I don’t know about you…but I spend a whole heck of a lot of my day in my kitchen. No place gets more use in my house than my kitchen sink. Why oh why then does it seem like this is one of those places that seem to be the most unorganized in people’s homes? Mine included! It seems like I was always adding “Clean under kitchen sink” to my to do list. Or I was always looking at my soaps, brushes and lotions that gathered around the faucet with disgust. I would always think, “Wow, someone should really straighten this place up.” It always takes me a few times of telling myself those words before I realize that someone is me. It’s always me. Always.
Kitchen Sink Organizer Ideas
First things first, let’s take care of what you can see. If you aren’t lucky enough to have an in counter soap dispenser then you probably have a soap bottle or two floating around. I happen to live in the desert so we also have lotion bottles everywhere in the house. I decided it was time to consolidate and only keep one of everything there and if it didn’t fit on my organizer than it can’t stay.
I found a plant pot plate…you know the ones that catch water under potted plants? Well I had one in my shed that wasn’t getting used and was the perfect size for this little project.
I painted it with chalkboard paint and then took a chalkboard paint marker and wrote “Scrub” on it with some bubbles.
That way it looks like a chalkboard (it is technically still a chalkboard) but I don’t have to worry about the chalk washing away when it gets wet. Then I put my hand soap, lotion and my dish soap on the plate. As far as the dish soap goes, I took an empty soap container from Bath and Body Works, added a chalkboard vinyl sticker and used the same chalkboard paint marker to label it. Then I don’t have a giant bottle of soap on the counter, and it’s accessible…because boy oh boy with the amount of dishes being used in this house that thing gets used!
Now here are some tips to keep under the sink nice and tidy. First pull everything out. Duh.
The next thing I suggest, is get a dish drainer mat. You can find them at the dollar store, or if you have a dish drainer you aren’t using like I did, then use that. This has been one of the best things I did under the sink. It keeps the bottom of the cabinet from warping and looking disgusting when the bottles and sponges get thrown back in wet.
We have a lot of paper bags and reusable shopping bags that I use all the time. I like to keep them handy, if you have a bunch of these too, then this has worked awesome for me so that they are not all over the place! I just used a canvas shopping bag and filled it with the folded bags. When I need one I can just pull the whole bag out and get the one I need. It looks much nicer and I can always find the one I need. Plastic shopping bags are in one of those Ikea bag holders hanging in the garage.
I took that same dish drainer I had and took the silverware tray off of it. This makes a perfect place to hold extra scrub brushes, steel wool, magic erasers etc… That’s the first thing I put on the mat. I also got a little wire basket for a dollar…maybe at Target a long time ago? You can find them, or you might even have an extra one lying around. I use that for my gloves, extra scrubbing pads and a round brush.
Then I went through all the bottles of soap and cleaners and only kept the ones that get used on a practically daily basis and the rest went into my cleaning closet. For me that meant my kitchen spray, some sanitizing wipes, the extra dish soap, and dishwasher detergent.
Finally my garbage can is under the sink at this house, so that goes in last. Because it is there a lot of people see under my sink, so it’s important for me to keep it looking like this 24-7.
What are your best kitchen sink organizer ideas? I would love to hear them!