Easiest Under the Sink Organizer Hack

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
2 Materials
15 Minutes
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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  • Donna Donna on Aug 31, 2021

    I'm not sure why there is food stored underneath the kitchen sink?

  • Dee27901711 Dee27901711 on Jul 22, 2022

    Why is there food items under sink with cleaning stuff. Not to sniff.

  • Mary Lennox Mary Lennox on Jan 02, 2023

    how an u do this with a garbage disposal on the left ...not possible or some other hack?

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  • Sharon Jorgensen Sharon Jorgensen on Nov 14, 2023

    I did exactly this years ago. Still works great. And if you spring a leak, you can remove everything very quickly.

    • Lisa Lisa on Feb 19, 2024

      Do you have a garbage disposal,wondering if it works with one, thanks

  • Sharon Jorgensen Sharon Jorgensen on Feb 20, 2024

    I don’t have a garbage disposal. But I would just work around it.