Under the sink areas are not exactly my favorite place to organize. The reason is because those darn pipes get in the way of my vision!
I’ll have something in mind, and think oh yes it’s going to look amazing. But then I buy the baskets or organization items and…they don’t fit. Grrr!
While organizing under the sink in my kitchen it took me a couple of trips to the Container Store even with my tape measure. However, I didn’t give up and found some solutions that worked.
Under The Sink
So, this is what my under sink area looks like when it’s empty. The space is pretty big compared to other areas that we’ve had before.
And this is with everything in it’s organized place. Since I like to keep things minimal, this is the place in our home that holds all of our cleaning supplies.
I don’t put anything at the bottom of the cabinet, I just think it looks clean and simple this way. Plus, I haven’t had any issues with spills so this works for me for now.
The only issue that I’ve had though is being able to put taller baskets on the sides. The pipes and garbage disposal piece leave little room. The baskets have to be really thin, and with that you can’t fit much in them.
So, I had to rethink my plan.
I really wanted something stackable and that I could pull out to utilize the vertical space.
The first drawer organizer that I bought was too wide and too tall.
When I went back to return it, luckily I ran into this one at the Container Store. I liked it because it matched my white organizing baskets from Target.
There’s enough room to fit multiple items and it was the right size I needed to fit in the center of the cabinet.
In the bottom drawer is where I keep all of our cleaning towels.
I like to color-code our cleaning cloths so things don’t get mixed up. I don’t want to be cleaning the countertops with a toilet rag eww.
So, the yellow microfiber cloths we use to wipe down our front load washer after we’re done using it. This helps to keep it from smelling and getting moldy. The orange cloths are to wipe down the toilet and mop the floors. I don’t use the same rag at the same time of course. In other words, I use a clean cloth for each duty.
The light blue microfiber cloth is to clean electronics and TV screens. Behind that are some extra sponges. The white cloth attaches to our vacuum to dust mop the floors, and the large towel is for carpet spills.
Now, the top drawer is where I put all the miscellaneous cleaning items that we use.
Even under the sink, I still try not to use that much plastic to store my cleaning stuff. I use a mason jar to hold all of our dishwasher tabs, and to store the baking soda I reused a glass spice jar.
To See how I use baking soda to clean different areas of my kitchen you can read my cleaning post here.
I also like to make my own bug spray that’s safe to use inside the house, a carpet stain remover spray, and some disinfectant wipes. For the wipes I used an old cleaning wipes container that I already had.
It’s simple, nice, and organized.
On The Right
To the right of the drawers is where I keep the “Dirty Towels” bucket. This is where our dirty dish rags and cloth napkins get tossed when we’re done using them. Then, I simply toss them in the washer on laundry day.
Behind that is where I keep my vinegar that I use pretty much for everything.
Under the disposal is an extra fridge shelf for along the door that we don’t need, so this was the best place to store it.
On The Left
On the left side of the drawers is where I keep my cleaning caddy.
This caddy makes it that much simpler to keep things organized and minimal.
The items in my caddy are mostly to clean the bathroom. But I like that it’s a one stop shop.
If you’d like me to go more in detail about how I put my caddy together and what I keep in it, let me know in the comments below. I wouldn’t mind writing a post about it :).
Behind the caddy is a basket of extra cleaning sprays and supplies. The basket I bought at Target.
I used to order some cleaning and laundry items online, but unfortunately I have since learned that they have harsh chemicals that I am trying to keep out of my home.
So, I’m attempting to use these up as much as I can. Then purchase or make a healthier cleaning option.
In the basket I also have some extra paint for wall touch ups, the blade I use to clean my stove top, and the liquid stove top cleaner. This was before I started using my baking soda method to clean hard to remove stains on the stove.
It’s hard to know what to do with cleaning items once you’ve found a healthier method. Tossing them out wouldn’t be beneficial, but I guess using them isn’t any better?
Hmm I will have to do some research and get back to you on this topic.
In the mean time, let’s keep going with our under the sink organization.
Along the wall on the left side is where I keep my cleaning gloves, my reusable straw cleaner, and a brush to help clean out our juicer.
I used small command hooks to hold everything and a binder clip to keep my gloves together.
I got the binder clip idea from Alejandra on YouTube. She has some pretty great tips on organizing as well.
Along the left cabinet door is a hanging basket that holds our daily kitchen cleaning items and trash bags.
This is what it looks like when it’s empty. I’ve had this basket for a very long time and when I purchased it, it came with screws to drill into the cabinet.
Being that we are renting, that is the last thing we want to do. So to help it stay in place I used some mounting putty.
You can kind of see it along the edge at the top of the cabinet.
This stuff can be used to hold things in place without causing any damage to walls or cabinets. I use it in other areas of my home as well.
I’m not sure about the eco friendly aspects of it, but this is the solution that works for us while we’re renting and not wanting to damage anything in our home.
This is what the putty looks like and I purchased it at Target.
As for the cleaning items, I store my all-purpose vinegar spray in a reused glass bottle.
The sponge, drain stopper, and potato cleaner are stored in an acrylic organizer.
Originally, it was used to organize makeup in my desk drawer. But I switched it because it fit perfectly in the basket and all my small cleaning items fit nicely in it.
So this concludes our under the kitchen sink organization adventures.
I will say, when purchasing organizing items they can sometimes be pricey. However, what I do is plan and budget.
I have even found that drawing out your plan can be helpful. This way you can make a list of the items you think you will need and can plan your budget accordingly.
And as you can see, I try to reuse or repurpose a lot of what I already have.
Please, Please, Please, leave questions or comments about anything below. I can’t wait to hear from you!
Is there something that you do when you aren’t using old cleaning items anymore? Can they be donated? I’d love to know.