Kitchen Sink Organization Ideas: Hall Of Fame

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One part of the first week of the kitchen organization challenge is all about sink organization.


Now, at first, you may wonder what I mean by organizing your kitchen sink, since after all there is not much to the area.

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However, you do a lot of activity in this area of this room, such as both food preparation and washing dishes.

So, it is important that the sink itself stays relatively clear and empty (most of the time), and the area around the sink is set up to accommodate the most common tasks you normally do there.

(Note I'm not talking right now about the area under your sink, that is a different matter all together, although I've got a under kitchen sink organization hall of fame you can check out.)

This includes an area for washing and drying dishes, for storing dish soaps and sponges or washing rags, and perhaps other things like storing baby bottles, a place to hold your ring while washing up, etc.

What you'll need to make your sink area organized is unique to your personal needs. However, readers who've tackled this challenge have done some really cool things that I wanted to share with you, to give you some ideas you might want to execute in your own home.

So scroll on down to check out what they've done, and if you get inspired and tackle this task as well please send me your before and after pictures here and I'll add them to the page.

Photo courtesy of Rachel Zack

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Kitchen Sink Storage Solutions: Tip Out Tray & Built In Soap Dispenser

by Kathleen

Tip out sink tray

Tip out sink tray

Tip out sink tray Closeup up sink tray, to hold rings Soap dispenser installed Before

Kathleen from Life With The Z's did all kinds of awesome things with her kitchen sink as part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

This included installing a sink tray that tips out to hold some of the small clutter that often gathers around your sink, such as sponges, etc.

She says about the tip out sink tray: "No more disgusting sponges laying out. I left the screws for the trays a bit loose so I can take them out and wash them, bonus. And my favorite part about them is" the place to hold her rings.

I looked at found a couple online at Amazon if you wish to install one yourself. I will note there are many different lengths available, so measure your sink cabinet first to make sure you get the right size!



In addition, she said: "I also put my Ms. Fix It skills to work and installed a soap dispenser! I put regular dish soap in there, and you can fill it from the top, bonus!"



Think this stuff is hard to install? Not according to Kathleen, who said, "with the help of our local handy man letting me borrow some tools (aka, My Father In Law Gary), I did both of them myself!"

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A Sink Caddy Can Keep Your Sponges From Staying In The Sink

by Katy

Do you have a problem with people leaving a wet sponge at the bottom of the sink, where it stays wet and absorbs all kinds of nasty stuff as people dump drinks and food scraps into the sink during the day?

Do I sound like I know a lot about this? I personally do because my children are notorious for doing this.

One possible solution: a sink caddy.

Katy from Thrift Me installed one (from Simple Human) in her sink as part of this organizing challenge.

It looks great doesn't it?

Here are some available ones you could use:

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Removing Clutter & Keeping Dish Drainer Clear Make A Visual Difference

by Jessica

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Jessica from His Plan Not Ours shared before and after pictures of her kitchen area.

She said of the before pictures: "Our sink area. Dirty dishes, too many mildew-y sponges, medications in the windowsill, and a framed meal planner that I got from a MOPS meeting, but have never used."

"And the right side of the sink where there are lots of coffee accessories and Tim's dump bowl. And clean dishes that need to by put away."

She decluttered the old medications and old sponges, as well as some of the stuff on the counter close to the sink which was interfering with drying dishes.



In addition, notice the huge difference once she put away the clean dishes in the dish drainer on the look of the whole room.

There is a point to those drainers, they are to allow you to let items that you've washed dry a bit before you put them away.

However, if you catch yourself just grabbing the pots, pans, or baking sheets back out of it again the next time you need it you've begun to use it as a storage area instead of for its intended purpose. (Confession time -- do as I say, not as I do! I am VERY guilty of doing this sometimes. I totally get it. But visually I know it isn't very attractive.)

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Declutering The Sink Area Can Make A Crazy Difference Visually

by Lee-Anne

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Lee-Anne from Life In A Peanut Free Shell shared these before and after pictures when she organized this area of her kitchen.

She said of the before picture: "Here’s one of the sink area. This space was ridiculous. Sink full of empty dishes (almost constantly), miscellaneous items around it and on the windowsill."

Then, she commented of the visual difference with some decluttering, "I know – crazy right? So different!"

I agree Lee-Anne, and it looks lovely! Great job.

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Corral Your Soaps & Lotions With A Decorative Plate

by Amy

Amy from Wine Country Mama shared the little touch she added to her sink area as part of the challenge.

She says: "I love this cute little red plate it adds some color and corrals my soaps."

Not only does this add a festive touch of color to a kitchen counter, it is also imminently practical.

Sometimes these bottles of dish soap can leak, and make a mess on the counter. It is much easier to wash the plate than scrub the counter.

Plus, it keeps things from sprawling all over the countertop, but instead in one smaller designated area.

Has This Inspired You To Get Organized?

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I hope these ideas have gotten you in the mood to tackle your kitchen sink and spruce it up a bit.

You can make it both more visually attractive and functional at the same time.

I'd love it if you'd join the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, where over the course of the year we will organize our entire house, room by room, item by item.

Plus, once you've accomplished this mission I'd love to see what you've done. You can share your before and after pictures here and I'll add them to the page!

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damp sponge concerns
by: Joan

Doesn't the closed off damp sponge stay damp and, perhaps, get icky?

soap dispenser
by: Nancyinne

I have the soap dispenser in the spray hole - bought it at the hardware store, just screws into the hole where the sprayer goes. No more soap on the counter! Easy to use - hold enough for a month - easy to fill - Love it!

baby stuff
by: Marie

Thoughts about how to handle the constantly washed, drying, multi-pieced baby bottles and other stuff? The bottle drying rack drives me crazy by the sink, but not sure what else to do.

Sanitizing sponge
by: Becky

I store my sponge in the top rack of my dishwasher. It is right beside the sink. This way, when I run my dishwasher the sponge gets washed as well and I don't have to remember to put it in and it's out of sight.

Accessory sink holder
by: Mikoniko

I really need one of those things that hangs over the edge of the sink. My sponges and brushes and sink stopper are in a dish on the counter on the left, hand soap and dish soap on the right. I would like to not have to buy something. Any ideas on something I could make or repurpose to do the over-the-edge job?

Pretty sink tray
by: AwesomeMom

What a great idea! Putting soaps and lotions on a pretty tray to keep it from moving around!! Thank you!!!

baby stuff
by: Betsy

I saw on pinterest someone had hung a shower caddy on their fridge with a command hook to corral all the drying baby bottles, etc. Next time I'm at BB&B I plan to pick one up to hang on the side of the upper cabinet next to my sink.

Sponge vs dish rag
by: Angie

Is it better to use a sponge or dish rag. I have always used a dish rag, I put out a new dish rag and dishcloth every night when I am done cleaning the kitchen.

Preventing germs from growing
by: Anne

As a retired RN I am very picky about how I allow sponges and dish clothes stay in my sink.

As a general rule I never allow a sponge to be stored in a container as dark damp places are a perfect breeding ground for molds, fungi, bacterium like e.coli, etc.

What I do instead,or try to do, is in the evening when dish washer is loaded, all sponges go into dishwasher under a bowl to keep it from flying out of rack, and run for the night. Often this can sanitize your sponge and kill most germs if run with hot water.

Once a week it goes into laundry.

make sure you clean your sponges
by: Anonymous

Be sure the sponge user cleans sponge very often. My sister put hers, secured, in top rack of dishwasher so it gets sanitized.

Throw away sponges
by: Anonymous

After a long lasting skin infection I will NEVER use sponges, loofahs and those fluffy things ever again. I am wary of dish cloths and even those scrub brushes, but haven't abandoned them yet. Be careful, people. It wasn't fun.


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