Under the Sink Organization in 5 EASY steps!
Under the Sink Organization Step 1: Remove Everything From the Space
Every time I organize my pantry, closet, or a cupboard, I empty everything out. It might seem like a time saver to just move things around as you go, but I’ve found that it really isn’t. Starting with a clean slate and seeing everything that you have makes de-cluttering and purging so much easier.
This is also a good time to make sure that all of the spray bottles are in the “off” position and that all cleaning bottles are properly closed. Especially if you have toddlers. We have child locks on our cupboards, but if you leave a door open for even 5 seconds it seems to send out a homing signal and he comes running over.
Step 2: Get Rid of Anything That Doesn’t Belong
Why was there a can of static guard under the sink? Or spackle? How many times have I been doing the dishes and found myself reaching for a can of bug spray?
I moved these items to the side and any other items that could free up space. I also broke down any boxes for items that were half gone. Like our trash bags. The trash bag box took up a TON of space. From now on, I’ll store the box in the garage and only keep one roll inside the house.
Step 3: Mix and Match to Find A Container Arrangement That Works
Every under-sink space is different. Not only do we have plumbing lines, but a giant fire extinguisher to work around.
I reused the storage bin that I already had and grabbed a few more that I thought might work in this space. I moved them around until I found an arrangement that I liked. In the end, I got rid of the smaller one (shown above) and kept 1 large, and 2 medium stackable bins.
These bins are all from Walmart.
Step 4: Prioritize
Now that I had a blank slate to work with, how should I go about filling it up? I decided to put all of the little odds and ends into the lower stacking bin. These are refills and things that I don’t use on a regular basis.
Next I grabbed any large refill bottles that I don’t reach for more than once a month. I had a giant bottle of Lysol and another bottle of Soft-soap. I put those behind my stacking bins, behind the plumbing hose that hangs down.
That left two more bins. I decided to use one for everyday items, and the other for general cleaning supplies.
I found that my dishwashing pods fit better in this container than in the original one and that I could easily slip them in between the basket and the side wall. Perfect!
Under the Sink Organization Step 5: Put Your Space Back Together
Now for the fun part, filling up the space admiring your work!
Because I got rid of some items and moved the bulky refill bottles behind the plumbing, I had more space to work with. I used the extra space to store a few paper towel rolls.
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