The area under our kitchen sink is like the mother ship of cleaning supplies.
Window cleaner? Yes
Carpet cleaner? Yes
Toilet bowl cleaner? Noooo!
Thank goodness my imaginary cleaning gremlins know better than that.
But, yah, I found just about everything-but-the-kitchen-sink of cleaning products in our under the kitchen sink cabinet.
And don’t get me started on kitchen wraps, foils, and baggies of every sort, purpose, and size.
It was time for an update. One that would enable me to have quick access to any one of my cleaning products without having to pull out each and every individual spray-bottle, canister, and box.
Enter this very simple under kitchen sink pull out storage system.
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Supplies needed to make your own under kitchen sink pull out storage?
- A measuring tape
- 2 medium-to-large baskets, preferable with handles.
And a desire to whittle down some of the excess items under your kitchen sink, if it’s over-cluttered.
How to find the right-sized pull-out bins?
It’s all about finding the right size containers for your goods.
- Measure the depth of the cabinet, front to back.
- Next, measure the height of the water pipes from the bottom of the cabinet up to the pipes (because this can be different in every kitchen).
- Lastly, measure the width of the cabinet door openings.
Once I found the right size baskets, I decluttered the under-sink area and loaded all my keeper items into the bins.
Kitchen wraps, foils and bags of various types on the left.
Pertinent cleaning products on the right.
Basket size I used: 18″d x 12.25″w x 9″h
Basket type I used: these faux rattan baskets for under our sink. The reason I choose these is that they are plastic, rather than natural fiber. What makes that important is that they’re waterproof and easy to slide in and out.
So. Much. Better.
We’ve been using this system for six months now. While I thought it might get re-cluttered in no time, it has actually stayed uncharacteristically organized for us (and my imaginary gremlins friends) to date.
Additionally, I want to add cabinet- door-mounted bins for extra storage, as mentioned in this list for how to create extra kitchen counter space. Plus I have another fun idea using wallpaper in this area that I will share, soon.
Waterproof storage bins ideal for your under kitchen sink area
Check out these baskets which are similar in size (and pretty cute, too) to the ones I am using now.
- Black Plastic Wicker Shelf Basket (12″d x 8″w x 6″h)
- Sterlite Weave Basket (15″d x 12.25″w x 9.375″h)
- Herringbone Plastic Basket (13.78″ d x 11.42″w x 8.66″h
- Gray Two-Tone – Set of 2 (11″d x 9″w x 6″h)
- Gray Resin Wicker Basket (13.75″d x 11.5″w x 8.75″h)
Now it’s your turn: What do you do to keep your under-the kitchen-sink area organized, uncluttered, or purposefully useful? Leave a comment below. I’d love to know what works for you.