Sunday, September 30, 2007

Reader Question: Organizing Bathroom Stuff, Part 2

under sink clutter

Continuing with the reader bathroom question:
I have two sinks in this bathroom, with a large countertop, and cabinets under the sink. One cabinet has toilet paper and cleaning supplies, but I'd like to find a way to use the other one productively. It just doesn't seem good for much because it's "down there" and not convenient.

Under-the-sink storage is a challenge for many people. Here are some ideas.

1. As I mentioned in Part 1, back-of-the-door storage can help - I've done this myself.

under sink shelf

2. A number of companies sell under-sink shelves designed to make that space more usable. The one shown above is available at Stacks and Stacks; you can see other options at Walter Drake and The Container Store.

under sink shelf

3. Creative Connectors provides a totally different kind of under-sink shelf.

pull out cabinet organizer

4. Pull-out cabinet organizers are nice, if they fit your space. You can see a wide selection at The Container Store, and many other companies sell them, too. The one pictured comes from Organize-It.

5. And then there's the basic approach of just using appropriate storage containers - plastic bins, laundry baskets, whatever - where you can pull the container out and grab whatever you need.

cat in kitty bed, in under sink cabinet

6. And you can get creative. This may not be practical for anyone else, but because I'm a sucker for cute kitty pictures, I'll share this one where Ron and Suzy put a bed for KK cat under the sink.

And let me add a general warning to be careful about what's stored under the sink, especially if small children could get into the cabinet.

[first photo from Oh My Stinkin' Heck! / Heather Sanders]


Patricia said...

Thanks for the ideas!

Jeri Dansky said...

Patricia, you're very welcome! There will be a Part 3 coming soon.