Including nearly everything possible.
Let's say someone's leaving home because they found a nicer spot in the area. People tend to move virtually all of their older belongings into the new place. When a person takes almost everything with them, the phrase "everything but the kitchen sink" is used.
After losing my job, my family had to move into a smaller and less expensive home. We took everything but the kitchen sink from our old spot when we moved into our new place.
Everything but the kitchen sink - comes from World War Two when everything possible was used to contribute to the war effort...all metal was used for the U.S arsenal. The only objects left out were porcelain kitchen sinks. Does anyone still have a porcelain sink?
At Everything But the Kitchen Sink, there's always room for home textiles
Everything But the Kitchen Sink, which celebrated its 35th anniversary five months ago, began as a gift shop selling ‘little fun things' within a 400-square-foot space. Today, it occupies more than 15,000 square feet at the same address stocked with just about everything but the kitchen sink.
"Because of the store's name, we could include anything we wanted," said Suzanne Edgar, manager.
For example, when owner Missy Lickle's daughter decided to open a children's wares business, she set up shop at Everything But the Kitchen Sink in a section of the store. Since then, she opted out of the business. But her children's department remains.
More recently, another unexpected assortment - women's jackets, jewelry, and scarves - has been added in response to customer demand, which has increased since a store in the area selling those items shut down.