What to Store Under Your Kitchen Sink

What gets stuffed under your kitchen sink?
Single rose vases?
Bad chemicals that you’ve sworn off of, but don’t know what to do with?
A cast iron dutch oven that didn’t get cleaned after that roast 4 months ago and now you’re afraid of it?

Oops- that was me! (When I was around 20 I was trying to clean for guests really quick and stuffed the dirty dutch oven under the sink… where it sat for about 4 months… a year. Because I forgot about it. Yes. That is my shameful past.

Okay- moving on! What should you store under your kitchen sink?
I love the look of a minimalist home. It’s simple, clean, open and inviting.
But that doesn’t come naturally for most of us. It’s not like you just decide to be a minimalist, get rid of clutter and then it stays that way.
No… it’s a constant process. A journey. A change of lifestyle and habits.
It’s in the cupboards and drawers that you really feel it.
For most people under the kitchen sink tends to be a catch all. Similar to the junk drawer.
But let’s change that right now!
Put all the usable things: vases, fish bowl, etc, in a donate box. Take it right out to your car.
Throw out unusable things: old toothbrushes, empty S.O.S pad boxes, old fish food. Toss them in that trash can!
Box up the unwanted chemicals: 409, soft scrub, scouring powder. These are not healthy for your family or your environment (more on that later). Contact your local waste management to find out how to dispose of them. Each region has different regulations.

Now for the fun part! Putting in what you want!
Here is what I have:
Dish Cloths
Trash Bags
Dish Drainer (debating getting rid of this- just got a dishwasher last month! Woot!)
Rubber Gloves
Scratch Pads
Dish Soap: Hand Washing & Dish Washer

I found a wonderful cabinet organizer
that I used for my dish cloths,
garbage bags and misc. cleaning items.

The benefit to having just what you need under your sink? Having just what you need!
No sense in taking up space with the miscellaneous things that you don’t use and don’t need.
I love knowing exactly where things are. And it’s so  nice to open the cupboard and not have a dutch oven bad memories hiding under the clutter.
Ready? Free your kitchen sink cabinet!
For more decluttering inspiration, click here.

About Rachel Jones

Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, I created a FREE Facebook Group - feel free to join me there: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group and I share videos each week on YouTube


  1. Kristen koehler on 09/17/2016 at 1:27 pm

    Just cutious wgere do you keep cleanibg Supplies what munimal supplies do you. Clean with ? Thanks loce your blog!!!

  2. Kristen koehler on 09/17/2016 at 1:29 pm

    Sorry Totally messed the spelling up lol

    • Rachel on 09/18/2016 at 11:27 pm

      Hi Kristen!
      I keep my cleaning supplies on a shelf in my laundry closet- but, I really only use Norwex cloths. I have some magic erasers for cleaning the bottom of the tub (it’s old and gets orange with water stains) but that’s all I have!

  3. Aimee on 12/08/2019 at 10:39 am

    Enjoyed your style of writing; as sharing in a mums cleaning group Brisbane Australia, pointless me blogging the same when you’ve written it so well! Shall be following thanks.

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