I hope your “under the kitchen sink” area never looks like mine did. It had gotten so full of clutter, that I could barely get the door closed. It definitely has not been a high priority area to keep tidy. However, there’s nothing like company coming for a week, to motivate me to get the house in shape. When that’s the case, no area of my house is safe from purging and cleaning.
This is the horrifying before picture of my under the kitchen sink space. It’s already an odd space because the sink is situated at an angle, which makes the under-sink space a triangle shape.
If you can believe it, all of this stuff came from underneath my sink. I had no idea what all was under there, and a lot of it I hadn’t used in a long time or forever.
The first step was purging more than half of everything. I saved one vase, and the rest went into a bin for the Salvation Army. I did a little research on what to do with cleaning products I no longer wanted to use. I found out that it’s a good idea to first read the product labels to see what each says about safe disposal. Good Housekeeping said water soluble products can be poured down the drain in small quantities, with running water, but be mindful about not mixing products, even if you’re pouring them down the drain. If you’re not sure about what to do with your unused cleaning products, the American Cleaning Institute suggests calling your local waste disposal facility.
I wiped it all clean under the sink, and since my old liner was worn, I put down a new thicker liner. I scrounged around the house for items to use to organize what I wanted to put back under the sink.
I knew I wanted to include my garbage bags, since my kitchen garbage can sits right next to the sink on the floor. After a little thought about how I could store and dispense them, I decided on my very heavy paper towel holder.
I did have to put my finger through the middle of the garbage bags, and pull out a couple from the center of the roll, so there was room to thread them on to the rod.
If you have small children, make sure you keep plastic bags out of their reach!
I also used adhesive hooks to keep some of my cleaning tools front and center on the back of the cabinet door.
The toilet brush is reserved only for the kitchen to help me clean the garbage can. 😛
It’s great for reaching way down to the bottom of the garbage can.
I had a cleaning caddy and a shelf/drawer unit from my basement stash, and used them both to store the few cleaning products I had decided to keep.
I’m so thrilled to be relieved of so much stuff that I wasn’t even using, and now my space is so clean, tidy and organized.
If you decide to tackle your under the sink space, I suggest first taking everything out, and purging what you no longer use. That makes it so much easier to organize what’s remaining.
Then give it a good cleaning, and put things back in a way you can find them easily.
This quick redo took very little time, and since I used things I already had on hand, it cost me nothing. I like that!
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