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How to Effectively Organise Under the Sink

Monday, February 12th, 2018

It can be challenging to effectively organise under the sink.  Most of us have an awkward area filled with pipes and hoses.

But it is possible! There are some great cost effective products I’d like to show you to help keep the area organised.

First things first though, let’s have a peek under your sink and see what is in there.  We need to figure out what is being used and what little trouble makers are just taking up space.

Ok, honestly we need more than a peek.  It’s a mistake many people make – trying to organise an area without having a really clear idea of the contents.

The best way to assess the area is to:

  • take everything out from under the sink
  • Group similar products and items together
  • Purge anything you no longer need or have never used *

* Be honest…if you don’t know what it is for, how will it ever get used!

Once you are left with only the items you use, consider if they are being housed in the right area.  Depending on the configuration of your room, under the sink is either a great quick access area or an awkward space to get to.

Under my laundry sink is a very awkward space to get to, so I house less often used items in there and use a nearby cupboard for my washing detergents etc.

Once you have a clear idea of what will be housed under the sink, it’s time to plan how to effectively organise it:

  • Measure the space
  • Look at what you want quick to hand
  • Check out the below photos for ideas on how to organise the space
  • Make a list of the storage you would like to use and plan the space
  • Search around your home to see if you already have something suitable to use
  • Make a list of what organising products you would like before heading to the store

If you want the space to be easy to manage, don’t over fill it with consumables or organising products.

Following are some organising suggestions, there are quite a few variations which could be overwhelming if you are not clear on the above:

Using tension rods under the sink

There are 2 ways tension rods are useful.  To hang often used spray bottles or use the rods to secure containers on an angle making it easier to see the contents.

The Organising School tip for under the sink, use tension Rod for sprays
Courtesy of Pinterest
The Organising School tip for under the sink, use a tension rod to support baskets
Courtesy of Pinterest

The trick is to find one small enough to fit in the space.  I found some through AliExpress, if you live in Australia you could try stores like Bunnings and Spotlight.

Stackable baskets

By using containers that stack, you are taking up less surface space while still making items easy to access.

The Organising School tip for under the sink, use stackable baskets
Courtesy of Pinterest

Click on the below images to visit the relevant website.

Kmart stacking bin set of 3
Kmart set of 3 stacking bins
Kmart stacking bin large clear
Kmart large stacking bin

Roller open storage

This is a cost effective way of creating a drawer like system that you can pull out to retrieve and see items.  These examples have 2 small wheels fixed to the back so that they glide easily.

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Kmart compartment roller storage
This Kmart storage comes in different widths and heights
Kmart low roller storage
This Kmart storage comes in different widths

Drawers

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With closed drawer systems you can store other items on top.

Kmart closed drawer system
Kmart 2 drawer system

The below tiered system takes up less surface space.

Kmart 2 tier drawer system
Kmart 2 tier drawer system

The below system is more expensive but worth the investment if you have mobility constraints

The Organising School tip for under the sink, install a pull out drawer
Courtesy of Pinterest

This Howard Storage World product comes in different sizes.

Howard Storage World drawer system
HSW drawer system

Containers

Use containers to keep like with like and to keep smaller items together. For less often used items, use a container with a lid to create more storage surface space.

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Kmart small container
Kmart small container
Kmart container with lid.
Kmart container with lid

Shelf insert

These are great if you only want  a shelf in part of the cupboard to create more surface space.

The Organising School tip for under the sink, use a shelf insert to create more surface space
Courtesy of Pinterest

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IKEA shelf insert
IKEA shelf insert
Kmart shelf insert
Kmart shelf insert

Expandable shelf

This is a cost effective way to add shelving to under the sink.

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Howard Storage World shelving
HSW shelving

Door and wall space

Attach hooks, railings and dispensers.

The Organising School tip for under the sink, use a paper towel dispenser to hang rubbish bags
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The Organising School tip for under the sink, use the door for storage
Courtesy of Pinterest

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Kmart over the door wire basket
Kmart over the door wire basket
The Organising School tip for under the sink, use a towel rail to hold spray bottles
Courtesy of Pinterest
The Organising School tip for under the sink, use hooks for easy access
Courtesy of Pinterest

These 3M hooks require no drilling, are damage free and can be used in wet areas.  They come in many different shapes and sizes.

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Kmart 3M hooks
Kmart 3M hooks

Pull out bins

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IKEA sorting bin
IKEA sorting bin
HSW pull out bin
HSW pull out bin

 

Don’t delay, start today
Sara

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