Easiest Under the Sink Organizer Hack

2 Materials
$10
15 Minutes
Easy

If you have a mess under your kitchen sink cabinet, there’s no need to fret! I have a super easy and cheap solution, and all it takes is 15 minutes, a tension rod and some plastic baskets. Bonus: it only costs $10 so say goodbye to that mess!
Here’s how my messy cabinet looked when I started this project. Not a pretty sight, right? Step 1: Empty out the Cabinet
I started by pulling everything out from under my sink. Emptying the sink cabinets allowed me to sort everything easily and quickly, and to get a good look at the space I had to work with. Step 2: Put up a Tension Rod
I decided to wedge in a tension rod, in order to create two "levels" for my cleaning supply storage. If you have a lot of bottles or baskets, you can even squeeze in two tension rods. Step 3: Hang up Spray Bottles
Most of my cleaning supplies are in spray bottles, so they fit perfectly over a tension rod, which clears up the much-needed floor space. Step 4: Organize Your Large Supplies
Now that I had that free space (thank you, tension rod!), I slid all the larger items I don’t use as regularly to the back of the cabinet, and put the larger items I do use regularly (like garbage bags) in the front of them. Step 5: Bring in Baskets
I laid out 3 plastic baskets and put all the medium and smaller items inside. Some of the more expensive under the sink organization kits have drawers, but plastic baskets slide in and out beautifully (and they're inexpensive), so I'm very happy with them. I wanted to corral everything in baskets so that if something spills, I can just rinse out the basket instead of having to clean everything under my sink.
Enjoy saving time and effort the next time you need to clean up a mess!
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96 questions
  • Jean
    on Jul 23, 2016

    Did this and rod slipped. Maybe didn't use a strong enough rod. Did you use a curtain rod or a shower curtain rod which is stronger? Many spray bottles didn't fit over the shower curtain rod because of the rod's diameter. Glad it worked for you and such a clever idea, only wished it worked for me.

    • Helen Higgason
      on Jul 24, 2016

      You need to use a tension rod......

    • Jean
      on Jul 24, 2016

      Helen, I did but it was just for a window curtain and thought maybe a shower curtain tension rod might be better.

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Jul 25, 2016

      I used a rod meant for a shower curtain, because of the strength. I only had one bottle that wouldn't go over the rod.

    • Linda Sikut
      on Oct 9, 2017

      If one bottle doesn't fit, add a shower curtain ring onto the rod. The diameter of those are smaller so it should work.
  • Peggy
    on Jul 23, 2016

    I like the idea, but does a tension rod really hold all those spray bottles without collapsing?

    • Darlene Hengel Thomez
      on Jul 23, 2016

      I have tried the tension rod idea at my house & it kept fall ....

    • Betty jo
      on Jul 23, 2016

      Try using those rings that ya use to hang up closet rods

    • Ire2995456
      on Jul 23, 2016

      Good answer thanks

    • Sandy
      on Jul 24, 2016

      Yes it works

    • Karen Williams
      on Jul 24, 2016

      If you have spray bottles that won't hang well, add a shower ring & hang the bottle on that.

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Jul 25, 2016

      Yes it works just get a good tension rod. Mine is meant to be for a shower curtain, which takes a lot of pulling from hands.

    • Eloise
      on Jul 26, 2016

      I have several of these tension rods throughout my house and really like the space they free up. There is a limit to how much weight each will support, and there are really cheap tension rods which hold very little weight, then there are some strong enough to hold a person's weight (I used to have one mounted in the door between my kitchen and dining room and did pull ups routinely).

    • Mar8025867
      on Aug 9, 2016

      Tried it ..did not work for me..

    • Pam Quinn Jackson
      on Aug 20, 2016

      I also have a kitchen garbage can under one side of my sink, but I'm planning to put the tension rod from front to back on the open side, rather than side to side across the width of the cabinet.

    • Carol Covino Deeb
      on Oct 2, 2016

      Mine keeps falling down also. I guess I have the wrong kind of tension rod.

    • Kapi'olani Kamai
      on Nov 26, 2016

      I have 1 small frying pan, 2 large skillets, 1 sauce pot, 1 soup pot and 2 covers hanging from a tension rod above our sink, it's never budged! #ihearttensionrods

    • Linda Sikut
      on Oct 9, 2017

      You can't use those flimsy tension rods made for café curtains. You need the ones used in a bathroom for a second shower curtain. Those are sturdier and can take more weight. You also might have to make them tighter to hold everything up.
    • Tlw6933834
      on Nov 8, 2017

      You could screw a small block of wood that the rod would rest on so that it doesn't slip...

  • Barbara Kraemer
    on Jul 23, 2016

    Does no one have a garbage disposal

    • Pattie Jaworski
      on Jul 23, 2016

      Me too!

    • Sophia,M.,McConnery
      on Jul 24, 2016

      None here!

    • William D Davis Jr
      on Jul 24, 2016

      Not here.

    • WENDY
      on Jul 24, 2016

      the only houses I know that have them are on sewer system, but those of us on septic don't have them.

    • Louise
      on Jul 24, 2016

      We have been on both systems and have had disposals. I don't like this design because the bottles are in the way of what is behind them. Disposals do take up some room.....work around it.

    • Cecelia
      on Jul 24, 2016

      Slide the bottles to one side to access the stuff in the back.

    • Anna Wright
      on Jul 24, 2016

      we have one but there is plenty of room in front of it to hang a tension rod. In fact, this idea will help when you have a disposal as it will increase your storage space and make up for the fact that the disposal takes up a lot of room.

    • Larry Byers
      on Jul 24, 2016

      You can hang rubber gloves, dish cloths Etc in front of the disposal. I would say be imaginative and just tell the original writer, GOOD JOB,

    • BM
      on Jul 24, 2016

      With a garbage disposer! I just bought different size bins. But, if I didn't have a disposer I would use the writers idea. Good job!!

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    • Rut8492704
      on Jul 24, 2016

      I only have one question? Why would you store granola bars under your kitchen sink?

    • Karen Williams
      on Jul 24, 2016

      We have a corner cabinet w/ double sink = awkward storage space, but not only have garbage disposal, also RO tank & filters! Extra space, gone! I use a tray (like a large plastic lunch tray), to store assorted items that will fit under the disposal (slide out to reach back items), roll of paper towels on top of tank & roll of trashcan liners in the middle. I like the idea & have used tension rods in a myriad of places, this might work elsewhere for me.

    • Lori Rosenau
      on Jul 25, 2016

      I love the idea,but I have a garbage disposal,water filter and a small trash bin under my sink! There's no room for a trash bin any where else!

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Jul 25, 2016

      Nope, none in my house.

    • Cathy
      on Jul 25, 2016

      My problem is my trash can is on one side under my sink No where else to put it either. And a garbage disposal on the other side. Whats a woman to do?

    • Ruth Ann
      on Aug 14, 2016

      This is probably a bathroom sink.

    • Angela Cisco
      on Aug 17, 2016

      The reason most people with septic systems are discouraged from having a garbage disposal is because the food waste and oils will form a film over the liquid in the tank, killing the aerobic bacteria that keeps the waste biodegrading. They are notorious for causing septic back ups due to backed up waste that can't break down due to the oil and grease.

    • Lori Rosenau
      on Aug 18, 2016

      Thank you for the info. I've lived in the city for too long. I've forgotten about septic tanks.

    • Sherrie
      on Nov 26, 2016

      Haven't had one in years.

    • Sue
      on Jun 9, 2017

      We don't (mostly) have them in Canada because we compost our veg. waste and the city picks up other food waste and aerobically (?sp) composts it. We recycle 'most everything else.
    • Anna Vincent
      on Oct 8, 2017

      There are other cupboards you could use -- this was just an example.
    • Gus26951580
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Those with septic tanks can put in yeast (the kind you use for baking) and it helps with the break up of the waste in the tank. I think we use a 1/2 cup each month and it is not a poisonous solution. Buy it in a large bag at Gordon foods. We do mulch most of the veg. waste.
      .
    • Susan Snyder
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Garbage disposals are not permitted in all towns. There are many local Construction Depts that won't issue the necessary electrical and building permits, calling disposals "potentially hazardous" or "dangerous". I live in a borough that doesn't allow them, grew up in another, and worked for yet another. I probably wouldn't use it anyway thanks to composting & recycling.
    • Roc25444954
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Use it constantly, couldn't live without one.
  • Jo
    on Jul 24, 2016

    I haven't tried this but how about thinking of it more like a rod in a closet? Instead of a tension rod that could fall down use a rod and firmly attach it to the sides.

    • JR McGinnis
      on Jul 24, 2016

      I have used a tension rod with no problem. Closet rod would require installation. Tension rod much easier and works great.

    • Billie
      on Jul 24, 2016

      I had a tension rod in my laundry room to hang clothes up when I take them out of the dryer. It was falling down about every couple of months.

    • Karen Williams
      on Jul 24, 2016

      I installed a Valet Rod (from www.organize.com) -- it disappears when I don't need it & there to hang things to dry quickly or as I empty the dryer. LOVE, love, love it!!

    • Karen Williams
      on Jul 24, 2016

      Forgot to mention the valet rods (telescoping type) are in the laundry room & sewing room. I think they'd work in LOTS of situations & are VERY strong.

    • Car3787789
      on Jul 25, 2016

      If very much weight is placed on the tension rods it will come down and my short fuse aka as temper can't handle it. Have tried unsuccessful. But if it works for you great

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Jul 25, 2016

      It works well just buy a solid tension rod. If you see mine is a thicker plastic one meant to hold up a shower curtain not those thin metal ones.

    • Patti Eckardt
      on Aug 20, 2016

      don't get the thin cheap one, mine cannot hold much weight and sags in the middle if a bottle is heavy. But I could see a thicker rod holding up just fine

    • Kapi'olani Kamai
      on Nov 26, 2016

      I have 1 small frying pan, 2 large skillets, 1 sauce pot, 1 soup pot and 2 covers hanging from a tension rod above our sink, it's never budged! #ihearttensionrods

  • Sue
    on Nov 26, 2016

    Why do you have food under there???

    • Sharry Graham
      on Nov 28, 2016

      Yes, why?

    • Lonna Lipparelli
      on Nov 28, 2016

      I am wondering this also. and ziplock bags for food storage??

    • Diane Allen
      on Feb 4, 2017

      More than likely just to fill the space for photos. Just pretend they are something else!

    • Jane
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Food under there turns me off from this site. We have a new kitchen and have a drawer under the sink. Great for dish towels etc and no wasted space. Had the pipes at the very back of the space so the drawer is not full depth.
    • 12615790218
      on Oct 8, 2017


      Chemicals mixed with Nature Valley crunch bars .....

    • Jak
      on Oct 8, 2017

      strange yes ! sooo petty janeschr.
    • Hha22216925
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Maybe she uses boxes from other things to store stuff in too?? I use boxes from other products to put other things in to store.
    • Rad12373557
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Actually it’s none of your business what she stores there. She was nice enuf to share.

    • Dic28751029
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Raderm12 has the perfect answer!! Thanks
    • 12372060
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Thank You for sharing! Yes, it doesn't matter why that box is in there, we get the point!
    • Geo21868701
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I am quite Sure box is about size or reuse. Thank you for sharing a great idea. We all see ideas we are not drawn to, hoping we can just not comment or we may miss good ideas from people who will stop posting.
    • Ronald Parks
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Hey, the mice have to eat something!
    • Sandy
      on Oct 8, 2017

      It was a joke. She said she puts items she doesn't use very often in the back!!
  • Tie29554672
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Really a great idea, but I noticed that most of the spray bottles are not even half filled up, which leads me to believe full ones might be too heavy for the tension rod....so, where are you storing the bigger refill bottles??? I live in a rather large Condo, but storage space like this suggests is at a premium. Great idea though!!!!
    And PS... you could easily work those bins around a garbage disposal. The tension rod with its hanging bottles should not touch it at all.
    • Irene
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I've done this a couple of years ago, and yes if the bottles are full you might just need a heavier weight tension rod. I used a shower tension rod and it works beautifully. Great share, thanks.
    • Jo Roff
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Their using a shower curtain rod.

    • Cheryl
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I have these hanging in ALL my closets. I hang my longer items on the original top rod and shirts on the bottom rod. You can buy little plastic cups, at Lowe's/Home Depot that will hold up about anything. Just screw them into the wall/cabinet, at the ends and drop in rod.
  • Sarah
    on Oct 8, 2017

    What is purpose of unused rod?
    • Irene
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Looks like the rod was already there before the new rod was added. I'd just ignore that part.
    • Janice
      on Oct 8, 2017

      That is a pipe
    • Mary Lee Brawley
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I bet it's support for the sink. Not another tension rod.
    • Jug27817892
      on Oct 8, 2017

      When she mentioned putting up more rods, Im sure she meant, if you need more room for hanging bottles up, you can put in more rods behind the first rod. That way you would have more rods of hanging spray bottles,.



  • Christine
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Why do you have granola bars under the sink?
  • Clay
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Why would you store food in the same area as cleaning supplies?
    • Ann28692951
      on Oct 8, 2017

      NO!!..Duh!
    • Nat
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I noticed that too
    • Cec
      on Oct 8, 2017

      That was the first thing I thought - granola bars with cleaning supplies. YUK.
    • Leanne M. Peters
      on Oct 8, 2017

      No one would throw things under a sink like that. Duh. Like the rod idea tho
    • Haley Hinds
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Think outside of the box folks... maybe they are recycling a big box and using it for other storage... focus on the task at hand...
    • Patricia Goll Thompson
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I wondered the same thing myself.
    • Regina Adair
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Hark go the bells Sweet silver bells..... I’m doing this Idea!!!!

    • Bijoux
      on Oct 8, 2017

      That was the first thing I noticed that was "odd", but then I thought maybe the box was the right size for something else you need to store, hopefully!!!
      I save boxes for storage.
    • Sandy
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Fantastic idea! How clean it looks! I'm doing this!
    • Shari Fryrear
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I am sure she isn't storing her food unsafely. Just try to see the item for it's value and try not to be critical. We don't need negative we just need to see the positive ideas being shown. I am defiintely doing this
    • Shawna Truman
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Cockroaches lay their eggs in cardboard do when the babies hatch they can eat the cardboard to live. The best place for their cardboard is a warm( next to dishwasher) damp area such as under a sink. Saving and using cardboard for storage is big trouble for sure.
  • Mim21824784
    on Oct 8, 2017

    I'm inspired. Just 2 quick questions. Will the tension rod hold a bottle of glass cleaner as well. They are a little heavier than what I'm seeing on the rod under the sink in photos above. And what sized plastic bins are you using on the bottom of the cabinet? Thank you so much for sharing this great idea. The bottom of my sink is so unorcanized and it drives me crazy. Smile BIG! :)

    Mary from NH
    • Ecb Hamaker
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I had the same concern, so I purchased a wood dowel small enough in diameter to hook spray bottles over it. I also bought a set of wood, closet pole sockets. (See pictures.) Hubby attached sockets to wall and cut pole to fit. Presto! This supports a large number of full spray bottles with no problem. You can get these most hardware stores. The sockets were about $2. Can't remember cost of pole.
    • Wendy Leung
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Properly installed Wood dowel would be more substantial than the tension rod.
  • Caz12973789
    on Oct 8, 2017

    are you crazy .... food in a cabinet filled with chemicals ????????????????????
    • Ann Braxmeier
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Who said that? No food with chemicals.
    • Jackie Little
      on Oct 8, 2017

      She mentioned that some of the items are for advertising, since I can see all the comments about the granola bars, I guess it worked...
    • Barbara
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I see Nature Valley Bars under the sink...why would you want to put them there??
    • Olga Thornton
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Have you every put Walmart bags in the empty box of some food???
    • Sheri
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Cazzie501: Apparently you missed the disclaimer right under the video.
    • Maggie
      on Oct 8, 2017

      That doesn't look like anyone's "under kitchen sink" that I have ever seen.


    • Sue
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Where does the trash can go? That is often under the sink, which would be hard to work out with a tension rod. Otherwise,good Idea. I solved my under the sink problems by getting rid of most everything.
    • Gwyn Dean
      on Oct 8, 2017

      This idea title I thought was for dishcloth hanging until I saw it in action. However, I found that adding ceramic tiles on the bottom and rubber coated wire shelves made more sense than hanging falling spray bottles when you reach in to pick up those basket items.

  • Grace Ricalde
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Where can I purchase that exact rod?
  • Carmen VanWey Booz
    on Oct 8, 2017

    do you customarily store your food under the kitchen sink?
    • Dra29054680
      on Oct 8, 2017

      No
    • Gwen
      on Oct 8, 2017

      It's probably was an empty box and reused..😜
    • Bec
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I was wondering the same thing? Also sandwich bags??? I would never put food stuff under the sink with cleaners?? Ick!
    • Elizabeth
      on Oct 8, 2017

      it's a big bag, not a box...and doesn't look as though it holds anything else. I would also not store ziplock bags there IF they're to be used for food...since moisture or leaks can create havoc under any sink. Mine go in the end drawer with foil and plastic wrap, and I use small ziplock bags in that same drawer to hold twist ties and rubber bands. Otherwise, this does look nice and tidy afterwards. Another idea would be to hang a curtain ring over the rod with a clothespin to grip the rubber gloves..making them a wee bit more accessible for those of us who have difficulty bending. I like this idea since it would give me easier access to my most used spray bottles.
    • Cherylhvac
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Yes, i'm sure it was... i repurpose so many old boxes... i organized all my mom's medical supplies using kleenex boxes. totally cleaned up kitchen junk drawer... made organizers for kitchen drawers using various size boxes. old boxes to organize small sacks... etc. I have a stash of boxes ... just have to think... "outside the box!"
    • Barbara German
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Good idea...I need to figure around the garbage disposal but something to think about!
    • D.
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Thank you Cherylhvc and all of the other thoughtful people for your kind and useful responses to this post.
      This is why I joined this community - for the lovely and caring people.
      You made my day better.
      God bless you,
      DEE
    • Gail Willson
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Elizabeth - I LOVE your idea about the curtain ring and clothes peg for hanging rubber gloves!

      I also like the curtain rod idea.

      Thanks to both of you.
    • Anita Hargreaves
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Great idea !!
    • Mom14264576
      on Oct 8, 2017

      What a quick and easy idea!
    • Phyllis Williams
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I never did see food but I'm afraid I would knock the bottles off rod when reaching for other things.
    • KP Callahan
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I bet you're tired of people noticing the granola box, aren't you?  Another user repurposes boxes to use as storage, but she wrapped them in either Contact paper or wrapping paper (depending on how "moist" the storage area).

    • Dottie Cooper
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I loved this idea!! Thank you!!
    • Tim Orr
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Do you customarily prove there are such things as stupid questions?

  • Lisbeth Slabotsky
    on Oct 8, 2017

    It is an awesome idea. I have just one question... who stores food bars with their cleaning products??
    • Jac27524754
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I thought the same thing!

    • Lis29619139
      on Oct 8, 2017

      LMBO, I didn't want to say that. I'm so glad you Did! 😂
    • Rebecca Parrish
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Me too

    • Tonya Varner
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Only A FOOL!!! DUH WERE IS THE PERSON'S BRAINS
    • She16902363
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I was going to ask the same question about the "crunch" bars, but I see you all have beat me to it.... Shelia - Raleigh, NC
    • Brenda J. Molina
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I thought the same thing! Then wondered if there are some cleaning supplies hiding in the box! If it is not holding any cleaning stuff, why would she store food with cleanin products??!!!
    • Dianne
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I wondered the same...which totally distracts me from the really good storage/organizing ideas! ( don't eat the bars 😜)
  • Met29871956
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Did you forget that most sinks have a garbage disposal And /😳
    • Carla Randall
      on Oct 8, 2017

      That's probably true but lots of us are in rural areas on wells. I prefer not to have a disposal so this would be great for me.
    • Lis29619139
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I thought the exact same thing. This must be for under bathroom sinks. 🤔
    • Bklyn Cowgirl
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I'm sure that she didn't. Obviously, hers does not. Neither does mine. Looks good to me.
    • Eep
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I have a septic tank and recycle my food wate, I’d never have a garbage disposal. I end up with black gold instead, for my garden.
    • Missy Burch
      on Oct 8, 2017

      so not true- i don't have one. i think this is the bathroom anyway.
    • Peg28062313
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I have a garbage disposal and there's plenty of room for a tension rod and storage.
    • September
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Missy, the very first line says “If you have a mess under your kitchen sink cabinet, there’s no need to fret!”
    • Jan Koelsch
      on Oct 8, 2017

       Could work with garbage disposal, just not the whole rod would be used. Definitely would work in the bathroom. Maybe the granola is just the box and not the product itself. Easy to jump to conclusions, isn't it. I love the idea and will definitely give it try. One of the purposes, I think of DIY things is stimulate us to seek a solution, try something new or just appreciate someone's contribution. The other thing I think about is how critical do I really need to be. Is it really necessary?  Thanks for sharing.
  • Linda Kunstmann
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Do you really store granola bars under the sink with cleaning supplies?
    • Eileen Kane-Gemmell
      on Oct 8, 2017

      You should never store food with cleaning products
    • Kathy Young
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I wondered about that too. But I do love the idea! Might try to do in the front of cabinet for hanging spray bottles as the garbage disposal is in the way in the back

    • Katherine Clemence
      on Oct 8, 2017

      It's an upcycled box
    • Kim
      on Oct 9, 2017

      I think she was just staging the cabinet for you to see the tension rod and bottles. Lighten up everyone. :)
    • Cap30055728
      on Oct 9, 2017

      I was thinking the same thing! What in the world!
  • Eleanor Gutheil
    on Oct 8, 2017

    why would you put food under the sink?
  • Diane
    on Oct 8, 2017

    How much do you think it cost nature maid for that advertisement?
  • Sus11282712
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Why would you put food as in green box of granola bars in with cleaning chemicals??
    • Debbie Kinoshita
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Wondered about that myself too.

    • Priscilla Holland
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Hopefully no food in that box. But they are wonderful boxes for storing "stuff" of all kinds.
    • Autumn Brehm
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Hum...food and chemicals? The same thing? I wonder.
    • Richard Lowell
      on Oct 8, 2017

      In case she wants a snack whle cleaning ;)

    • Shirley Barnett
      on Oct 8, 2017

      That's the cleanest under the sink display I have ever seen. Looks brand new. I think she was showing you a way to store things neatly not tell her what to store where.
    • Jerry Morgan
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I was thinking the same thing myself! Wow
    • Mon23767417
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I have an empty box of similar size and food type under my sink. I put grocery bags in it.
    • Valerie
      on Oct 8, 2017

      She's probably just using it to store something in it. Or, just seeing if anyone would notice...😉
    • Rpm10931027
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I would guess that she was hiding them from the kids. Why would they look in there?
    • 98713223230
      on Oct 8, 2017

      I love this idea, it's so nice to have all of your cleaning supplies in bottles hanging. I get so irritated when I get a trash bag out & all or a few of my bottles get knocked over. I'll definitely be trying this. I also have a box under my sink to stuff Grocery bags in. 😁 Who really cares what's in that box? 🙃😛
    • Sau21679143
      on Oct 9, 2017

      you can also slip a roll of paper towels over the tension rod
    • Sau21679143
      on Oct 9, 2017

      great idea and nice job!
    • Sou3567451
      on Oct 9, 2017

      Great idea will start this project ASAP, thanks for sharing.
    • Lulu Hernandez
      on Oct 9, 2017

      To see if someone would ask, and now that you have, I'm sure she'll remove it
    • Jill
      on Oct 9, 2017

      Who cares?! Dumb question. Moving on.... This is a great idea and it beats the over-the-door hanging things my roommate put in that don't allow the doors to close anymore! Thank you so much for sharing this with us all!
    • Tx dog lady
      on Oct 9, 2017

      Simply ingenious !!
    • Danielle Odin
      on Oct 9, 2017

      I have a trash bin that hangs inside the door on one side and the rest is all straight because I only use baking soda and vinegar to clean so there aren't too many things to store.
    • Pat4799252
      on Oct 9, 2017

      Great idea! We all have so many spray bottles containing cleaners now they're out of the way! You go girl !!!
  • Paulette Owens
    on Oct 9, 2017

    wow, how smart you are. I went from a 2-1/2 story house to one less than 1000 sq feet so storage is almost non-existent. House was built in the mid-80's. 3 tiny brs and 1-1/2 bath. Attached storage area that you must access from outside. Would love some more pointers on how yo MAXIMIZE
    • Bet1469441
      on Oct 9, 2017

      Two bins one with handle for cleaning supplies I take to different locations in house, the other for my larger items which I use to fill smaller ones . I also store my refuse bin under sink. It is small enough for small food scraps and has a lid and handle. A hook on door holds my dish towel.
  • Paulette Owens
    on Oct 9, 2017

    would this work in a closet
  • Kathleen Dooley
    on Oct 9, 2017

    Why the 2 rods?

  • Hank Arnold
    on Oct 9, 2017

    Curious, you really store Nature Valley bars under the sink with chemicals?

    THIS is a great idea!!
    • Donald
      on Oct 9, 2017

      I thought that very same thing.
    • Donna Wallace Baggett
      on Oct 9, 2017

      That was my very first thought as well.
    • Ham27748956
      on Oct 9, 2017

      Maybe she just used that good sturdy box to hold something else...
    • Harlean Greathouse
      on Oct 9, 2017

      Perhaps, like me, they store items of all sorts in large boxes that once held other things such as food or even shoes. I use lots of boxes cut down to store magazines in. After all, the whole purpose of these hacks is to save money.
    • Hank Arnold
      on Oct 9, 2017

      Great idea!
    • Etienne Steyn
      on May 17, 2018

      I was also thinking the same thing. How can you store food with chemicals


    • Portia
      on May 17, 2018

      I didn't see the Nature Valley bars in any of the pictures where did you all spot them?

    • Brenda Campbell
      on May 17, 2018

      LOL I saw it too yummy nothing like Nature Valley bars to entice the children to go in there and wash it down with a chemical. . Isn't it funny how we all pick up on the strangest things

    • Michelle
      on May 17, 2018

      Lets just say No. We do not store food and chemicals together.

    • Mary M
      on May 17, 2018

      In back on right. I suspect she is using the box.

    • NeNe
      on May 17, 2018

      It's a deterrent for mice & ants. U know the mice that can get the food out of the traps. The NV box is a check-in that they never check-out.😂

    • Sandra Jean Adkins
      on May 17, 2018

      Zip lock baggies too. Right where someone can get poison in their system.

    • Jessica Lissette
      on May 17, 2018

      🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂 it doesn't matter, it's just a funny comment 😂🤣😂🤣

  • Peggy
    on Oct 9, 2017

    I'v done this & found some of the spray bottles no longer work. Something with the trigger. Has anyone else had this happen?
    • Janet
      on Oct 9, 2017

      one of my mechanically inclined sons ( I have three) informed me that a drop of veggie oil on the trigger mechanism will free it up and make it work again-guess what? It worked!
    • Lin
      on Oct 18, 2017

      Thanks for that answer....i have had the same problem of the trigger no longer working...it's like it throws it out of line but I'll try the veggie oil.
    • Chantell Liles
      on Oct 19, 2017

      You can also use the rod to put a roll of paper towels on, hang drying tea towels, small hook basket to hold kitchen scrubbers and other things that are in the bin laden below. Swap the spaces. Turn table (lazy Susan) works great under the sink too.
    • Margo Dias-Dalmida
      on May 17, 2018

      You can also S hook the plastic baskets to the rods.


    • Sandra Jean Adkins
      on May 17, 2018

      Use a metal rod and the cup type holders they are installed with and you won’t have a problem with anything falling, Lowes will cut them to size.

    • Veronica Elliott Enriquez
      on May 17, 2018

      I have my scrubbers & s.o.s pads etc. in a plastic dishwasher pod container with lid. Just in case I get a leak under sink...again.

  • Barbara dodson
    on Oct 9, 2017

    I have tried this and if I put more than 2 bottles on the tension rod, it falls. I have tightened and tightened without improvement. Solutions?
    • Trina Anderson Browning
      on Oct 9, 2017

      Sounds like you need a rod with stronger tension.
    • Cindy
      on Oct 9, 2017

      What about installing a couple of those metal cup shaped rod holders like you can use for shower curtain rods?
    • Barb in Texas
      on Oct 9, 2017

      Or screw or glue blocks under the tension walls, on the sides of the cabinet, to keep the rods from sliding. I had to do that in my closets, because my clothes were too heavy for the rods.
    • Charles Chuck W. Jones
      on Oct 11, 2017

      How ‘bout growing a brain!!!
    • David
      on Oct 15, 2017

      There are all types of tension bars. Other than the shower bars they will not hold much weight and fall. Besides, look at the picture, there is hardly anything in the bottles and others are small. Use the shower bar and not a lot of weight should work, maybe.
    • Teg31271377
      on Nov 9, 2017

      for the plastic bins use shoe boxes from dollar tree $1.00 !!

    • Leslie
      on Jan 6, 2018

      Barbara, I just tried this and I had smaller tension rods on hand, the kind you may use with an over the sink window valance. Not large by any means. First time I put it up and hooked my spray bottles on it fell in about a half hour. I realized that in order for the tension rod to work it needed to be level and and even distance from top to rod and front of cabinet case to back. So I just sat on the floor and eyeballed it and it hasn't fallen yet. Good Luck :)
    • Terri Adams
      on Jan 20, 2018

      I tried using a tension rod and it collapsed. So, I used closet pole sockets and a wood dowel cut to fit inside the cabinet. The cost for hardware and dowel was under $5. So, if the dowel starts to warp and become unusable, it's inexpensive to replace.
    • Allison Newby
      on Apr 29, 2018

      Terri you could easily go to Lowe's and buy a 10ft 1/2 inch piece of conduit in the electrical/wire section. It's about $2.38 . The nice peeople there will probably cut it to any length you may need. I use it for curtain rods bc it's cheap, easy to cut , and will last a long time. Good luck . Oh and to get it to stay up there in under the sink you could take a drill and a 1/2 inch paddle bit and drill a hole in a small block of wood and do this to two blocks place the blocks on the end of the conduit and slide it in then screw it to the sides of the sink. Or use a shower rods holder. You got this !!!! Sorry so lengthy but it happens. TOODLES!

    • Portia
      on May 17, 2018

      For a few pennies more you can get the big round out its baby big as round as a small cucumber and they're heavier they're meant for like legs on a table or closet rods but they're wooden and they're great big around maybe bigger than a quarter around butt I think they're like$2 versus $0.69 but it would be worth the money

    • Mary M
      on May 17, 2018

      Or stick those felt stick on circles on the wall and put the rod end on them.

    • Denise Wettering
      on May 17, 2018

      Or 1$ baskets from real deals or dollar tree

    • Frederic Paul
      on May 17, 2018

      Use closet rod holders and change to a wood closet rod or medium size dowel

  • I have corner cabinet underneath sink what can I do with this one

  • Felecia Sheffield
    on May 17, 2018

    HOw to declutter my closet

  • Barbara Hinkle Hetzer
    on May 17, 2018

    Where is the trash can ? We keep ours under the sink.

  • Sherry Duplichain
    on May 17, 2018

    I have a garbage disposal also under the sink. What design would work for me?

  • Shirley Weyandt
    on May 17, 2018

    where can I find tension rods?

    • HASTINGS
      on May 17, 2018

      Walmart or amazon carries them

    • CMelby
      on May 17, 2018

      Big Lots and At Home

    • CMelby
      on May 17, 2018

      Also, you will need to put something for the rod ends to prevent them from sliding down...similar to shower rod...those plastic or metal circular holders...could screw a small piece of wood too. It works otherwise.

    • Roberta Tice
      on Jun 26, 2018

      Wal mart

  • Anne Marie Thompson
    on May 17, 2018

    WI'll this work with a large garbage disposal ?

  • Vickie Louie
    on May 17, 2018

    I keep my garbage pail under the sink so what could I do

  • Kathleen
    on May 17, 2018

    You put food under there??.?

  • Dolores Lyons-Meade
    on May 17, 2018

    what about a corner sink?

  • Wendy Brown
    on May 17, 2018

    Kirkland garbage bags? Our bank gave out Kirkland dog biscuits just once and the dogs couldn't wait to get them. Where do you buy Kirkland? Great sink clean up hack. mines an atrocious mess. How about a dog food cat food or cast iron pan pile organization? My stove has cast iron on the top and I can't keep it in the oven because I bake. Is there a rack for heavy stuff? Is building one possible?

  • Tammi Petty
    on May 17, 2018

    Do you really keep granola bars under your sink. ??? 😜

    • Melissa Copen
      on May 17, 2018

      Lol..my thoughts exactly!

    • Lysa
      on May 17, 2018

      The best place to hide snacks from teenagers, is behind cleaning supplies. LOL

    • Traybell
      on May 17, 2018

      I think the box is empty and stirring some sponges or cleaning towels...(wouldn't you think?) 😋 I'm going to do this today!

    • Laura Cecil Bobby Cecil
      on May 17, 2018

      Lol, I saw your response and laughed out loud, I was thinking the same thing. How about some cleaning spray and snack to go with it.

    • Shariw1007
      on May 17, 2018

      Oh my gosh you guys, that’s all I could think of too!! FOOD under the kitchen sink with cleaning supplies!! 😳

    • Holly Webber
      on May 17, 2018

      Im glad I wasn't the only one saying this. I seen Nature Valley and I'm thinking huh! Who keeps granola bars under sink with all the cleaning supplies??😂

    • Brenda
      on May 17, 2018

      That’s hilarious!

    • LuAnn Sippel Bennett
      on May 17, 2018

      All I saw was the granola bar pkg..thinking really she keeps food under the sink?


    • Patricia Gutierrez Stone
      on May 17, 2018

      was thinking the same thing. It's unsafe to keep food with cleaning supplies. I hope there's something else in the box but great idea.

  • Hope Martin
    on May 17, 2018

    Oh, I'm going to try this. One question I have is, do you think the tension rod will eventually put dents or holes in the cabinet?

    • Arleen Garrido Mansfield
      on May 17, 2018

      I was thinking the same. I wonder if a put a double felt circle might help...my opinion only.

    • Jfelcie
      on May 17, 2018

      Who would even notice a dent under the sink?

    • Kathy Ellerbee
      on May 17, 2018

      A tension rod wouldn't put a hole, but it may not hold allot of bottles, not because of space, but because of the weight of the bottles.

    • Hope Martin
      on May 17, 2018

      It's not if anyone notices. It's the fact that once one thing is damaged it creates other issues. For example, if it's a small hole... it gets bigger and bigger. After having 3 boys and 2 girls I have learned that small issues become large over time.

    • David Pivovar
      on May 17, 2018

      No, I’ve been using a tension rod under my sink for years and have had no issues with dents or damage. It really works as described.

    • Phyllis Meckley
      on May 17, 2018

      Good idea !! Thanks for sharing

    • Debi Jo
      on May 17, 2018

      I would add 2 rods a little a part some spray bottles dont stay on..

    • Hope Martin
      on May 17, 2018

      I am going to try this under my bathroom sinks. I do not have room for a tension rod under my kitchen sin