We’ve tackled organizing tips for the fridge, the pantry, and the closet. Now, it’s time to turn our attention to another common black hole of clutter—the area underneath the sink.
“Underneath the sink can often be a place where you mindlessly throw everything,” says pro organizer Kim Stewart, founder of The Realm. But don’t worry, turning this oft-neglected space into the epitome of organization isn’t as intimidating as it sounds.
Below, Kim shares her best organizing tips for beneath the sink. (And keep scrolling to check out the TikTok she made for us.)
1. Start with a clean slate.
“I believe simplicity is key,” Kim says. “I always begin by removing everything from under the sink, so I can start with a clean slate.”
Once everything is removed from under the sink, let go of what no longer serves you. “People hold onto too many products—either expired or not used,” says Kim. “Letting go of these will help you easily access the products you do use, make you more mindful of what you purchase, and provide you with a sense of clarity.”
“After removing all the products and cleaning underneath the sink, I like to measure the area. I measure the length, width, and depth so I have a better idea of how much and what type of product makes the most sense for the space,” Kim explains. Take pics on your phone that include the tape measure for easy access.
“Having the measurements handy allows you to make sure a product will fit in your space.”
4. Use clear drawers and bins.
“I love using clear drawer sets and bins to ensure all my products have a place and are easily accessible. The clear drawers offer visibility and make the space feel airier and less cluttered in comparison to other storage containers,” says Kim.
Stackable Clear Plastic Organizer Drawers
“I also label every drawer to make finding what I’m looking for effortless,” Kim says.
Set of Minimalist Bathroom Labels for Organizing
6. Don’t overcomplicate it.
Kim says to keep things simple, and invest in products you love. “Toss or donate anything that’s expired or that doesn’t work for you,” she advises.
You can find more of Kim’s organizing essentials here.
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