Day 198: Organising the Cupboard Under the Sink Without Being Tempted to Buy Expensive Shelving

Before (top) and after (bottom) decluttering and cleaning the cupboard under the sink

This wasn’t even something I was planning to do today, but my youngest daughter and I were watching Mrs Hinch’s instagram story where she took everything out of her under sink cupboard, wiped it all and put it back. I knew that mine wouldn’t be as easy as that, but I do like a challenge. So, I said to my daughter ‘Shall we do the cupboard under the sink today?’ an she said “Yes, let’s do it now”. When help falls into my lap, I take it.

My daughter did most of the work at first by pulling everything out and wiping it down thoroughly. I think that if she had her own way, she probably would have thrown some of the cleaning products away, but I knew what I wanted to keep and what I could get rid of. I also got some products from the spare room bathroom upstairs so that we could put everything together to see how much we had. I then had to get dinner ready so the cleaning products, cloths etc. stayed all over the floor until later this evening.

When I got back to it, I couldn’t decide whether to just put it all back in the cupboard or get some plastic two tier shelving that I’d seen online. What I did know is that I couldn’t leave it all over the floor, so I thought about what I could contain it all in.

I then remembered that I’d seen some grey rattan baskets in the spare room bathroom earlier so I retrieved those and gave them a clean. I forgot that they even existed as no one uses that bathroom upstairs (another story for another day). Abandoning the idea of buying plastic shelving, that I don’t think would have fitted properly anyway, saved me money. I managed to fit three baskets and a small cardboard box perfectly around the Insinkerator (food waster disposal) and the Quooker (hot water tap).

I separated out all of the products I wanted, making sure that things I use regularly were at the front, and put everything back in and around the baskets. It was late by the time I’d finished so I wasn’t able to show my daughter. Let’s see if she notices in the morning.

All in all, a productive evening. Thank you Mrs Hinch for the inspiration.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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3 Responses to Day 198: Organising the Cupboard Under the Sink Without Being Tempted to Buy Expensive Shelving

  1. I had a vision one day of being swallowed by my cleaning supplies, so I got them all together in one place, the kitchen table, and looked on in horror at how much I had and so many duplicates. I had two bottles of glass cleaner both half full, multiple toilet bowl cleaners etc. I combined what I could and made a second container for upstairs for cleaning the upstairs baths. I vowed to use up everything before I bought anything else, which I managed to do. Since I now have an all purpose, a bathroom, a toilet bowl cleaner and glass cleaner, I find cleaning easier because I am not pawing through a whole bunch of stuff I don’t need.

    • Thank you, I don’t feel so bad for having so much now. It’s shocking what we collect and don’t realise that we have. That’s a good idea to keep a separate set upstairs, as it’s more likely to get used up.

  2. Pingback: Day 321: A Productive Day, and a New Under Sink Storage Solution | Sandra Madeira

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