Organize Under the Sink

Big news in our lives… Shaun’s sister had her baby girl, Charlotte Grace, on Monday! So so sweet. (Feel free to check out Desiree’s blog here.) Needless to say, my week has quickly filled up with family gatherings, so I’ll try to keep my post short!

I thought I’d share a few quick ways of how I organized under our kitchen sink. It’s often an under utilized space, especially since working around the plumbing can be challenging. I wanted to make this my main storage area for our cleaning supplies, so I needed to make the most of it.

Under the sink

First off, I used the vertical space as much as possible. One side holds my oven mitts and broom, the other my duster and laundry bag for dirty cloths.

Vertical Storage

Duster storage

I like to keep my laundry for dirty cloths here too because, by keeping it in the kitchen “zone”, it makes it that much simpler to keep clean. Plus, it encourages me to be more sustainable!

I used a mix of command hooks, nails (I figure if there are already nails here an there in the cupboards, a few more can’t hurt!) and Ikea Grundtal hooks. The Grundtal ones are especially useful because you can easily take them to your next kitchen!

I also wanted to add in some “shelves” but I didn’t want to spend too much cash on a cleaning cupboard. A step stool from the Dollar Store for $2 was a perfect solution!

Cheap shelves

I can easily slide things I use less underneath, like my swiffer cloths, and keep my most often used cleaning products above. (Yes, I know, not sustainable at all. But it is just so much better than pushing dirty water around with a mop!)

I bought another container from the Dollar Store (love the Dollar Store!) for my most used products and a sponge. Cleaning kit

Now,when I clean the bathroom or the kitchen, I just take out the container and bring it along with me as I clean. I have everything I need on hand, and it’s quick to put back in its place (Not to mention how much easier it is to get than reaching blindly to the back of the cupboard for the right bottle!)


We also keep our recycling in here. I purposely bought a small 16 litre container: it fits, and it doesn’t smell up our kitchen because we take it out often!

Finally, I also use a small box to keep our extra sponges, cloths and so on. I like to keep everything corralled together so that I can easily move it to get to the object behind it.

Under the sink


So much for my quick post. Who knew I could write so much about organizing cleaning supplies? I am such. a. dork.

What about you? Any cheap tips you know? Any geeky habits you’d like to share for all to see?


A Couple Quick Packing Tips

I would (unfortunately) consider myself to be a seasoned mover. Since I moved out of my parents’ home almost eight years ago, I honestly haven’t lived in one spot for more than eight months. Blame it on university and travel (and our puppy). I never rented a place while backpacking, so off it all went back into storage at my parents’ place.

Want the final count?

14. Yup, 14 moves, which averages about twice a year. I’ve been told this doesn’t make me a good tenant…

Anyway, this one will be different. I’m tired of moving. I’m settled (more or less) in my life now. I’m actually happy living in one city. Until we buy, this is looking like our home!
Here are a few of the tips I’ve picked up along the way:
1. Wrap breakables in towels or linen instead of paper. Why?
  • It’s more sustainable
  • They offer more cushioning than paper does
  • Towels need to be packed somewhere anyway
  • You don’t get newspaper ink on your fingers!

First layer:

Towel Packing 1

Top layer

Towel Packing 2

2. Try to pack with some sort of organization system. You can pack objects together in terms of where they will be in your new house, but I like to group items together from where it they were in our old one. For example, we’re moving from a two bedroom into a basic one bedroom apartment. I’m still packing everything we kept in the second bedroom together, even though they’ll be spread out around our new house. Why?
  • It makes for easier packing. Obviously.
  • More importantly however, it also helps me remember where I put things. If I can’t think of where that pair of shoes is, I can still picture what closet I had it in the last place, and search around in that closet’s box.
3. Get a ton of free moving boxes from your local grocery or veggie store. I always need more than I anticipated, and it’s annoying to spend time rushing out to get a few more. I’ve recently tried the vegetable store chain Kim’s Farm Market: so many boxes, and much cleaner and stronger than some grocery stores I’ve tried in the past.
You definitely don’t need to spend money on new boxes at Staples. Again, reuse!
4. If ever you do end up packing the odd thing in a random box (it certainly happens to me, at least when I’m losing steam at the end of a move) write it down somewhere accessible (I use my iPhone). This way, I can refer to my list when I’m on the hunt for some random object down the road!
Any strategies you’ve found especially helpful? I still have a few more boxes to go, so I’d love to hear them!
Packing Tips