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Cleaning Games: Cure Sink Clutter & Cut Cleaning Time in Half

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cleaning-games-sink-1.jpg Are you suffering from” I cleaned this morning but you can’t tell now” syndrome?

In a recent post about cleaning my sink, I realized that the sink and the house in general just seem to turn back to a mess by night time.

It’s discouraging to put in so much effort into cleaning and it seems as if the house just keeps getting messed up.

I didn’t want to scrub my sink that much every day but I do want my sink clean.

Then it occurred to me after thinking about that quote,

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

I decided to change part of the process that just kept messing up the sink. Before, the sink was a cluttered mess. Utensils, plates and random bowls could be any where spattering ketchup, egg and other food products all of the sink.

After thinking it over a bit, I decided to contain what I call “sink clutter.” It reduced the time I spent scrubbing the sink for good. I call it the sink clutter cure. I spend less time scrubbing the sink and cleaning dishes with this trick. Whether you do it by hand or pop the utensils straight into the dishwasher.

Cleaning Games: Sink Clutter Cure


Before: This mess is mild. I can’t totally embarrass myself but you get the idea.

1. I repurposed a plastic yogurt container (for free) and  filled it with warm, soapy water.

After: A simple, free solution that keeps food particles at bay and cuts back on the mess in the sink.


2. Every time a utensil enters the sink, it has to go into the container with the handle side up. This way any condiments or random pieces of food can soak in the container if someone chooses not to rinse it off in the moment. It cuts back on food particles splattering every where in the sink and sometimes out of the sink.

The Bottom Line

No matter what you do, working to improve on being more efficient when cleaning saves you time. sometimes, a free simple trick is all you need.

Here are other challenges I completed.

Day 1 How to Vinyl Tile Your Bathroom Floor for 30 Dollars in 360 Minutes


Day 2 DIY Organization: Secret for Organizing Tiny Pieces of Kids’ Stuff for a Dollar

Day 3 Tidy Up the Laundry Room in Minutes for 30 Dollars

Day 4 Cleaning Games: Dirty Little Secret for Cleaning Your Sink on the Cheap

Day 5 Cure Sink Clutter and Cut Cleaning Time in Half for Free

Day 6 Free Help: Vacuuming Confetti

Day 7 I took a day off.

Day 8 Declutter in Minutes with this Trick Plus Motivation from REAL SIMPLE Editor-in-Chief

Day 9 How to Clean Picture Windows on the Cheap

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