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DIY Under Kitchen Sink Storage Ideas

Looking For Ideas To Organize Under The Kitchen Sink?

If you have a small kitchen and a lot of cooking wares, making the most of every spot is essential! One of the most areas in the kitchen that is often overlooked is under the kitchen sink. While this area provides additional opportunities for storage, it also has its own challenges.

Here are a few tips to get the most out of an often overlooked space:

1. Add A Pull-Out Shelving Unit

Under kitchen sink pull out chrome wire organizer shelf unit

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Under kitchen sink pull out storage is a brilliant way to easily access your items. Rather than struggling to get at the items buried in the back or at the bottom of your stuff, everything will be neatly organized in pull out shelves. If you don't have the time or knowledge to install your own shelving in your cupboard, simply find a unit that will fit in your space that can be free standing.

2. Storage Containers 

Clear plastic storage containers organized under kitchen sink

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These come in all shapes, sizes, and styles so that you can personalize your space to suit your needs. Some storage organizers are designed to add extra levels to cupboards, helping you make the most of the height of your cupboard without creating a pile of cleaning supplies or pet food. 

However, most of these storage organizers are plastic. If you're looking for a more eco-friendly way to maximize your storage space, opt for wireframe baskets or racks. These are plastic-free, aesthetically pleasing, and can be stacked on top of each other for lots of storage space!

3. Under Sink Storage Caddy All In One Unit

Lots of folks use the cabinet under the kitchen sink to store cleaning supplies of one variety or another. Tension rods can be used to create out of the way hanging storage for spray bottles or rags so things don't end up in a pile. The advantage is you can set the tension rod high enough under the cabinet to create two storage layers.

STand alone under sink storage caddy and rack for hanging spray bottles or rags

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Another way to get the same result is to consider an all in one storage caddy and rack unit.  The unit tends to be more stable and is easy to grab and go.

4. Hooks, Baskets, Or Caddy Inside The Door

Over door hanging wire grid basket organizer under kitchen sink

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Don't forget the space on the inside of your cabinet door. Most cabinet doors are not thick enough, or may not be made from a material that lends itself to a permanent fixture like a screw hook.  So, I love the adhesive backed hooks made by 3M and sold under the brand name Command.  They are inexpensive and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and opacities.  They are available from any Lowes or Home Depot.  The other nice thing about 3M hooks is they are easily removable.


5. Paper Towel or Plastic Bag Holder

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Raise your hand if you don't have a million plastic bags stuffed in the cabinet under the sink?  I wish I could raise my hand, but that is just not the case.  Consider adding a great plastic bag holder on the inside of your cabinet door to help organize your inevitable collection of bags.  It's a super inexpensive fix and I promise, you won't regret it.

6. Transfer Your Items

If you are needing a little home organization pick-me-up, this is a small project and easy strategy to begin building your confidence and momentum to tackle larger areas.  You can find great containers you love in lots of places.  Really the only rules for this trick are to make the containers practical for your access and use.

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Transferring your items from unsightly boxes into under sink organizers is a great way to make your space look a little more stylish. Find a set of storage containers that you love and use them for your washing capsules, laundry powder, and any other items you can think of! I like opting for a see-through storage solution, so that you can see what's in each one clearly for quick access. 

If see-through storage isn't your thing, be sure to add labels to whatever you end up with so you can quickly find what you are looking for.  You can also transfer your liquids into matching bottles (again, opt for glass for a solution that's planet-friendly). This will instantly make your under sink cabinet space look neater.  And remember to try and stick with the same style as it's much easier to stack and organize jars and bottles that are of made of the same material and shapes.

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