Home Tip; how to organise the cupboard under your kitchen sink | secondblonde

While we’ve been in Lockdown in the UK my husband and I have been getting stuff done around the house. Mostly taking on DIY jobs ourselves giving area’s of our home a much needed face lift and always keeping within a budget. We recently changed our Kitchen Sink (yes I got a new kitchen sink in lockdown haha) we opted for a white ceramic sink and gold taps to replace our tired cheap 11 yr old stainless steel sink and chrome taps. Here’s the finished result – I’m so so happy with it – Well done Tan for fitting it and plumbing in the taps, here it is…632B00B2-2132-4E8E-8E89-36C582B7565ESo on to the under sink cupboards – if you are anything like me your cupboards start off tidy and then end up a mess with random items that do not belong there. I decided to look for a solution to organise my under sink storage better and found the Addis Under Sink Storage.IMG_5018It’s an extendable shelf unit that has 10 adjustable shelves that cleverly fit around your sink waste pipes creating 2 shelves to store all your cleaning essentials. It expands to just over 81cm wide, at it’s smallest it’s just over 46cm. It’s so easy to put together *My Tip erect and screw it together around the waste. No tools needed just tighten screws/caps with your fingers. Adjust the little shelves that slide up and down or click on and off to fit perfectly around your waste.IMG_5017I also bought these little baskets from poundland to store cleaning accessories on the bottom of my cupboard:

Purple basket – micro fibre cloths

Blue basket – Brillo pads, Kettle de-scaler, Astonish Cup clean, Dr Beckmann Glowhite, scrubbing brush, shoe polish brush

Pink basket – Double sided sponges, Dishmatic sponge refills, Floor Wipes, Pledge Dusting Cloths

Then I’ve added my most used cleaning products, also out of shot is furniture polish I use all around the house like mirrors, glass, tiles, taps etc, Jiff Cream cleaner and carpet cleaner/refresh for our rug. I’ve also added a bin to the left.  It’s actually a clear 40 ltr storage box with a grey lid and fits perfectly. (sure beats the unsightly black bin liner we’ve had hanging off a door handle at the other end of the unit)

IMG_5016My fairy liquid and dishwasher detergent are at the front as they are most used. I’ve also used the little space next to them to store our dustpan and brush – for now! Just while we are in the middle of DIY projects and need it to hand. Ideally I need to find a new place for it, hanging if possible. IMG_5015

I’m really happy with it after years of having an untidy under sink cupboard I’ve finally got it organised and can see what I’ve got and use them all up.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this review and it’s inspired you to sort out your cleaning products cupboard, don’t even get me started on the kitchen junk drawer!

Secondblonde x

How To Style A Bookcase| secondblonde


When styling a bookcase without books it’s ok to display a few of your books, the key is to choose books in the correct colour scheme!

Here’s my tips on how to create your own personalised styled bookshelves:

  1. Empty the shelves of everything! You must start with a clean slate to enable you to see things in a different way to how they have previously been.
  2. Hunt out all your old trinkets and pretty things around your house, stashed in cupboards etc, your’ll be amazed at what you find. You may wish to display mementos or meaningful photo’s in small frames or colourful vases or flowers…basically anything you like to look at.
  3. Sort by colour group books together with same/similar coloured spines.
  4. Create small batches of books which then can be displaying standing up vertical or laying down flat horizontal, the pile of books can be in two’s (like mine) but should be no more than eight. My shelf height is quite small but if you have enough height a small plant or trinket looks great displayed on top of the horizontal pile of books.
  5. Change it up if you have one pile of books standing up then add another pile of books near it laying flat and alternate the way the books are stacked.
  6. Once all the books are shelved – bring out the pretty things slowly start to layer up with your chosen trinkets/candles/ornaments etc placing on shelf space or/and on piles of books. The trick here is that you are creating layers of interest rather than looking at a line of books that are all the same depth.
  7. Stand back to take a look keep tweaking it until it feels right but know when to stop. I like to take a quick photo on my phone, it helps me view it in a different way to see what needs changing.
  8. And you are done! There’s no wrong or right way, it’s all about what is visually pleasing to you, so what are you waiting for, can’t wait to see what yours looks like.

I had a big de-clutter session last week so mine is currently styled with a minimal vibe with very few books/trinkets. This photo shows one half of our wall mounted bookcase from Ikea which sits high above the tv in our living room. These aren’t all my books but just a couple I choose because of colour. The shelf isn’t tall enough for me to have mine vertical. I had a few mini glass bottles hanging around and a little green vase that compliments my little plant. I love candles so hence the two beautiful glass candle jars. My mum has recently starting crafting and has been making tiny ornate chairs out of champagne bottle tops so this was the perfect place to display them.

I will change it up again soon as we get into summer, probably with a bit more on it and perhaps a floral theme.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post, it is a little different to my usual beauty reviews.

Secondblonde x