1. Set aside an hour to fully clean and declutter your sink cabinet
This project will take longer than an hour. We will do one hour to declutter and organize today. Then, your order your bins, organizers, and pull-out shelves. Once those are in, you will need to set aside another day to install and reorganize your cabinet.
2. Pull everything out from under your sink and clean
Pull everything out and scrub the interior of your cabinet with hot water, tide and bleach. SCrub, scrub, scrub! Wipe evertthing down and clean everything that was under your sink.
3. Review your items and decide what you need to have access to in your kitchen.
Do you need to have two glass cleaners? Do you need your Clorox wipes? What do you NEED to have available? Your needs and space will be different from mine. Keeping a trash bin under the sink takes up quite a bit of space. Toss, donate and recycle anything you don’t need. Put anything else that didn’t belong, but you still need in it’s proper space.
I need to keep under my sink for easy access the following: trash bin, trash bags, dish soap, fire extinguishers, and cleaning products.
Barkeepers Friend, a jar of Tide, Dawn dish soap, Dawn Powerwash, fire extinguishers, Swiffer duster, Stainless steel conditioner, easy off (I suppose that could stay in the basement), my dish soap pods, my trash bin, vinegar, dustpan, and dish soap. Now that you decluttered and have your neccesities you can start to organize.
4. Put all your essentials back under the drawer without any containers
Yes, I know you might want to jump ahead and buy the organizers first, but don’t do that! You need to see what you have and what containers will work best for your kitchen. Put everything back and then rearrange and arrange how you feel will work for you. What do you need access to daily? Your dish soap? What about weekly access? Your stainless steel cleaner? How about monthly access? Daily items need to be in the front of the cabinet, then the weekly and monthly. Lay it out, under your sink.
5. Decide what containers will optimize your space.
Decide what you have room for in your space and what you would like. Look at your large items back into the cabinet. These items will not fit in a bin or a pullout drawer.
For example, My garbage bin is large. I placed it into the cabinet and decided that there was no room for me to make it a pull-out option. I wanted a pull-out garbage bin, but it would not physically fit in my space. We have exposed plumbing and there wasn’t a pull-out option that would work with my bin. I choose my larger trash bin over having smaller pull-out trash.
Do you want the pull out drawer? How about cute glass jars, clear acrylic bins or baskets? Do you want all one brand or a mix and match? What sizes shoudl you order? That’s step 6.
6. Measure and Order your containers and pull out shelving
You will need a measuring tape for this next part. If you want the pull-out shelf it is critical to measure. For the areas that you think a pull-out could be installed measure that area. Measure the width and the depth and take notice as to high high you can go before hitting obstructions like a garbage disposal.
I installed a pull-out shelf that goes under the garbage dispoal. I just make sure that the taller items are on the side and the shorter items are under the dispoal. The shelving comes in all sizes, so pick one that works for your space. If you get a tiered shelf just make sure you measure! . I bought the Lynk brand pull out shelving, but the Rev-A-SHelf is a great option too.
I got a cute glass jar for my dish detergent and my Tide. The jars are much smaller than the detergent boxes. This gives me some extra room. I have my cleaning products just on the shelf for now, but I am going to invest in some clear accylic bins next month to prevent them from tipping over when the shelf is pulled out too fast.
7. Install your shelving and add containers
Once your containers arraive set aside some time to install and reorganize your cabinetI love the quality and it works really will in my space. It also has lots of size options. I installed my shelves first and ordered containers after. I think it makes more sense.
8. Don’t buy anything else!
Now here is the minimilast part of my post and probably the hardest. To keep your kitchen decluttered and organized youmust follow this step! You have everything you need under your sink. You don’t need anything else. Only replace what you need when you run out of a product. See a new dish soap you want? Don’t buy it until your current supply is depleated.
I hope you follow these simple 8 steps to declutter and organize your kitchen. I promise you will have a clutter free kitchen and a more organized life after you start with your kitchen.