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  • Organizing the Under Sink Cabinet

    When it comes to organizing the kitchen sink cabinet, there are often many challenges: it is dark, a little difficult to get into, and there are a lot of pipes that get in the way. However, if the under sink cabinet is organized effectively, then it is a lifesaver for keeping the kitchen essentials in place. The under sink is the best cabinet to keep the necessary cleaning supplies and also random household essentials. That way they are out of the way, yet still accessible whenever necessary. Contrary to crockery and cutlery, which is still attractive to look at; cleaning supplies are not that attractive to see but everybody needs them. Therefore, the best place to keep them at an accessible location, yet out of site is in the kitchen sink cabinets. Check out some organization tips below to organizing your under sink cabinet.

    Create Modular Units of Cleaning Supplies: One of the best ways to keep items organized is by, well, going modular; just as modular units in a kitchen optimize the kitchen's functionality and organization; modular units inside a cabinet can do the same. Having smaller items such as unused shoeboxes or storage bins, can keep all types of items in a particular area without any of them getting lost. For example, all the dish cleaning supplies can be in one bin, while the counter cleaning supplies can be in another bin. Therefore, depending on which item requires cleaning, one can simply grab the bin necessary and use it. Once they are done, they can put the bin back, without disrupting the rest of the under-sink cabinet organization.

    Create Modular Units of Cleaning Supplies Image Credit: Modern Kitchen

    Use Clear Containers to Organize: Having clear containers simply makes it easy to see. The sink is a dark and damp cabinet. Therefore, clear containers and bins help you see where certain items are, without needing to rummage through everything. Placing smaller items such as dishwasher tablets or dish sponges in a clear container or jar allow for each access and visibility, and the user can simply reach for what they need without toppling everything or using a flashlight to access an item.

    Use Clear Containers to Organize Image Credit: Good Housekeeping

    Maximize the Shutter: As mentioned in a previous blog, the shutter is one of the most unused place for additional storage. With a couple of simple hooks, one can hang the smaller, yet essential, cleaning items: such as rubber gloves, dish scrub brush, or even a wash cloth. The cabinet shutter is a great place to access the most necessary supplies: like a wash cloth to wipe your hands with or a scrub brush to make your kitchen sink spotless!

    Maximize the Shutter Image Credit: Pinterest

    As mentioned above, having an organized under sink cabinet is the best way to keep the the required cleaning supplies under-wraps, but still easy to grab. For your sink cabinet, use some of these easy tricks and have a spotless cleaning zone in your kitchen!

  • How to Choose The Right Sink for Your Kitchen-Part 2

    As mentioned in the previous blog, choosing a kitchen sink requires considering multiple factors. The previous blog was part 1 of 2 in the aspects to look at in finalizing a kitchen sink. Last week's blog mentioned considering sink material and the number of basins the kitchen sink should have. The blog elaborated that there are several material options, each with their own benefits; and that whether a kitchen sink has 1, 2, or 3 basins, all of them can add to the kitchen space in some way. In this blog, we further look the other factors to consider in finalizing the kitchen sink: including shape, accessories, and fit.

    Sink Shape: Kitchen sinks are available in two different basic shapes: rectangular or rounded. The pros and cons of each are given below.

    • Farmhouse: A farmhouse sink is a single, large basin. This sink gives a vintage vibe to many kitchens. The most distinctive feature of the farmhouse sink is the apron towards the front, which most homeowners love. Nevertheless, both the farmhouse sink and a conventional, single-basin rectangular sink have the same benefits. The placement of such sinks can easily be accommodated for people of shorter stature and even kids to reach. This style sink is usually available in porcelain, ceramic, or even stainless steel.
      Image Credit: Signature Hardware
    • Double Farmhouse: The double farmhouse is basically the same as a normal farmhouse, except it has two basins instead of one. A double farmhouse sink has the same benefits as any double sink, which is mentioned in the previous blog post. However, it lacks the true vintage style which the single-basin sink has.
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    • Rounded Sink: Instead of a rectangular sink, many homeowners prefer a round sink or a sink with curved edges. Many homeowners find a curved sink easier to clean than a square sink. However, this sink shape takes away from the sleek, clean lines of a contemporary kitchen style.
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    Built-in Drainboard: The next step is to consider accessorizing the kitchen sink. The most common accessory that is considered is a draining tray or board. Alongside any single-bowl or double-bowl sinks, movable draining trays can be placed at the top of the sink, and are movable to either side. The draining trays are particularly handy, as they keep the wet area contained, allowing you to wipe the water in the sink. Built-in draining boards are also beneficial if a lot of hand washing is done, as it allows the excess water to fall into the sink after washing any fruits and vegetables. The only factor to consider is that a draining board can obstruct using the full sink at once or even taking up counter space.

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    Sink Fitting: The final and most confusing part of choosing the kitchen sink are the fittings. In other words, how the sink is placed in your kitchen space

    • Undermount: Undermount sinks are the go-to choice today's kitchens. They compliment the streamline look in today's contemporary kitchens, and also go well with stone countertops. In this sink fitting, the stone countertop continuous along the upper edge of the sink, and then the sink is placed underneath.
      Image Credit: Houzz
    • Flush-mount: In a flush-mount sink, the sink sits at the same surface as the counter-top. Flush-mount are more common in laminate finish kitchens and definitely emphasize the modern desire.
      Image Credit: Blanco
    • Top-mount: Top-Mount sinks sit on top of the counter surface. In a top-mount sink the edges of the sink show on the countertop surface.
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    Overall, the kitchen sink requires great planning and thought. To compliment your entire design in usage it is necessary to start with the material, consider the number of basins, finalize the shape, and then figure out how it should fit within your kitchen. For your kitchen sink, consider these two blogs, and you'll address all of your concerns for a kitchen sink!

  • How To Choose The Right Sink For Your Kitchen-Part 1

    Besides the cooking hob, the kitchen sink gets the same, if not more, amount of activity. Being the main aspect of your kitchen's cleaning zone, there are multiple factors to consider while finalizing the sink for your kitchen space. Depending on the layout and cleaning zone in the kitchen, the sink's location is finalized. Considering location, number of wash basins, layout, and use; there are several factors to consider while deciding the appropriate sink for your kitchen. This 2-part blog series will go in-depth into all the aspects that can be considered for choosing the perfect sink for the kitchen.

    Sink Material: 

    • Stainless Steel: Stainless steel is one of those common materials used in sinks. It makes up 70% of global direction and goes with all design themes and shapes. As a material, it is very hygienic and non-porous. It is also water-resistant, making it an easy option for today's modular kitchens. kitchens provide stainless steel sinks as an add-on option for the kitchen space.
      Image Credit: Houzz
    • Granite & Composite: This material is a much newer option, which is getting increasingly popular. Granite sinks add a soft, modern look to a kitchen and give blend beautifully with the kitchen countertops. They create an elegant and natural look. Just like stainless steel, granite is very hygienic and non-porous. However, since the concept of granite sinks is newer, there are limited manufacturers and available of this material in sinks.
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    • Acrylic: Acrylic creates a seamless look within any kitchen space. Adding sophistication and elegance, acrylic is a preferred choice for many restaurants. It is very hygienic and can easily be go with any color scheme. As a material, acrylic is very easy to clean and is extremely long lasting.
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    Number of Basins

    • Large Single Sink: A large single basin is a very versatile option for your kitchen sink. It is perfect for soaking or washing larger casseroles and pans. It is also ideal for preparing large quantities of food. However, a single basin may create challenges when a large dish needs soaking. The larger item may prevent you from cleaning the smaller items and stemware in the sink as well.
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    • Two Basins, Different Sizes: Having two basins allows any user to separate the tasks while cleaning the sink. For example, one side can be used for cleaning dishes while the other side can be used to prepare of soak food for meal preparation. When the wash basins are of two different sizes, ideally the larger on is used for cleaning and the smaller one is used for prepping. The downside of the two basin sink is that it is much more difficult to wash or soak larger pots and pans.
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    • Two Basins, Equal Sizes: However, of the basins are of equal sizes, then the tasks can be separated equally. To the user, the sink appears much more symmetrical, which is typically pleasing to the eye. However, just like any two basin sink, there is a greater difficulty in soaking larger pots and pans.
      Image Credit: Kitchen Source
    • Three Basins: 2 Large, 1 Small: In the occasion of a kitchen sink with three basins, there are two larger basins and one that is extremely small. It allows the user to spread out their cleaning tasks easily across three different surfaces. However, this type of sink requires extensive space in the kitchen. Therefore, it is not recommended for smaller kitchen designs.
      Image Credit: Houzz

    The kitchen sink has countless variables that are considered for each kitchen space. As each kitchen is unique in its own way, the sink deserves special attention. Stay tuned for the next blog about kitchen sinks!

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