Our space under the kitchen sink was getting a bit cluttered, so I decided it was time to declutter. I recorded a video so you could join me as I decluttering under the sink. (If you are viewing in email or in an RSS reader, you might need to click through to the blog to view the video or you can view it directly on YouTube.)
Transcript of the Video:
(I know some people prefer to read, especially if you happen to be reading at work where they frown on YouTube watching, so I typed up a transcript of the video.)
Hello, welcome to Rethinking the Dream. I’m Eric West and today we’re going to do some decluttering. We’re going to do a little decluttering under the sink. It’s one of those areas where things just pile up and sit back there and nobody knows what’s under there. So today we are going to dive in and see what’s under my sink that we can get rid of.
This is my kitchen. It’s a galley style kitchen, with a sink, dishwasher, pantry on one side, and a fridge, microwave, oven, and stove on the other side.
Here we go, going to dive in to what’s under the sink.
We’ve got our Bissell on one side. It saves our carpet and keeps it looking nice after accidental spills and whatnot.
On the other side we have a whole bunch of junk, and every time I’ve gone in here in the last few weeks or months something usually ends up falling out ever time I reach in for something.
That’s what we are going to try to tackle today. We’ll either get rid of stuff and move some stuff to a better location.
Whenever I declutter I like to grab a garbage bag, and have it handy. There is always something to throw away, so having a garbage bag handy prevents you from making a pile and then moving the pile to the trash.
Under the sink I always like to start out by pulling everything out first. Let’s get started.
Now we have everything out from under the sink and we are ready to get started.
My daughter is hear today joining us. It was her idea to do the kitchen. I came home today and was talking about decluttering and she said, “Can we declutter today?” So of course I said yes, and I asked her where she wanted to start. She said the kitchen, so here we are.
We’re going to go through these items. Whatever is going to stay we will put back. Whatever is going in the trash will go in the bag. We’ll create a maybe pile for stuff we’re not sure about. And we’ll have a pile of stuff to relocate.
Decluttering isn’t always about getting rid of stuff, it’s also about finding the appropriate place to put the stuff we have.
Let’s get started.
Dishwashing detergent, that’s something we use. Dish soap, we use that. I do a lot of hand washing the dishes so we use a lot of that. Windex for windows and we have a glass top table so we use a lot of Windex.
Oven cleaner, that get’s used. More dishwashing stuff, I guess this makes the glasses cleaner. We have a few items that I recently bought. Some cooktop cleaners and a stainless stell cleaner that we use to clean our garbage can. It’s a nice stainless steal garbage so we had to buy a nice cleaner to clean it with, of course.
Goo Gone, that comes in handy from time to time. We have different types of soap (hand soap). We usually stock up on soaps because Bath and Body Works runs sales, so we buy four at a time.
Spray disinfectant, I can’t remember the last time I used this. I’m going to set this in the maybe pile. It’s a good thing to use sometimes, but we haven’t used it in a while. Bug spray, we use that sometimes. Wasp spray we used to use in our house for paper wasps and spiders, but we don’t have a use for it in the apartment. I’m going to toss this in the trash.
Some of the items I’m trashing I need to look up and see how to dispose of it. I’ll go through the stuff in the bag later and figure that out, but for now I’m putting it in the trash bag.
I have two bags of sponges that the bags are falling apart. That’s been annoying me for a while and I haven’t done anything with it. Now is the time. I’m going to put the sponges in a ziploc bag, I’ll set them aside for now and do that later, and the bags go in the trash.
Scotts cleaning pads I use to do dishes. Magic Eraser is good for cleaning up certain things sometimes.
We have these lens cleaning wipes for cleaning glasses and computer screens. I need to check these because I’m not sure they are still good, sometimes they dry out. I’ll set these aside to check later.
WD40, good for squeaky door hinges and stuff. Microfiber cloths, we use these sometimes for cleaning, but it’s been a while since we’ve used them. I’m going to put them back, but I’ll keep it in the back of my mind for next time we declutter, and if we still haven’t used them then we’ll toss them.
Some Handy-Wipes, we used these for wiping up spills around the sink and spray from the faucet.
Here is some all purpose oil. I was using this to oil the bike chain on my old bike. When I bought my new bike I bought some specialized bike chain lubricant, so I’m going to toss the all purpose oil and keep the specialized lubricant.
Here is some wheel polish, I use that on the Jeep sometimes, so I’ll keep that.
Swiffer dusters. These are great for getting the kids to help clean. We use it as a reward sometimes if she does some good cleaning on her own or cleans her room, then I’ll attach the duster to the duster wand and she can dust. It’s a fun thing for kids to do.
These are toilet bleach drop ins, that really shouldn’t be in the kitchen. I’m going to set this… I need a new pile of stuff that I’m going to relocate. That will go right here.
This pile of stuff I just knocked over, these are Febreeze air fresheners. We use these quite a bit. Each one lasts about 30 days and they do a great job keeping the apartment smelling nice. And, sometimes the grocery store runs out, so I tend to buy one extra pack. We have three air fresheners in the apartment, so these three will get used pretty soon. The others are our backup spares. I’ll put these away.
This is another type of Febreeze air freshener, it’s not the plug in kind, and we’re not actually using this one any more. Since we have the plugin ones, we don’t need the non-plugin ones anymore, so I’m gong to set this aside in the donate pile.
This is the plugin for the air fresheners. I got a deal on Amazon where it was cheaper to buy three than it was to buy two, but I only needed two. Since it was cheaper ot buy three (the total was cheaper, not cheaper per item) I went ahead and bought the three pack. Since I had one left over I’m going to donate that as well.
Ammonia we use for cleaning sometimes. Here we have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 bottles of cleaner for the Bissell. We don’t need five bottles of cleaner. Actually, looking at them, these two are the same, so I’ll dump the small bottle into the big bottle. I’ll set that aside to do later. Same with this one, these two are the same, so I’ll dump the little bottle into the big one. This one is for pet odors in case the cat has an accident. This one is also for pets. I already have one for pets so I’m going to keep one or the other. I’ll set this one aside and figure out later which I want to keep.
Spray bottle, sometimes we mix up our own cleaners, like some bleach and water to clean the bathrooms. We’ll keep that.
This is some kind of fabric cleaner. I have no idea where this came from and I don’t think I’ve ever used it. It’s getting tossed.
Funnel. We use the funnel sometimes. We only have one, we don’t have a big stack. This came in a kit with a big stack but we only kept one. We’ll hang onto that.
I have two vases. We typically use the small one. The cats tend to knock them over anyway, so when that happens I’d rather it be the small one that gets knocked over. I’ll set the other one aside and ask my wife about it. It’s a nice vase, and she might want to keep it. It’s always good to check with your significant other to make sure what you are getting rid of is ok.
Hand sanitizer, we use that during cold and flu season. Some rubber gloves are good to use when handling cleaners.
The last items is the Kleenex. This box has been a hassle, every time I open the door there is something stacked on it falling over or this is stacked on something else. I’m going to move this to our linen closet. That will be a better place to keep it. There is more space in there. Although we have to declutter that, probably in an upcoming episode, it’s a good place for this.
There you have it. We have a bag of trash, a pile of maybe (it’s ok to have a maybe pile, you can come back to that, it’s really no big deal.) We have a move pile, a donate pile, and a small pile that requires some actions.
Now we have a nice clean space to work with. Believe it or not, all this stuff has accumulated within the last year and a half. That’s when we moved into this apartment. Everything has been moved in there since then. Frequent decluttering is a good thing to keep your space clean and tidy. It makes it easy to find stuff, easy to get to stuff, and just makes everything so much nicer.
That’s it. Thanks for watching. And peace out.
Post video notes
After the video I went through the “maybe” pile and consulted my wife on a few items. Everything that was in that pile was either trashed or donated, nothing needed to be kept.
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