Easiest Under the Sink Organizer Hack

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?
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.
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.
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.

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  • Margaret Rose Glenn Margaret Rose Glenn on Jun 05, 2017
    What size tension rods did you use and will even fill bottles stay hanging?
    Thanks, Margaret Rose
    • John Chester John Chester on Jul 27, 2017
      If you use "adjustable tension rods" it WILL work, for full bottles.
      Adjustable tension rods are the ones that you can twist, to apply the pressure you need, to support the weight.
      "Spring tension rods" will NOT support much weight at all.
    • Margaret Rose Glenn Margaret Rose Glenn on Jul 27, 2017
      I guess mine are spring tension rods, but I was able to find something to put under the ends of the rods on each side and now it will hold all the full bottles. Love this idea!
    • Cat Cat on Nov 16, 2018

      Hi there, can you tell me what you used, for the ends. I tried this as well and my full bottles didn't work. Please advise. Thanks

    • Gerald rukasin Gerald rukasin on Jan 05, 2019



      I had the same problem and it wouldn’t hold full bottles but it will work with something on each end like a bracket.

  • Kerek Kerek on Mar 27, 2020

    Where does the dish rack go?


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  • Julie Green Julie Green on Oct 24, 2019

    tension rods don't stay where u put them

    • MaryEileen Hatch MaryEileen Hatch on Oct 31, 2019

      They will with this one little trick. Take a couple of lids from milk cartons. Leave one whole cut one in half and anchor to the sides of cabinet. The tension rod with stayi in place.

  • Sharon Huneycutt Harris Sharon Huneycutt Harris on Nov 25, 2019

    We just moved into a new home and the previous owners had put in short towel racks in a closet in the laundry room. Several one under the other sort of like a ladder. They left some s hooks hanging on it. I finally got it. Now I hang brushes and spray bottles on the towel holders. Very handy. Made the inside corner of a closet very useful.