Kitchen Sink Cabinet Storage Ideas ~ Very smart and inexpensive ideas for organizing the cupboard space under your sink to make it a functional and handy storage space!
I think the storage in the cabinet under the kitchen sink is a dysfunctional and frustrating space to organize. The cabinet is a fairly large area with lots of storage potential. But the necessary plumbing needed for the kitchen sink and the dishwasher take up a lot of the cabinet. To further add to the issue the plumbing pipes don’t nicely tuck away in the back. Instead the elbow joints and different pipes jut out and make the space awkward and uneven.
I happen to have a smaller kitchen sink cabinet as you can see in the photograph. This section of my countertop is on an angle and the kitchen sink cabinet is only 24 inches (61 cm) wide. I’m not complaining because the view of the river I have when looking out of the window at the kitchen sink is lovely but the storage space is pretty limited.
I love to problem solve storage possibilities that are creative, inexpensive and are easy to do. I try to come up with clever ideas that really work in the space that I have to work with and what I want to store. With this I mind I want to share with you my…
Kitchen Sink Cabinet Storage Ideas
You saw the empty kitchen sink cabinet space I have to work with and this is what I did with it!
I bought some clear ribbed shelf liner and cut it to fit on the bottom of the cabinet. It doesn’t cover the whole cabinet but the area it does cover is where the items are being stored. I almost bought some plastic place mats to use instead of the clear shelf liner. That’s an easy possibility too and they would add a pop of colour to the cabinet.
I bought two plastic drawer sets that each have two drawers.
One drawer holds what I call the floor cloths. I have cleaning cloths specifically for wiping the counter top, sink and dishes that I store separately in a drawer with the tea towels and different cloths for wiping spills on the floor. I just don’t think it’s a good idea to use the same cloth that was used on the floor and then used on dishes that we eat from.
Another drawer holds the extra scrub sponges. I buy the big packs at Costco. They are so nice to have in the house for different cleaning jobs.
This drawer stores the scouring pads. You will notice that I took them out of their original packaging and put two in a little sandwich bag. I did that because unused scouring pads can make a bit of a mess. You will also notice I put a small plastic container at the front of this drawer. This is where I put the used but still usable scouring pad. This little idea tells me which pad is in use and does not make a mess of the plastic drawer.
I use the dishwashing tabs in my dishwasher. To store them I take them out of their original packaging and store them in the upper drawer of the two-drawer plastic unit. It may sound a little trite but I really like that I don’t have to quite bend down that low to get a dishwashing tab because it is stored a little higher in the kitchen cabinet. I am on the tall side so reducing how much I have to bend is kind of a nice thing!
On top of the storage I placed a basket that holds the more commonly used cleaning supplies. Again, they are stored a little bit higher making it really easy to retrieve and return to their place. You will notice that there are actually two baskets. The reason for this is it makes this storage idea a little bit sturdier to hold the weight of the cleaning supplies.
There are a lot of different accessories you can buy and use for making the job of cleaning and washing dishes a little bit easier. The problem with most of these is that they are awkward to store. I don’t really want them all on my counter top but I do want them accessible so I will use them. I had this rectangular shaped plastic container in the house that I used for another purpose and use it now for the accessories. I used my label maker to create a label for the front. On the back I drape a cloth specifically designated for wiping spills off of the floor that I mentioned earlier.
I just drape my rubber gloves over the plumbing pipe when they have been cleaned and are dry till I need them the next time. I had thought of setting up a system to hang them on the door but chose not to mostly because I didn’t want anything flopping around whenever I opened and closed the cupboard door.
So that’s it! Between you and I did think it was a bit funny when I was photographing and writing about my kitchen sink cupboard storage ideas. But I thought if it is a storage issue for me somebody else might be interested in how I was able to make the best use of a small cupboard space. I have greatly reduced the amount of dysfunctional storage space and greatly improved the amount of effective storage space just by purchasing and making use of containers and plastic drawer sets. The best thing of all is that it was really inexpensive and really easy to do!
Thank you so much for stopping by. I would love to hear your kitchen sink cabinet storage ideas!
If you liked this storage idea I invite you to check out to see how I have items organized near the sink and my pantry in the kitchen…
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One More Thing: Since publishing this post I have been asked numerous times where I bought the 2-drawer plastic units. For my Canadian readers I bought them at Canadian Tire. For my US readers I emailed the company and they said they are available at Rite Aid. If you are still having trouble locating the drawers you can order them online at graciousliving.com and search for 92063 and I was told it should bring them up. (This is a non-sponsored promotion)