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Tips for Tuesday

How often do the words, "Out of sight, out of mind" apply when it comes to organizing your home?  Around here, I find anything hidden behind a door falls to the bottom of my "To Do" list.  Alas, mice and a water leak forced my hand and moved the space under my kitchen sink up to the top of the list!

I spared you from a true "before" picture.  Let's just say mice + water = not a pretty site! 

I line all my cupboards and drawers, especially in the kitchen.  For under the sink I like the durability of a scrap of linoleum. 

Since the water leak caused mold under the liner, I cleaned it with bleach.

As long as I had the bleach out, I also mixed some with water and gave my ancient trash can a good soak!

And soaked my sink/dish mat as well.  I always use either a mat or dishpan when washing dishes to keep them from hitting against the hard surface of the sink.  We break enough glasses as it is!

The hand-held vacuum came in handy for picking up the bulk of the mess.  Obviously the cat has been slacking in her hunting duties...

I was fortunate to find this slide on clearance at a home-improvement store.  I find it convenient to be able to pull the trash can out. 

I like to pick up inexpensive bud vases at garage sales so I can give them away along with flowers out of my garden.  I used to have them alternating up and down to save space, but learned the hard way that if the open end is up and a mouse happens to crawl in, it can't get out.  EWW!  I've got one less bud vase - just sayin'.  Glad I only spent .25!

There's room at the end of the slide to store extra dish soap behind my trash can.  Baby wash for my grandson's baths fits along the side.

On the other side of the slide I store my dishwasher supplies.

And finally, my dishpan back in place.  This didn't take too long and should stay neat for quite a while. That's my kind of project!

4 Responses so far.

  1. Michele says:

    Very neat and well organized. I need to go and do likewise.

  2. Yep - I'm with Michele. I desperately need to tackle what's lying beneath my sink. It's total chaos under there! :)

    xoxo laurie

  3. What was causing the leak in your kitchen drain? Did you have it checked? I was curious because you didn't mention anything about fixing the leak. Anyway, I suggest that you check the linoleum regularly, clean it, and keep it dry to prevent molds from coming back again.

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