Having moved into and organized more than 20 homes, I’m all about saving money when I organize. I like low-cost or free flexible organizing ideas that I can use in this home and the next home and the next and the next (when you move five times in six years, you’re always thinking of the next move). These seven kitchen hacks and tips to organize under the kitchen sink are no-cost and have worked for us over and over again through our many moves and homes.
Organizing under the kitchen sink is about making my everyday life working in the kitchen easier and quicker. I look for simple ways to make my kitchen tasks easier. Simple ideas are ones I can really use day after day and simple tips that really work and save me money are my favorite. When I organize under the kitchen sink (and keep it organized), my days just go that much more smoothly.
Organize Under the Kitchen Sink for Free and Other Kitchen Hacks
Use Quality Products – I’ve been using Hefty Ultra Strong trash bags for years (Really) because I’ve found they provide outstanding quality. It’s important to me to save money and frustration by using quality products when it’s important (like in holding dirty, yucky trash). Have you ever had a cheap trash bag tear on you? You spend needless minutes cleaning up and waste additional trash bags rebagging everything that fell out.
I appreciate that Hefty Ultra Strong has active tear resistance technology to reduce punctures. No more of those frustrating bag rips and dumps trash all over my clean floor scenes. Hefty Ultra Strong bags come with the added benefit of Arm & Hammer odor neutralizers and fresh scents like Lavender & Sweet Vanilla and Citrus Twist. There’s even a scent-free option if you prefer.
You can find Hefty Ultra Strong trash bags at Target or Walmart. Right now you can save $1.00 off a box of Hefty trash bags with this coupon.
Use Repurposed Plastic Produce Containers – I like to use repurposed plastic containers that hold berries, lettuce or mushrooms for organizing. They’re easy to clean and sturdy enough to use as organizing containers. When you move, simply throw them into the recycle bin since they didn’t cost you a penny to purchase.
Use Repurposed Plastic Spice Containers – I use repurposed plastic spice bottles to hold my baking soda cleanser. Since I used baking soda as a natural way to clean all around my home, I use this repurposed container all the time. It works perfectly, was free and saves the landfill.
Use open containers – Tear the top of of boxes to make it quick and easy to access the contents. Remove the flap, to so that you don’t have to wrestle with it. It may seem simple, and actually it is simple, but it really does save time and frustration.
Cover Repurposed Boxes for Storage – It’s so simple to cover boxes with contact paper or wrapping paper to make pretty organizing containers. Pretty organizing containers are the best because, well, they’re pretty.
Simply cut the contact paper to cover each side of the box and wrap down inside the box. I clip the paper at the corners so that if folds more neatly around the corner and bend of the box.
In about 5 minutes you’ve made a pretty organizing bin that cost you nothing (use paper you already have). You can coordinate it to your own kitchen decor and your favorite colors.
Use Storage Containers That Have Lost Their Lid – Tell me I’m not the only one that ends up with storage containers that have lost their lids. Rather than throwing out the useless container, I simply put it to a new use holding and organizing nonperishable items. Keeping dishwasher detergent tabs in an open container makes it easy to quickly grab a tab, fill the dishwasher, turn on the dishwasher and run.
Leave the Lid of Dish Soap Container Open – Leaving the top of the liquid dish soap open makes it easy to grab the bottle, squirt some dish soap into the sink, and put the bottle away all in one motion. No wasted time or effort. Another simple tip that really does have a big impact.
Bonus Tip – Cut Sponges Into Smaller Pieces – Simply cutting a large sponge into smaller pieces will save you money and save the yuck factor. You can throw the smaller pieces of sponge away as soon as they get gross and not feel guilty if that is after just one use.
How does under your kitchen sink look right now? In just a few minutes today you can organize under your kitchen sink for free and enjoy a more organized, less stressed day.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.