I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: organization is the theme of the month. I’ve already shown what some other fabulous bloggers are doing to get organized, and now I’m going to share a couple tips of my own. But let’s face it, not all of us have the money to go out and buy lots of fabulous matching bins and all the organization hardware that so many people have. Some of us need to use what we already have. So I’m going to focus on that. Organizing on the cheap.
Today I’m going to focus on an area that drives me absolutely crazy: under the kitchen sink. Up until this week ours was a complete disaster. I hated having to get anything from there, which is difficult considering that’s where the majority of our cleaning supplies are kept. So the other day I sat my pregnant self down and got to work. Here’s what it looked like before:
Cleaning supplies everywhere. A basket not being efficiently utilized. And you can’t even see that there were grocery sacks of child proofing hardware just thrown in the back. Oh and random medicine cabinet stuff that is actually too big for our medicine cabinet.
Want to see the after? Ok here goes…
Ahh…so much better. So what did I do?
1. Throw out the junk. As I went through the contents of the cabinet I found a bunch of cleaning supplies that were old and nasty as well as empty. And random junk that had accumulated. So I threw it out without a second thought.
2. Use what you have. As you saw, I already had a basket under there, but it wasn’t being used very well. I cleaned it out and put all my cleaning supplies into it so they weren’t strewn about. Well except for that bottle of floor solution. I actually still had a little left in the old bottle so it got nicely put in the back. Once the old bottle is used up it will have a nice new home in the basket. Then I found a box (I tend to hold onto smaller boxes that I get in the mail because they can be so useful…this one brought me samples of formula for my upcoming baby), cut off the top flaps and put my medicine cabinet things, as well as some odds and ends, into it. You could even fancy it up with decoupaged paper but I wasn’t feeling that ambitious. It is, after all, under the sink.
3. A place for everything. Instead of just throwing things in there, make sure there is a place for everything, even if that place is not under the sink. We recently organized our entire garage and so the child-proofing hardware actually had a place out there in a cabinet labeled “hardware” (who would’ve thought?). So that left. Then I had a place for the phone books (which you also couldn’t see in the “before” picture) and the garbage bags.
Doesn’t everything look so much neater? What are your favorite cheap tips and tricks for organizing that dreaded cabinet under the kitchen sink?