2 Cleaning Tools You’re Underusing

The Broom

Sure, a humble broom works wonders on crumbs and dirt but I have also been using it for a few other things as well.

  1. Sweeping toys. I sweep toys before tossing them in the bin quickly before company or organizing. 
  2. Fort support. We are a fort loving bunch and while I have plans to customize the kids’ rooms with built in forts soon enough I also use a sheet and tie them to whatever I can to make a canopy and then use a broom as the support structure to hold up the middle. 

The Laundry Basket

You know how kids always seem to want to play with the boxes that things come in? Welcome your new best friend, the laundry basket. This one is super cute and collapses! I had mine laying out the other day due to an over due laundry day and my twins and my preschooler started to race it around the kitchen laughing hysterically. I could not believe how amused they were by something I viewed with such a utilitarian mindset.

Here are a few other things you can do with your laundry basket that have nothing to do with clothes:

  1. Kitchen Races. My kids just decided this one on their own when a few of our baskets were empty they would hop in them and push each other around. 
  2. Sort toys. At the end of a hectic play day or on organization day I like to line up my empty baskets and sort my little heart out!
  3. Storage. Just store the toys in the basket from the start!
  4. Use as a catch all when cleaning. Seriously, why are you picking things up one by one?
  5. Contain your child in the bathtub, also makes for easy toy cleanup.
That’s it seriously! Your broom and your laundry basket. I know it seem so simple and maybe even silly but a lot of times these little life hacks make having friends and family over go much more smoothly when I need to tidy in a pinch, or get the kids busy doing something I KNOW will entertain them while I get things done around the house. 

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  1. 2.17.21

    Who knew?? I totally underuse laundry baskets (although, in all honesty, they’re usually full of laundry that needs to be put away). This winter, though, we’ve also made a game out of tossing laundry balls into them!

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