Buytra Kitchen Sink Caddy | $9 | Amazon
Graphic: Chelsea Stone
No Thought, Just BoughtBefore making most purchases, we meticulously research all of our options, wait for deals, and try to make an informed buying decision. But sometimes, we just buy things on a whim, and end up loving them anyway. No Thought, Just Bought is a space to share the impulse purchases that exceeded our expectations.  

There’s water all over my kitchen sink.

It’s a weird problem to have. Sinks get wet, that’s what they’re for. But my sink was somehow always drenched in an area that is not really meant to be wet: Every time I got through doing dishes, there’d be a distinct damp spot on the upper right corner of the sink, where I kept the dish soap.

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I wondered if my faucet was leaky. (I mean, it probably is leaky, but I don’t know how to fix that, nor do I feel like learning how.) Or maybe I was the problem. I wondered if I was washing dishes wrong, or just splashing water around every time I reached for the dish soap. I thought about all of these things pretty much any time I used the sink, but also, I have priorities, you know? The mysterious dampness around my sink just wasn’t one one of them.

Photo: Chelsea Stone

As usual, an online impulse purchase came to the rescue. At some point, I was searching for something sink-related on Amazon, and saw this kitchen sink caddy being recommended to me by the some algorithm or another. It was like $9, so I bought in, literally.

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Mind you, I already had a very practical sponge holder—a sponge holder I feel passionately about, in fact! A sponge holder that is perfect in its unassuming subtlety. And yet.

I bought this new kitchen sink caddy anyway, and I happen to like it a lot. It’s light blue, and a lot of other things in my kitchen are also light blue (like my backsplash, famously). It has a suction cup on the bottom that makes it stick to the counter. There’s enough room on it for my dish soap, hand soap, a scrubber brush, and a sponge. And it keeps the sink and the surrounding counter much drier than before.

But clearly, I didn’t think this purchase through, because now I have too many sponge holders. There are worse problems to have, though. Like damp sink spots of ambiguous origin.