Under the sink is often a place that becomes cluttered really fast. Usually things that don't belong get thrown down there, or cleaners we no longer use live down under. The under the sink cabinet is a place of out of site, out of mind. Let's change that and get it organized!
Nothing is more frustrating than a space that we use so often to be cluttered. A space that we access multiple times a day should be a space where everything has its place. I don't know about you, but I often find myself spraying down the table, breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have a toddler, so meal times can be messy, so I am always grabbing my spray bottles. I access the dishwasher pods often multiple times a day as well, so those have to be visible and easy to get to. My spray bottle, my dishwasher pods, my dish clothes and dish towels and of course trash bags are probably the most popular items in my cabinet under the sink. All of the other items tend to be replacements like sponges, or much needed items but used less, like baking soda, vinegar, bottle brushes, barbasol and baby oil.
I like to use clear containers when it comes to under the sink. Under the sink can be such a dark space so I like to brighten it up by painting it white and using containers that are clear and bright. Having things visually accessible assures things go back in their spots. Also, having a place for everything and everything in its place helps things return to their homes quickly and efficiently.
One thing that is of upmost importance to me is being able to put things away and get things out as quickly and efficiently as possible. As a busy mom who does not have the energy to think about where this goes, or that goes, taking the little bit of time it takes to give everything a home makes it worth while.
Not only does it help save your sanity when everything has a home, it can also make a huge difference when things are beautiful to the eye. If you are using something every single day, multiple times a day, those things should make you happy. Visually appealing things, quality things, things you are not struggling to use. There is nothing more irritating than a spray bottle that does not spray well, or a towel that does not wipe up well.
Putting some thought into these kinds of things really does make a difference. I did not go out and buy all of these things at once, but overtime I acquired items that added value to my life. I got quality items that would last and invested in bins that would hold up for years to come and look timeless. Some of the bins I already had around my house and I re-purposed them for a new job.
First, you have to assess what is in your cabinet, how much space you have and how to arrange your items according to how you use them. For instance, I have my spray bottles that I use all of the time right in front, right under where I will be standing at the sink to wring out my dish clothe. All lined up together so that I can grab one, use it and file it back. As in any organized space you must put all like things together so that grabbing for and putting back these items becomes a mindless routine. You want it to be mindless because lets face it you have WAY to many other things to think about other than, where are my sponges?
Another example are my dish clothes and my dish towels. I have them to the left of where I stand at the sink because I can easily reach down and grab one from the left cabinet because I am standing in front of the right cabinet. If I had them in the right cabinet I would have to move, open the cabinet bend down in the cabinet, close the cabinet and stand back up in front of the cabinet. Located on the left allows me to swing the door open, stoop quickly, grab one and I am back to work. All spaces are different but the same principles apply.
After you have assessed everything in your cabinet, getting rid of what you do not need any longer you are going to put all like things together. Not only does this help you be efficient and productive it also helps you to see what items you are running low on or what items are out of stock. The clear bins also help in this area. How frustrating when you go to start the dishwasher and there are no pods or you go to grab a new sponge and there are none.
We need to be able to grab what we need and get back to life instead of becoming frustrated or side tracked when we cannot find it, or we are out of it. I try so hard to pull out my phone when I am running low on an item open my Keep App and put it in the rightful place. Life is not perfect, but boy do I try!
Last, but not least, after you have assessed and put like things together you will need to decide what containers you are going to use to organize your space. Before you go out buying a bunch of new things look at what you have at home. See if there is anything that you can use to organize. Look and see if you have any clear jars that would be useful and appropriate to hold the must haves.
I am going to link my favorite cabinet under the sink products and share in the short video below how I have things organized.