Everything has a home and it's home is where it should stay. That's a motto in our home and it's one that I love to live by. Living in an organized home saves time and frustration. When you need something you know where to go to find it and you know where to put it back. When it comes to organizing a home there a few things that I really love. One of them being baskets and the other being peg racks also known as peg rails. They are both essential in organization.
Peg racks originally come from the Shaker style of life. A Shaker lifestyle was one of simplicity, and was about order and harmony within the home. They often had many peg racks that would line the walls and they were used to hang everything from chairs to baskets, hats, clothes and even brooms. This was a great way to keep things off the floor and to keep the room looking clean and sparse. I am intrigued by the simplicity of the Shaker lifestyle and the intent to keep an orderly home.
Organization combined with beauty and the function of every day household items is where my love of shaker style peg racks come into my life. They are simplistic in style and when you fill them with the essentials you need to keep a clean home then you have a great combination. Brooms, brushes, dustpans and dusters are all used for the everyday household task of cleaning. Scrubbing toilets, sweeping floors, washing windows and dusting ceiling fans are not a glamorous job and at times can feel like a mundane task. Does it seem odd that I enjoy well made, sustainable and beautiful tools for the job? Maybe so but if I am going to be scrubbing dirt off the floors and grime out of the tub then I believe that even those everyday items should be beautiful.
I crave organization in our home. It keeps things tidy, cleaned and organized. We are currently living in a fixer upper and our laundry room is the room where all the cleaning essentials are stored. The laundry room is still on the waiting list for it's turn at the renovation process and in the mean time I have been saving up ideas for a well organized space. I can assure you that my craving for an organized space will have a peg rail filled with lovely everyday items to make cleaning beautiful and enjoyable. There are many places to purchase peg rails including the ones I linked above and you can even get them handmade.
I believe in sustainability and in recent years have been attempting to make purchases that support mindful companies and even small shops. For me this means moving towards a more earth friendly, zero waste lifestyle in my home. This takes time and one small change at a time. Quality handmade items will often out last the cheap plastic factory versions. Most handmade quality cleaning tools are made from natural materials like horse hair, plant fibers and various types of wood. So beautiful, sustainable and useful? Yes, it can be done and below you will find the list of items that are currently some of my favorites and that are on my to purchase list as well. Happy cleaning, because really it should be a joy filled part of our days. After all we are serving those that we love.
I love this set. It's great for everyday cleaning and is made from the tail and mane of horse. The strong hair is perfect for cleaning. I love that this hand brush and dustpan set is conveniently held together by a magnet
I just love this set! It has beautiful style and yet functions well in the bathroom for storing the toilet brush. This toilet brush comes with a replaceable head which is a wonderful feature. For me, this means less waste because I am not throwing away an entire brush to buy a new one when the old one wears out.
Heavy duty bristles that allow for some deep cleaning in those tough areas. This already has a hanging hook for storage.
Ever have those crumbs on the table or counter that you need to clean up? This is the brush with soft bristles that is perfect for that job!
A flyswatter for cleaning? Okay, so maybe not cleaning but it sure helps to kill those pesky flies that like to leave a little black mark on my window seals or light shades. I have purchased so many cheap plastic flyswatters in my day that I could have purchased several of these.
So what do you think? Do you love beautiful cleaning tools that are neatly organized and within easy finding? Or do you prefer yours to be tucked away in a cleaning closet? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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