Organization Tips, Success Stories

Storage Tips for Less Space and Less Waste

Hi, friends! I have so many great topics that I want to share with you in the coming season and today’s post is on storing consumable goods. I’m talking about soaps, detergents, household cleaners, paper products, dry goods, etc. We know that it is more cost effective to purchase these items in bulk and store them for later use but that can take up lots of space and lead to clutter if not stored properly.

In our household, I have been trying to keep expenses down on consumable products, while also making smart choices for the environment , and reducing clutter. It’s a delicate balancing act to accomplish all three but we’re making progress!

Today I am going to share with you two products that we have switched to in our household. This post contains affiliate links and any purchases made will help support the work here at Decluttered by Doss. Thank you in advance for your support!


In the early 2000’s we used large bottles of laundry detergent but I knew that we were wasting money through heavy-handed pours. Some bottles come with a measuring cup in the cap but that takes extra time to use and then the cup gets messy… before you know it, we’re just freely pouring and “eye-balling” it to save time.

When the invention of laundry pods came out in 2012 that was a game changer. No measuring, just toss it in and go. We used several varieties of pods and flings over the years but disliked one aspect – not often, but every once in awhile, the outer coating of the pod would not dissolve fully and stick to a piece of clothing. This could be fixed if you caught it, but if the garment went in the dryer – game over. It was like the Russian Roulette of laundry.

In search of another option, we turned to The Grove Collaborative. Their refillable auto-dosing laundry detergent dispenser is a success.

Not only is the glass container attractive but it really helps to save in a number of ways. Refills come in 24 oz. collapsible pouches that are made with 60% less plastic than bottles of the same size. This takes up less room in your closet/cabinet and also less space in landfills. The dispenser provides perfectly measured proportions with one-handed use so it is a definite time saver – tip, pour, and go.

As a mom, I also appreciate that Grove’s detergent is 96% biobased and is free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, and other chemicals.

Use this link to order your laundry starter kit, you can receive a free gift set with your first order from Grove Collaborative.

I also adore these microfiber cloths from the Grove and their cute metal cleaning caddy.


Shampoo and conditioner are other items that we tend to purchase in multiples. I like always having one set in reserve in the closet so that there are never any bad hair day surprises from unexpectedly running out. (A life lesson learned the hard way.)

I try to buy larger size bottles when possible and we always recycle the empty containers but I was looking for a way to create less waste from the start. The solution – shampoo bars.

We have been using this brand, available on Amazon and really like them. The round discs of soap come wrapped in tissue paper inside a small cardboard box so there is no plastic waste. The scents are very pleasing and they also produce a great lather. Best of all, a one year’s supply of these take up less space than one bottle of traditional shampoo!

What eco-friendly or space saving switches are you making in your home? Tell me in the comments below. I’d love to read about your successes!

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