Organizing under the kitchen sink may seem like an easy task but for many households, the cabinet under the sink is the most cluttered (and dirtiest!). Think about it, what is usually kept under the kitchen sink? Cleaning supplies, dish washing tools and of course there are pipes and maybe a garbage disposal. The cabinet under the sink can become neglected and cluttered but these simple tips and tricks will show you how to organize under the kitchen sink and reduce the clutter in your kitchen.
We have reduced all of our cleaning supplies down to a select few (made with essential oils) so our home remains chemical-free for the most part. We still have bleach (I just can’t get rid of bleach for some reason!) and Greased Lightning (which I don’t use but my father-in-law swears we need this stuff after owning a cafe).
Consider reducing several cleaning items in your home to multi-purpose cleaners to reduce clutter. You can find essential oil recipes to make all-purpose cleaners HERE otherwise I highly recommend checking out Grove Collaborative who sells a variety of chemical-free products and my favorite is this one.
We keep the chemical cleaners in this black bin – it’s a recycling bin but is perfect under the sink for storage if you keep a recycle bin somewhere else in your home. We keep a large recycling bin in our garage. There is a smaller bin that attaches to the top with extra sponges, dish brushes and our Rub Away Bar 🙂
If you are as old as I am, you might remember using Mr. Yuk poison control stickers in your home as a kid. We had these on cleaning products around our home so I wanted to incorporate them in our home today. I found a Mr. Yuk face picture online, downloaded, printed and attached to the bin using double sided tape. You can add a Mr. Yuk face anywhere in your home where you store chemicals or contact Poison Control for some free stickers, magnets and other information.
We keep a fire extinguisher under our kitchen sink. You should have one on every floor of the house and especially in the kitchen.
We also have a small “laundry” basket under our sink for dirty towels and cloth napkins. We have greatly reduced our paper consumption since we switched to cloth napkins and only use kitchen towels for hand-drying and microfiber cloths for cleaning up spills.
We keep clean towels in the drawer next to the sink and we throw dirty towels/napkins in this basket which I empty and throw in the laundry once a week.
The glass container behind the laundry basket holds our dishwasher tablets. They are sealed in the original package AND in the sealed glass jar with the Mr. Yuk face sticker. Consider keeping items like this out of reach of small hands and clearly marked as poison since many children have been known to mistake them for candy.
We also throw a back-up roll of paper towels in this cabinet but it’s very rare that we use them since we are pretty much a paperless kitchen!
Suggested Supplies to Organize Under the Kitchen Sink
- Trash Can/Recycling Bin (ours is form Ikea)
- Plastic Basket (ours is from the dollar store)
- Small Container (for smaller dish-washing/cleaning items)
How to Organize Under the Kitchen Sink:
- Remove everything from under the sink and wipe down surfaces.
- Sort through items and decide what you need to keep.
- Place organizing supplies where it fits: organize items around your plumbing so there is nothing stuck between pipes or hiding behind pipes.
- Keep clear of the clutter under the sink by only storing items that you use on a regular basis.
The cabinet under the sink is easy to clean and organize if you reduce the amount of items that you keep in the space. Only store items that you use on a regular basis and revisit this cabinet organization often to make sure you are not re-cluttering the space.
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What do you keep under your kitchen sink that you use on a regular basis?
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