5 Amazing Ideas to Help You Organize Under Your Kitchen Sink

Once upon a time, there was a girl, “happily” doing her dishes, when she noticed a puddle on her floor at her feet.  “Oh no”, she exclaimed, “Where is all that water coming from?”  The water, was coming from under the sink.  The pipes had come apart, allowing water to escape and drip onto the cabinet below.  That girl was me and this has happened to me several times over the past few years.  In addition to a problem with leaky pipes (that we believe is finally fixed once and for all), under the sink is also one of the places in the house that the mice seem to congregate.  We are surrounded on 3 sides with farmer’s fields and any time the farmer does anything out in those fields, the mice come running straight for our house.

 

Because of the problems we’ve had under our kitchen sinks, I’ve learned to cut back on the clutter that I keep down there.  That doesn’t mean that I still don’t have clutter, it’s just quickly removable and can easily be cleaned if need be.  I used to keep plastic bags and all sorts of stuff down there, now I mostly just keep cleaning supplies, light bulbs and flashlights.

 

In trying to figure out just how I’m going to redo my space again, I found a lot of really COOL ideas of how to organize under a kitchen sink.

 

5 Amazing Ideas to Help You Get Your Kitchen Sink Cabinet Organized!

(affiliate links have been used in this post)

5 Amazing Kitchen Sink Ideas

 

1.  Try lining the bottom of your cabinet with a piece of laminate or sticky tiles.

That way if the sink leaks, it will not be sitting on wood.  If you choose a light color, you will be able to see if a mouse has been down there pretty easily, too.  Laminate tiles wipe clean very easily and will help you to keep your space clean!

 

2.  Use Sliding Baskets or Drawers.

By installing a sliding basket, you’ll have easier access to what is under your sink because it will pull out easily.  You could try something like this Rubbermaid basket:

Rubbermade slide basket

 

or this cute 2 tier sliding basket:

 

2 Tier Sliding Basket

 

 

3.  Use Stacking Drawers

This will help you to utilize your space so much more and will keep everything that you store in them protected.  Be sure to measure your space and maximize the amount of drawer space you can get under there.

stacking drawers

 

 

 

4.  Utilize the Door for Storage

You can attach baskets, door organizers or metal containers.  Either way, you will enjoy having the space to store the things you grab for the most often.

 

Door Caddy

 

 

 

Door Rack

 

 

5.  Use Under Shelf Baskets

I ilke this idea for utilizing all of your space.  This would require you to install a board for these shelves to hang from, as it will not be able to hang from your kitchen sink.  :)  Here’s what it could look like, complements of Crafts Alamode.  (You should check out her whole post of what she did under her sink, it’s amazing!)

 

Shelves under Sink

 

You can buy the shelves at Amazon that look like this:

Under Shelf Basket

 

 

Which of these options appeals the most to you?

 

Have you been following me in this get organized series?  Did you know that I often pin my inspiration photos on Pinterest?  One great board right now to follow is my Kitchen Organizing Tips.  I’d love it if you’d follow me there (and pin this post!)

 

5 Amazing Ideas for Organizing Under Your Sink!  - SIdetrackedSarah.com

 

NEXT WEEK:

 

We’re going to be going through our kitchen junk drawer(s).  Do you have a great way that you keep your junk drawer organized?  Or does it explode all over the place every time you open it?    What do you keep in your junk drawer?  I’m looking for advice to share with others….and would love to include yours!   Please share here with me, email me or share with me on Facebook, so I can share your ideas.  Pictures are always appreciated, too!

Also, if you want to see what you’ve missed and what’s coming, just go here:  52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

Will you join me in this 52 Week Organized Home Challenge?


Organizing my Baking Cabinet – 52 Week Series

Last week, I got my cups and glasses organized.  I have so enjoyed the clutter free cups and glasses zone!  You know, I’m finding that since I’m doing my kitchen so slowly, it’s not painful at all!  But….I’m getting it done so much faster than if I hadn’t started this.  I literally haven’t touched the baking cabinet in a few years.  Ridiculous, I know.  It was BAD!

Organizing My Baking Supplies Cabinet

Organizing my Baking Supplies Cabinet

 

Here’s my before picture:

Baking Cabinet - Before

 

When I say baking supplies, this also includes some serving dishes, all the measuring cups, the sugar, flour and cake decorating supplies.  There’s plenty of things in there…..but I always refer to it as my baking supplies cabinet because that’s what I use the most out of that cabinet.

 

It was getting so bad.  I had cake decorating sugars all dumped out, spilled food coloring, old coconut (about 2.5 bags of it…all having been opened before and never finished).   There was more.  Much, much more!  But…..now it looks so nice!  I figured out that I need a nice new set of measuring cups.  I have about 5 different style of not complete sets.  Whatever happened to all of the pieces of them?  I have no clue.  I picked a few to toss….and kept the rest, but I think I may order these:

Oh and I used some of my old Shaklee protein powder containers to hold the sugar and flour.  They are perfect sizes and have nice screw on lids.  They could use a nice pretty label, but for now, sharpie marker works great.

 

Storage Containers

 

 

Here’s my after picture:

Baking Cabinet - After

 

Your Assignment (should you choose to accept it)

  1. Remove everything from your cabinet.
  2. Throw away any old food.
  3. Put sugar and flour and other bagged items into jars or containers that they will not spill out of.
  4. Organize your items by shelf.  (food items together, measuring cups together, serving dishes together, etc.).
  5. Wipe out the bottom each cabinet.
  6. Put everything back in, in an orderly manner.
  7. Shut the door and enjoy having that cabinet back in order again.  It only took me about 30 minutes (because mine was a big mess), but I’ll be able to enjoy it for so much longer!

 

Other Ideas for Organizing Your Baking Supplies:

 

I asked for ideas on Facebook and got the following ideas:

 

  • Anna says:  I have a freestanding pantry with some drawers in it…one drawer is for baking sweets, one more for spices and one shelf is for all larger stuff (flour, oatmeal, etc). Baking pans are in the drawer under my stove except ones I use frequently which are tucked in the shelf with flour, etc.

 

  •  Courtney says:  Use them up! Actually I use mason jars with plastic lids. Freeze all but a small amount to keep them fresh.

 

  •  Sarah says:  I just put all mine in air tight packages in bins from Dollar Tree.

 

  • Geremi says:  i just purchased a seasoning spice organized that’ll clip onto the inside of my cabinet and it will hold all my spices. Thankfully because space in my kitchen is limited.                                                Spice Storage Rack - Amazon

 

  • I like these storage containers, too and they would probably look better than my Shaklee containers.    

What about you?  Have you joined in this challenge yet?  Will you pin this image, to let more people know about it?  All you have to do is click the image to pin it and it will take you directly to Pinterst.

Organizing my Baking Supplies Cabinet - SidetrackedSarah.com

NEXT WEEK:

We’re going to be working on our Pots & Pans cabinet as well as cookie sheets.  For me, that’s two cabinets full of stuff that I’ll be going through.  Do you have a great way that you keep your cookware nicely organized and clutter free?  How do you decide what to get rid of?  What are your must have cookware pieces?  Please share here with me, email me or share with me on Facebook, so I can share your ideas.  Pictures are always appreciated, too!

Also, if you want to see what you’ve missed and what’s coming, just go here:  52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

Will you join me in this 52 Week Organized Home Challenge?


52 Weeks of an Organized Home – Drinking Glasses!

Welcome back (finally!) to the 52 week Organized Home Challenge!  I know I took way too much time off.  Chaos will do that to you.  I do not intend to get off track any more and I’m ready to jump right back into this organization and clutter free mindset.

Will you join me in this 52 Week Organized Home Challenge?

 

It’s been freeing to have the spaces we’ve already worked on nice and organized.  In fact, I’ve gotten a little bit obsessive about the storage containers.  People keep putting them back without lids.  They keep tossing them down in that cabinet like we have been for years.  Of all the nerve!  I keep instructing them one by one, and hopefully they’ll eventually get it.  You must put them back with the lid on!  I love the fact that the storage containers no longer fall out onto the floor all the time, lol.

 

Get Your Cups, Mugs and Glasses Under Control

 

This week, I’ve been struggling with getting all of these glasses, cups and mugs organized.   I would LOVE to get my drinking cups and glasses under control.  We have way too many and not enough of the right kind.  My kids use too many cups throughout the day.  We’ve tried many different methods.  We’ve tried color coding cups (you only drink out of this color).

Color Coded Cups

That worked well for a while, but we got out of the habit and have trouble finding enough colors now that we have so many kids.  (At the time, I could only find red, pink, blue and green.)   We’ve tried using Drink Bands, but if the dishes didn’t get done at the end of the day, we’d never know if that cup was from today or yesterday (I know, all dishes should be washed by the end of the day, but around here, sometimes dinner dishes wait until morning.)

 

On one hand, I want to have lots of cups available so that we’re never out of them, but on the other hand, the more we have, the more we use and the more dirty dishes we create.  I guess it’s time to do some cup decluttering.  After all, I think I had about 20 in my dishwasher at the end of the day.  Not good!

 

Your Assignment:

 

Take a look at all of your cups, mugs and glasses.

Are there any that are in bad shape?

Any chipped or cracked?

Any that never get used?

Too many for your space?

Any that you’ll never miss?

Any that just won’t fit right?  (Like these oh so cute Dixie Stampede cups I have in my cabinet shaped like a boot?)

It’s time to pack them up and get rid of them!

Here’s my progress:

Before, you can see my overstuffed cabinet….

Cup Cabinet

 

and drawer……

 

Cup Drawer

 

After:

Cabinet:

Cup Cabinet - After

Drawer:

Cup Drawer - After

As you can see, I barely have any adult glasses and I probably kept way too many sippy cups.  The truth is, I didn’t have time to go through the lid drawer…..but I will gauge what to get rid of partly by answering the question, “Does it still have a decent lid?”.  I did manage to get rid of 2 Walmart bags full of cups.  It is so freeing to see the cups that always stress me out, head out the door.  I don’t know why I didn’t do this earlier!

 

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while now and have literally been dreading it!  I get a little bit attached to things for some odd reason…but once I took them out of my space, I’m so much happier.  Now, I need some more adult style glasses.  I’ve been thinking about getting some restaurant cups that will stack well, like these from Amazon (affiliate link):

 

 

 

But, I also like how glasses feel in my hand.  We have a problem with our glass getting foggy and/ or white stains on them from the water that we wash them in.  Do you know of any tips to get them cleaned and no long with the white on them?   I’d love to hear them!  Here’s what one of my worst ones looks like:

Foggy Glass - Hard Water Stains

We never want to drink out of this one, but I’m not ready to just pitch all glass ware either.   I’d love to hear your tips!!

 

And while you’re at it, would you help me spread the word about the Organized Home Challenge?  Just click on this image to pin it on Pinterest:

Cups, Mugs Organized - Pinterest

 

 

NEXT WEEK:

We’re going to be working on our baking supplies cabinet or at least one upper cabinet in your kitchen.  Do you have a great way that you keep your baking supplies nicely organized and clutter free?  How do you decide what to get rid of?  What are must have items in the baking cabinet?  Please share here with me, email me or share with me on Facebook, so I can share your ideas.  Pictures are always appreciated, too!

Also, if you want to see what you’ve missed and what’s coming, just go here:  52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

Will you join me in this 52 Week Organized Home Challenge?