Under the sink organization—whether it’s in the kitchen or bathroom—can be a tough job. It’s such an awkward space with all the plumbing in the way. Usually, you store a variety of items there which makes this task even more challenging.
Most people shove some stuff in that cupboard, throw their hands in the air and walk away. But today, I’m going to share some tips with you so that you can maximize that weird space and make it functional.
Here are some super smart tips you need to know to organize under the sink.
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9 Tips For Under The Sink Organization
First and foremost, be smart when you decide what you’ll store under the sink. Don’t place anything there can rust or will easily be damaged by water. You should also be wary of soap leaks, if you have a built-in dispenser. If there’s ever a leak, you’ll be glad you were thoughtful about what was stashed in that cupboard.
Store any items that may potentially be ruined by water or moisture in plastic storage containers.
Make sure you can easily access items stored. Constantly shuffling containers around or opening lids to see the contents is frustrating.
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Use plastic drawers for smaller things. They’re great because you don’t have to move anything around to access the contents. Clear bins that can stack on top of each other are also a great option for less frequently used items. Stacking the bins on top of each other makes the most of the space that’s available. Place the containers at the back of the cupboard and a set of drawers in front or another set of stacked bins. It’s totally up to you!
Label each drawer or container so you (and everyone else) knows exactly what’s inside each one. The key to maintaining an organization system is to make it ridiculously easy for everyone to know where everything is and more importantly, where to put things back.
A Lazy Susan is another fantastic option for making things easily accessible. Don’t restrict their use to just the kitchen sink cupboard. Feel free to use them in the bathroom as well. They’re perfect for things you reach for all the time like cleaning products, hair products etc.
Don’t Forget Vertical Spaces
The sides and doors of cupboards are usually unappreciated and underused by most people. When you’re looking for extra storage to maximize an awkward space, you can’t afford to be picky especially in a tiny kitchen or bathroom!
Place an over-the-door organizer on the cabinet door for extra storage. In the kitchen, this can be a good place to stash extra sponges and in the bathroom, small items like wash cloths. Stick command hooks on the door or sides of the cupboard and hang scrubbing brushes, gloves and cleaning cloths.
Combine And Contain
Store like items together. In the bathroom, place all of your cotton products in one area and all of your makeup in another. Doing this makes it super easy to find things when you need them. You don’t have to go to separate spaces to grab things that are used for similar functions.
Make It Pretty
It’s a simple but golden rule of mine when I’m organizing any space and that is to make it look pretty.
When a space looks good, you want to keep it that way. And any time it doesn’t, it triggers a little alarm in the back of you head that you need to clean up.
Just because you’re organizing under the sink—a space that’s usually out of sight—does not mean that it shouldn’t be pretty. When you open those cupboard doors, you’ll be in for a treat every time. Not to mention, you heart will do a little happy dance. Who doesn’t want that?
Want to know some home organization secrets for how to make the under-the-sink cupboard look good? Pick a colour scheme and stick to it. Don’t use too many colours or patterns. It’s a small space and will be overwhelmed if too much is going on. Plus less is always more in my book.
Line the shelves with pretty paper or shelf liner, use attractive baskets and storage containers. Leave plenty of space between items so that the cupboard doesn’t look cluttered even though it’s organized.
Organizing under the sink was probably something you struggled with before. Now you know my secrets to getting it done right! Share any other tips you have for bringing order to this neglected space in the comments below.
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