Organizing Under the Sink
Easy and Efficient Under Sink Storage
What have you tried to store under your kitchen sink? The space is different in each house depending on where the water lines and disposal end up. You are lucky to get one skinny container on one side of the cabinet.
Then there is the mix of cleaning products; dishwashing liquids, powders and tablets; trash can liners; rubber gloves; and assorted scrubbing doo-dads. The shapes and sizes are a nightmare to organize and contain.
When you are in a hurry, something is bound to topple over. Gooey spills, dishwasher detergent powder, and spider webs conspire against you to make a sticky, dirty mess under there!
Let me offer a few suggestions. You are free to mix and match to come up with a solution that fits your unique circumstance.
- Store only what you use in the kitchen here. If you have an adequate pantry or space in your laundry room, keep the majority of your cleaning products there. This also helps cut down on the danger of poisons a child can reach (locks are necessary, but should not be the only safeguard!)
- Move trash bag liners to your plastic wrap area. These boxes should fit in the drawer on their side.
- Cover the floor of your cabinet with a rubber mat or shelf liner. The spills and grit will be easy to clean with a wet sponge. Once that cheap particle board gets wet, it is never the same. A pristine cupboard looks good when you get ready to sell.
- Use a slide out container with a stable bottom. Choose solid plastic, mesh, or metal stripping that is less than ½” apart to avoid tipping.
- A 6 qt plastic shoebox with no lid will do for the side of your cabinet that has the most head room. This is the frugal organizer’s option.
- The Rolls Royce of pull-outs for the tall side is the 11” X 21” chrome Lynk Professional Kitchen Under-Sink Rollout Double Drawer. There is an 11’ X 18” version as well.
- Finally, I love the 1’ X 1’ ITSO wide tray toat Target ($5.19) This can hold sponges, rubber gloves, scrubbers on the short side.
Once you make these changes, you will be surprised at how easily and efficiently you can access everything you need from your now beautiful under sink storage!
Martha Clouse is founder of Organized For Life, a professional organizing company. After moving 11 times in 20 years as a military wife while raising four children, Martha shares with you what she learned “under fire” about coping with change, using time to your advantage, and how to create a calm oasis out of chaos.
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