Feeling Overwhelmed About Your Clutter? Here’s The Ultimate Guide for Decluttering Your Home!

You’re ready, you’re going to tackle this clutter once and for all. You’ve got your boxes and bags and you’re doing it. Then, you sit on the couch and stare at the mess that is your home. And, you’re overwhelmed with how to even start decluttering.

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I get it, clutter is overwhelming in and of itself. It causes overwhelm in our lives, but the sheer existence of it and trying to tackle it? It’s a lot to handle.

Those piles just keep piling up and you sit there wondering how in the hell Marie Kondo made it look so easy! Am I right? She made it sound like this was going to be the easiest thing you’ve ever done in your life. (I love her)

Well, dear… it’s not. Not at all. In fact, for most of us, decluttering, at least in the beginning, is one of the most difficult things to start. Because we do not know where to begin. We lose all motivation just staring at the overwhelming heap of junk that we’ve accumulated.

But while we can all sit and come up with excuses. We can all be completely overwhelmed with the prospect of decluttering. I’m telling you, the difference doing this will make in your life is worth the challenges you’re going to face.

How to Declutter When You’re Overwhelmed

Just Get Started

No kidding… right? I know, you’re sitting there saying are you serious, this is your advice? I just told you I can’t start. But, listen. The best way to get over that feeling of overwhelm is to just go for it. Once you get started, it’s so much easier to continue because you’ll start feeling the benefits and it will feel good.

So let’s go, Here’s how to get started!

Pick a Space

It can be your worst space, the easiest (less cluttered), the smallest, the biggest, the one you spend the most time in (this is my personal suggestion). Whatever it is, you’re going to pick a space. Yes, an entire room. A lot of people suggest the living room, some even suggest the bathroom. I suggest the worst space. Yes, I know, you’re overwhelmed. But once you tackle that incredibly overwhelming space, the rest of your home is going to seem like a cakewalk in comparison, remember that heading in.

Now, you’ve picked a space, you need to actually start. You’re looking around and thinking nope, not today. Stop. You got this, here are the steps to get you through.

Start Small

A small spot. A very small spot. Maybe a bookshelf is overflowing with junk. Walk over to it and pick just one of the shelves on the bookshelf. Top to bottom, bottom to top, the stuff piled in front of it, whatever. You want this to be manageable so you start small.

Other super small spaces would be things like the top of a table, one drawer… you get the point. If you don’t have anything like that in this room or that isn’t where you want to start, I suggest picking a corner, furthest from the door. Make space somewhere around a 2X2 section. Do you need to go get a tape measure? Of course not.

Just know you’re only tackling that small section of the room, not the entire thing.

Set a Timer

You’ve picked a small, manageable area. Set a timer. Everyone says they never have time to do this, but this is a different post for a different day. For this post, I’m going to tell you to set a timer for 10 minutes, just 10. Everyone can spare 10 minutes in their day.

Set that timer and know you’re only tackling this small area and when the timer goes off, you’re going to be finished.

Toss the Trash

We all have trash, unwanted papers, broken items, etc that have no real purpose, they just got added to the pile. Throw them in your trash bag. You’re just going to go through that small space and find anything you can’t donate or sell and toss it.

If it’s paper or other recyclable material, great.  You can absolutely do that with it. Just know you’re not donating or selling this stuff and it’s already lightening your load.

Donate

See an old trinket on that shelf that you can’t stand? A book you read once and will never read again? An old jacket in the closet that hasn’t fit you for a decade? Let it go. Put it in the donate box or bag and get rid of it. If you’re planning to sell your items, that’s fine. But, if you can donate them to a good cause, that’s even better.

Whatever you decide to do, sell or donate, add them to that bag or box. When you’re finished, tape it up, take it out. Do not leave it in your house. Put it in the trunk, the garage, remove it from the room.

Keep or Relocate

Stuff you want to keep, you’re going to dust off and well… keep. These things will be put back in the small space (or wherever it is they belong). Things you’re keeping that do not belong here can quickly be put in their proper spot when you finish. This will only take you a few moments to add them to their own pile.

There are no Maybes

I know… even I have said in the past to keep a maybe pile. But, the truth is, maybes are donation pieces. If you don’t love it, want it, or need it enough for it to be a keeper automatically, it needs to go.

If you absolutely insist on having a maybe pile, put it in a separate box. When you’re finished, tape up the box and put it up on a shelf. Not just any old shelf, one that you don’t really notice the things sitting on. Leave it for 30 days (set a timer on your phone).

After 30 days, if that maybe box hasn’t been opened, out to the trunk of the car it goes. Do not open it. Just place it in your car. If you didn’t miss that stuff in 30 days, it was all donation stuff, to begin with.

Time’s Up

You just spent 10 minutes decluttering! That wasn’t so so bad, was it? Now, if you have anything that doesn’t belong in the place it was, go put it where it belongs.

Put the bag of trash in the trash. Put the box of donations in your car or garage and you’re finished. You can do another 10-minute session or you can wait and do it tomorrow. But, try to set aside 10 minutes every day and continue tackling the clutter in that space. Once you finish your small space, just move to the next small space until you finish the entire room.

Don’t Stop

Don’t quit until your space is uncluttered and organized. When you can walk in and you don’t feel overwhelmed with the sheer amount of stuff that’s piled in that room… it’s probably done. If you’re still overwhelmed, go through it again. Small, simple steps.

Suggestions on Where to Start Decluttering

Like I said, I usually say pick the worst room in the house and go with it. While the task may seem insurmountable right now, it will make the rest of your house seem like a walk in the park.

You could also go with the room that is going to make the most difference. Somewhere where you and your family spend a lot of time.

  • Living Room
  • Kitchen
  • Kids Room
  • Master Bedroom

And lastly, you could pick the smallest, easiest room to declutter and that, my friends, would be the bathroom. I love decluttering the bathroom. There’s nothing in there that I question whether or not I should keep. It’s either out it goes or in it stays.

The bathroom is small and there’s generally tons of junk in there for you to toss out. Expired, unused meds can go in kitty litter and be tossed. The half-used bottles of hotel shampoo can be tossed. Extra, unused toiletries can be donated to a shelter. You get the drill. Easy peasy.

A word of caution picking the easiest room first, though. In my experience doing the difficult stuff first makes everything else seem achievable. If I know to go in that it’s only going to get more difficult, sometimes I lose my momentum. Don’t let yourself do that, you can get this done.

Tips to Decide What to Keep when Decluttering

I know how difficult it can be to decide what to let go of. We constantly say what if I need this someday. The truth is, you probably won’t. But, some tips for all of those emotions are:

  • Touch everything for just 3 seconds. If you don’t love it after 3 seconds, donate it goes.
  • Remember, if you haven’t used it in the past year, it isn’t likely you ever will.
  • I know we’re not made of money (or I’m not anyway) but if I can replace something in the unlikely event I actually need it for less than $20, it goes. This doesn’t mean I throw out my hand mixer every month. This is the stuff that you are trying to hold on to for someday that hasn’t been used since the day you got it.

You did it. You’ve got a whole entire space decluttered! Awesome!

What keeps you from decluttering your home?

8 Habits of People Who Always Have Clean Homes

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It can be hard to always stay on top of your home and keep things clean and organized. You may begin to think that women who always have a clean home have some sort of secret. However, these are just habits that they’ve learned over the years. And down below, we’ve found eight that you can include in your daily cleaning regimen. So try them out and let us know how it goes!

Quick Note!

Hey, If you also want to know the 9 habits of people who have organized homes? Click here to check them out!

1. They Start Their Day Off By Making The Bed

Although making the bed is a task that takes two minutes, it can have monumental effects on the feel of your home and also on how you feel when you get home each day. I learned this very early in my life because of my Mother, an entrepreneur of a major cleaning company! She never let me or my brother leave in the morning without doing this step first.  

2. They Wash Clothes More Often

People whose home is always clean,  wash clothes regularly. They do not leave clothes to wash on the weekend, but instead, they wash as soon as they have enough clothes for a load.  Yes, this is true, it is better to just get them done with a load at a time rather than saving a few loads for the end of the week!  Don’t we all just want to relax on our weekend?  

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3. They Keep Papers in The Right Place

These people keep their papers organized and controlled. They separate them based on whether they will be recycled or stored in the proper folder for future reference. If those papers just get stacked up in a junk pile, then you put more work for yourself.  (..and no one needs that!)

4. They Clean the Refrigerator

They clean the refrigerator often. Dirt and clutter can accumulate in the refrigerator in the form of spoiled food or spillage. And sometimes, your refrigerator could need urgent cleaning without you knowing it (such as meat juices draining and spilling at the bottom of your fridge).

5. They Put Shoes and Coats In The Right Place

They make sure that shoes are not just thrown around the house. And the same goes for coats. A simple tip is to take off your shoes when you get home and put them in the closet. Make sure that you enforce this as a rule as well with your coats.

6. They Make Sure Dishes Are Washed After Use

People with always clean homes never leave dirty dishes in the sink and they do not allow the kids to do so either. A good tip is to get rid of the dirty dishes before going to sleep. This will give you fewer dishes that need to be cleaned in the morning after breakfast. My mother always taught me that it’s best to wake up in the morning without a chore first thing!  It helps you feel less stressed and more “put together.”

7. They Store Things After Use

These people also make sure to put all objects where they belong. Putting things back from where they were taken ensures that everyone will know where to look for things and keep the house clean and tidy.

8. They Dust & Vacuum Regularly

They vacuum daily or as often as they can. If you dust and vacuum the house weekly, your house will be cleaner and you’ll save time since you won’t have to do a huge cleaning every month or two. Things will stay presentable for longer.

Keeping the home clean and organized can feel pretty overwhelming, but thankfully, there are great ways to make this easier. Especially when you’re building daily and weekly habits that will cut down on cleaning time!

These are my top 8, and they work every time.  Being more organized helps all of us stay organized and on top of things, Like they say, Time is money!

What are things you do that help you stay more organized?

 

9 Habits of People With Homes that Are Always Organized

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Sometimes it is too easy for the home to get cluttered, and it can be even easier for us to get seriously overwhelmed and panicked.  But thankfully, there are some easy habits that people with organized homes do that we can implement ourselves. So try them out and let us know what you think!

 

1.) Make a To-Do List

 

By having a cleaning list of regular cleaning and organizing tasks, you will be able to stay on track and reduce the chances of forgetting all of the things that need to be done. But if you’re not a fan of creating paper lists, you can find list-making apps to help keep you on track.

 

2.) Never Leave a Room Empty-Handed

 

This one is key to maintaining tidy rooms. As you go around the house, pick up anything that doesn’t belong and carry a laundry basket with you if there’s a lot to be picked up.

 

3.) Don’t Procrastinate

 

This is probably the easiest thing to do, but letting all those chores build-up creates even more resentment when doing them. Therefore find the best time weekly or daily to clean and stick to it. Creating a routine will help keep you from procrastinating and maintain a more organized home.

Quick Note!

Hey, also want to know the 8 habits of people who have clean homes? Click here to check them out!

 

4.) Keep the Floors Clean

 

A tidy and organized home doesn’t have things strewn about the floor. So to keep things tidy, find a place for your things instead of throwing them on the floor.

 

5.) Load the Dishwasher Overnight

 

One of the best parts of waking up in the morning is waking up to a sink empty of dirty dishes, am I right? So load the dishwasher before bedtime so you have clean dishes to use in the morning.

6.) Don’t Let Spills Linger

It may be easy to just let the crumbs or liquids dropped from dinner sit around, but make sure to clean them up as quickly as possible. Cleaning these spills immediately will help keep your home looking tidier.

 

7.) Keep Cleaning Supplies Handy

 

Instead of wasting time looking for your cleaning supplies, keep them all in a caddy together under the sink. This will make it easier to grab your supplies and get cleaning.

 

8.) Clean Your Fridge Weekly

 

Cleaning your fridge weekly will reduce clutter, leave room for groceries, and reduce the likelihood of having a stinky odor. So what’s the best time of the week to clean your fridge? The day before trash day.

 

9.) Don’t Hang Onto Garbage

 

If you throw out those old receipts, boxes, and junk mail immediately, you’ll be able to reduce garbage and stop the buildup of clutter.

If you struggle with feeling overwhelmed with keeping the home clean, then you definitely need to implement these habits. So feel free to try them out and let me know what you think!

20 DIY KONMARI Style Dollar Tree Organization

Get inspired by these KonMari Method Dollar Tree Organizing tips. Frugal and affordable ways to master the Japanese art of tidying up! (Which we all love)

20 KONMARI DOLLAR TREE ORGANIZATION TIPS

 

DIY KONMARI Styleollar Tree Organization

 

 

I have to fess up. An hour-long show of Hoarders gives me less anxiety than ten minutes of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Maybe because one show requires me to be proactive and invest my time, while the other show allows me to be lazy and appalled by what I am seeing on television. Either way, both do inspire me to clean and get organized (to a degree.) When going half in my efforts (insert a chuckle), I like to be frugal as possible. This includes getting organized all my cabinets, closets, and other places that tend to get a little crazy.

 

This pretty pantry sparks joy! It is organized all with products from the dollar store. This blogger originally had a $600 receipt but brought it down to $20 by shopping frugally.

 

 

The makeup drawers are one of the hardest areas to tackle for me. These drawer organizations were purchased from, you guessed it, The Dollar Tree. Sort by size originally and then by category.

 

Talk about winning with this Dollar Tree garage organization. I would be overjoyed if my garage looked like this, so beautiful and tidy!  | I Heart Organizing

 

This laundry room makeover is pretty impressive especially with all her Dollar Tree uses. I love how it stays with one color and every item has it’s own place. | Nikki Jayne Papery

 

 

Love this! Turn a cookie sheet into a family command center – you guessed it, only a dollar and such an easy DIY weekend project. | The Crazy Craft Lady

 

This deep freezer organization system is easy to implement, easy to maintain, and inexpensive; all you need are some Dollar Store bins and about half an hour! Anyone else tired of rummaging through it and freezing your fingers off?  This is amazing. | Practically Functional

 

Organize your mail with these upcycled baskets. Be careful for these to not become a place where you toss extra papers but only a spot where you keep what is important. I really love this idea!

A House Full of Sunshine

 

Anyone else ever have an issue with things being put on the staircase? These pick up baskets are an ideal way to make it more organized of what goes upstairs or downstairs. | Sew Many Ways

 

Go have a look at the “before” on these Bathroom Organization Bins! I love the way she matched the bins to her bathroom colors and got it tidy! | The Country Chic Cottage

 

There is hope for the linen closet with these Organizational Hacks. Can you fold a fitted sheet? If not, Go have a look at —>| A Bird and a Bean

 

Turn plastic baskets into locker baskets to organize your shelves (you can paint them any color you’d like).  Really cute idea! | Little House of Four

 

Turn a plastic laundry basket in a place to organize blankets with this tutorial. Don’t you love this?   | I Heart Organizing

 

Organize your makeup brushes with these Dollar Store supplies. This is great!   | Kimspired DIY

 

Sort your pots and pans with these dividers from the dollar store. I think we all love this one! | Orgjunkie

 

Dollar Tree bins are perfect for organizing the refrigerator and kitchen. Our family could use these bins, as a matter of fact, I think I’ll do that this weekend!  | The Domestic Geek Blog

 

Divide bathroom toys with dollar store baskets and command hooks. I love that they drain as well. This would be a huge solution in our bathroom, so many toys, we have 2 little ones that love playing with toys, this is a great idea. | Homemade Ginger

 

 

Organizing your playroom by labeling bins so they know where each toy goes, I love this idea too! | Clutter Bug

 

Keep the bathroom countertop clutter-free with this plastic cup and velcro hack. Truly perfect, pretty sure I’m doing that too this coming weekend.  | Living Well Mom

 

Are your cleaning products tossed around under the cabinet? Organize your cleaning products with plastic caddies is a great idea and easy to keep track of what you have. | Neat House Sweet Home

 

Don’t forget to utilize the bathroom cabinet for extra storage!  Hooks and baskets do the trick. This is so perfect to keep hair things in for my daughter!  | Homemade Ginger

Well, I certainly love this list!  I think we can all do these and help our homes to become better organized!

 

What was your favorite?  Do you already do some of these?  Let me know!

7 Ways to Keep Your Home Smelling Great

Looking for easy ways to keep your home smelling fresh? Take items you already have in your pantry and produce bin to naturally eliminate odor from various areas around the house. These natural ingredients are the key to a great smelling home!

Make Your Home Smell Good
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  • DEODORIZE THE TRASH CAN

  • Make your own super-simple deodorizing discs with 4 parts baking soda to 1 part hot water. Combine into a thick paste, adding more water if necessary, then press into parchment-lined muffin tins or silicone molds and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. Top with a couple drops of your favorite essential oil, if desired. Leave in the bottom of your trash cans or diaper pail for up to a month.

  • USE ESSENTIAL OILS TO REFRESH THE BATHROOM 

  • Add a few drops of pure essential oil to the inside of your toilet paper roll—the scent releases as the paper’s used. Lemon, eucalyptus and peppermint are all fresh choices.

  • REFRESH THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL WITH CITRUS PEELS

  • Pour half a cup of baking soda into the disposal, followed by about a cup of vinegar. Let sit for ten minutes, then flush with boiling water. Now, toss citrus peels and a few ice cubes into the disposal and turn it on. Consider freezing citrus slices in ice cubes to keep on hand for regular quick disposal refreshers.

  • LAVENDER & CHAMOMILE OILS: AROMATIZE THE BEDROOM

  • To freshen your mattress, sprinkle with ¼ cup baking soda that’s been mixed with a few drops of lavender pure essential oil. Let sit for about half an hour. Vacuum. Keep your personal dreamland smelling fresh with a calming homemade pillow and linen spray made from distilled water, a little vodka and 10 drops each lavender and chamomile oils.

  • DIY: AIR FRESHENER

  • Freshen the rooms in your house with this do-it-yourself natural air freshener. In a small glass spray bottle, combine distilled water, a little rubbing alcohol, and 10 to 20 drops of your favorite pure essential oil or oils. Some of our favorite combos? Orange & clove, lavender & vanilla, or peppermint & rosemary.

  • FRESHEN THE CARPET

  • Use this DIY carpet freshener to get rid of any lingering carpet odors in the main rooms of your home. Empty a box of baking soda into a large bowl. Add 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oils, mix, then, using a funnel, return to container. Sprinkle on carpet and let sit 10 minutes before vacuuming.

SAVE ON CLEANING SUPPLIES WITH THESE DIY PRODUCTS

An American family spends an average of $504 per year on cleaning supplies. That’s a lot of money, especially toward products that are made mostly of water! In the spirit of saving, Sparkle® paper towels brings you a way to seriously scrub down your cleaning budget: homemade household products. If you cut 75 percent of your cleaning-supply spending (which many of the following ideas do), you could save up to $378 a year. That could cover 2.5 weeks of groceries, 10 months of air-conditioning, or 47 movie tickets. Pick your jaw up off the floor and get ready to DIY!

  • ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER

  • This cleaner is the solution to so many messes — in the kitchen, bathroom and the dinner table where your little one (perpetually) spills some milk. Vinegar is a homemade cleaning heavyweight and the star of this potion, with disinfecting properties thanks to its acidity. A batch of this miracle worker cost its inventor 52 cents, or a sixth of what leading cleaners sell for.

  • HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • 1 part water
    • 1 part vinegar
    • 10-15 drops essential oils of choice
    • Spray bottle
  • Pour all three ingredients into the spray bottle, shake, and bam – you are done creating your all-purpose cleaner! Make sure to shake before each use to ensure ingredients are well mixed.

  • GLASS CLEANER

  • Save lots with this easy-to-make glass cleaner. It’s as simple as vinegar + rubbing alcohol + water — three ingredients already in your house! The gamechanging ingredient in this concoction is rubbing alcohol, which works to dissolve dirt and oil and dries quickly for a streak-free finish.

  • HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • ½ cup rubbing alcohol
    • ½ cup white/distilled vinegar
    • Water (Clean tap water is fine for short-term use. Use distilled or boiled and cooled water for long-term use.)
    • Essential oils of choice (optional)
    • 16 oz. glass spray bottle
  • Add the alcohol and vinegar to the spray bottle first. Then added water into the bottle until it is full. If you do not care for the vinegar scent (which goes away when the surface dries), add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. When using, spray the cleaner on windows and mirrors, then wipe with a microfiber cloth. Store spray bottle at room temperature when not in use.

  • FABRIC SOFTENER

  • It’s worth repeating, vinegar is the cleaning superhero that conquers all. This recipe for fabric softener uses it as a softening agent and static cling fighter, while a measure of conditioner incorporates your favorite scent. And at as low as $2 per batch, the price can’t be beat.

  • HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • 12 oz. container of hair conditioner
    • 1 ½ cups distilled white vinegar
    • 3 cups warm water
    • Whisk
    • Mixing bowl
    • Storage container
  • Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and whisk together. Pour ingredients into a storage container (e.g. glass jar with a lid), and that is it! You are ready to use your homemade fabric softener.

  • FABRIC REFRESHER

  • This DIY makes use of the simple ingredients to fight unwelcome odors. Baking soda acts as a deodorizer, while essential oils add your favorite scent. Essential oils are another concentrated ingredient; a little will go a long way. Mix the ingredients and place in a small jar to make this easy room freshener. Perfect for bathrooms, your pet’s favorite chair and teenager’s bedrooms everywhere.

  • HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • 1 TBSP of baking soda
    • 2 cups warm water
    • Essential oils of choice
    • Spray bottle
  • Start by adding the baking soda to the spray bottle, followed by adding in the 2 cups of water. Put the lid on the spray bottle and shake well. Once the baking soda has dissolved, take off the lid. Add 10 drops of essential oil. Shake all ingredients together, and you are ready to deodorize your house. Spray your chemical-free refresher on fabrics or in the air to leave your house smelling…refreshed!

  • WOOD POLISH

  • This two-ingredient furniture polish employs olive oil for shine and lemon juice to help remove any buildup or stains. Leaving your furniture shiny and lemony-fresh will only cost you $1.55 per bottle, a fraction of leading commercial wood polishes.

  • HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • 2 parts olive oil
    • 1 part lemon juice
    • Spray bottle or empty jar
  • In an empty spray bottle or jar, mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice. Shake well! Now you have yourself some natural, chemical-free wood polish. Spray or pour sparingly onto wood and in circular motions, rub the polish into the wood until it is well buffed with a soft cloth.

  • OVEN CLEANER

  • Cleaning out the oven is not for the faint of heart. Between the crouching, scrubbing and nauseating fumes, we tend to avoid it for as long as possible. This oven cleaner is nontoxic and fume-free, and budget-friendly. Just mix baking soda and salt for ultimate grease-cutting, scouring power. Let it sit and work its magic!

  • HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • ¼ cup castile soap or concentrated dish detergent
    • 1 cup baking soda
    • ½ cup coarse sea salt or kosher salt
    • Warm water
    • Distilled white vinegar
    • Sponge or scrubbing brush
    • Spray bottle
    • Mixing bowl
  • First, mix the soap, baking soda, and salt, adding a little water, if needed to make a paste. Then apply your paste the interior of the oven and let sit for several hours, preferably overnight. When ready, dip a sponge or scrubbing brush into the warm water and wash the interior clean. Spray interior with some distilled white vinegar to rinse away any excess paste residue.

  • BLEACH PEN

  • Bleach pens are the laundry room sidekick we can’t live without. But they’re a little pricey! This homemade bleach pen will cost you a minuscule 25 cents. That’s not a typo. Cornstarch, water, bleach and a little bit of stovetop magic make for a household product that’s cheaper than anything we can remember buying … ever.

  • HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • 1 cup cold water
    • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 5 tablespoons regular bleach
    • Medium sized sauce pan
    • Container of choice (e.g condiment bottles)
    • Container of choice (e.g condiment bottles)
    • Whisk
  • Mix cold water and cornstarch and whisk together in a medium sized saucepan. It’s important that the water is cold so that the cornstarch doesn’t cause any lumps in the gel. Over medium high heat, stir the mixture continuously until it is very thick and pasty. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Add the bleach to the gel and blend well. Carefully pour the gel mixture into container of choice like an empty glue bottle or condiment bottle. Bada bing! You have your own gel bleach pen. Use the same way you would a regular bleach pen on dirty areas like grout. Also, when working with bleach it might be a good idea to use gloves!