Organizing under the kitchen sink has to be one of the hardest places to tackle. At least for me anyway. It gets really tough when you’re trying to maximize the space and work around the piping under there. Moving into our new home was the perfect blank slate to get started on my organizing projects. I am so excited to share with you today how I was able to work around the obstacles and create a functional, organized space under my kitchen sink.
In our old house, I didn’t really have a set system. I knew where stuff was (for the most part) but I also knew that I could do much better. The first thing I did was empty everything out. EVERYTHING. You want to start with a blank slate. At this point, I was able to toss anything I was no longer using and consolidate where needed. I spread everything out on the kitchen floor so I could see what I had left. I was able to relocate a few items, things that just didn’t belong under there, and then put like items together.
After I had everything sorted and ready to go, it was time to refill the cabinet. I try to organize in a way that will make it easy to find and acquire what I am looking for. In this case, the stuff I use on a regular basis goes up front and things like swiffer refills and vinegar goes in the back, as does my bulk pack of sponges and infrequently used cleaning products.
I am IN LOVE with containers. I love how everything is corralled and looks so much more organized just because I added a couple bins to the space. Unfortunately, my husband, knowing how obsessed with containers I am, told me I had to reorganize under the kitchen sink without spending a penny! Challenge accepted 😉 I wanted to maximize the usage of the space I had under the sink, and there’s more space vertically than I realized. I had some of these clear stackable bins I intended to use for under my bathroom sink, but decided they’d be put to much better use in the kitchen. I also had a few of these white stackable plastic baskets ready to be put to work too!
I like to keep my counter as clutter free as possible, so I tossed out my paper towel holder and dish rack. Instead, I use a roll up dish rack and store it on the side of the cupboard with command hooks. To keep my paper towels readily accessible, I opted for this over-the-drawer paper towel holder. I was surprised to discover that I’m reaching less and less for paper towels now that I keep them next to my kitchen towels. I suppose this is because it makes me think twice about whether or not I NEED to use a towel to throw away versus using a reusable towel when I am looking at both at the same time. Anything we can do to better our environment, right??
To store my dishwasher tabs, I use two flip top containers. I prefer the flip top to the Oxo containers because the lid has a little handle and because they’re a smidge cheaper. You can also find them at Walmart and even at TJMaxx/Homegoods sometimes too! That said, I do use some Oxo containers in my pantry.
The bottom white stackable basket holds all of my swiffer duster and wet jet refills. The top basket holds several specialty cleaners like stainless steel cleaner and barkeepers friend as well as Febreeze; all things I reach for on a weekly or daily basis. I found the caddy on the right in the $3 & $5 spot at Target when it was full of back to school items. Inside the caddy I keep things I use nearly every day including the best carpet cleaner EVER, a bleach mixture, multi-purpose and glass cleaners. I also keep some rubber gloves in there too.
So that it for organizing under our kitchen sink! It’s so much easier to find and access everything when the cupboard isn’t jam packed with stuff. It’s amazing how much more space we seem to have in there now. What’s the hardest part of your home to organize and keep pretty? Let me know in the comments below. Have a wonderful week!