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Organize Under The Sink Kitchen Storage

Updated on May 26, 2014

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Reorganize Under Your Sink

After a leak under the sink became evident and the plumber paid a visit, it was time to organize the cabinet under the sink. While visiting my Mom one afternoon, I had other things on my agenda, but knew I needed to help her with the cleanup. You too can reorganize your cabinet area in a short period of time. Let me explain the process!

After cleaning out the wet area, we tossed out all of the soaked items that were no longer useful! We made a trip to the Dollar Store and purchased four plastic baskets or small crates for Four Dollars! These containers were a deal. Our next obstacle was to group all of the similar items into the storage bins. The cleaning items that are rarely used were stored in the container at the back of the shelf under the sink. Items that are used on a daily or weekly basis were placed at the front of the cabinet to allow for easy access. With an extra container and with room to spare, we put hot pads and dish towels in a front bin under the sink. With shelf storage at a premium, the extra space and organization were welcome. As we finished our little project, we noted that the change was remarkable and very pleasing to the eye!

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Reorganization Requires Planning

I had my own water drip recently under the kitchen cabinet, after severe cold weather. The outside pipe did not break, but we had a leak under the sink that needed attention. After a week, with a fan blowing air on the wet cabinets, I was ready to return my cleaning items to their home storage area.

My first job was to toss out any products that I never used. I bagged these for special trash days when chemical containers are picked up. I trashed a few soggy items that I didn't want to mess with. After cleaning the surface of the cabinet, I was ready to fill up the space again. My thought was that I would clean the shelf well and not have to reorganize for a l-o-n-g time.

I had a few plastic containers that I used to make supplies more reachable and to create more space. All of my dog items went into one plastic basket, that can be removed easily. Items that I rarely use were put into a basket in the back of my cabinet. Items that I use regularly and often are now grouped together by type toward the front of the shelf. For example, all of my furniture polish is shelved together. My boxes of supplies are stacked together. Along the way, I had purchased items that I did not yet need. As a result, there were several cans or bottles of the same thing. My goal is to use all of what I have before buying more and eliminate some containers under my sink. Taking an inventory of my cabinet should help me plan my purchases better and keep me organized.

I don't know if you can see it or not, but in the middle of the shelf is a white plastic container, propped on its side. It contains rubber gloves, clean sponges, etc. With little or no effort, I can remove this container for easy access.

As a result of my reorganization, I feel better about my home and am not afraid to open kitchne cabinets around visitors. As the family organizer, I have tackled some other projects in my kitchen just recently. I cleaned and organized my pan lids under the stove for the first time in five years.

The project that you tackle needs a plan. Take what you have and add a purpose to the way that it is stored. It will help you locate items quickly and keep you sane! Have fun!


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  • PaulaK profile image

    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Hope it helps Granny!

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    Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    Hi Paula, thank you for this great hub. I am always looking for new ways to organize

  • PaulaK profile image

    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thanks Pamela. I think there are probably lots of people in the same boat! LOL!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Paula, It is amazing to me how long I can put off reorganizing off until a little crisis happens like a leak. Good hub.