Organizing Under the Sink
Under the sink storage can be a bit of a pain because of the plumbing that gets in the way. There are lots of solutions out there from built-ins to baskets, but this one is a quick and easy favorite of mine.
It’s simple to install, inexpensive, and for its basic construction, you actually have a fair amount of flexibility in how you distribute the shelving. I have used this in a number of bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. And believe it or not, this little unit will hold more weight than you would think.
I meant to bring this post to you sooner, because right now Canadian Tire in Duncan has this unit on for 70% off, but the sale ends today!
So here is a little look at my most recent implementation of this storage system, just to give you some ideas.
I had to get all of this…
At first glance it looks like there is lots of storage. But once you start to put things away and think about how often you’ll be using each item vs. ease of access, well that’s when you really realize how much space is wasted under the sink.
So here is how I installed the storage shelf…
I left the right end away from the wall just to show you how it can be made longer. See the extra shelving slats standing against the left wall? Those get clipped into place as you widen the shelf.
You can see how it’s been stretched out wall-to-wall here…
Do you see how the shelf pieces clip into place? And how they work around the plumbing? That’s what I think sets this storage option apart from so many others.
Here’s the fully filled shelves…
I like to use baskets because it’s easier to pull things out! Labelling is a good idea too, but you probably already know that if you read my Spring Into Organizing post.
And I opted to fill the space in front of the storage shelf…
…with larger items like this. But you might also like to leave that area bare.
Here’s a quick look at how I used this unit in the kitchen…
Notice I have the end facing out rather than against the wall. That’s because it utilized the space better once the plumbing was factored in. I chose to use the lowest shelf position for the bottom shelf, which could be considered a waste, but that’s the beauty of this unit. You can do whatever works for you and what you’re storing… and it’s so easy to switch if you change your mind! Who knows, I might change my mind on that bottom shelf yet 😉
One last look at the whole area under the sink.
I keep the dishwasher detergent beside the shelf, and the compost bin beside the garbage pail. So having the unit turned is still easy to access. I just have to move the dishwasher detergent. Not a big deal!
This under-the-sink storage creation is good for so many uses, and it’s awesome because it’s not installed with any hardware. It’s a free-standing unit that you can take with you when you go, or reconfigure as you need to. So think students in dorms, that first apartment, kids’ closets – the shelf can change as they do, rental homes, etc.
Don’t forget, the sale ends today. But check around. They might be on sale in a different location at another time!
What do you do for your under-the-sink storage?
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