The space under your kitchen sink is a glorious place. It really is. You may be surprised at how much will fit under the sink once its properly organized. Before organizing the space, be sure to check for any leaks, a clogged garbage disposal, or any other scary or stinky things that make your space under the sink a no-go zone.
How to Organize Cabinets Under the Kitchen Sink
Clean it Up
Clean out the entire space. If there are rust marks or water stains, check the area for dampness. The caulking on an old sink may be in need of repair. Repaint the inner cabinets if they are dingy.
Use Linoleum Scraps
Use scrap pieces of linoleum from a previous kitchen project, yours or someone else’s. Home improvement and discount stores sometimes sell cheap remnants you can also use to give your space under the sink a new covering.
You can use the linoleum to cover up the inner walls in the cabinet, but nailing pieces into place. You do not have to use glue or any adhesive. Another great way to use the linoleum is to make a secure bottom where one did not exist.
If you have old or makeshift shelves under your kitchen sink that are not that functional because there is a huge gap due to the pipes, cut some linoleum to make a more solid self. Leave a hole for the pipes. While you won’t be able to put a lot of weight on the areas, the linoleum will help extend the existing shelves, making them more functional.
Take Out the Garbage
Some people store their garbage under the kitchen sink. If you can manage it, find a place in the kitchen for the garbage. Invest in a new kitchen garbage can. If you need to store the garbage can under the sink, consider a pull-out garbage container shelf that houses both a garbage bin and a recycling bin.
Sort the Cleaners
Pull out everything from under the sink and toss or recycle what you don’t need. If there are tools stored under the kitchen sink, find a new home for them. Any slow leak that you don’t know about could result in ruined tools.
Pare down the amount of rags you might be saving for dirty household jobs or as painting rags. More than one bag of rags is too many, find a new home for them in the garage or basement.
Buy Dollar Store Bins
Head to the local Dollar Store and buy a variety of open plastic bins to organize all of your under-the sink items. Purchase the same shape bins to keep it more organized. If you want to maximize space, consider buying some smaller bins which can fit around the kitchen sink pipes.
Organize from Most to Least Used
Place the bins into the space and start filling them up. Place the least-used items in the back, including grill or oven cleaner, bug sprays, or any other seasonal cleaners or chemicals. A bin for refill-size containers including hand soap should also be stored near the back of the space.
Place all dishwashing items in one bin including SOS pads, extra sponges, dishwashing detergent and scouring pads.
Organize a bin with all of your floor cleaners, and use a separate one for rug or spot cleaners. Another bin towards the front should be used for cleansers you use might only weekly including fabric refreshers or dusting sprays.
Another bin should house the cleansers you use everyday, and should be placed in the front of the cabinet. This could include Lysol or other wipes, or an everyday cleaner like Anywhere Spray.