10 Days to Clutter Free: Plunging Under the Sink

Megan Van Schaick

kitchen clutterWe're counting down the 10 Days to a Clutter-Free Home. Don't worry, like all the previous projects, Day 4 is another super quickie that you'll get done in no time.

Each small step towards de-cluttering is one giant leap forward for a clean house (and cobweb-free mind).

Today we're tackling the area under your kitchen sink. Is yours as big of a mess as mine is? Things go in all willy nilly and, I'm embarassed to say, dirty old sponges abound. Nearly empty cleaning supplies that I swear I can get one more use out of. It's chaos in there.

I've tried neatening up and cleaning it out in the past, but it just comes right back! I'll bet yours is something pretty similar.

Enter Jill Pollack Lewis, who has all the tips and tricks for cleaning that black hole out for good!

Step 1: Take inventory of all your cleaning tools

What Should Be There:

  • Cleaning items: rags, sponges, detergents, scrubbers, rubber glovers, bucket, etc.
  • Garbage can, if it fits

Step 2: Banish all unwelcome visitors

What Should Not Be There:

  • Food or spices
  • Vitamins and medication
  • Silverware, plastic plates, etc.

Step 3: Set up a system

  • Color code your sponges: blue for dishes, pink for counters, yellow for floors
  • Put empty clean garbage bags at the bottom of the can. That way when the trash is full, you just tie the bag, pull it out and voila, pull up another clean fresh one all in one fell swoop!
  • Clean out your cleaning supplies. Usually one product will clean lots of spaces. Use up what you have and then simplify by using only vinegar and eco-friendly scouring powders. Distilled white vinegar cleans most anything in the house, and you are cutting down on chemical exposure in your home.


Image via Keith Williamson/Flickr

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