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This is Week 6 of the 52 Weeks to a Neat House™ organization challenge. If this is your first time here, you are free to join, there is a new assignment each week. Or, you can work at your own pace and start with Week 1 here.
Hello! Before we jump into this week’s assignment, I want to say that it wasn’t my intention to make you work in kitchen organization for two consecutive weeks. For the most part, I want to keep the challenge interesting and vary our tasks as much as possible. However, last week’s task led me to this week’s: under the kitchen sink organization, and I caved.
This was one of those projects that I put off for far too long. Eight years to be exact. I thought that my cabinet under the kitchen sink looked OK. I had a basket where I dropped my cleaning products and, well that was it for that cabinet.
But that is exactly the reason why I decided to jump into 52 weeks of organization, to give some TLC to those forgotten areas in my home. This under the kitchen sink organization project is definitely one of those that not only was quick and easy but also cheap. Like, dirt cheap!
What To Keep Under The Kitchen Sink
For most homemakers, the cabinet under the kitchen sink holds cleaning products. Mine is not the exception, but it might have been a very forgotten one. I mean, I found three glass cleaner bottles, all half full and three bottles of stove top cleaners.
I think this cabinet is the right place to store cleaning supplies. There are annoying pipes (and the bulk of the sink itself ) and in many cases a garbage disposal that takes up a lot of room, so it sounds logical to store products that don’t take too much space or don’t need special care. Also, because of the ease of access to the water supply, this cabinet is perfect to store your cleaning supplies.
At home, I am a little particular when it comes to what I keep and where I keep certain things. So, this is what I keep under the kitchen sink:
- glass cleaner
- multi-surface cleaners
- grout cleaner/drain cleaners /stove top cleaners
- dishwasher liquid
- dish soap/kitchen hand soap
- sponges / brillo / pots and pans brush
- disinfecting wipes
- furniture polish/silver polish
- fruit and vegetable cleaner
What I don’t keep under the kitchen sink: bathroom cleaners, bathroom brush, floor cleaners, cleaning cloths, air deodorizer, laundry detergents; these all are in separate cabinets in the laundry room.
I do not want sponges or brushes used in the kitchen to be mixed up with the bathroom ones or vice versa. Whenever I have had help to clean my home, my worst nightmare has been the helper using a bathroom cloth or sponge in the kitchen. Yuck!
So, my quirkiness makes sense, right? Also, I keep a tote caddy with all the cleaners I need for the bathrooms, that way I can carry them around with no hassle. But this basket says everything but quirky. It was bad.
Dollar Store Under the Kitchen Sink Organization
Quick note: For a list of resources, you can click here.
Here are the details on how I organized this chaos in a couple of hours, including a trip to my nearest Dollar Tree. Yes, dollar store under the sink organization. You can thank me later!
I probably spent $20.00 at the dollar store, but organizing this cabinet cost me only $8. I spent $20 because I am like: ‘Look at this! for a dollar? I’ll take two, or three’. But I already put the other items to good use ;). Here is the breakdown of my $8.00.
At $1 each, I spent $3.00 on these stack and nest bins. Three bins reached the perfect height before hitting the garbage disposal.
The space between them is not high by any means, but it sure is high enough to keep all kinds of loose items such as sponges, and small cleaning products like silver polish, and garbage disposal tabs.
Whenever I can throw away boxes, I do. So I tossed the Brillo box and transferred the pads to a little blue container with handles. These cost $1.00 for a set of 3.
I used the second one to hold the drains stoppers, another case of small loose items that need to be contained somehow. The small steel caddy to the right (pictured below), I had. I didn’t want to toss it, so I put it to use and it holds these two skinny bottles nicely.
Behind the stacking bins, I placed another basket. I purchased several of those but used only three for this project. The basket below contains cleaners that I do not use on a daily basis, and that I definitely want to keep concealed and not easy to reach.
Although our son is old enough now and has never opened this cabinet (we had a lock on it until a couple of months ago), I am still very aware of safety at home. I slid the empty basket right under the pipe (see that the pipe is inside the basket) and then I filled it with the cleaners.
To the right of the picture, there is another locker bin where I placed all kinds of surface cleaners and oven cleaner. These bins are quite roomy. I fit 8 containers inside the one below.
In front of this bin, I placed this cute caddy (also $1.00), that I fell in love with because it’s small and its color is aqua. Ha! ( if you don’t know yet, I have an obsession with the color aqua) It felt just right to fill it up with some other items that didn’t have a home. Although, I did think that having the dish sponges and the pots and pans brush in the front right of the cabinet, will make it easier for me to spot them quickly.
I added two finishing touches to this under the kitchen sink organization. One was adding a simple Command Hook inside the cabinet to hang my gloves. I can’t believe it took me this long to take care of something so easy to do and so practical. Yes, my gloves are aqua too.
Lastly, remember I mentioned how last week’s kitchen counter decluttering led me to this week’s under the sink organization? Well, I was getting kind of tired of seeing these three containers (glass cleaner, fruits & veggies cleaner, and disinfecting wipes) next to my sink… These, I use constantly.
So, last week I purchased this handy over the door basket organizer at my local Walmart, and it really helped me wrap things up in the cabinet. And my kitchen counters are clutter-free!
Side Note: this basket is not included in the $8.00 I spent in dollar store finds. This basket alone cost me $9.99. I found a similar one on Amazon.
You can call me lazy, no shame. But, it is so much easier to just open the cabinet door and have these cleaners at your fingertips. I don’t need to bend down and reach for them within the other ones. I am talking I use these cleaners (and the cloth) at least 5 times a day. Even my husband loved it!
Let’s take one last look at my before and after pictures! The sink pipes and the garbage disposal are still an eyesore, but this organization was definitely worth the $18.00 ($8.00 if you want to skip the hanging basket).
This is definitely an organization project that you can mirror on your cabinet under the bathroom sink. And I will definitely include that task in one of the 46 weeks we have left!
Resources (Dollar Tree finds)
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