6 Genius Ways to Organize Under the Sink

published Aug 31, 2016
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(Image credit: IKEA)

The area under your kitchen or bathroom sink can sometimes feel like an island of lost products. And it will never get any better, until you actually take the steps to sort it out and install some (potentially temporary) organization solutions.

Here, half a dozen ideas to get your cabinets in order. Put one or more of these into place, and you’ll be rewarded with a storage area that looks better (good for your heart) and works better (good for your mind).

1. Nothing Under the Sink? No Problem

Above: A pair of RÅGRUND sink shelves from IKEA ($39.99) can make a sink cabinet appear out of nowhere.

(Image credit: Homeroad)

2. Turn an Over-the-Cabinet Bar Around

You can grab an over-the-cabinet towel bar just about anywhere—it’s meant to give you a neat place to hang your dish towels on the front of the sink basin. But Homeroad shows us you can turn the thing around to give yourself some inside-cabinet storage for towels, spray bottles, gloves, or anything else you’d rather hide away.

(Image credit: Polished Habitat)

3. Keep Bins Labeled to Easily Sort Out Expired Items

Polished Habitat also mounted plastic bins to the inside of her bathroom cabinet door, but added this clever idea: Labels to clue you in on your use. You can use this idea to refresh contact lenses or medications on a cycle in the bathroom, or to keep your sponges fresh in the kitchen.

(Image credit: Polished Habitat)

4. A Pair of Clothespins Makes a Quick Fix

This seriously simple solution also comes courtesy of Polished Habitat: Stick a few clothespins to the inside of the cabinet door to stash and grab just about anything, whenever you need it.

(Image credit: Grant Cornett)

5. Double Your Storage Space with a Lazy Susan

An idea from Real Simple: Just like it does for your spice cabinet, you can use a rotating lazy susan under the sink to be able to access all your cleaning products whenever you need them, “so you don’t have to move 18 different spray bottles just to reach the extra roll of paper towels.”

(Image credit: The Family Handyman)

6. Use PVC Pipes to Organize Hair Tools

Make holsters for your hair styling tools with short lengths of PVC pipe, as seen here on The Family Handyman. You can take your curling iron, straightener and hair dryer to the hardware store to find the perfect width of pipe, then ask someone there to cut it to the right length to mount inside the cabinet at home.