Easy & Affordable Under Kitchen Sink Organization

Let’s tackle an organization project that I’ve been avoiding for too long! Today we’re going to be working on under kitchen sink organization.

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My main priority with our new apartment is to have every space feel clean and organized. I don’t like having cluttered counters, so that means a lot of stuff needs to be stored away in cabinets.

One area of the apartment that I had been neglecting was the kitchen sink.

For the past few months we’ve been just leaving our sponge and dish soap out on the countertop. And don’t even get me started on the cabinet underneath the sink!

Even though I didn’t have a ton of stuff down there, it still felt so cluttered and chaotic. Especially because of all of the cords and plumbing that go along with the garbage disposal and dishwasher.

The goal with today’s project is a clutter-free and functional kitchen sink cabinet.

But before we get into the actual organizing, let’s go over the supplies I’ll be using.

Kitchen Sink Organization Supplies

1. Removable Storage Caddy

This will hold all of our daily dishwashing items like dish soap, sponges, and dish rags. I looked everywhere for a product like this because I really wanted to reduce clutter on our countertops.

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It’s mounted under the sink but the caddy part can be easily removed and brought to the sink for washing dishes.

In general I try not to use anything that requires mounting because we live in a rental. But the screws for this caddy are so tiny and can be patched up super easily before we move out.

2. Paper Towel Holder With Storage Shelf

The exact product I’m using seems to have been discontinued so I’ll link a few other options below.

With limited counter space, I definitely didn’t want to have a roll of paper towels sitting out all the time.

Attaching a paper towel holder to my kitchen sink cabinet was the best solution I could come up with to keep paper towels easily accessible but still out of sight.

The holder I got has a built-in storage shelf which I’m using to store our kitchen garbage bags.

3. Acrylic Lazy Susan

I am such a big fan of using Lazy Susan organizers for so many things! I’ve used them for spices, medicine, hair products, oils & vinegars, etc.

So it just makes sense to me to use one under the sink for all of my kitchen cleaning products.

I’m using a 12 inch acrylic lazy Susan with dividers. This will hold products like dishwasher rinse aid, garbage disposal cleaner, all purpose spray, extra dish soap, etc.

4. Acrylic Slide Out Storage Drawers

These are another one of my all-time favorite organization products. I’ve been using these exact storage drawers for storing my makeup and nail supplies for years.

I love that they come with removable dividers so you can customize them for your storage needs.

I’ll be using one of these under my sink to store hand towels, dish towels, dishwasher detergent powder, extra sponges, and extra dish brush heads.

Under Kitchen Sink Organization Project

Now that you know exactly what I’ll be using for this project, let’s start organizing!

First, we have to take a look at what we’re dealing with here. This is the before picture of the cabinet under our kitchen sink.

It’s not too bad, but it definitely lacks any sort of functionality.

Step 1: Clear Everything Out

The first step was obviously just taking everything out of the cabinet and starting fresh. I like to have a clean slate whenever I start an organization project.

Step 2: Do A Quick Audit

If you’re cleaning out your own kitchen sink cabinet, this would be a great time to throw out any junk or expired products that are taking up extra space down there.

I firmly believe that this should be a super functional area of your house, so make sure you don’t leave anything down there that you don’t reach for regularly.

We just moved into our apartment a few months ago, so we really didn’t have anything down there that wasn’t being used frequently.

Step 3: Gather Your Supplies

While your cabinet is empty, take some measurements to make sure all of your organizers will fit down there.

Then figure out exactly what organization products you’ll need for the products you have. For my space, the combination of pull-out drawers, a lazy Susan, and some door-mounted organizers worked perfectly.

I was able to find everything I needed on Amazon, but you could also check out HomeGoods or Marshalls.

Here are all of the supplies I used (click the image to shop):

Step 4: Get Organizing

The only thing left to do is get organizing!

For me, organizing is definitely a process of trial and error. You may find that the first system you try out just doesn’t work for you.

I’ll definitely make sure I update this post if my system changes. But for now, here’s how my under kitchen sink organization turned out:

wall mounted caddy organizer / acrylic drawers / lazy susan / paper towel holder (similar)

On the left cabinet door is the removable caddy organizer. This is used to store our dish soap, sponge, and dish towel.

The acrylic drawers are being used to store hand towels, extra sponges, dishwasher detergent, and dish towels. I wanted this on the left side of the cabinet because that’s closest to the dishwasher.

In the middle I’m just storing our dish drying mat (linked here). I love this mat because it folds up for storage, comes with a drying rack, and is super affordable.

Next to the drying mat is the acrylic lazy Suzan which is being used to store cleaning products.

I don’t keep a ton of cleaning products under the sink but right now I have all-purpose spray, dishwasher rinse aid, stainless steel wipes, fruit and veggie wash, garbage disposal pods, and extra dish soap in there.

Finally, on the right cabinet is the paper towel holder with a built-in shelf. Aside from the paper towels, I’m using this to store our kitchen trash bags.

And there you have it – a super easy and affordable kitchen sink organization project that I put off for way too long!

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