Tackle it Tuesday — Tackling a Brutal Bathroom Drawer

by Janice

Tackle it Tuesday

Extra Time to… Tackle???

As you know, Scrubbing Bubbles®, our Tackle it Tuesday sponsor this month, is helping to minimize mom’s morning madness with their new Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean™ Power Sprayer. With its one-touch continuous sprayer and active cleaners that continue working for days after use, now we can cross off one thing on our To Do List.

(In case you missed it, check out my video tackle from March 16th.)

This week, I thought we could focus on what we can do with all that extra time!

Well, my inbox quickly takes over most of my extra minutes, but that isn’t much of a fun tackle post.

So, I am using the extra time I have from having my Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean doing my cleaning for me to tackle my bathroom drawers!

Yes, I may not allow grime to live in my bathroom, but I sure allow clutter! Check out this drawer:



Time to Tackle!

Here is everything that was IN that drawer:




Oh and of course I used some of that extra time to get in some cuddles and play time outside with my kids!!!


What about YOU??? What would you do with the extra time in your day?

Share Your Tips and You could WIN!

Last week, I announced our Scrubbing Bubbles giveaway. No purchase necessary. For official rules click here.

tt-mm-giftbasketTell us, how do YOU make your mornings run smoothly and you could WIN a gift basket containing Scrubbing Bubbles and other essentials.

Add your tips to the comment field in this post (or last week’s post) and in my Tackle it Tuesday post on April 6, I will announce the random winners.

I loved reading your great ideas last week, but if you missed posting last week, no worries, you can still enter this week. What are YOUR tips? Tell us and you could WIN!

What are YOU tackling this week? Link up show off…

This is the regular Tackle it Tuesday Linky – you don’t have to have posted any Morning Madness Tips, just your regular tackle post.

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Mck Linky below!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Scrubbing Bubbles® on 5 Minutes for Mom. For more information about Scrubbing Bubbles®, visit www.scrubbingbubbles.com.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder Janice.

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 NerdMom March 30, 2010 at 1:54 am

The key to a smooth morning around here…. We lay out clothes the night before and keep breakfast simple. Everyone knows what to do first thing in the morning and we just go. The big key…. My husband dresses the 2 year old and run herd on the kids while I come downstairs and get breakfast ready.


2 Ann Marie March 30, 2010 at 7:10 am

I love using tupperware in my bathroom – I’ll have to blog about that cleaning adventure next week! :) thanks for the idea!

As for what helps my mornings run smoothly…. If we have an early morning outing, I dress the kids in sweatsuits for pajamas the night before (so they are already dressed!) and I make a list… AND I set up the coffee maker the night before so all I gotta do is PRESS THE BUTTON! :)


3 Dana McCleland March 30, 2010 at 7:36 am

To make mornings better, we just bit the bullet and started getting up earlier. We all get more done and are in better moods when we don’t have to rush!


4 Liz March 30, 2010 at 7:55 am

Great tackle! It’s crazy how quickly the bathroom can get cluttered. Awhile back I added an Antique Dresser to the bathroom and use Dollar Store plastic containers to divide each family members “things.”
Thanks for hosting another great Tackle It Tuesday!


5 Jessica March 30, 2010 at 8:14 am

We are a family who leaves the home every morning by 7:30a.m. In order to make the mornings go smoothly, we plan our clothing and food the night before. This helps shave a few minutes off in the morning and gets us out the door on time.


6 Bonnie March 30, 2010 at 8:59 am

That is a great tackle. Everyone has drawers like that and it feels so good to have it organized and throw away stuff we just do not need.


7 Erica Mueller March 30, 2010 at 9:15 am

I had a $3 off coupon, and lord knows my shower NEEDS cleaning, so I went to buy some of these new Scrubbing Bubbles… but the store was completely sold out of them!

So, I’ll try again this week. :-) Scrubbing Bubbles is on of the only cleaners I buy that is not ‘green’ and natural… nothing works like SB!

Tips? I clean my bathroom (all except the tub) while my little one takes a bath. He splish-splashes in the water and I give everything a good cleaning. He’s out of the way, and I’m close to watch him play. It works out very nicely!


8 Susie's Homemade March 30, 2010 at 9:42 am

That’s an awesome tackle!!


9 Jodi March 30, 2010 at 9:54 am

We have to be out the door by 7:15, no later… So clothes are picked out the night before, backpacks are packed and ready to go the night before. While my son is in the shower, I will be down in the kitchen getting out everything for his cereal, so he can pour it as soon as he comes down.


10 Lisa March 30, 2010 at 9:58 am

To make my mornings run smoother, I set the breakfast table the night before with a cereal basket, bowls, and spoons. Most mornings our 9-year-old will get up first and cook himself a sunny-side up egg, followed by our 12-year-old who likes scrambled eggs. We drink our NingXia Red juice and get going for our day.


11 Leah T. March 30, 2010 at 10:08 am

I’ll be tackling moving toys up from the basement to the living room today. When I made a huge toy room, it didn’t really occur to me that my dd would not want to go down there alone, and that to go down pretty much makes me unable to get anything done for the day, so I am transferring and organizing some stuff up here. Boo!

Anyways, my tip – keep those plastic Gerber baby food containers and their lids. They do an excellent job of organizing small stuff. We use them for barbie shoes, polly pocket shoes (omgosh those things are TINY.), Little Pet Shop accessories, etc.


12 38traci March 30, 2010 at 10:58 am

Great job on the drawer. I just tackled my kids’ toys. I should’ve taken a picture before. I am so proud of it. I have all the LEGOS sorted in little boxes by color. Barbie has her own box. There is a baby doll box. There is a superhero box. I am hoping that this will help the kids help me. Fingers crossed!

Happy Tuesday!


13 Rachel March 30, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I make my mornings run smoother by getting my husband involved. I’m lucky that he’s a self-employed handyman who sets his own schedule, so he’s around quite often!!


14 Laura K March 30, 2010 at 8:18 pm

My spouse is currently serving overseas so to make mornings easier on myself and our two babies, I find it helps if I lay out as much as I can the night before. That way, in the morning I can focus on those tasks I couldn’t do the night before.


15 Bailey's Leaf March 30, 2010 at 10:52 pm

The way I keep my mornings run smoothly is to run by a schedule. Generally, my daughter’s clothes for school are set out the night before. I get up before 7 AM, read to her for 15 minutes and it is time for us to get rolling. While she gets dressed and makes her bed, I set her breakfast out and pack her lunch. I double check that all homework has landed in her backpack (she is in kindergarten, so double checking is a must), then we walk the mile to school. It is good exercise for both of us, allow us to have time together and we’re known as “the people that walk.”


16 Lexi March 31, 2010 at 10:11 am

My key to mornings is to do EVERYTHING the night before. Lunches, clothes, bookbags (why doesn’t the school call them backpacks? My kid was SO confused), etc.

I also pre-pack lunches for the week on Sunday….5 little baggies of carrots in the fridge drawer, 5 little baggies of pretzels or snacks in the cupboard, etc etc etc, so that when I’m packing a lunch I can sweep through the kitchen and dump components into a lunch bag and be done.


17 Idaho Jill March 31, 2010 at 11:27 am

laying out my daughter;s clothes before we go to bed helps my husband a lot (I go to work before they get up) – thanks


18 NJJ April 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm

To make mornings run smooth I usually do a night prep and pack what snacks I can the night before as well as ironing the night before. I also bake breads on the weekend for quick weekday breakfasts


19 Debra B April 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Like most everyone else, I try and get as much done the night before.
I’ll be tackling the closets this week, donating what’s in good shape, that we have out grown or hasn’t been worn in the last six months or so.


20 Ang April 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Getting everything done the night before, is key to making sure things run smoothly the following day. It might seem like a hassle, but it does make the difference. Thank you for posting this up. I enjoyed reading it!



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