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Storage caddies are a daily sanity saver in our home. Not only do they work great for corralling items with similar functions, they are also a breeze to tote from location to location. And with a busy family of five to care for, I am all about anything that makes our life easier.

I utilize caddies in almost every room; each for completely different functions and purposes. Although caddies come in a variety of shapes and sizes, no two options are created equal. When selecting caddies for your storage needs, it is important to consider their ultimate function. For example, if you are looking for a way to store your cleaning supplies, you will want to use a caddy that is lightweight and washable (bottles of cleaning solutions and tools can quickly become heavy, they also have a tendency to leak). Also, if you are having a hard time tracking down a caddy with specific compartment sizes, consider using an open caddy that can be paired with jars and other organizers to fit your desired requirements.

Because I am such a huge fan of these little workhorses, I thought I would share a few of my favorite time and sanity saving uses for caddies.

CLEANING CADDY

Cleaning Caddy

If I could only have one caddy in my life, it would be this one. I get into a groove while cleaning from room to room, so taking multiple trips back to a cleaning closet or cabinet would only slow me down. By putting together a cleaning kit containing my favorite cleaners, rags/wipes, a duster and gloves, I am able to work continuously throughout our home in half of the time.

AUTOMOTIVE CADDY

Automotive Caddy

Just as a cleaning caddy assists in the maintenance of our home, and automotive caddy can have the same positive impact on our transportation. Load up a durable bin with your favorite car care components; wash, wax, duster, scrubbers, glass cleaner and a few air fresheners, and keep it stored on a shelf in the garage.

TOOL CADDY

Tool Caddy

Although we love big DIY projects, daily life always calls for quick tune-ups and small home maintenance tasks. We keep a small caddy on hand to act as a mini toolbox. Inside we store everything we reach for frequently, including safety glasses, wrench, pliers, utility knife, tape measure, small hammer, painter’s tape, wood glue and picture hanging hardware.

GARDEN CADDY

Garden Caddy

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Let’s head outdoors for a moment, and take a pre-filled caddy with us as we check out the garden. Everything from snips and twine to plant food packets and small potting tools will help your garden flourish.

CRAFT CADDY

Craft Caddy

Now that our boys are older, I encourage impromptu crafting sessions in many areas of our home. A utensil caddy is a great way to keep crayons, markers, glues, paints and glitter corralled and accessible. For adults, swap a few supplies for pens, a notepad, calculator, envelopes and paperclips, and you have yourself the perfect bill paying caddy.

DIAPER CADDY

Diaper Caddy

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Prior to needing a craft caddy for our boys, diaper caddies could be found on both levels of our home. Once stocked with lotions, wipes, diapers, sanitizer and a changing pad, they become a little nursery-on-the-go.

FIRST AID CADDY

First Aid Caddy

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Accidents never seem to happen near the first aid cabinet; however, a pre-stocked caddy will ensure you are able to tend to wounds quickly in an accommodating area of the home. They also make it easy to be prepared when heading to the ballpark, pool and playground. Not feeling well? Put together a cold and flu caddy with medication, a thermometer, cough drops, sanitizer and tissues, to ensure you are comfortable wherever you decide to snuggle in.

TOILETRY CADDY

Toiletry Caddy

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Although toiletry caddies are generally used by college students with shared showering facilities, they are my favorite solution for small bathrooms with limited storage space. Just fill a waterproof caddy with your daily essentials and hair care tools and pop it on a hook behind the door, no shelves or cabinets necessary.

PET CARE

Pet Caddy

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We have a few puppies to care for, and have found a single caddy to be a wonderful solution for staying on top of their grooming needs. Inside I store nail clippers, brushes, shampoo, ear cleaner and dental care items.

ENTERTAINING CADDY

Entertaining Caddy

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Many caddies on the market are designed for holding cutlery, so I am sure to put them to good use. In a dining room cabinet, I keep a couple of caddies stocked with outdoor entertaining utensils, napkins and dishes, as well as party decorations, balloons, hats and goodie sacks. I love that I can entertain at the last minute and just pull out our caddies without too much thought or effort (allowing me to focus on my time with our guests).

Now that I have shared my favorites, I would love to hear how you utilize caddies to simplify areas of your home and life. Are there anymore I should add to my list?


It is that time of the year again!  Spring has finally sprung and that means that most are giving their homes a little extra attention.  Something about the fresh air, chirping birds and light breeze coming in through the windows, inspires us to take our homes to the next level.

Whether that means cleaning out your garage, organizing a closet or giving the exterior of your home some love; how you organize your cleaning supplies will make all of the difference in the ease of maintaining your roost.  In fact, a few good tips and systems will help you year round, and make some of those household chores a little breezier.

 

Crete a Cleaning Closet

My first tip is to try and dedicate a single area to serve as a cleaning closet.  This can be a stand-in wardrobe, the corner of a coat closet or a dedicated cabinet in your laundry or utility room.  This dedicated closet becomes a one-stop location for all things cleaning.  Everything from your vacuum and mop to sponges and polishers, this space instantly becomes the cleaning hub of the home for the entire family to reference.  Maximize the closet by adding paper towel holders, baskets and clips to the back of the door.  Also consider lining the interior of the closet with additional hooks for taller items.

 

Create a Cleaning Caddy:

Inside of your cleaning cabinet, add a portable basket to keep the “essential” supplies you find yourself reaching for most frequently.  All purpose spray, wood polisher, glass cleaner along with a few scrubbers and rags.  This caddy can now go with you from room to room during your weekly cleaning routine.

 

Under the Sink:

The cleaning cabinet and caddy work really well for managing your weekly tasks and especially those deep cleaning sessions.  But there are two areas of the home which should be given attention on a daily basis due to the germs that tend to live in those spaces; the bathroom and the kitchen.  Designate a small area under each sink to hold your disinfecting cleaner and sponges.  The goal is to make things as quick and simple as possible, and heading to a different area of the home to grab essential supplies each and everyday is just one extra step.  If storage is limited, consider a simple slim basket or over the door caddy.

 

In the Laundry Room:

Laundry care typically comes with a different set of cleaning supplies, therefore, those supplies should be stored directly next to the washer and dryer.  A slim carts can tuck between the washer and dryer if spaces permits, while adding shelves above the machines is a great option for maximizing vertical storage in a small space.

Let’s face it, life can be messy!  Above and beyond daily clothing care, be prepared to handle stains as well.  Print out a stain removal guide and keep it in the laundry room near a basket of supplies and scrubbers for on the spot garment care!

 

Don’t Forget the Garage:

We tend to spend a lot of time in our cars, so don’t forget to add a special caddy of cleaners to your garage as well.  Fill a portable carrier with supplies for keeping the interior and exterior of your automobile sparkling clean.

 

 

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