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5 Tips for Under-the-Sink Organization

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 09, 2014 01:10 AM
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by Dalilah Arja last modified Oct 08, 2014

The space under my bathroom sink was a chaotic mess and a source of longstanding guilt for me. But every time I set out to conquer it, I felt overwhelmed and would quit before any progress was made. Finally, to streamline the process, I mapped out five ways to tackle the beast. My method worked—and I can now report, it's a simple and affordable way to maximize hidden space. Here's my five-step plan. Cabinet photographs by Dalilah Arja .    Above: A place for everything: My newly tamed under-the-sink cabinet has more storage, and I can put my finger on whatever I'm looking for. 1. Pare down. Every organization project begins with clutter removal: Part with the stuff you don't use anymore and products that have expired. I was amazed to discover that after doing some editing, the amount of things I had to organize was actually quite manageable.  2. Eliminate packaging. Remove cotton balls, toilet paper, Q-tips, etc., from their plastic and cardboard and give them dedicated jars and baskets.  Above: My cotton balls are compactly stowed in a Glass Canning Jar , $3.95-$11.95 at Sur la Table. See Gardenista's Favorite Canning Jars  and our Canning Jar Object Lesso n for more options. Above: The days of strewn bobby pins are over: Instead of keeping pins in their packaging (or where ever they happen to land), they're always on hand in a small polypropylene container from Muji. 3. Utilize the vertical space. Invest in a shelf or pair of stackable bins to maximize the air space in your cabinet. And install hooks on an inside door or wall to hang things, such as a blow dryer and washcloth. Searching for the perfect hook? Peruse the  Hooks in our Shop section. Above: Since I'm a renter, I'm hesitant to install permanent shelving. A good temporary solution is a freestanding design, such as this  Wire Stacking Shelf ; $12.74 from the Container Store.  4. Bring back the lazy Susan. We're not big fans of 1970s-style rotating circles on dinner tables, but for cabinets, they're invaluable. They make it possible to access items that would otherwise be stuck in the far back.  Above: In my search for a Lazy Susan, I discovered that the majority are made of either wood or plastic. I wanted to keep plastic to a minimum in my bath, and I worried that wood would be impractical (think leaking pipes), so I turned to Etsy and found some good alternatives. I have my eye on this handmade  Large Concrete Lazy Susan ; $85 from The Makerage.  5. Consider hierarchy. Organize under-the-sink products by how often you use them: Place high traffic items near the front in arm's reach, and less frequently needed goods in the back.  Above: Products that I reach for daily are corralled at the front of a Linen Storage Box  ($15.25 at Muji).  Before Above: A look at my sink cabinet before editing and organizing it.  Looking for more bathroom storage ideas? See Design Sleuth: Net Market Bag as Bath Storage  and DIY: Bathroom Storage as Art Installation . And for the kitchen, consider 14 Storage Tricks to Steal from the Bathroom . More Stories from Remodelista 10 Favorites: Baths in the Bedroom 10 Easy Pieces: Indie Toilet-Paper Holders 5 Favorites: Plants for the Bath






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