How To Organize Under The Bathroom Sink
If you are looking for organizing tips that lean towards the minimal, I’m your girl! I’m not looking to over-organize every cubic foot of my home. My goal is to get only what I need and use organized, resulting in faster cleaning and a smoother running home. Today I’m focusing on how to organize the space under the bathroom sink.
Welcome to day 12, week three of our month long Cleaning & Organizing Challenge. I’m concentrating on how to organize under the bathroom sink today! Following the Free Printable Checklist/Calendar, Jess Mom4Real and I will continue sharing our completed tasks & projects with you. Feel free to jump-in anytime, and work at your own pace!
Below, I’ll be sharing some smart planning tips to get you started and work you through the process, plus some handy shopping links to helpful organizing items for the best fit in your space, big or small (like mine).
HOW TO ORGANIZE UNDER THE BATHROOM SINK
As with any organizing project, our spaces and needs are most likely going to look different, but below, you’ll find some basic organizing guideless to help you work through the process.
PURGE: I’m a big fan of starting from scratch, and I always encourage you to empty a space and start from the ground up. Go through every item you have in the space — get a bag/bin/tote/basket (whatever works) and separate everything into piles. You can make one for donations, one for trash, even one for items that don’t belong in the space or can be rehomed.
LOCATION: Try to relocate as many items as possible that don’t absolutely need to be on-hand under your bathroom sink. For instance — if your under sink area is packed with bath towels, leaving little room for anything else, consider a different storage space or option. I find towels easy to store and prettier to have visible, than say your back-stock shampoo and deodorant.
CLEAN: Clean your storage space — clean & wipe down, dry, and think about installing a pretty and protective layer like shelf liner or even peel and stick tiles.
ACCESS: Look at what you’ve got left after purging and relocating, to see what you want to keep where, so you can plan for exactly what type of organizer will work best.
TIP: Life is fluid and ever changing, try to leave a little wiggle room for something in the future that you may need to add to this location. If you can help it, don’t fill your space 100%, instead allowing for flexibility.
MEASURE: Measure the height, width and even the depth or your under cabinet space. Make sure to measure around any pipes or obstructions for proper fit or any organizing pieces. You’ll want to consult those measurements when you are shopping for organizing options to make sure they will fit in your desired space.
PLAN: Plan for the layout of your organizational items, especially if you want to stack or have multiple items in the space.
SUPPLIES: There are a multitude of organizing options out there, and there is no right or wrong. Use what works for you to best organize, and for your particular storage needs. I’ve got some great products saved for you at the bottom of this post.
SHOPPING SOURCES: I’ll share links to what I used in my spaces, and well as some organizing items that you can grab online.
MAINTANANCE: Once your organizing projects are complete, occasional cleaning and quick edits should keep them neat and tidy for years to come!
UNDER MY BATHROOM SINK (main bath)
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My husband and I are empty nesters now, so our under the bathroom sink organizing needs could be very different from yours. Our 1929 cottage bungalow home is a modest size, with one and a half baths. You can tour our home if you’d like to see more [click here]. We have a full 4-piece bath on our upper floor, as well as a combination powder bath/laundry room on the lower floor.
Our bathroom vanity has three drawers on each side and two cabinet doors down the center. The space under our bathroom sink was organized with a minimal approach — I delegated the left side of my under the sink storage area to cleaning products, and the right to tall products that needed to be upright and were better accessed standing up, than being stored in the drawers along the sides of our vanity.
My bathroom cleaning products are all kept on-hand, exactly where I need them! I used a white grid stacking shelf [this one here] to provide for more vertical storage, allowing me to stack my cleaning products above my paper towels and the bin with my micro fiber cleaning clothes and scrub brush.
(please excuse the grainy photos – the lighting is extremely challenging in our bathrooms)
Our taller bathroom products like extra shampoo/conditioner, body lotion, facial cleaners, hairspray, etc… were all corralled in this amazing lazy susan clear organizer.
I can not even rave about this product enough!
Because it spins, nothing is stuffed “in the back of the cabinet” — everything is within reach, allowing you to keep whatever you want, to the forefront. It’s strong, spins really well, and even has handles if you need to lift and move it. Allowing you to easily store less-used items towards the back of the cabinet, if you need to utilize that space.
UNDER MY BATHROOM SINK (powder bath)
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Because this vanity resides in a half bath, our under sink storage needs are few. We mainly store hair and body products, and our tooth brushes under this bathroom sink.
I liked the clear acrylic lazy susan organizer that I used upstairs so much, that I used one in the small vanity in our powder room as well. It’s working marvelously. Much better than the little bins I was using previously.
Because whatever I wanted, it was always in the back, of whatever was in the front!
Under the sink storage is just not the prettiest now is it?
But, it’s storage I’m sure we are all thankful for, no matter the size.
As I mentioned earlier, we are all going to have different needs and spaces to work with. And for us, this galvanized metal caddy is working perfectly for organizing our toothbrushes, toothpaste and extras. It’s technically a utensil caddy from the Better Homes & Gardens line at Walmart, but I thought it could be just right for this spot, and it is!
The front center cubby holds my face wash & eye makeup remover, since I use them here at the sink. All my other skin care and cosmetics are located at my vanity.
And because this powder bathroom shares space with our laundry room, I’m able to store my cleaning supplies in my cabinets, away from our tooth brushes and such.
I could have purchased a caddy in a matching clear acrylic, but like I’ve mentioned a few times, I’m more concerned with the overall function, and not so much with spending a ton of money making sure all my organizing products (that are hidden behind cabinet doors and in drawers, match.
Don’t be afraid to shop your home
Or to use things in unconventional ways!
You can always trade up for better (or more visually appealing) organizational items a little at a time if that’s important to you.
Don’t let budget hold you back. I still use Dollar Tree bins for both budget, and sometimes because they just fit the best!
Concern yourself more with — well edited, neat and tidy.
I’ve included convenient clickable shopping links below for you. Some may be affiliate links. Click here for full disclosure.
I got my clear acrylic lazy susan organizers at Walmart (in-store). I’ve got some linked in my Amazon store (below) if yours doesn’t carry them. I’m not linking to the Walmart one, because it was almost twice as much online! No idea what’s up with that? But my sister had great luck finding some similar at HomeGoods!
My Better Homes & Gardens galvanized caddy isn’t available online right now, but you can grab this one that’s got the same cubby configuration [click here].
I’ve gathered up a wealth of organizers in my Amazon store for you, link below.
Thanks for the motivation and sources to finally tackle under my bathroom sink! I love what you did with yours but mine will require a huge amount of purging, lol!
Shannon Fox says
I should have mentioned that I PURGED the heck out of our downstairs bath a few years ago, when I did that massive kitchen purge, and it’s helped tremendously. I had a glass front cabinet in there and it was full of beauty products, lotions, self tanners, etc… so much stuff I never touched.
It all went, and I don’t impulse buy anymore. No matter how pretty the package is. LOL
Once you do that (purge and control what comes in) it’s so much easier to manage your entire homes organization.
Glad it was a helpful post, thanks for letting me know! 🙂