The area beneath your kitchen sink presents several challenges for storage, including the presence of a garbage disposal, and plumbing fixtures.
Often, the items you need regularly accumulate in the front, leading to a messy and disorganized space, while the rest of the items are pushed to the back and forgotten.
While there are numerous organizing products available, it’s crucial to find solutions that suit your specific needs.
As a professional organizer, one of the initial steps I take with my clients is to create a list of the specific items they intend to keep under the kitchen sink.
This process often reveals that certain items, such as an extra bottle of toilet bowl cleaner, don’t belong in that space if there isn’t a nearby restroom. Once you have identified the items you wish to store, the process of organizing the cabinet under your kitchen sink becomes much simpler.
Follow the tips below to effectively organize this area.
Maximizing Vertical Storage:
To make the most of the limited space beneath your sink cabinet, consider using stackable clear drawers.
These drawers provide a convenient solution for storing items like dishwasher pods, dish towels, trash bags, and sponges. Additionally, you can use a portable caddy to organize your cleaning products.
Simply grab the handle and easily transport it wherever you need to do your cleaning.
Utilizing Door Space:
Often, we overlook the potential storage space available on the inside of cabinet doors, whether in closets or kitchen cabinets.
Hang a single or two-tiered organizer over your kitchen sink cabinet door to create easy access to frequently used items. This is especially useful when your hands are occupied with dishes.
The organizer can hold lightweight items such as gloves, sponges, cloths, or a scrubbing brush, preventing them from getting lost in the depths of the cabinet. If you’re concerned about the appearance of hooks when the cabinet is closed, look for a door organizer that can be mounted on the inside.
Clearing Counter Space:
Don’t limit your paper towel placement to the countertop, especially if your kitchen has a limited surface area.
Reserve a space at the front of your under-sink cabinet for a paper towel holder, ensuring that it’s easily accessible. Maximize the remaining space with a sliding double-decker organizer for cleaning supplies and a holder for plastic or garbage bags.
Repurposing Storage Supplies:
Sometimes, you need to think creatively when it comes to organizing solutions, especially when moving to a New Home and wanting to reuse existing products.
Take advantage of various storage supplies you already own to organize the space beneath your kitchen sink. For example, a container designed for wine bottles or travel mugs can neatly hold a roll of garbage bags.
Shelf risers previously used for plates and bowls can increase the height of your storage and provide double the space. And if you have an airtight container from your pantry, repurpose it to securely store dishwasher pods or powder detergent.
Easy Access to Frequently Used Items:
When you’re at the sink, whether washing your hands or doing dishes, it’s essential to have easy access to your dish-washing essentials.
Store these items as close to the front of the cabinet as possible for convenience. Less frequently used supplies can be organized with the help of shelf risers, bins, or a lazy Susan placed towards the back.
Install a towel rack inside the cabinet door and use adhesive hooks to hang a bottle brush nearby for quick and convenient access.
Enhance Visibility with Lighting:
Poor lighting can contribute to the disorganization of the space under your kitchen sink, making it difficult to locate items.
If your cabinet lacks adequate lighting, consider installing inexpensive motion sensor lights. This is particularly helpful for small or dimly lit spaces.
You can also opt for adhesive LED touch- or motion lights that come in battery-operated or rechargeable options. Some even include a remote control for adjusting brightness.
While it may initially seem unnecessary, illuminating this area can prove invaluable when you’re searching for that elusive backup bottle of hand soap.
*The information is for reference only.