Since creating this blog, my husband has started putting in requests for places he’d like to see more organized. His first request: find a better spot for our recyclables. We would just put all our items on the counter and toss them in the recycle bin each night. The problem: during the day we had an ever-growing pile of paper, cans, and bottles.
I decided the best spot would be under our kitchen sink, but there was really no room for anything under there (those silly pipes, who needs ’em… oh, wait…).
My wheels started turning, and I decided to remove everything from under the sink. I realized I had an enormous amount of space dedicated to bags: paper bags, plastic bags, & trash bags. I also kept all our kitchen cleaning items under there. I needed a solution to the bags and cleaning supplies in order to create enough space for a recycle bin. First, I found a bin at Home Goods. I put the roll of trash bags, as well as a few plastic grocery bags, in it. (I decided I really don’t need 200 plastic bags, so I recycled the rest. I rarely, if ever, use paper bags, so I decided those could also be recycled.) This created so much space already.
Now I needed bins for the recycle and trash. I found some narrow garbage cans at The Container Store. I decided to label each can so my family could get used to which bin belongs to which items.
Now I needed to figure out what to do with the cleaning supplies. I was inspired by a recent blog post I read on the use of trays to contain similar items for an organized look. So, I thought I’d give it a try for myself. You would not believe the time I spent looking for a tray that fit my space and that I loved. I literally looked everywhere: in stores and online, but I couldn’t find anything! I actually bought a half dozen trays just to try them out in the space and nothing was working. In a last ditch effort, I drove 45 minutes to a Hobby Lobby, and I found it!!! I found the perfect tray for my space and I love it!!!
Now I needed a better way to display my cleaning items ’cause a box of Cascade sitting on a tray really isn’t that pretty. I found a canister at Home Goods and poured all my dish detergent in there. Then I found a little scoop at Party City I could use to get the detergent out.
For my Jet Dry, I found a glass bottle at World Market. I love it because it has a handle and pour spout, making it easier to get the Jet Dry into the dishwasher. I’m not sure about you, but I am horrible at getting Jet Dry into the dispenser, it always sloshes out of the bottle all over the place. Hoping this will help.
So, here’s my wonderful tray with all the cleaning supplies I got out from under the sink.
And now the space under our kitchen sink has a total of 3 items: a recycle bin, a trash bin, and a bin to house bags.
I think it’s a little funny that all this came from one simple request to find a spot for our recyclables- that’s just how I roll. Hope the hubby’s happy when it sees the finished space!
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