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While working on our kitchen makeover, it’s been pretty evident that I need to start reorganizing and cleaning out a few cabinets as well. Especially when I find myself battling to even close a cabinet.
The cabinet under our sink had gotten out of control. I know I’ve organized it at least once since we moved in almost 4 years ago, but it’s been long enough that the space was a disaster again. Bottles, boxes, sprays, sponges, gloves, vases, etc all shoved in and piled up.
Extremely frustrating to deal with anytime but particularly in the evenings when I’m trying to quickly grab the bottle of Palmolive® Fusion Clean™ dish liquid to finish cleaning up after dinner – I didn’t need other items falling out and another mess to deal with in the process.
We try to get the dishes done immediately after dinner, but this isn’t always realistic on weeknights while juggling tired kids, helping Dylan with his homework, and getting both into bed on time. Sometimes anything that doesn’t fit in the dishwasher sits for a couple hours or overnight waiting to get attention. Thankfully, I found new Palmolive® Fusion Clean™ Baking Soda & Lime dish liquid at Kroger to help.
The combination of baking soda and lime are a fresh, Modern Twist on Cleaning™. It’s tough enough to remove 24 hour stuck-on food while still being gentle on my hands.
Now that I had that challenge tackled, I decided to take advantage of nap time one day last week to tackle the disaster under our kitchen sink so we can reach the bottle of Palmolive® Fusion Clean™ dish liquid without having other items fall out onto our feet in the process.
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Ready to tackle under your sink? Here’s how I took ours from a nightmare to a daydream in about half an hour:
Step 1 Start by pulling everything out. Every bottle, can, package, etc. Until the area under your sink is completely empty.
Step 2 Sort all of the items into categories – soaps, wipes, pet, pest, etc. Whatever works best for your products. Also double check labels and any dates on packaging. Now is a great time to discard of any extra, unneeded, and/or out of date products.
Step 3 Grab some small containers to help organize groups of items. I literally “shopped” my house and found 2 extra bins we weren’t using. Yes, one is a hospital basin. It’s the perfect under sink storage container – not too large and will contain any mess if one of the bottles leaks.
Step 4 Sort items into the containers. I chose to use the small crate for our sponges, gloves, and bottle brush. The hospital basin houses all the random small “extras” including our wood furniture polish and grease hand cleaner.
Step 5 Wipe down the inside of the cabinet. It’s empty and probably at least a bit dusty. Give it a quick cleaning. Don’t forget to wipe down the sides and inside of the cabinet doors too!
Step 6 Start filling the space again. Use the category sorting from Step 2 to help with this process. Keep like items together so you can locate what you need quickly. Consider adding a couple stick on hooks to help with smaller items. I hung our fly swatter on one side to make it easier to grab when needed.
Place items you use more frequently at the front. For me, that included our dishwasher soap, recycling bin, container of wipes, and Palmolive® Fusion Clean™ Baking Soda & Lime dish liquid. I can now grab them quickly without knocking other items over.
Doesn’t that look so much nicer? And it’s much, much more functional.
Ready to tackle the cabinet under your kitchen sink now?
See more of our kitchen makeover experience: Kitchen: Before | New Granite Counters | Appliances | Kitchen Organization | Painting Cabinets Part 1 | Backsplash Tile | Creating Custom Cabinets