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Organize your kitchen cleanup

Pivo storage tray looks attractive while it keeps your sink in order.

If you're like me, you like to follow the old adage "a place for everything and everything in its place." If you look in my kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or office, you'll find each to have their own unique organization schemes.

People tell me that I have this tendency because I'm a Virgo, which I heartily accept (since the alternative names for it are less flattering). Whatever your name for it, I think we can all agree that organization makes cooking and cleaning a whole lot more efficient.

Among the many things I like to keep organized is my kitchen sink. I have a dish rack for drying, a space behind for cutting boards and paper towels, and each of the two corners is designated either for the dish soap or for sponges. More than once, though, I've attempted thinking about an alternative place to keep the sponges. Is it really sanitary to keep something that washes all of your plates and bowls on the edge of something that gets as nasty as the kitchen sink?

Probably not, which is why many companies have devised a variety of ways to store your sink accessories. Although I'm not a fan of the ubiquitous stainless steel rack look that many of these organizers seem to embody, I'm a big fan of this Pivo Storage Tray.

Though it's not specifically intended for use in the kitchen, this pivoting acrylic tray would be perfect for sponges, towels, and scrubbing pads. Keeping these sink accessories in a tray like the Pivo is a much more sanitary way to store them, and the tray can be arranged so that the ugly cleaning supplies are conveniently located, but hidden from plain sight.

The Pivo Storage Tray is available in clear as well, but I'm partial to the white variety pictured here. They'll cost you about $21, a small price to pay for a sanitary sink.