Your under-sink area needs to work hard; it can't just be the resting place for that giant bottle of dishwasher detergent you picked up at Costco. Today we're talking about all the little stuff that needs a home: sponges, brushes, and even that weird thing you use to scrape your pans that doesn't have a name! Here are seven inspiring ideas for getting them wrangled and organized.
Sponges, brushes, towels, scrubbies, and sink strainers all need a home. Sure, sure, we (probably) are using them every day, but they're the biggest instigators of the landslide effect. You know what we're talking about. Where suddenly one sponge left out to dry turns into one sponge, three wine corks, the dish brush, the hand soap that's still not in a great spot and you move every time you use it — and then poof just like that, you're entire sink area seems to be filled with clutter. When did it get out of hand? Oh yeah — a single sponge.
Here are a few great ways to corral the top of sink clutter, avoid those little wet rings on your sink, and keep your cleaning utensils organized!
1. Streamline with a simple caddy for sponge and scrubby.
Maybe you keep it simple and just use a single sponge and a scrubby. Don't feel the need to over-complicate things — just pick up an attractive utilitarian holder that will allow your cleaning tools to dry out and that can be easily cleaned itself when the time comes.
→ Find one: Check out a few of our favorites here
2. Mount cutlery holders inside the cupboard door.
We still love this trick of using inexpensive cutlery holders and mounting them to the inside of your cabinet doors. It keeps things tidy, at hand, and out of sight while allowing them to air dry.
→ See how to do it yourself: Getting Organized in 2012 — Organizing Cleaning Supplies and Free Label Printables! at Tater Tots & Jello
3. Use over-door hangers and racks.
These racks and over-the-door hangers are another great way to store things in a rental and allow your space-saving solution to travel with you from place to place. We especially love the added soap dish to hold drippy items like scrub brushes.
4. Organize cleaning supplies in clear bins.
Check out these great clear bins! It keeps your drawers free for other things and tucks all your supplies neatly out of sight!
→ Read more about this under the sink setup: An Example of Beautiful Organization Under the Kitchen Sink!
5. Store towels in a hanging basket.
No more room under the sink or in drawers? Looking for a clever way to store clean towels? We wrote about this bicycle basket turned organizer awhile back and are still in love with the idea. Not a fan of this idea for towels? Try it out for your onion stash instead!
6. Hang towels with bull clips.
Emma uses bull clips in her kitchen. You could hang anything you desire from their grippy little jaws. Bring it on, towels, sponges, and even brushes (if you thread ribbon through the handles)!
7. Clean tools in the dishwasher.
No, this isn't directly about organizing. Yes, we're still talking about sponges and brushes! We mentioned a while back that putting them in the dishwasher to be cleaned with your dishes is a great way to sanitize — and some people leave them there at all times! Use your sponge, and put it straight into the dishwasher. But it does have another effect on storage: it's so much nicer to have a box or container full of clean sponges or brushes, and it keeps the under-sink area an overall better place.
Do you have a great sponge, towel, or brush storing solution? Send us a picture or tag us on Instagram so we can show it off. There might not be a trophy for best storage idea ever, but there's definitely stardom — and that's the same thing, right?