We consider ourselves to be fairly organized people, but there are certain places in our homes that just don’t stand a chance against clutter. Underneath the kitchen sink is definitely one of those disorganized spaces. How can you own so many cleaning supplies, and yet the one place that stores them is never clean?
Check out that “before” photo. Supplies were everywhere, and finding the right spray bottle for a particular task was always an adventure.
Not only did we want to get this cabinet organized, but we wanted to put a smart organizational method into place so it wouldn’t ever get back to that scary before photo.
Like every organization project we tackle, we started by clearing everything out of the cabinet, as shown below:
This is a great time to purge and ditch old items you rarely use. It’s also an opportune time to give the cabinet base a deep clean.
Once we were left with a clean cabinet and fewer items to store, we picked up a few organizational supplies. The first may confuse you…
…it’s a tension rod! Yep, a small tension rod just might be the key to your organizational problems. We found this rod for $7 on Amazon and placed it right under the kitchen sink.
This tension rod now holds the four cleaning supplies we use most often. When cleaning the counters or quickly wiping down a mirror, we can easily grab the right cleaning supply for the job.
It’s also a good spot to dry out wet gloves used from washing dishes. Who knew a tension rod could be so handy?!
We picked up a double-decker basket too. This maximizes the tall cabinet space under your kitchen cabinet because you can fit double the items in the same small footprint.
To take things up a notch, we used washi tape and a permanent marker to label the two bins.
A spot for your wet sponges is always a good idea. A small container with clear command strips fits perfectly on the inside of the door. Again, this uses the vertical space in the cabinet so not everything has to take up space on the cabinet floor.
Overall, this kitchen cabinet looks a heck of a lot better. All it took was a little bit of purging, some storage solutions, and a $7 tension rod to give this hardworking space a new life. Happy DIY-ing!