Things To Consider When Undertaking This Organization Project
Before looking at the ideas below for inspiration though, make sure to keep these two things in mind.
Child Safety Is Important To Remember
This is often a very accessible area for your kids, and often there are some dangerous chemicals kept here (such as cleaning products).
If you want to store things under this area like that make sure to use appropriate child safety latches and locks to keep little children out.
Leaks Happen: Ideally You Can Remove Everything From The Area Quickly
A reader, Christine, brought up this point, and I thought it was worth repeating. She said:
"As a contractor's wife, I've been educated that under the sink must be set up to quickly empty, everything in tubs/trays/baskets that protect items from leaks.
He thinks it should be empty actually -- says there's too much going on in there (drain, P-trap, water lines, garbage disposal, water purifier perhaps, etc.)"
I personally think this is a great storage area -- handy and definitely should be utilized, but Christine (and her husband) have a point. So before you begin organizing think about how you'll get stuff out of there in a hurry if the water pipe leaks, or the garbage disposal needs to be worked on.
Lee-Anne from Life In A Peanut Free Shell showed quite a few pictures of the transformation of the storage area under her kitchen sink after tackling this week's challenge.
She said of the before pictures: "Under the sink was a nightmare. Not only was there a ton of piping, but it also went all the way back into the corner – such wasted space. We stuck our deep fryer back there when we moved in 2.5 years ago and it hasn’t seen the light of day since!"
Then, she explained about the after pictures: "I bought an under-sink shelf but when I got home I realized that the pipes were in the way! Hubby took a hacksaw to it in order for it to fit. It works great!"
I like how she has some cleaning caddies in there holding her supplies. That way she can pull things out when she needs them, anywhere in the house, easily carry them around and then put them back.
In addition, she can easily get to get garbage disposal or sink plumbing if needed with the way she's organized in there. That is important since you never know when you may need to do a repair or deal with an issue with this appliance.
Added Additional Storage On Doors With Mesh Pocket Bags
Aimee sent in a picture from underneath her kitchen sink on the Household Management 101 Facebook page.
It looks absolutely wonderful.
I especially like how she added additional storage and organization with the mesh pocket bags she's hung up on the inside of the cabinet doors with hooks.
She explained that she bought those storage pocket bags at Dollar General. They were too long when she bought them for the cabinet doors, but she cut them off to fit.
I've found something similar on Amazon (see picture on the right) which is technically designed for the shower, but looks like it would work here as well although it might be too long or need to be cut, just as Aimee had to do.
***Update: I featured this on the Facebook page and got this comment from a reader which I thought was relevant:
Tina says: I think it is a neat idea but you have to be careful not to put too much weight on the doors; definitely only use this for lightweight items.
Adding Rolling Tiered Baskets Transforms The Space Under The Sink
by Jan @ The Crafty Mermaid's Grotto
I'm featuring Jan at The Crafty Mermaid's Grotto in another section of hall of fame, to celebrate all the great organizing she did in her kitchen cabinets.
However, I just had to also showcase her awesome under the sink transformation she accomplished since it looked so good. She just decluttered a bit, and also added this three tiered rolling drawer organizer which she had previously used elsewhere in her kitchen cabinets and voila, a totally transformed area!
I found a similar organizer on Amazon (see the picture to the right), although it has only two tiers instead of three. I think it could work really well in a lot of under sink spaces though! Thanks for the inspiration Jan!
This challenge was timely, as I had to replace my kitchen faucet this week. So, I emptied my undersink cabinet completely to do that, and put it back with much less stuff. I think it looks much better. (Sorry no before picture.)
Moved Out Cleaning Supplies Not Used In Kitchen To Declutter
Jennifer at Life of Reilly showed before and after of this cabinet after she decluttered it.
She said: Well, first of all, it's a good thing the cabinets were organized this week. When I started taking everything out from under the sink, I noticed a pool of water at the bottom.
I called my husband over to inspect the problem, and it turns out that the garbage disposal had a crack in it. So he replaced it that day, and I was able to finish organizing.
As you can see in the picture above, I already have my saran wraps stored on the door, and this system works for me, so they're staying there. I had some freezer storage bags down here, so I moved them to the upper cabinet with the rest of the storage bags.
There were a few cleaning supplies that I didn't use in the kitchen, so they moved out. All that's left down here now are garbage bags and kitchen cleaning supplies.
She explained, "I have a tricky under sink area, but found an easy solution to my wraps all sat on top of the drawers."
Further, she said, "I bought one of those 5 drawer plastic units for my child to keep paper and other crafty bits in. The kids are 19 now so I click clacked it down to fit under the sink. On top there's enough room for all wraps to sit. Happy with that!"
Thanks for the pictures Bev! You did a wonderful job.
Use A Tension Rod Under The Sink To Hang Spray Bottles Of Cleaners
by Kathleen @ Life with the Z's
After - notice the tension rod
Kathleen from Life With the Z's was featured last week for clearing her counters and her sink.
However, she also worked last week on organizing underneath her sink, and so I wanted to feature those pictures as a part of this week's challenge hall of fame which included under kitchen sink cabinet organization.
I love how she used a tension rod to create a place to hang her cleaning supplies spray bottles, which helped her clear some space on the floor of the cabinet for other supplies.
She also has cleaning caddies, which is a great thing under your sink.
Finally, I applaud that she's got a fire extinguisher in a prominent and easy place to reach in her kitchen. This is a must for all kitchens! (Click here to read an article, and see a how to video, about how to use a fire extinguisher, and learn why having one in your kitchen is so important).
Do You Have Under Kitchen Sink Cabinet Organization Pictures To Share?
I hope these pictures have inspired you to clean up under your kitchen sink.
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