Regardless of space you may have, these super practical and helpful tips are sure to help keep the area under your kitchen sink super organized!
Solutions for Under Kitchen Sink Organizing That Just Make Sense
The story of my life.
The kitchen renovation that was slated to be done in a month or so has turned into 13+ weeks of this mess and ya girl’s TIYUHD.
But the good news is that our tile is finally in stock so we can start working on that and then we should be moving closer to a fully functional kitchen!
So today I wanted to bring you what most people love about a new kitchen – how you organize it.
There’s a few things to note about our under cabinet situation.
Our cabinet is shorter than our other cabinets because we have a farmhouse sink (which I do love).
But it severely limits our space to organize, especially since we also have a giant garbage disposal hanging down in there but we were able to make it work and now I’m sharing my top tips that are practical and super helpful.
Another thing to note is that I don’t have to have a ton of things under our sink because I have a spice drawer in our island that I’m using to store our trash bags, daily granite cleaner and extra things I want to have close, but not under the sink.
In our old kitchen, I turned a tiny entry closet into a DIY cleaning closet and I loved it. But that space is long gone.
I am working on turning Jordan’s old tool closet into my new cleaning closet since we now have a storage unit.
But for now, I’m working with a very small space which helped me minimize my supplies drastically.
Determine your needs
Even if you don’t have a ton of space for a cleaning closet (or you had to turn your cleaning supply closet into a makeshift tool storage because you don’t have a garage), you don’t need a ton of things under your kitchen cabinets.
Think of things you need in a pinch or need close by in a pinch.
Here are some items to consider
- Dishwasher tabs
- Fire extinguisher
- Liquid dish soap
- Hand soap
- Countertop/stone cleaner
- Trash bags
Tame your wires
We had to have a garbage disposal and by code, your dishwasher is supposed to be installed on a switch so that you can easily turn it off in case of it flooding.
Which means we have wires for both our dishwasher and garbage disposal, as well as the giant garbage disposal itself.
Use zip ties to try to keep them together so they’re as out of your way as they can possibly be.
Make things visible and easy to access
You absolutely need to take safety into consideration if you have kids who are curious and may want to get into things, but I found these clear stackable drawer containers on Amazon and they’re perfect for our dishwasher tabs and our Magic Erasers.
I chose those particular clear containers because they come in several sizes and they stack.
I had planned to get another one to stack on top of the Magic Erasers, but I actually didn’t need it.
Try pull out storage
When I first tried to organize this, I had a basket for all of my hand towels, but I found it hella annoying because I couldn’t see them so I had to pull out the basket every time I needed one.
I stumbled on this under sink pull out organizer almost by accident. It had really decent reviews, but the reviews said it came bent or stopped sliding out well under the weight of stuff.
I’m happy to report I’ve had this about a month and that big ol’ bottle of Dawn is heavy. I’ve had no bending and no issues with it.
It’s a little more “stiff” and less “gliding”, especially compared to our smooth as glass drawers, but I don’t really want this to be super easy to pull in and out.
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Become BFFs with Command Hooks
In this kitchen, I’ve only hung my rubber cleaning gloves with small command hooks, but in our previous kitchen, I hung my gloves, cleaning brushes, a towel – just about everything BUT the kitchen sink.
I love these guys. It makes things visible and accessible – which are 2 things needed if you’re going to be organizing things under your kitchen sink.
And the smaller space you have under your kitchen sink (or bathroom sink if that’s what you’re organizing), the more important that things are visible and accessible.
You don’t have to spend tons of money to organize. Simply a place for everything and everything in its place!
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