Last Updated on June 5, 2020 by Corinne Schmitt
Today’s post is sponsored by SheSpeaks and Walmart to help me bring you information to #AvoidTheOops in your life.
One of my main goals is to help others avoid making the same mistakes I’ve made. Luckily, I make LOTS of mistakes so I always have a ton of tips and ideas to share. Lately I’ve been sharing a lot of tips for keeping necessities on hand. That’s because for a long I frequently made the mistake of running out of important items at exactly the wrong moment. Today I’m sharing some more tips and tricks to help you “Avoid the Oops” in your daily life.
What’s an “Oops”?
Those times when you haven’t planned or prepared properly. For example, there was the time I realized we are out of toilet paper right after our overnight guests arrived. Oh, and that time I was certain I had an entire box of plastic forks (only to discover it was already open and contained only 3 forks) as I was setting up for our Memorial Day picnic the hour before the party started. I have an embarrassing number of these “Oops!” moments, which is why I’m now slightly obsessed with checklists and keeping my supply closet stocked.
Avoid the Oops in the Bathroom
Bodily functions aside, it’s relatively easy to avoid bathroom “Oops!” moments. In each bathroom, make sure you keep these items stocked:
- Toilet Paper
- Facial Tissues
- Hand Soap
- Clean Towels
I keep most of these items in my kids’ bathroom cabinets and in our guest bathroom.
In my own bathroom, I stock cotton swabs and cotton balls for applying and removing makeup and nail polish. I also keep a generous supply of feminine hygiene products on hand since more than once I have found myself lacking supplies for my monthly visitor!
Avoid Cleaning Oops
I’m not talking about spills or other accidents when I talk about cleaning oops. This post isn’t about accident-prevention (but THAT post might be coming soon). My cleaning oops are those times that your husband walks in the door with the new guy at work AND HIS FAMILY who he’s invited to dinner because their stuff is still in boxes (see this recipe that is my go-to for these situations). Suddenly, you have strangers in your home that you will likely spend more time with and this is their first impression of you and your home. Even if your spouse doesn’t throw spontaneous dinner parties, perhaps a neighbor stops by to borrow something from the kitchen or a friend drops in to surprise you.
I have 4 kids, pets, and a job so I’m not on a mission to keep a spotless house at all times. However, I also don’t want dust bunnies and mysterious splotches to be the first thing a person notices when they visit my home. Cleaning oops are when your house is caught on the worse side of your average level of clean.
I’ve come to the conclusion that my children are inherently lazy when it comes to doing chores. Therefore, I’m always experimenting with ways to encourage them to be self-motivated to keep our home clean. One method that has proven more successful than most is to keep supplies conveniently located.
- I keep a toilet wand and refills beside each toilet to make it easy to keep bowls sparkling.
- I keep disinfecting wipes in each bathroom and in the kitchen (on the counter or on the toilet tank for improved visibility) to encourage family members to wipe down surfaces regularly.
- I keep a Swiffer Sweeper on each floor to ensure our floors stay hair, fur, and crumb-free.
My daughter got my long, thick hair. And like mine, a lot of hers ends up on the bathroom floor. With the Swiffer located conveniently in the linen closet right outside her bathroom, it’s easy for her to keep her bathroom floor hair-free.
I love our hardwood floors, but I hate stepping on crumbs in my bare feet. We keep an extra Swiffer in the pantry to make it easy to sweep up crumbs and spills in the kitchen and dining room.
Avoid the Oops Even if You’re Busy
Keeping essentials on hand is a simple concept. The problem is execution. Between work, school, activities, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends, many of us dread the task of planning and making the trip to the store to get all of those supplies. Often I find myself at Walmart (having gone for something else) wondering if we have enough toilet paper at home. I usually guess wrong, leaving us with either emergency rations until the next trip to the store or an overflow that I can’t find space to store.
I was so excited to discover the Avoid the Oops section on Walmart.com. You can find P&G essentials for all of your everyday needs in one place, at great prices, and with free delivery to your front door (for purchases over $50).
And even though these are just household items, they pack them really well so you don’t have to worry about crushed boxes or damaged items.
This was my latest order to restock some of our everyday essentials that were running low.
And yes, I did order Crest 3D White Strips. Although they aren’t necessarily one of my EVERYDAY essentials, my coffee addiction dictates that these little strips join my dental hygiene drawer a couple of times each year. After looking at our recent vacation photos, I realized it must be about that time! So, the Crest 3D White Strips have rejoined my toothpaste and flossers.
I love shopping for the supplies I need online since I can easily check which items I’m running low on before I add them to my cart. My printable household supply closet checklist has helped too.
Please share your own “oops” moments in the comments so we can bond over our common foibles. And, if you have your own tips for avoiding the oops, I’d love to read those too!