Since the space under your kitchen sink is small and contained the best way to approach this mission is to empty everything out of there, and then make each item "earn" its spot back under the sink.
That means getting rid of trash and items you never use, putting items away that do not belong there, and then finally, removing excess and duplicates until what you've got in the space can easily fit.
While I don't personally believe this area has to be empty, the fact that there are pipes and such items under here means you've got to be able to remove stuff from it quickly in case a plumbing emergency happens. That means it is important not to have it packed to the gills, but instead to have only what is necessary there.
You can store whatever you want or need in this lower cabinet space, but often people keep cleaning supplies there. If you decide as part of this mission that you will declutter some of these cleaners, make sure to read this article about how to properly dispose of cleaning products to make sure you're doing it safely for your home, your health, and for the environment.
Now, below I've shared lots of photos from readers who've taken on this mission, showing their great results from decluttering, to get you inspired and give you ideas for what you can do under your own kitchen sink.
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.)
Thanks so much for these challenges! I look forward to working on more!
Thanks so much for sharing your picture Lisa. It looks great under there!
Here's some more photos from a reader, Camisha, who also did this Declutter 365 mission and shared her before and after photos. She said, "I finally got to under the sink. It really was easy- guess I don't have attachments or feelings to most items there - it didn't take much thought, and boy am I going to love the order!"
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.
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.
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!
Before, during and after photo courtesy of a reader, Jennifer