6 September 2010

Under my sink

I had semi-organised the cupboard under my kitchen sink a while ago but it had slowly become more and more messy. The fact that it didn't stay organised told me that the system wasn't right - it shouldn't be hard to stay organised if the system makes sense and meets your needs correctly. So, I needed a new system. Because here is what it looked like:

BEFORE:
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I went down into the cellar to see what I could find to use and came up with a tension rod and other odds and ends.

AFTER:
I used the tension rod to hang spray bottles off - I use glass cleaner spray to clean everything so there is a full and almost empty bottle of that as well as some stainless-steel cleaner spray, a spray bottle of water and some bathroom cleaner spray which usually lives in the bathroom - I'll have to move it! Beneath that on the right you can see an old Brita water jug that contains a feather duster, rubber gloves, old toothbrush and sponge scourer - I take that upstairs with me when I'm cleaning, adding some cloths and glass cleaning spray.

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Behind the jug is a plastic basket containing the vacuum cleaner attachments. You can also see the sink plug hanging on a nail on the right - we don't hand wash dishes so we seldom use the plug but it's now easy to find if we need it.

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To the left I hung a wire basket from some nails - it contains shoe polish and brushes and can easy be pulled out when we need it, then hung back on the nails when we're done. I've also hung some bottle brushes from nails. Below that is a plastic tub with a basket nesting on top containing sponges and scrubbing brushes:

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Below the basket are things like my wax tart burner and tarts, a plastic funnel and other odds and at the back are bleach bottles, insect spray, sterliser, polish, sticky-stuff-remover, and carpet cleaner:

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I've hung a plastic bag in the door using little nails - it contains extra plastic bags that we use to line the bins (trash cans) upstairs, etc:

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I love it, and it's so much more functional!

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35 comments:

  1. Ingenious! Who would have thought to use a tension rod that way? I wish I had your creative mind!!

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  2. Wow, so many smart and clever things you did here! My cabinet could definitely use some of these organizing ideas! Great job. :-)

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  3. You are brilliant--I love the tension rod idea.

    I've been using the plastic containers that our dishwasher pucks come in to organize things under the sink; I'm on our third container and I can't wait til it's empty. My sister in law taught me to fold our plastic bags into small squares and put them in a small container. I love it--they are so much more contained that way without the air in them. Since we don't have that many anymore, I feel like I am finally on top of them.

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  4. Isn't organizing even the smallest of places so wonderful? Good idea with the tension rod. I will have to try that one.

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  5. I think the tension rod is genius!!!

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  6. Love the tension rod to hang your spray bottles! Gets them off the floor but still very easy to grab.

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  7. Such a great idea to use a tension rod! You're inspiring me to reorganize my messy under the sink cabinet.

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  8. I like the tension rod idea and I just happen to have one that isn't in use.
    I need to do my 'under the sink' counter right now.
    I keep cleaning supplies, for my bathrooms, under the sink in each one so no trips back and forth with cleaning supplies. Then when I am in there already, I can do a quick clean up.
    Mama Bear

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  9. Hi Jen!!! I am a new follower and I must say that I say this on a blog through pinterest today and I absolutely needed it! I opened my cabinet to look for something and saw that everything was wet on the bottom! I have had to take all the stuff out, clean it and clean the bottom of the cabinets. I happened to come across this with the tension rod and think it is brilliant!!!! I am loving your blog and hope you have a great day!!!

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  10. Hi Jen, I've enjoyed scanning through your posts and lovely photos! I, too, found you through a friend who pinned the tension rod with spray bottles on it on Pinterest. I'm wondering if you'd be up for it for me to feature your photo and a link to your blog/this post in my weekly 'Hip Trick' column? My email is kate at teakate dot come; I'd love to hear from you. My blog is: hipgirlshome.com and past Hip Tricks are featured at http://hipgirlshome.com/hip-tricks/. Drop a line if you have a moment; I'd love to share more about the feature.

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    1. That would be great, thanks! Will email.

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  11. I loved the idea of the tension rod, but found that mine slipped under the weight of just a few bottles. Is there a secret I'm missing?! Thanks!

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    1. You have to get the rod really really really really tight! Try to use a longer rod. For instance, if your space is 30 inches wide and there is a rod that goes from 15-35 inches, or another that goes from 25-50 inches,get the latter.

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    2. (Okay those measurements probably didn't even make sense, but did the concept?)

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    3. I'm glad you gave this suggestion! I found your idea and I was so excited. But my tension rod also kept slipping... I actually purchased rod holders but I didn't really wanted to put them in because I'm not that handy. I'm definitely going to try again!! Thanks!

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  12. This is ingenious!!!! Great tip!

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  13. I have had to take all the stuff out, clean it and clean the bottom of the cabinets. I happened to come across this with the tension rod..
    automatic air freshener dispenser

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  14. You seriously keep cleaners and chemicals under the sink, low to the ground, where they can be reached by -- well, anyone, child or pet? Why not put your baking pans and lids, or plastic storage containers, or even jar and canned goods there instead, and get those poisons up and safe? Remember even things like vinegar and other "natural" or "home-made" cleaners can make someone sick!!! None of this belongs under a sink, in my opinion.

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    1. every one i know keeps detergents under sinks.

      generally when they had kids that weren't old enough yet to understand "dont drink the chemicals under the sink" you'd put childlocks on the doors.

      but if you dont live with kids/pets then there isnt really an issue. most adults aren't going to open a cupboard and go "ohh windex lets drink that"!

      and not all kitchens have above counter cupboards. if she only has cupboards under the sink where should she store them then? when i lived in an apartment the only high up place i had were the top levels of the pantry and i'd think it would be more dangerous to put chemicals on a shelf above your foods then under a sink

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    2. I completely agree. We keep our chemicals way up high. Toddlers can open baby locks.

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    3. If you look at the picture with the plastic bag on the door, you will see a child lock attached to the inside of the door as well.

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  15. Simply brilliant! Pinning!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  16. I love your creative solution. I'm going on a USA BOOK TOUR for my new book, TOTAL HOME MAKEOVER, and I'd love to feature you as a blogger in your state. Email me at nrmetzler@windstream.net if you're interested and I'll give you more info.

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  17. We're having new counters and backsplash, along with a new sink, installed today. I've got everything cleaned out and just thinking of how to get more organized under there when your post popped up. Great ideas!

    As far as keeping cleaning supplies there, it's always been done that way in our family. We've never had a problem. Now we're empty nesters but have lots of little ones in the neighborhood. Might put a child lock on it just to be safe...

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  18. this girl is a genius ! will do this before I start making the bunting, what is happening to me... I'm turning into a domestic goddess thanks to Jen !

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  19. I have one more teeny tiny tip that you might love. Maybe not for under your sink, but a smaller space to store them anywhere else.

    http://yvonnemoss.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-to-store-plastic-shopping-bags.html

    Btw, I love your tips with the rod for the bottles. So doing that!

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  20. omg....women...lol.....if the tension rod is slipping just get two metal caps off jars and nail them to the wall of the cabinet then put rod in caps and rod will never slip again

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  21. wow, that really genius..
    i will apply this trick on my kitchen
    Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Such a creative idea for preventing cabinet chaos! We just featured it on our blog - http://bit.ly/HolidaySave Thanks!

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  23. Hi, I tried the shower curtain/tension rod thing, but mine always falls under the weight of my spray bottles (I don't have that many). Any tips to make it stay up?

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    1. Hi Petrea. I think it depends on what kind of rods you use - some are simply spring loaded and some are spring loaded plus you unscrew the bar to create extra pressure. I used the latter version and screwed it as tight as it would go and then forced it a bit more. If you still have trouble, just add a of rod socket on either end and slot the rod into that.

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  24. Hi Jen..genius idea! I am looking on HomeDepot.com and the only rods I can find are "adjustable closet rods." Would that work?

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    1. They don't look like pressure-mounted tension rods but they would work if you don't mind putting screws into your cabinet - just screw into the holes of the plastic mounting piece included.

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