Garbage, cleaning supplies and disposables go under the sink, right?
It can be where leaks go unnoticed or ants sneak in the house. Yuck. You wouldn’t want to store anything else there, would you?
But is this inevitable? Is the space fated to be a “yuck” area – or is that a side effect of how use we it?
I submit there is a better way to use this prime real estate in your kitchen. One that:
- Ensures daily plumbing inspections.
- Involves nothing ants would like.
- Eliminates the need for child safety locks.
- Will clear counters for work space.
Drum roll please…..
Under the Sink Makes A Great Appliance Garage.
It was our Nicaraguan home that forced me to rethink this space. For 3 reasons:
- Very little storage or counter space in the kitchen.
- No child safety locks available.
- Unattended garbage in the tropics is an immediate invitation for bugs and rodents to have their way with your house.
We kept garbage in the open to be inspected at all times that lids were on – a sealed lid for wet compostables, a loose lid for dry garbage. Cleaning supplies went high in the bathroom away from curious toddlers.
I found myself in a home with an unused cabinet and crowded counters. Enlisting the sink cabinet as an appliance garage turned out to be genius.
Having counters free of clutter was a dream come true. There’s no closer real estate to where all the action happens than under the sink. Toasters and coffee machines come and go with ease. Because the appliances are used daily, I’m always inspecting for leaks and nothing stinky happens.
Fast forward to today, I was relieved to find the sink cabinet at our rental apartment in good shape. I cleaned it well, did a space clearing ritual (my feng shui superstitions kicking in), and put in our blender, mixer, toaster, coffee maker, waffle maker, popcorn popper and hotpot.
Where’s the Garbage?
It’s next door, one cabinet to the right. I took out the middle shelf in the 18″ wide base cabinet beside the sink. It perfectly fits 2 – five gallon pails, 1 – one gallon pail, and a bit of room extra to loose lay recyclables when I’m too lazy to go around the corner to fill the 5 gallon pail I have for that purpose in the front closet. My system is a pail for landfill garbage, and a small and large pail for compost plus the recycling pail.
Where are the Cleaning Supplies?
I have a lot fewer cleaning supplies than I used to. I mostly use vinegar and baking soda; they are stored as food. The laundry detergent, bleach, goo-gone, and other odds and ends are stored in a box, convenient for me, but too high for the kids in the front closet.
Where are the Disposables?
We only keep a few around – mostly bags for garbage. Saran wrap was replaced with Pyrex and Mason Jars. Towelettes for paper towels. Cloth napkins for paper ones. The few disposables we do have fit in a wall cabinet with food supplies.
Have you ever used a cabinet in an untraditional way?
What kitchen tricks make you feel like a genius?