5 Handy DIYs to Clean Up the Mess Under the Sink

A tension rod, usually used for curtains, can be transformed 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.
03/20/2015 03:26 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

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.

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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
to use as an organizing tray, and hung under-cabinet baskets up above to make use of every inch.
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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
large rolls of bags within easy reach.
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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
.
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Get Hooked Up
Removable adhesive hooks are
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.
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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
to clip up tools and added witty labels with stick-on vinyl.