Small Spaces: under the kitchen skin
27th February 2014
I’m excited to be starting a new series of blog posts called Small Spaces. In a previous blog post I mentioned how there was a lack of information online about organising and decorating small homes with little storage space. This inspired me to write a few blog posts of my own, sharing what I have learnt on organising small spaces. So naturally I called this series Small Spaces.
I hope you find these posts interesting. I see a lot of these types of posts on what I would classify as “mummy blogs” but I think it will make a change to see organising from a younger persons perspective. A twenty year old student’s guide to home living!
Today’s post is all about how I organised the cupboard under the sink in the kitchen. In our kitchen there is not a great deal of storage space. The largest cupboard is the one under the sink, and this means it is full of all sorts of bits and bobs, from cooking to cleaning.
When I looked at the cupboard and thought about how I was going to organise it, the main problem I saw was a lack of shelving. This meant everything was just piled up on the bottom of the cupboard. So, first things first, I needed shelves. As I can’t make alterations to the cupboards, due to the fact we are renting, I had to look for an alternative solution.
I came across the solution by accident. I had ordered myself a cheap shoe rack of eBay, for storing shoes of course, but when it arrived I realised that it would be a perfect fit for the cupboard under the sink. It has four shelves and is just the right size for storing pots and pans. I ended up using it in the cupboard and ordering another one for my shoes!
Sure, it’s not the prettiest of things but it is under the sink where nobody will see it. As you can see I use the top three shelves for storing pots and pans, and then the bottom shelf is for storage containers and a few boxes (lots of light bulbs for some reason!).
On the other side of the cupboard I have one of my favourite faux rattan storage baskets. These baskets are just £1.99 from Lakeland, but you can get larger sizes which cost a little bit more. I have quite a few of these lurking around the flat storing all sorts of things. This one is full of cleaning products. If you have children I wouldn’t recommend keeping products like these on the bottom shelf, but fortunately I don’t have to worry about that!
Due to the fact there is a stupidly long and unnecessary pipe running wild in the cupboard, there is limited storage space in the middle of the cupboard. There’s just enough room to store my hand mixer at the back, with kitchen roll and cloths on top, and a dustpan and brush in front.
I hope I’ve given you some inspiration for organising your under the kitchen skin cupboard. I love having things so neat and tidy as it looks good and saves time when looking for things, as you can see everything nice and clearly.