Under the kitchen sink can be a real nightmare to deal with. You all know that dreaded moment when you realize you need to find something under there and you just know that when you open the cabinet door it’s all going to come rolling out and land on your feet! The front of my cabinet is pretty tidy with bottles lined up in a nice neat little row but the back is another story.
Do we really even know what is in the back of our cabinet under the sink?? It’s the land of the unknown and for those of us who are scared of dark places it can be a little scary and overwhelming at times. So let’s break this down and begin today with a little cleaning, weeding out, and organizing under the kitchen sink.
How to Organize Under Your Kitchen Sink
Pull everything out to get started. I know this is a little overwhelming and you may even want to make sure you have your shoes on when you start in on this terrifying endeavor. Now repeat after me……Please no spiders! Please no spiders! Ok now take a big deep breath and start pulling out the bottles, boxes and cleaning rags one at a time. You will want to get it all pulled out so you can brainstorm and see if you can come up with a method to organizing this madness.
Scrub the cabinet down inside and out once you get everything pulled out. You might as well scrub down the outside of the cabinet while you are at it. While your cabinet is drying out you can begin to sort through your mess. If you have any cleaners that are unidentifiable or rancid you might just want to go ahead and pitch them. Check all spray bottles to make sure they are in good working order.
Consolidate any duplicates. This can be a little tricky because you DO NOT want to mix cleaners that are different. If you have two bottles of Windex by all means put them together. Just be careful that you do not mix things together that could let off toxic fumes. You need to really think about what you are putting back under your sink. You really don’t need 5 cleaners that essentially do the same thing do you? I know they come in pretty bottles and one smells like lavender and the other like lemon but come on people. Let’s get this thing weeded out here!
Now it’s time to organize a bit. There is a handy little trick I picked up a few years back and that is to utilize the space at the top of your cabinet toward the front. There is a big blank area here that does absolutely nothing. So what you need to do is get yourself a short shower curtain rod or dowel rod and place it toward the top of your cabinet near the front. You will use this to hang your spray bottles on to free up space along the bottom of the cabinet.
Now look at what you have left on your floor and analyze it a bit. Do you have a few products that you use on a weekly basis? These work best if you put them in a bucket or carry all caddy that you can pick up when it’s time to do your weekly dusting and cleaning of the windows or mirrors. That way all you need to do is grab the bucket and off you go…. high ho high ho…..it’s off to clean we go!
Now all you should have left is the stuff you don’t use very often. So it’s decision time. Does it stay or does it go now? If you’re left with a few must have items you should have ample space to set them in the back of the cabinet. If you have quite a few of those you may want to set yourself up with some small shelves in the back to utilize the space a little better. Once a month come back and straighten it up a bit and re-evaluate what you have in there. There is a lot to say about using just a few products for cleaning like baking soda and vinegar. You can clean many things with just those two items and some good old fashioned elbow grease!
Do you have any tips or ticks to organize under the kitchen sink?
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Bekki is a forty something Christian mother of two beautiful girls (a teen and a toddler). Who enjoys cooking, organizing, photography and writing. She has been blogging for around 3 years and can be found at Domestic Mommyhooda website dedicated to fabulous recipes,crafts and anything and everything to do with family and children.