I don’t think I am alone in thinking that one of the most FRUSTRATING places to organize in the house has GOT to be under the bathroom and kitchen sinks! Why is it that those are two places just seem to be magnets for clutter?? Apparently this clutter chaos is something that runs in the family because my daughter Britta has been complaining about the same thing lately. To her credit, she decided to DO something about it!
Today she is sharing with us her “Under-The-Bathroom-Sink Makeover!”
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I like to think that for the most part, I’m a pretty organized person. I don’t like to have a lot of clutter in the house, and I am more likely to throw something away than to hang on to it “just in case.” But even the most organized people can have clutter hidden away in their homes, and I am no exception! I’m inviting you all into my bathroom today so you can see my “secret clutter” and how I took care of it!
My clutter happened as a result of limited bathroom storage. We have a medicine cabinet over the toilet, and the area under the sink for storing our bathroom necessities, and that’s it! When we moved in, we divvied up the space in the medicine cabinet between us, but the area under the sink was sort of a “free for all.” And let me tell you, it had gotten straight up CHAOTIC in there. The phrase “out of sight, out of mind” definitely comes to mind here! I knew it was cluttered, but I always just closed those doors and tried to deny its existence.
Finally, a couple of weeks ago I was putting something back under the sink and thought to myself, “Seriously? This is like something out of Hoarders.” (OK…that might have been a BIT dramatic…but something needed to be done! )
Here are the steps I took in organizing under the sink that can be applied to ANY chaotic area in your home!
Take EVERYTHING out from under the sink, and as long as it’s empty, give the inside of the cupboard a good cleaning.
Take stock of the situation and TOSS anything you do not need or use along with anything EXPIRED (even if it’s your favorite product!)
Organize what’s left into categories such as makeup, hair, etc.
Ask yourself whether any of the groups you made would be better off stored somewhere else. For me, there was a lot of first aid items taking up space, as well as toiletries and things that are used exclusively for travel.
I decided that those didn’t need to be taking up precious space in the bathroom, so I put them in their own boxes, labeled them, and stored them in the closet next to the bathroom instead.
Find some system of organization to use, and put the groups you’ve made back in together. I found this great storage drawer at Bed Bath & Beyond for around $20. You could also make use of containers you already have on hand or check out your local dollar store.
Don’t be afraid of a little trial and error – take the time to figure out the best system for you.
Here’s what under the sink looked like when everything was put back. It’s definitely still a cramped space but it’s clean and organized and everything I need is easily accessible.
In my opinion that was $20 and 20 minutes well spent!
Share YOUR tips for under-the-sink organizing!