What to Do If Your Under-Kitchen Sink Area Is Basically the Wild West

Spray bottles of cleaning supplies. Rogue pouches of dishwasher detergent. Stacks of Tupperware. Maneuvering under-kitchen sink storage is like a game of Tetris: There’s a method to how everything is crammed in the awkwardly shaped nook. If you want to cut down on visual clutter, though, a full-scale revamp may be in order—and we found four ideas to kick-start your brainstorm. 

Start fresh with a unit that comes with built-in real estate, or hide it all away with the help of a strategically placed textile. It will take some planning, but once you’ve revamped this tricky corner and everything has its place, you’ll never again have to sift through a mess to find the exact mixing bowl you were looking for. 

Rethink Your Entire Unit

Photography by Molly Winters

Stainless Steel Prep Table with Sink, Amazon ($1,276)

If you’re starting from scratch, why not follow this Austin home’s lead? A stainless steel fixture with a built-in under-shelf instantly makes the space look bigger—plus it nips hoarding in the bud because having everything out in the open is incentive enough to keep your essentials pared back. Use large baskets to corral pantry goods, and have the shelf double as a food organizer: Here, a white wicker bowl houses potatoes. 

Use Every Inch of Surface Area

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Kitchen Cabinet Paper Towel Holder, Target ($8)

Velinda Hellen’s picture-perfect blue kitchen has a few secrets, and they’re hiding under the sink. All the more practical necessities are tucked away in an enviably neat manner: Her dustpan hangs on the wall; she’s decanted bleach and OxiClean into chic glass containers and stored extra dishrags under a small shelf. Our favorite feature is the clever over-cabinet paper towel roll holder. Buy one of your own to reclaim some counter space. 

Choose the Right Vessels

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Vardagen Jar, IKEA ($6)

Speaking of decanting, Jen Wink Hays makes under-kitchen sink storage look charming—and it’s all thanks to her glass jar collection. Follow suit with your own collection of canisters, to be filled with things like laundry pods and dish detergent. It’s a great way to ditch the busy labels that make cupboards look crowded, plus you’ll be able to clearly see how much you have of everything well before you run out.  

Consider a Curtain 

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Gold Grid, Minna ($140)

When all else fails, conceal the mess. If you’ve decluttered and it still looks like an eyesore, a sink skirt can easily fix it. This sunny yellow cabinet doesn’t have doors on the base units, so a simple oatmeal-colored linen swatch does the trick—think of this as an opportunity to make the area hyper-personalized. Pick a splashy pattern to liven up doing the dishes or go with a cloth in your favorite color. Who said organizing can’t be fun? 

See more ideas for your kitchen design:
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8 Freestanding Cabinets for When You Need Instant Kitchen Storage
12 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas, From Glossy Tile to Sleek Marble

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