I am so glad I purchased this litter box cabinet. We are able to house our cat's litter box right in our family room, so our kitty doesn't have to go far to do her business. It completely blends in with our furniture and since we have the opening facing away from the primary view, no one knows what is inside! The cabinet looks fantastic! I don't keep essentials in the drawer, because you do have to open the cabinet if you want anything in it, but realistically that isn't much different from having to open any cabinet. I don't have a problem with the corrugated plastic insert, because, c'mon folks, this is a litter box station, I find that if I just wiggle the insert a bit, it slides out just fine, and far enough for me to 1) access the litter box to remove the day's "work" and 2) lift it out and carry it elsewhere to empty it completely. And I'm glad the insert is there, because it catches most of the litter. If it were a drawer instead, the litter would have to be vacuumed out anyway, because let's face it, cats are not neat. I can easily tip the insert, which is super light, to empty whatever is in there into the actual litter box before emptying, and then it's just the bottom of the cabinet that has to be swept or vacuumed occasionally. This is a well designed cabinet and we love it!