One of the most ignored places in your entire house is under the kitchen sink. Why? Because it looks like this.
There’s always awkward pipes making organizing a challenge. It’s one of the few places in your home where you keep icky chemicals. Also, when guests are coming, you’re concentrating on the entry, living room, and bathroom. Who’s going to look under the kitchen sink?
Here’s my plan of attack:
Remove all the contents
Just like when we reorganized the kitchen pantry in a previous post, you’ll need to take everything out. This allows you to see clearly what you have.
I quickly realized I had things that don’t belong. Why did I have Miracle Gro and a packet of seeds under the kitchen sink? Remove everything that doesn’t belong.
Sort by categories
Look at what you have and start organizing them in categories. I happen to have a lot of pet carpet cleaners since I have two cats in residence. Grouping everything makes it easier to find what you need in a glance. Plus, you’ll realize if you have too many or too little of something.
After a quick wipe with a clean rag, I found a few damaged spots where metal cans left rust marks and water damaged the paint. This was the best time to do a quick touch up with paint.
Measure your space
Because of the dishwasher pipes and garbage disposal, everyone’s space is different. Take time to measure your space correctly so you can maximize your usable space.
Now that you know your measurements, find the correct containers to store your essentials. Always choose plastic to reduce damage to the painted surface. I chose a plastic shelf to utilize the height of the cabinet. I also prefer plastic containers with removable lids for storing tall cleaning supplies. The plastic containers are easy to slide in and out and protect the cabinet from any spillage.
Label every container
At first, it feels like a puzzle, fitting all the containers in your space. When you have the configuration you are satisfied with, label every container. This sounds a little elementary schoolish, but don’t skip this step. Labeling everything makes it easy for all your family members to find items and more importantly helps them to keep everything organized.
That’s it! Now take a look under your kitchen sink. Is that an area for you that needs improvement?
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