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Today I’m launching a new series for 2022! Each month we’ll organize one space in our home. If you follow along with me each month – and I really hope you will! – your home will be in great, organized shape by the end of the year!
You might be one of the people who have said to me, “I can’t be organized. I have too much stuff!”
I’m here to tell you that it is possible for everyone to have an organized home, no matter how much stuff you have. I am not a minimalist. I really like my stuff, and I have a lot of it, but my home is organized. Yours can be, too!
Let’s start with a small space that you probably use every day – the cabinet under your kitchen sink.
PHASE ONE: PREPARATION
Before you begin, take a picture of the space exactly as it is – don’t clean up or move anything!
Ask yourself: What doesn’t belong here? I would suggest that would be anything you don’t need while standing at the sink.
Ask yourself: What do I need to make room for in this space? I would suggest that you make room for all the the items you use for washing dishes, running the dish washer or routinely cleaning the kitchen.
That’s not to say you can’t put anything else under the sink – but those items need the prime real estate so that they are easily accessible.
PHASE TWO: ORGANIZATION
Now that you’re ready to go, work through this space using my three step method:
- Get rid of clutter – using your answer to the first question
- Give everything a place – using your answer to the second question
- Leave room to grow – don’t pack it 100% full
Find more details on executing my organization method here: How To Organize Any Space In Your Home
My favorite organizing tool for under the kitchen sink? Wire shelves from Dollar Tree! These cabinets are usually pretty deep, and using a shelf helps you to maximize the vertical space.
I also love the white shower caddies from Dollar Tree. The compartments are perfect for dish washing tools, especially when you need to turn a bottle upside down to get every last drop.
PHASE THREE: MAINTENANCE
After you’ve completed the project, take another picture to compare with your “before” shot. I bet you’ll be so impressed with the difference!
Now that you’ve created a beautifully organized space that’s easy to access, you will want to keep it that way! Organization always requires maintenance.
Communicate the new system to your family. Take a few minutes as needed to straighten the space – because we all know things aren’t always put away in the correct place. Periodically evaluate the space to see if it still meets your needs, and make changes if it doesn’t. No system works perfectly forever.
Let’s enjoy your freshly organized kitchen cabinet together! Share your before and after photos on Instagram and tag me @homeforcomfort so that I can give you a virtual high five!
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