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Organizing Under The Kitchen Sink

Tackle This Neglected Space and Get a Jump-start on Organizing Your Home

Organizing under the kitchen sink can be an easy and fun organizing project you can do in a short amount of time. See how organized under my kitchen sink, and what products I used to make it both pretty and functional.

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Have you ever thought about organizing under the kitchen sink? There’s a spot in our homes that often gets neglected and becomes a collector of junk and unnecessary items galore! That spot is under the kitchen sink!

I know in our home, the cabinet under the kitchen sink is a catch-all spot for an assortment of bottles, boxes, paper towels, and other packaged household items. There is usually dishwashing detergent and hand soap spilled all over the bottom of the cabinet. It’s usually a complete disaster. And it’s definitely not a space to brag about!

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Until now!

Why not keep it tidy and organized, and why not make it pretty while you’re at it? We open it every day several times a day, so I think it’s definitely an area that needs to be addressed when it comes to organizing your home. The plus side is that it’s such a small space, you can be done in no time, and then you can be inspired to start organizing a bigger space!

I’ve been wanting to organize mine for a while, so of course, I looked for some inspiration before I started and I found it on my friend Abby’s website. She recently organized her space and it was exactly what I envisioned!

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Here is what I used to get the cabinet under my sink cleaned and organized:

The First Step of Organizing Under the Kitchen Sink: Clear It Out

When tackling under my kitchen sink, I started how I always start when organizing something. I took absolutely everything out! That way I can start with a blank slate.

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Declutter, Donate & Throw Out Useless Junk

Once everything was out, I started going through all the junk (I say junk because most of what was under there ended up in the trash!). I got rid of anything that didn’t belong. I put a couple of things in a donate pile and a lot of things in the trash!

Clean the Space

Once I was done sorting through what was already in there, I started cleaning the surface. I used my go to products. Paper towels, a multi-surface cleaner, and a Magic Eraser.

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It took me a couple of minutes to wipe everything down and leave it looking like new.

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Pretty It Up With Decorative Contact Paper!

I decided I wanted the space to look pretty, not just organized. The perfect and easiest way?

Self-adhesive paper!

I went on the hunt for some pretty paper and found so many gorgeous choices! I finally settled on this Con-Tact Paper. Boy, was I pleased when I got it in the mail! It was perfect. Exactly what I imagined.

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So I went to work applying it. I read lots of reviews since I wanted to make sure to get a good quality paper, that wouldn’t be horribly hard to remove. This one didn’t disappoint.

Placing contact paper under kitchen sink.
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It was easy to readjust when I needed to and it was fairly easy to put on. It comes with a nice grid on the back which makes it easy to measure and cut.

Measuring cabinet contact paper.
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Cutting cabinet contact paper.
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Other than one time, when Ryan and I put up wallpaper in our first home (and almost started World War III in the process), this was my first time applying self-adhesive paper. I felt it was easy and I did a good job at it.

Removable contact paper for kitchen cabinets.
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I consider this my initiation into DIY. Watch out DIY World, here I come! OK, probably not.

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Plan the Space-Based on What Makes Sense for You

Once I was done with the paper, I thought about what would make sense to go under the cabinet. For us, it’s paper towels, garbage bags, dish detergent, rinse-aid, extra sponges and magic erasers, wipes, and a few extra cleaning supplies and hand soaps.

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That’s it. I don’t need anything else to go down there. This is what makes sense for us. Your list may be different but always try to think of the essentials that you need and try to avoid turning the space into storage for unnecessary things.

Choose Storage Options That Work Best for Your Space and Needs

So, I knew what was going in there and now I needed some containers to put everything in. I wanted to give it a uniform look like I did when I organized my pantry.

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There were some unused OXO containers stored away so I went with those. Also, I used a small basket for my extra cleaning supplies and an olive oil dispenser for my rinse-aid.

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The OXO containers are great because they’re clear, and I can see exactly when I’m running low on something. If the OXO containers are a bit above your budget, you can find a great, more affordable,  alternative. Our paper towel rolls are always just thrown in the cabinet, so I wanted to get a paper towel holder that would keep it in one place. This is the paper towel roll I decided on. It’s very sturdy and got great reviews.

Paper towel holder under kitchen sink.
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There are a lot of neat organizational products for under the kitchen sink but, unfortunately, most of them don’t work under mine. We have a drawer under the cabinet and the pipes take up most of the space in there. So, none of the cool under cabinet shelves and products worked for me but they may work for you!

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Spruce up Your Containers With Labels

I put everything in their respective containers, and then created labels for them! I had these Avery scalloped labels on hand and thought they’d look perfect.

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I’m so happy with the way they turned out! So happy, that I decided to turn them into a printable in case you decide to pretty up your cabinet under the kitchen sink! You can access the printable here.

Place Everything Back in the Cabinet

Finally, I put everything back in! I kept everything towards the front since there are so many pipes and tubes in the back.

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One last tip for you. I like to keep an open, unlit, Mrs. Meyer’s candle under the kitchen sink. This way when I open the doors, the smell is great! I personally love a very clean scent.

Organizing cleaning supplies under the sink.
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The Perfect Project to Start Getting Your Home Organized

I am so pleased with the way this space looks now!! Even a couple of my kids, who opened up the cabinets, said “Wow, it looks great!” without me even asking for their opinion! This was a very easy space to organize and “pretty” up! If you’ve been looking for something to organize, but feel overwhelmed with starting, I recommend organizing under the kitchen sink! You’ll have it looking great fast, and you’ll be motivated to keep going!

Finished organizing under the kitchen sink.
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What do you want to organize? Let me know in the comments if there’s a space you’d like me to write about.

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  • Melanie says:

    Wow! I love the pretty contact paper, and love the bins!! Awesome tips.

  • Krista says:

    Great job organizing! ?? Looks fantastic! Thanks for all your wonderful tid bits! ??

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