Put the space under your sink to work with simple add-ons and smart containers. Here's how to streamline the undersink area in a bathroom, kitchen, and mudroom.
Put pullouts to use. Introduce order in a voluminous cabinet by arranging gear on a two-tier pullout shelf. The narrow top shelf glides past plumbing and allows space on the lower level for tall items.
Repurpose kitchen helpers. Use kitchen organizers to bring order to personal gear. Here, a wire wine holder cools a curling iron and a ceramic egg container stops jewelry tangles. Line the trays of a tiered pullout with rubber shelf liner cut to size. Acrylic boxes stay in place; tall bottles remain standing.
Install prime perches. Make the most of every inch of available space with vanity-area add-ons. An adhesive hook and hanger provides hanging space for a cosmetics bag inside the cabinet door.
Illuminate dark spaces. Find your way in the dark with adhesive undercabinet lighting. A simple tap turns these small LED lanterns on and off, making every corner visible. Place as many as you need wherever they make sense.
Keep small items in check. Hide the chaos of unruly hair notions and sample packets in small photo files. Hand-penned labels announce the items in each petite drawer, and the solid structure creates a shelf for extra washcloths and soaps.
Sort and display. Group similar items, such as your mani and pedi supplies, in one portable mail sorter.
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Put everything in its place. Take an inventory of your needs to determine the shapes and sizes of the cleaning products you must store. An acrylic utensil tray sorts scrub brushes and replacement heads. A metal silverware caddy stores gloves, brushes, and sponges that need to move with you as you clean. Rolls of garbage bags are secure in wine bins designed for the refrigerator.
Maximize the top half of the cabinet box. Stacking shelves smartly fill this space, allowing some items to slide underneath and others to stack on top. Tightly sealed plastic bins keep sponges from drying out, while airtight containers keep dish-washing pellets moisture-free.
Create mini layers with a three-tier riser. Push the shelf all the way to the back of the cupboard to get the most of every inch of space, and position bottles so all labels are easy to read. Don’t forget to outfit your undersink area with wipeable vinyl shelf liner for cleanliness and a dash of style.
Break out of the box. Refrigerator wine bins are just the right size for rolls of garbage bags.
Introduce function to cabinet doors. A slim over-the-door bar keeps spare hand towels within reach for a quick cleanup.
Divide and conquer the space based on specific duties. In this cabinet, frequently used laundry supplies are up front, sending overstock and less-used items to the back. A decorative pail gathers spot-removers, while detergents are most efficient in tall, airtight containers. Postwash supplies wait on a lazy Susan.
Make space for family pets. Toys, leashes, treats, and pet shampoos huddle in a small plastic bin, making them a breeze to find. The labeled bin rests on a wire riser in the back of the cabinet for grab-and-go convenience.
Easy access is essential. Stash gear in clusters and kits so everything is easy to find. Try grouping laundry items on a turntable to ensure quick access in an memorable location.
Enlist a message board. A magnetic dry-erase board mounted inside a cabinet door ensures no stain-removal tip—or care request—goes unnoticed.
Look up for surprise organizing opportunities. This plastic shower caddy normally hangs vertically, but it functions well on its side, keeping daily dog supplies within reach. The suction cups adhere effortlessly to the underside of a utility sink.