How to organise under the kitchen sink cupboard

How to organise the cupboard under the kitchen sink, and make it clutter free. Organise the under the sink space efficiently as possible, so you can easily access the things you need to use.

The cupboard under the kitchen sink, can be an awkward one to keep tidy and use effectively as it also contains sinks and plumbing. Under sink organisation is one thing that I regularly hear from my readers that they have trouble with. I keep my under the kitchen sink cupboard space organised for a few reasons:

  • It’s easier to keep clean
  • It’s easier to find what I need
  • There is less clutter as I only keep what I use regularly in there.
  • I can most effectively utilise what space there is in the cupboard.

I thought it would be good to share a post on ‘How to organise under the kitchen sink cupboard’ so you can see how I sort out mine and you can have another clutter-free space in the house!

how to organise under the kitchen sink cupboard

You want to make this cupboard organised enough that everything has a place to avoid it from becoming a mess. You only want to have supplies in there that you use regularly to avoid it becoming too cluttered.

  1. Remove everything from the cupboard, grouping similar items together
  2. Assess what was under the sink
  3. Purge anything you no longer need
  4. Label
  5. Organise!

LABELSLabels are the best for organising clutter-prone areas like under the kitchen sink. Any space that can easily become a dumping zone and untidy. The key to keeping it organised is to make sure everything has a place and label everything! This lets all household members know where everything goes, and avoids things being put back in the wrong spot. Labels are available in my shop here.

TENSION RODS – are brilliant for under sink organisation, as you can utilise space normally wasted due to the under sink plumbing. This tension rod holds my cleaning spray bottles, which helps to keep the cupboard clutter free. I’m such a fan of using tension rods to reduce clutter, that I stock them in my shop, you can purchase them here.

under sink cupboard organisation

DRAWERS – are a great way to increase the functionality of the under sink cupboard. These drawers are from my shop here. In the top drawer I keep clean microfibre cleaning cloths.  In the lower drawer I have a smaller tray inserted for my dishwasher tablets, with my spare sponges next to it.

how to organise under the kitchen sink cupboard

SINK TIDYpictured below – Keep your kitchen sink organised and clutter-free with this space-saving sink tidy that helps gives you more space under your sink (or keep on top of the sink tidy) and helps to air your sponges and brushes with fewer germs. When washing up, the Sink Tidy will keep sponges and washing up liquid together in one convenient place.  

how to organise under the kitchen sink cupboard
Crystal Storage Drawer with Divider
Crystal Stackable Drawer
Magic Silicone Gloves
Magic Silicone Gloves
Tension Rod
iDesign Kitchen Binz
Koala Eco Cleaning Products

DIY REUSABLE WIPES – I make my own antibacterial reusable wipes which I keep in an air-tight plastic container, this really reduces waste and is far more economical that disposable ones. I have put together a kit of all the supplies (and the recipe) you need to make your own reusable antibacterial wipes – Available Here.

HOOKS – I’ve have 3M hooks on the cupboard door to hold washing up gloves.  I love these gloves for when I have to do washing up by hand, as not only do they protect my hands but they also have built in scrubber on the hand. This makes washing up so much faster. On the other door, I have a hook for my bottle cleaning set, which has little tools to get into all the crevices in drink bottles and keep cups.

under sink cupboard organisation

Organised kitchen drawers means that all your space is used efficiently and it’s easier to find items when you need them. Some easy tips on how to organise and declutter kitchen drawers. Continue Reading

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Susie May 23, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Kat this is brilliant, you always show us is such simple steps that even I think I can achieve something like this, I really need to give me cupboard a good clean out.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 23, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Happy to share, on the most part a good declutter and tidy up will always help with making it more manageable 🙂

Jan Wild May 26, 2017 - 11:28 AM

So tidy. Ours isn’t too bad but a lot of the space is taken up with fitted bins and a water filter. It does get grungy under there though so it’s time for a cleanout.

Susan June 23, 2017 - 3:45 AM

Hi, Katrina. The tension rod is a brilliant idea! I just hang my cleaning bottle spray on a small kitchen rack which also has a rod. However, it is exposed and can be an eyesore. Now you gave me an idea on how to store it under the sink!

Freda June 26, 2018 - 10:07 PM

This is an amazing idea. I’m definitely going to do my cupboards this weekend. Thank you

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 27, 2018 - 8:50 AM

I definitely find it makes life easier! 🙂

Lindi January 14, 2019 - 8:37 AM

What a genius under sink solution.
If I can manage to lower my shelf to still store my fry pan, Sandwich press and piemaker…
Make my life so much easier, when I tidy up a few weeks ago I found 3 bottles of dish washing liquids several opened packets of sponges scorers and long lost tin of dog food.. think of the money I could save…If I can srt out the shelf problem it’s a fixed shelf…… Thanks ???

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 2:43 PM

LOL 3 bottles of dish liquid! isn’t it funny the things we find in a clean out 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 31, 2019 - 1:02 PM

Thanks for sharing that! I got mine from bunnings 🙂

Sherelle July 27, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Where do you keep your bin and/or recycling bin? Under the sink is where mine is. I have an over the cupboard basket for the dishwashing liquid, dishwasher tablets and rinse aid.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 30, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Hi Sherelle, I have always had my bin out on show, and have a really lovely steel one from Howard’s Storage World. I keep it between my pantry and cupboard. My recycling bin is a simple plastic tub which I keep in the bottom of my pantry. Hope this helps 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 8, 2021 - 3:37 PM

I now stock them in my store Kaye – you can find them here –

Susan January 30, 2021 - 1:36 PM

Hi there. Where can you buy The Pink Stuff products from please ??

Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 22, 2021 - 9:08 AM

We sell Pink Stuff at my shop Organised HQ – a lot of them are out of stock at the moment, due to covid transport delays, but we expect them back in stock in a few weeks time –


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