaningful, yes. It’s important, yes. But it’s not necessarily something you’d want to last any longer than it has to. If you want to drag your family chores out as long as possible, then be sure to have only one or two of the supplies everyone needs and put them in a place nobody can get to without your assistance.

Or, you can be nice to yourself and not do it that way.

Instead, I’ve had a lot more success stocking each bathroom cabinet with every single cleaning supply they might need in order to have a sparkly clean bathroom without every leaving it–sanitizing wipes, glass cleaner, sink cleaner, sponge, paper towels, and a toilet bowl scrubber. All the supplies needed to clean the kitchen sink and kitchen appliances are kept under my kitchen sink so they need wander no further in search of them. The rest of my more random cleaning supplies (clean rags, dusters, cabinet cleaner, etc.) are in a laundry room cupboard where everyone can reach them when they need them. Oh, and I should mention there are multiples of those cleaning supplies as well.

Why all the cleaning supply stockpiling?

I don’t want chores to last any longer than they have to. And having kids wandering around the house searching for needed supplies, or waiting on a sibling to finish their job so they can have a turn wielding that specific cleaning tool is all just wasted time and gives them ample opportunities to wander and get distracted with something else. So the fact that I own five bottles of Windex may seem like overkill, but I have never looked back.

Until I moved. And drug five big moving boxes full of cleaning supplies across four states. Ridiculous.

11 Comments
  • Brooke Franco
    Posted at 21:57h, 29 April

    I’m so excited for you and your book! You are such a great writer. I can’t wait to get my fingers on it. I love the idea of multiple cleaning items! You’re a genius!

  • Berty Wardle
    Posted at 12:54h, 30 April

    Hi Jodi! I’m so happy Sara told me how to find your blog! It’s spot on — why weren’t you giving me parenting advice when I was raising kids!!?? (I’ll use it on my grands, or should I say I’ll try! –grandparenting is a game changer❤️❤️❤️Love it). I so hope you moved back close to home!! I consider you ‘one of mine own’ and couldn’t be more proud of you! Much love Berty

  • Kristie Christensen
    Posted at 20:59h, 01 May

    Oh so super smart. Just like all your ideas!!!!! Love Love Love your writing style:)

  • Liz
    Posted at 00:07h, 08 May

    I’m so into self improvement especially patenting! Can’t wait to read more from a woman I know who is wise and a fantastic mother.

  • C
    Posted at 01:29h, 11 May

    Hey, really like what I have read so far. I closed a popup asking me to subscribe before I thought I wanted to, and now I don’t know how to subscribe voluntarily. Possibly others have the same issue? Please help me?

    • Jodie Norton
      Posted at 13:11h, 11 May

      Hi C,

      Thank you for your interest in our site. We were not expecting this post to spread like it did and as a result of the high-volume of people accessing this post, our server has been crashing. A lot. We are in the process of switching over to a new server that will hopefully solve some of the technical issues we’re having, so in the meantime, I can either manually subscribe you (and anyone else that comments and lets me know they’re interested) to our website, or you can check back again this weekend (when everything should be switched over and working again) and click on the “keep in touch” button on our home page.

      If you’d like me to manually subscribe you, you can shoot us an email at hello@timewellspent.today. Thanks again and I’m so sorry about the subscription links being busted at the moment. It’s been a bit of a technical nightmare these last few days! 🙂

  • Catherine
    Posted at 01:31h, 11 May

    Hi, I like this site and was led to another article from fb. Then I got a popup asking me to subscribe before I was ready and now I don’t know how to subscribe. Please can you point me to a link? Perhaps others have the same issue?

    • Bennett Norton
      Posted at 06:33h, 11 May

      Catherine, there are “Keep in Touch” buttons on the home page and on the blog home page. Just click it and the pop up will present itself.

    • Jodie Norton
      Posted at 13:00h, 11 May

      Hi Catherine,

      Thanks for your interest! We were not expecting this post to spread like it did and as a result of the high-volume of people accessing this post, our server has been crashing. A lot. We are in the process of switching over to a new server that will hopefully solve some of the technical issues we’re having, so in the meantime, I will manually subscribe you (and anyone else that comments and lets me know they’re interested) to our website. Thanks again for reaching out.

  • Toni
    Posted at 10:30h, 16 May

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  • Nancy K
    Posted at 08:35h, 29 May

    I need to say that I appreciate what you are doing in increasing awareness in families and children. I am retired now, but I have advocated for children for many years in my adult life as a court appointed special advocate for best interest of child. I truly believe that arming children with appropriate responses to inappropriate behavior and educating families about this being safe and staying that way are the most important tools in a child’s and parents lifetime. So much more than we realize, children are being perpetrated by people close to them. This is not new, it has been that way as long as I can remember and have educated myself about. I would encourage readers to take another look at when they have been perpertrated throughout their lives by adults or even other children, around them. i.e. Inapproptiate touches when lifted up by an adult to see something high up, Being asked when you are ‘getting married’ starting at a young age when ever you see this person, uh-oh moments with a babysitter. Noting how other adults responded when made aware of it. Thank you for educating many of the dangers, ways and means to respond and stay safe and empowering children to take control over their private spaces.

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