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!
We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.
Resources for this project:
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
3 of 106 questions
  • Reenie Reenie on Apr 04, 2022

    I’ve tried this with several tension rods and each one fails with the rods falling down. Any ideas as to why and how to stop this?

  • 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?

Join the conversation
2 of 427 comments
  • KLI122 KLI122 on Jan 11, 2023

    As shown in the pictures I posted above… am I the only one who has a dishwasher and water lines? My bathroom sink doesn’t have that much empty space underneath!!!

  • BuckarooCalamityJane BuckarooCalamityJane on Feb 18, 2023

    So the first photo is how I hung the tension rod (both sides) I actually used screw eyes, twine and the latch hooks and as you can see I have a ton hanging there and never has it failed me!