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How To Organize Under Your Kitchen Sink (The Real Life Way)

I just got the prettiest of all pretty dishwashers. My old one was going downhill fast so my hub and I ventured out to find a new one. You guys, I got the Mercedes of all Dishwashers. Stainless steel, third row rack, fancy features, and almost completely silent. I was SO excited for it to arrive...until the delivery man called.
He said he needed a favor. He needed me to clean out from under my sink before he gets there. Uhhh, panic mode kicked in. Now don't get me wrong, my house is usually very clean. But under the sink? Why bother?
This is what I was working with. Hashtag Embarrassed! I keep all my cleaners in my Cleaning Caddy and store it in my laundry closet so I don’t really need to keep a lot under the sink. Just some flower vases and jars, dish washing supplies, and paper towels.
Although, somehow, five trays, a cupcake carrying case, and paint brushes ended up here. Along with a scarecrow, a cat toy, and an extension cord. Don’t ask me how. I have no idea.
I cleaned it all out and threw it in boxes. I hid the junk boxes in the garage so the Installer wouldn't know how how bad it was. So after my brand new beautiful dish washing best friend got installed, I took advantage of the empty cabinet.
I hung the extra length of the water line with a Command hook and lined the bottom with waterproof contact paper. I saw the cutest little under-cabinet racks and organizers on Pinterest, but they just didn’t seem realistic to me.
Who needs a tiny trash can that slides in and out? I have a big trash can. Who needs all kinds of shelves and cubbies when all the cleaning stuff is in the laundry room? And who needs a chalkboard painted on the inside of the door? Pretty sure I’m not going to squat down to write something way down there.
So I did it the real world way.
Metal baskets.
These babies ranged from two to eight dollars at the Dollar General and are pretty heavy duty. Perfect for holding kitchen stuff.
I put the vases and jars in the back, then filled the baskets with my supplies in the front.
The handles make it easy to remove them and the baskets can easily be rearranged and refilled as my stock changes.
Maybe it’s not gorgeous. But it’s functional. And clean. And after all, that’s what we really want when it comes to cabinets.
So thank you Dishwasher Delivery Man.
Without you, I probably wouldn’t have cleaned up under the sink for at least another year.
And now I can enjoy my new handsome hunk of steel without worrying about knocking over two vases, a cupcake container, and a cat toy while trying to get to the dishwashing detergent.
To see the full tutorial, hear the rest of this story, and get a few laughs, visit the full post on my blog.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Metal Baskets   (Dollar General)
  • LG Dishwasher   (Lowes Home Improvement)
  • Command Hook   (Lowes Home Improvement)
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To see more: http://inthenewhouse.com/under-sink-organization/

  • Milanie
    Milanie Cypress, CA
    on Apr 23, 2016

    This makes perfect sense to me. Functional and practical. Well done!

  • Catherine Brophy Sloan
    Catherine Brophy Sloan
    on Apr 24, 2016

    Love this. If you think yours was bad, you should see mine!

  • Dee at the Carlton
    Dee at the Carlton United Kingdom
    on Apr 24, 2016

    That looks so much better - I need to sort mine out too, it is one of those 'out of sight ....' jobs

  • Kim
    Kim Australia
    on Apr 24, 2016

    Looks brigantine. Love the metal baskets

  • Jacalyn
    Jacalyn Clearwater, FL
    on Apr 24, 2016

    I use plastic baskets to keep things more or less organized under the sink, too. We also just got a new dishwasher. Your hunk of stainless and mine might be twins.

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