ProcrastinationI confess this job had become the elephant in the room; I left it until today, publication day to get on and do it. The first job was to pull everything out and clean the shelf. because it was the bottom shelf there was no way I could reach to do it; I can’t kneel on the floor that is for sure. I ended up using a Microfibre Cleaning Mitt on the end of the grabber stick. It may not have been quite as easy as putting my hand in it, but it saved my back, so the trade-off was worth it.
Sorting through the ContentAs well as sorting through everything in the crate I also rescued the cleaning caddy which was in the hall cupboard, where it didn’t get used, but random things were stuffed in it. Don’t judge me I’m sure we have all done similar things… I had expected this job to take most of the day and leave me in a mad panic to get this post written, but I was surprised, even allowing for the odd break I took when necessary I had the shelf cleaned, the caddy emptied and cleaned and all the contents organised within an hour. Why do we put off jobs that we think will be a nightmare only to find when we brace ourselves to do them they are nowhere near as bad as we expected – this happens to me so often I need to learn this lesson! This is how the cupboard looked when I had finished:
The benefits of Organising Under the Kitchen SinkWhy did I not do this ages ago? By going through and organising everything into categories and putting them into clear containers, I have discovered:
- There were multiples of various items that had got pushed to the back of the big unorganised shelf.
- I had items that I was unaware I owned.
- My cleaning products ratio to time spent cleaning is laughable 😉
- Keeping the cleaning caddy in the cleaning cupboard means it is likely to be used not just ignored and can be stocked up easily with the products in the cupboard.
- This cupboard was not the best place for spares, but there is room now in the hall cupboard for these in an organised container now I’ve moved the cleaning caddy.