Has the time come to organize the mess under the sink? Are you finally ready to tackle that project because you’re fed up with wasting time trying to find your sunscreen or the extra bottle of shampoo that you bought last week? I reached that point yesterday! We’ve lived in this apartment for 6 months and every time I open the door under the bathroom sink, I cringe. The clincher was looking for a bandaid in there and having to pull out half the collection of bottles and baskets to find them.
The official ‘Chaos Theory’ reads like this: ‘the branch of mathematics that deals with complex systems whose behaviour is highly sensitive to slight changes in conditions, so that small alterations can give rise to strikingly great consequences’.
As you can see from my photos, ‘chaos’ was the operative word underneath the sink in the bathroom. The slight changes mentioned in the official chaos theory could be something as insignificant as buying one more bottle of shampoo and then trying to find someplace in all of that mess, to jam it in. The ‘strikingly great consequences’ would be me trying to get the door closed after that without more things wanting to fall out onto the floor.
And now the time has come……..
Not that I haven’t been getting ready to organize the mess under the sink for a while. A few months ago, I bought a couple of additional baskets to use and the small extension rods that I needed. I already have the tools so I really haven’t had any excuse. But let’s be honest, sometimes it’s easier to just close the door and walk away isn’t it? Oh well, no more excuses!
Of course, any project always needs to be signed off on by the real management of the operation. Fortunately for me, I’m reasonably capable so ‘the boss’ took a few minutes to survey the situation and found the preparation acceptable. So he gave me the ‘thumbs up’ and I was ready to get going.
A Brief Explanation of What We’re Doing Here:
I’m going to show you how I used that no-mans land in the top half of the cabinet for some additional storage.
The plan is to use two little tension bars to stretch across the open space of the cabinet. The back bar will be set higher than the front bar. And they’ll support the two light plastic baskets that will hang between them and will provide storage space for some of the small items and for my hair clipper case.
Supplies and Tools that you’ll need in order to organize the mess under the sink:
- 2 small extendable rods that will fit inside your cabinet.
- 8 3/4″ wood screws
- 2 baskets with a little lip all around the outside. These will hang from the rods, hence the need for the lip.
- 1 electric drill
- 1 tape measure
So now for the actual process (which is super simple in case you’re not super handy with tools!)
After cleaning out the cabinet, I made four measurements, two on each side. The back two measurements at 17″, are equal height and distance from the front. The front two are each 12″ high and 4 1/4″ from the front of the cabinet box.
Next you’ll place the back extension bar in the finished position. Extend it so that it reaches from one side to the other and will hold itself in place. You can either use a little level to make sure it’s…..well, level, or you can eyeball it if you have a good eye for that sort of thing.
A helpful tip:
It’s a good idea to have your baskets handy while you’re doing this. Before you set any screws, place the empty baskets in place on the bars. This way you can be sure that you’ve set your rods at the best place for your needs.
Whichever you decide to do, next you’ll draw a line around the bottom 1/3 of the rubber end so that it looks like this:
That grey line shows where a rubber end would sit against the inside wall of the cabinet. The two pink dots indicate where you will set a couple of screws. Their purpose will be to support the weight of your loaded baskets.
The first time I used this method to organize the mess under the sink, I didn’t put those screws in. No matter how much I tried to extend that rod, it slid down the cabinet wall. But when you set two little 3/4″ long wood screws under each rubber end, the rod stays right where you want it.
Now this illustration shows the grey circle where the rubber end of your rod will sit on top of the heads of those two screws that you’ve set . In fact, if you look closely at the last photo above, you can see the little screws underneath the ends of the rods. And to the right here, is a closeup of what each end looks like.
Now that you’ve got the back tension bar in place, repeat the same procedure for the front, lower bar.
It’s coming along and looking wonderful don’t you think?
Isn’t that looking wonderful? There is nothing so wonderful and practical and comforting (to me anyhow!), as seeing a system develop, that will organize the mess under the sink! I just love it and you know what? I’ll probably come back and check out my newly organized cupboard, at least a half dozen times in the next few days. Yes, that’s how much I love being organized. It just warms my heart. How weird is that eh?
AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR THE BIG REVEAL! TA DAA!
How Much Do You Love to Organize the Mess Under the Sink?
I once saw an illustrated meme that showed a cartoon lady standing in front of her open closet. With her coffee cup in hand, she stood just gazing and admiring with a really pleased look on her face. That is totally me. So far, I’ve gone back to ‘gaze and admire’ at least three times this morning. I didn’t take my coffee cup with me but I did go back, just to look!
I love the whole process of organizing messy places. To be able to find things easily, to have a proper place to put things. It just makes life feel tidier and simpler. One of these days, my laundry room/pantry will be next. After that, the dreaded locker in the underground parking lot. Now that will be a big job but one day it’ll get done. In the meantime, share with us, your thoughts, your plans, your dreams of bringing a little order into your world. Who knows, you might have a tip that I and others haven’t thought of! So by all means, do share some of your ideas to help organize the mess under the sink.
Love to you all and have a great day, wherever you are!
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