3 Kitchen organizing tips for garbage, recycling and cleaning supplies that have saved me time and frustration. This is how my kitchen looks and so I will be sharing with you how I did it- one post at a time. I decided to write about these 3 tips for organizing your garbage, recycling, and cleaning supplies because I am all about making my life easier. If you have kids, then you know what I mean.
I have had lots of experience (because I raised 4 kids -his, mine, and ours) and I have always had a clean house with an attitude about cleanliness and organization. I have one teenager left at home and so his messy behavior sometimes drives me nuts but at least with these 3 tips he can play his part in cleaning up after himself. I want things to be easy for me and so a few years ago I found the solution to 3 common problems I had in my kitchen-
- what to do with the garbage
- what to do with the recycling
- what to do with the cleaning supplies
The island was a work in progress and today it houses my dishwasher, garbage, cabinet of kitchen towels/rags and miscellaneous. The garbage storage came to be simply by luck and budget. The cabinet was purchased for less than a $100 and had no drawer front (my cabinets were bought from a warehouse and are not perfect). I found my garbage can pullout at Lowe’s on sale and decided to buy it and give it a try. Next thing I know the kids are using the ‘hole’ to put the garbage through without opening the door. Voila, the idea of leaving the drawer front off (and saving me $30 for a new one) was born. This works perfect for garbage since I do not like garbage cans showing in a kitchen. I bought the single garbage can because I wanted to use my 13 gallon garbage bags and I was not convinced this would work.
If your family recycles, then you know the frustration with getting the recyling rinsed and put in a bin neat and without a mess. If you are lucky enough to have cabinets with doors then my organizing tips will be easy to install in your kitchen. I decided to add a recycling center because I did not want the recycling can seen in the kitchen so I went to Lowe’s and bought another garbage pull out and installed it next to the sink. Why? because I rinse or run recycling through the dishwasher and it is easy to open and toss the recycling in. When it gets full, we walk it outside to the large recycling can and no one has to see a pile of jars, plastic jugs, and cans. The investment for these was around $40 each and it has been well worth it. They are more now (I bought these 6 years ago) but it makes life so much easier.
The last tip is storage for cleaning supplies. Most of us have under the sink designated to cleaning supplies, dishwashing supplies, and stuff. I found that having a pullout basket on runners to be a great asset under the sink on one side for the supplies I do not frequently use. On the other side I use a dollar store dish pan with my Dawn, Dishwashing liquid, new sponges, and spray cleaner because I reach in and grab. As you can see this is what it looks like normally (I did not stage this so you can see what I really do).
3 kitchen organizing tips for garbage, recycling, and cleaning supplies. I will share more tips and tricks I have learned from 32 years of living as an adult and hope that these 3 tips inspire you to organize and make your kitchen family friendly.
Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any tips you’d like to share!
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