Organizing the Kitchen Sink Area

Organizing the Kitchen Sink Area

Let’s talk about organizing the kitchen sink area, shall we?  Does the area around your kitchen sink get a little messy “looking” at times?  I say “messy looking” because sometimes you need all the items that you have out on the counter, so they are not technically out of place, but it can look a bit cluttered.

My first solution for organizing the kitchen sink, is to place all your sink necessities on a narrow plate or small platter.  Once items are grouped, they already look neater.  The second solution is to buy matching bottles.  Find one cleaner that you like and buy all the items from the same brand.  You can even refill the bottles later if you decide to change brands, make your own cleaner, or if you buy the product in bulk sizes.

In this case, I am using cleaners from J.R. Watkins, but sometimes I use all Honest Co. products, Shaklee products, Mrs. Meyers or Method products.  (Most of those are available at Target unless I added a link).  Those are some of my favorite brands and they all have cute packaging.  Cute packaging isn’t a must for cleaning but…I take that back, cute packaging is essential, second to quality but essential nonetheless.  Especially for our little project here, if it is visible, make it pretty.

Another thing that I notice is that really fancy soap bottles that you are supposed to refill, don’t have the best pumps and get jammed all the time.  I prefer  the bottles that already come with the brands I like.

 

Staples for organizing the kitchen sink area:

  1. Baking Soda.  I keep a little shaker of baking soda because that is what I use to clean my sink at night.  I also use it to clean pots and pans, if they have a little stain here and there.

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2 –  If the sink needs a really good scrub, or the glass stovetop had a bad spill, or a pot has a  stubborn stain, I use this natural scouring paste from Shaklee, called Scour Off.  Like most Shaklee products, this product lasts a long time because you need so little of it when you use it.  It smells divine!

I use this brush to clean my sink, although it’s  really meant for dishes.

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3 – I also keep a cleaner for the counter, hand wash, and dish detergent on the plate.

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4 – Find the tiniest plant in the world and add a little “pretty” to your sink area.  I found this one at Homegoods.

Organizing the Kitchen Sink Area

5 – You need to find a plate large enough to hold all your items.  I found mine at CB2.

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And that’s an organized kitchen sink area!

* In the picture you will notice that my sink has a built in soap dispenser.  I use that one most of the time, and if I run out, I use the one on the plate.

Organizing the Kitchen Sink Area

I hope this post was helpful!  Let me know in the comment area if you already have a similar system.

xo,

Maria

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Laundry Room Organization

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I love looking at organized laundry rooms in magazines and commercials.  I’m not sure if it’s the fresh white towels, the clean scented sheets, or the little girl running through the wheat field with her hair flowing.  In those adds, all that is stored in the laundry room is a lonely bottle of detergent and two perfectly folded white towels.  As organized as I am, I can never get my laundry closet to look that neat and if that little girl saw all the stuff I pack in my closet…she would surely keep running…in the opposite direction.

My excuse: I don’t have a laundry room, I have a laundry closet.  My goal is to make it look good so that doing laundry doesn’t feel like such a chore, but the closet is definitely packed!  I have so many things in there and it can be a challenge to make it look uber neat.  So here is my laundry closet…

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Here it is open.  The other door leads to the garage.

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Since its a closet in a small hallway, I had to take pictures in segments so that I can share with you what I keep in there.  Here is one side.

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And the other.

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Now a little more detail…

I like to leave some room on top of the washer and dryer to fold items right as they come out of the dryer.  On top of the dryer I have stain removal powder, a Martha Stewart book that shows you how to clean anything and everything, a white tin that contains towels, and a little IKEA plant for no purpose other than cuteness. :-)

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I purchased the little mint jar from WorldMarket.com and it holds oxy powder.  I use a “green” version of the powder.  The jar is intended for kitchen use but I love how it looks in here and it adds charm to the space.  I added the chalkboard label to the outside and wrote the contents in chalk.

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Next to it is the LAUNDRY tin, which actually hides all those ugly looking floor rags that we all have.  They seem to get uglier with every wash so I wanted them hidden, yet easily accessible since they get used daily.

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Right above is a small shelf that holds my detergent and fabric softener.  Shaklee and Method products are my favorite since my goal is to slowly-but-surely go green in terms of nutrition and home care.

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In the first shelf I have these containers that I purchased at Walmart and they hold all the cleaning rags.  Again, I want them handy but hidden.

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Next to the small bins, I have all my cleaning products separated by brand or function.  I like that these bins are long and I can just pull them out and easily get what is in the very back.

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On the other side of the laundry room I have two large wire baskets (from Target).  One holds miscellaneous laundry related products…

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The other one holds cleaning products.  TIP:  Since the second basket is not at eye-level, I decided to label the spray nozzles with the contents of the bottle.  That way I know what bottle I am pulling out.  Since I always purchase the same brand of cleaners I can just keep using the same labeled nozzle.

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I hooked this little basket to the back of the wire rack and I keep all my new sponges in there.  I really don’t have a place for them in the kitchen and my laundry closet is close to the kitchen, so it works for me.

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In the very side, up against the wall (where it’s hardly visible because it is below the washing machine) I have a tiny garbage can where I throw all the dryer lint.  Above it I have a little pail that I throw pocket change into.  I also have a hook that holds a basket full of “clean-and-single-and-looking-for-a-mate” socks.

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At the very top I have three large laundry baskets.  The area above is large but not easy to access so these baskets hold: gallons of water for hurricane preparedness, empty containers that I have for future projects (blame Pinterest), and one of them is empty just in case I need it for something around the house.

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I use foldable laundry baskets and I just place them in between the washer and dryer.  The machines are so close together that the baskets stay in place.

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I promise I am almost done but I have one more tip!  I place a valet hook on the outside of the door.  I use it to hang-dry items or to hang shirts while I fold the rest of the laundry so that they don’t wrinkle.  I like this hook because it is long enough to keep moisture away from the door if I hang dry a shirt.

I purchased it on Amazon and you can find it “here”.

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That’s it!  Lots of items in a very small space can make it challenging to keep tidy, but its not impossible with the use of containers.  Of course, its not the laundry room in the commercials but this is real life and we need to be realistic with our expectations.  However, by mixing practicality and a dash of decor and you will create a laundry closet that you are proud of.  And now the little girl can run through the wheat field once more!

So now its your turn.  Will you be implementing some of these ideas in your laundry room or can you share with me some of your own?

Happy Organizing!

Maria