7 Genius Steps to Organise Cleaning Supplies Under the Sink

Do you want to create an under-the-sink organisation that not only looks good but also functions seamlessly for everyone in your household?

One that looks Pinterest-worthy but is also tailor made to your specific needs? 

I will show you exactly how achieve this. 

I have successfully organised my own my kitchen under sink area in a way that is easily understood by everyone in my household, works for our needs and remains tidy because of how effortless it is to navigate. 

Now I want to help you do the same. 

In just seven simple steps, you will have a plan to to transform your under-sink area into a space that will make people think you hired a professional organiser. 

To make the process even easier, I’ll provide you with you an action step for each stage. 

Together, we’ll tackle: 

  • Customising your storage: How to tailor your under-sink organisation to suit your specific requirements.
  • Finding inspiration: I’ll show you some amazing under-sink organisation ideas that will inspire you.
  • Choosing the right organisers: How to choose the right organisers or utilise existing items to manage costs.
  • Maximising available space: Optimising every inch of your under sink area to create extra storage options and make use of any dead space.

Whether you are tackling your kitchen or bathroom sink, these tips are universal. Are you ready?

Let’s make your organisation dreams a reality. 

Step #1: Make a list

This step may seem redundant, but it is the very first thing you should do . Grab a pen and paper, or use your notes app if you prefer, and create a comprehensive list.

Take your time with this step, spreading it over the course of a week if you need to.

make a list for undersink organisation

Make a list of not only the things you already have, but also the things you wish you had under your kitchen sink to make your life easier.

For instance, do you have a kitchen waste disposal (garbage disposal), but the cleaning pods are stored in a cabinet on the other side of the kitchen?

Do you need a portable caddy? Would you like to keep your dishwasher pods under the sink? Do you have pets? Consider the cleaning products you reach for every day when making this list.

By doing this step, you’ll find that there are items under your sink that don’t need to be there. You’ll also discover items that are essential but currently absent. 

Action Step: Allocate as little as a day or as long as a week to compile a comprehensive list of everything you want to be able to store under your sink. Consider what would make life in your household easier if easily accessible? Feel free to write a long list, you can edit later and refine it. Once you are prepared, move on to the next step.

Step #2: Assess the Under-Sink Space

Now that you have a list of all the things you might need to store, assess the space you have.

This will give you a clearer picture of what you can store and it’s a great way to make the most of the space.

measuring for under sink organisation

There are many tasks to be done in this step, and I found that I spent the most time here, taking several days.

If you’re unsure about how to assess your kitchen sink cabinet space, let me show you what needs to be done in this step.

How to assess under sink

  1. Clear out: Temporarily clear out the entire under-sink area to give yourself a clean slate and help you understand what you’re working with.
  2. Take stock of what you have: Compare the list you made in step 1 with what you actually have and determine what you might need to discard, buy, or replace.
  3. Measure: This step is crucial to understand the available space. In my case, the position of the tap filter didn’t allow for the best storage options. Moving it to the centre allowed me to fit a pull-out drawer in the space. So take a look at your space and identify any fixtures or pipes that can be moved. Measure everything to get a better understanding of the layout and dimensions. This will help you evaluate storage space limitations and will be useful when shopping for organisation solutions.
  4. Evaluate how you use the space: I did this step by standing over the sink and using hand gestures to mentally go through my regular tasks. This helped me come up with the idea of hanging my gloves on the door.
  5. Don’t forget the cabinet door: Measure the space between the door and the cabinet when closed.

Once you have finished evaluating, take a few post-it notes and stick them to areas where you want things to be. If you prefer sketching, draw it out on paper.

I know you might think these steps are a bit extra, but I promise you, they will help you create the perfect under-sink system for yourself and your family.

Action Step: Measure and assess how you might want to use your under-sink space. Also, visualise yourself using it, in order to mentally note the areas where certain items will fit best. Use post-its or sketch out a plan.

Step #3: Find Inspiration

You might be wondering why I didn’t mention this step first. That is totally on purpose.

I want you to decide what cleaning products and storage system are best for YOU before you look at what others are doing.

This way, you can ensure that you include the things that are absolute essentials for your family, rather than simply following something because it looked aesthetically pleasing on Pinterest.

However, finding inspiration can be helpful in discovering ideas you may not have considered. I also recommend exploring the pages of professional organisers.

I prefer them because they not only prioritise aesthetics but also focus on functionality. Here’s a video from a professional organiser that inspired me: 

By finding inspiration from various sources, you can gather ideas that align with your personal preferences and requirements.

Remember, the goal is to create an under-sink organisation system that is not only visually appealing but also practical and efficient.

Action Step: Look on Youtube and Pinterest for inspiration. Search ‘under-sink organisation’ ‘aesthetic sink organisation’ ‘best under-sink organisers’.

Step #4: Clear the Clutter: Sorting and Discarding

Now, it’s finally time to declutter and get rid of things you don’t need. This process will help you clear out items and create a shopping list for the things you really need.

organise undersink

You can start by categorising your cleaning supplies into groups. You can group similar items together. Common categories include sprays, brushes, dish soap, dishwasher tablets, and more.

By decluttering and organising your cleaning supplies, you’ll create a streamlined and efficient under-sink area. You’re almost ready to enjoy a clutter-free space , let’s move on to the next step.

Action Step: Organise and sort your under sink area.

Step #5: Choose the Right Organisers 

This is the fun part – we get to pick our organisers, whether they’re ones we already own or ones we buy online or in-store.

I love organisers because they help compartmentalise and can make the space look really pretty too.

under sink organisation options

I will show you some organisers that work best for different items or parts of your under-sink cabinet, as well as some amazing door organisers.

Tip: Remember to measure your chosen storage against your under sink space to be sure it fits before you buy

Under Sink Storage Options

  1. Pull-out Drawers: Efficient use of vertical space, great for organising towels, cleaning cloths, spray bottles, trash bags, scrub brushes and backstock.
  2. Plastic Containers: They come in baskets or stacking boxes, and are great for organising various items.
  3. Tiered Organiser: Makes efficient use of vertical space.
  4. Pop containers: These are one of the best storage containers for items like dishwasher tabs and steel wool.
  5. Cleaning Caddy: To store quick grab and go cleaning essentials.
  6. Tension rod: Ideal for hanging spray bottles.
  7. Lazy Susan: Provides visibility and easy access to items that might be at the back of the cabinet.
  8. Shelf risers: This helps maximise vertical storage especially behind pipes.
  9. Shelf liners: Protect and prevent items from sliding. You can also use it to add a pop of colour.

Tip: You can store back stock elsewhere and keep only a few out at a time to fully maximise what is often a small space.

Cabinet Door Organisation Options

Here are some practical solutions to utilise this often overlooked space and keep your under-sink area well-organised.

Cabinet Door Organisation Options
  1. Command hooks / adhesive hooks: Perfect for hanging lightweight tools.
  2. Door-mounted organisers with pockets or hooks: To hang mini tools
  3. Door mounted roll holder: You can use this to keep paper towels or kitchen rolls out of sight
  4. DIY solution: Sponge holder mounted on sticky hooks.
Sponge holder mounted on sticky hooks

Action Step: Shop for items that fit what you are looking to store but remember to measure against your space before you buy anything

Step #6: Label (Optional)

I am so proud of you for reaching this stage.

Having an organised under-sink area is a real game-changer for the household. When we organised ours, even my husband was so happy.

Now, before you decide whether or not you want labels, remember that this step is entirely optional.

Having labels on your storage items can make it easy for everyone in your household to identify what’s in each container.

undersink organisation labels

Alternatively, like I chose to do, you can opt for clear containers whenever possible.

This allows you easily see the contents without having to open each container, eliminating the need for labels.

Whatever option you choose, there are plenty of affordable label options available, or you can create your own and make it waterproof with some clear tape.

Action Step: Label the containers if necessary or use clear containers/ wire baskets to easily see contents without having to open. 

Step #7: Maintain

The hard part is done, now you just need to keep it looking good.

If you’ve followed these steps in the order I suggested, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

I’ve only had to reorganise my under sink area once since I initially set it up. A good system maintains itself.

However, here are some guidelines that can help you keep the space constantly tidy:

  • Establishing a regular cleaning and organising routine: This can be once a week or once every two weeks.
  • Restock: Take inventory of your supplies so you can restock quickly before they run out.
  • Tweak: If something doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to change it. You might find that you don’t like having a caddy and want to place it elsewhere. Feel free to make adjustments based on your needs and preferences.
  • Childproof: Remember to childproof the under-sink area if you have small children in your household.

Action Step: Remember to keep a weekly or monthly maintenance routine for cleaning and restocking of items.

Conclusion

How are you feeling? I certainly hope you don’t feel overwhelmed and that you can implement these strategies.

Now that I have provided you with all the tools, feel free to revisit this article for inspiration and guidance on specific items to purchase.

Now, it’s time for you to take action and put the steps into practice. Remember, even small steps can lead to significant results, so don’t hesitate to start today.

Thank you for joining me on this journey to create an organised under-sink space. Here’s to a cleaner, more efficient, and happier home!

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Hey you, I’m Torera

Hey there! I am Torera, a home care and cleaning enthusiast with a mission to make cleaning as fun and easy as possible for women like you. As someone who had to learn everything from scratch, I have the mindset of a beginner and know exactly how to take you from A to Z. Let us ditch the overwhelm and create a space that is clean, cozy, and totally you!