5 Handy DIYs to Clean Up the Mess Under the Sink

03/20/2015 03:26 pm ET | Updated May 20, 2015
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In most homes, the under-the-sink cabinet doesn't get much respect. It often hides a trash can and the cleaning potions -- but it also can become a dumping ground for other odds and ends. Daunted? Don't be! Make the most of this centrally located space with inspiration from these smart ideas.


Dress It Up With a DIY
This homeowner spruced up her under-sink cabinet -- all too often a dark space -- with bright and cheery contact paper. (Bonus: It's easy to wipe down!) She also painted an old drawer to use as an organizing tray, and hung under-cabinet baskets up above to make use of every inch.


Hang a Trash Bag Rail
Many folks keep their trash bags under the sink -- a logical spot for them, since the kitchen bin is often there, too, or nearby. With dowels and curtain-hanging brackets, this homeowner constructed a neat way to store large rolls of bags within easy reach.


Repurpose a Curtain Rod
A tension rod, usually used for curtains, is transformed here into a brilliant solution for maximizing vertical-space storage in an under-sink cabinet. Just hook spray bottles over the rod, where they're easy to grab for a quick tidying session.


Get Hooked Up
Removable adhesive hooks are ideal for renters who want to hang brushes and gloves in organized cabinets without making permanent alterations. The latest versions work surprisingly well--so long as you follow the directions--and come in a slew of attractive colors, from bright shades (as shown) here to cool metallics that mimic bronze or chrome.


Label It With Love
This homeowner believed (and we agree) that even the unglamorous cavern beneath the sink deserves a little love. To make efficient and eye-pleasing use of door space, she attached clothespins to clip up tools and added witty labels with stick-on vinyl.