We’re going under the kitchen sink to find the clutter that collects where no one’s looking.
Because it has potential to be so bad under there, I try to keep as little as possible stored in that space. In general I like to avoid storing things where there is plumbing. Right now under the sink I keep the dish soap, sponges, and a bowl to collect compost scraps. (The compost is taken outside almost daily; it’s mostly coffee grounds and melon rinds—no meat or dairy).
To clean out the space under the sink:
1. Take out the stuff so that you can see into the back corners and wipe out the dust.
2. Make sure you have a plastic liner to protect the cabinet from spills and leaks.
3. Choose what you will put back in this space. Try to keep it to as little as possible and stuff that you won’t mind if it gets water damage. I don’t keep a lot of cleaning products under there because I have little kids at home, but I’ve also learned that I don’t need so many different types of cleaning products anyway.
When you clean out the hiding places in your home, even when no one else is going to see, it can make you feel confident and ready for the unexpected.