If you happened to catch my Instagram Stories earlier this week, then you know that I completed a small home DIY project. We were stuck inside with the snow, and I got the bug. Do you ever just get overwhelmed by messiness? I do. And it can be overwhelming. Like nothing else I have on my agenda can be completed before I clean. 🙈 Luckily I had recently purchased a few dollar store storage bins, so it really only took about 45 minutes to complete my under the kitchen sink organization DIY. And bonus: it only cost me about $5! Now if only I could get the bug to organize the rest of my cabinets… 🤔
I’ll be honest: sharing this before photo is kind of painful. I mean, I know we all have messy spots in our homes, but this is embarrassing. My under sink cabinet was stuffed to the brim. I think there must have been at least one hundred plastic bags under there. And I don’t even want to tell you how many nearly empty bottles were shoved in there too. It was such a wreck that I actually recently repurchased a few cleaning items, thinking I was out. Nope. I rediscovered them during the clean-up process. So not only will my revamped cabinet make my life easier, but it’s also going to save me money. No more buying duplicates when I can actually see what’s in there!
The supplies I used were super-simple: five dollar store storage bins of varying sizes and a set of command hooks from Target. The gray skinny bins are also from Target, but I ended up not using them on this project. I think I may return them for more cheapies. Orrr if I catch the bug to organize under bathroom sink, they’ll come in handy!
So the first thing I did was empty everything out of the cabinet. It always feels like creating more of a mess before the real organizing begins, doesn’t it?! I condensed duplicate bottles and trashed the empties. I also condensed my plastic bag collection. Many grocery stores have bins where you can recycle plastic bags, so I set many of them aside to drop off. Let me tell ya: seeing all of them piled up was also motivation to start using my reusables more often!!
Then I started organizing my items in sections. I wanted the items I use everyday to be together and easy to reach. I started combining my like items in bins.
Here’s a peek at the completed after, but I’ll break things down for ya a little more. I just wanted to point out how I organized the plastic bags: I used two command hooks inside one of the doors. There I hung one bag. Inside I saved several plastic bags that we’ll use as bathroom trash can liners or for the oh so glamorous job of poop patrol. 😉 The rest, like I mentioned, I set aside for recycling.
In the very back I tucked some larger bottles that I rarely reach for. I combined all my go-tos in a bin at the front. I placed my everyday kitchen cleaner, windex, stainless steel appliance cleaner, and dusting necessities all together.
All of my sponges ended up taking a whole small bin. Of course this is one of those items that I recently repurchased, in bulk no less, because I thought I was out. Nope. They were just hidden in the mess. At least I won’t have that problem now!
I absolutely hate reaching into that big box to grab my dishwasher detergent pods. The box is oversized and just takes up way too much room. Dumping them in another small bin was an easy win!
And lastly, I combined all my pet necessities: carpet spot cleaner, carpet refresher, disinfectant spray. Behind that bin I also combined all of my wood floor cleaning supplies.
I cannot tell you how excited I am about the simple easy fix. It was well worth the $5 and 45 minutes. I mean, check out that before and after, y’all!