“Moooom! I need some toilet paper!”
“Babe, where do we keep the paper towels?”
Sound familiar? Our days are hectic enough without these little interruptions. Fortunately, we can prevent them with a weekly household reset day. I call it the Sunday reset.
My Reset Day Routine
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How to Prepare for the Week Ahead
Sundays are for rest and replenishing at the Hines house. As the clock ticks toward evening, we enter “work week” mode; Matt empties all the trash cans and sets out the garbage cans, and I go about replenishing our home, making sure it is ready for the week. My reset day goes something like this.
Starting in the corner of the bathroom, working clockwise, I take inventory of what needs refilling. Then, I gather the necessary supplies from the hall closet to restock and refill.
I also fill my medicine organizer for the week.
In the kitchen, Matt empties the trash and sets out the cans for trash pick up while I make sure we’re fully stocked on napkins, paper towels, dish soap, hand soap, etc.
The Laundry Room
I check the laundry room to make sure there’s plenty of bleach, fabric softener and detergent. If not, I make a new batch.
No matter when you choose to have a home reset day, I recommend having a checklist of all the supplies you need.
Keep A Reset Day Checklist
Simplify this household routine by keeping a supply stock on hand. Your supply list will look different from mine, but I want to share mine just to jog your memory as your make your own list. You’ll also discover ways to shorten the list with multipurpose products.
Make sure you have household supplies to refill in each room.
- toilet paper
- Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salts – I prefer baths over showers, and I getting love the added benefits of epsom salts.
- Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap for hands and face
- pill organizer (pharmacy area of drugstores, grocery stores, Target and Walmart)
- Bon Ami for scrubbing the tub, shower and toilet
- conditioner – I also use conditioner as shaving cream
- body lotion
- plastic bags to line the trash can
Household Supplies for the Kitchen
- Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap in 32 oz. – for dish soap and hand soap
- tall kitchen trash bags
- paper towels
- scrubbing sponges
- Seventh Generation Auto Dish Packs
- Bon Ami for scrubbing pots and pans and the sink
- Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap in Lavender for detergent
- dryer balls
- lavender essential oil to add to wool dryer balls
- lemon essential oil to whiten whites
- hydrogen Peroxide to whiten whites
- baking soda to whiten whites and soften the water
- vinegar for fabric softener
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I also use Amazon Subscribe and Save for toilet paper, laundry detergent supplies, and other items not available on Grove. You get to set up the frequency of the delivery based on when you need to restock.
Preparation for a Reset Day Routine
Organizing household products keeps them handy. It also helps you take inventory of what you need stock up on.
Spaces to Organize Household Products
I stock most of my cleaning supplies and household products in the linen closet located in the hallway. The bottom two baskets hold bathroom toiletries and soaps.
In the Pantry
I also use a top shelf in my pantry for storing paper towels. You could also use the pantry to store napkins, lunch bags, plastic ware and paper goods if those are things you use regularly.
Under the Kitchen Sink
I keep any kitchen related products under the kitchen sink. Having them there is more convenient for daily use.
Under the Bathroom Sink
Until recently, I kept a bathroom cleaning caddy under the bathroom sink in each bathroom. Now, I’ve consolidated everything into one caddy that I keep in the linen closet. It’s easy to grab and go on bathroom cleaning day.
Establishing a Routine
It may sound like a long list, but the Sunday reset only takes fifteen to twenty minutes and is so worth the short time investment to create an easy rhythm for your household.
Be sure to add the routine to your calendar and set a reminder.
Definitely get the whole family involved. Not only does it make the work go quicker, it gives everyone a sense of ownership as a member of the household.
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I am no fonder of back to school talk in July, than I am of Christmas talk in July! Seems that seasons and events are always being rushed and pushed forward. I’m always ahead of the “stocking up” game….I never wanted to run out of anything when my kids were little, and I still am aware of that today. I’m glad you found a system that works for you! 😉
I like back-to-school when it’s at the acceptable time!…Sept. Until then, I refrain from buying even one #2 pencil! Love your thoughts, Sharon~
Mrs. Hines says
Yes…September is far more appropriate. And not buying even one #2 pencil until then…that’s something I can get behind LoL
Mrs. Hines says
We had a pretty good stockpile this year, too, and were able to start school without shopping first. Of course, we did have to go during the first week of school to get certain supplies needed for each class, but this year even that was minimal since we had inventory at home. It really took away some of the stress of Back to School this year. And Christmas in July…I can’t even. 🙂