Small Spaces: under the kitchen skin

27th February 2014

I’m excited to be starting a new series of blog posts called Small Spaces. In a previous blog post I mentioned how there was a lack of information online about organising and decorating small homes with little storage space. This inspired me to write a few blog posts of my own, sharing what I have learnt on organising small spaces. So naturally I called this series Small Spaces.

I hope you find these posts interesting. I see a lot of these types of posts on what I would classify as “mummy blogs” but I think it will make a change to see organising from a younger persons perspective. A twenty year old student’s guide to home living!

Today’s post is all about how I organised the cupboard under the sink in the kitchen. In our kitchen there is not a great deal of storage space. The largest cupboard is the one under the sink, and this means it is full of all sorts of bits and bobs, from cooking to cleaning.

When I looked at the cupboard and thought about how I was going to organise it, the main problem I saw was a lack of shelving. This meant everything was just piled up on the bottom of the cupboard. So, first things first, I needed shelves. As I can’t make alterations to the cupboards, due to the fact we are renting, I had to look for an alternative solution.

I came across the solution by accident. I had ordered myself a cheap shoe rack of eBay, for storing shoes of course, but when it arrived I realised that it would be a perfect fit for the cupboard under the sink. It has four shelves and is just the right size for storing pots and pans. I ended up using it in the cupboard and ordering another one for my shoes!

Shoe rack/shelving from eBay.

Sure, it’s not the prettiest of things but it is under the sink where nobody will see it. As you can see I use the top three shelves for storing pots and pans, and then the bottom shelf is for storage containers and a few boxes (lots of light bulbs for some reason!).

On the other side of the cupboard I have one of my favourite faux rattan storage baskets. These baskets are just Β£1.99 from Lakeland, but you can get larger sizes which cost a little bit more. I have quite a few of these lurking around the flat storing all sorts of things. This one is full of cleaning products. If you have children I wouldn’t recommend keeping products like these on the bottom shelf, but fortunately I don’t have to worry about that!

Basket from Lakeland.

Due to the fact there is a stupidly long and unnecessary pipe running wild in the cupboard, there is limited storage space in the middle of the cupboard. There’s just enough room to store my hand mixer at the back, with kitchen roll and cloths on top, and a dustpan and brush in front.

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration for organising your under the kitchen skin cupboard. I love having things so neat and tidy as it looks good and saves time when looking for things, as you can see everything nice and clearly. πŸ™‚

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  1. Jessica

    It looks super neat and organized. Of course, the challenge for me would be to keep it that way…I’m horrible at putting things away. πŸ˜›

    • Thank you. πŸ™‚ Yeah, organising is easy enough but keeping it like that is a challenge! I try my best though haha.

  2. Jamie

    That’s a super nifty little trick you have got going on there! I rented an apartment for a whole year until my boyfriend’s Grandparents asked me to move in with them to help them out. I never had anything new to myself unless I skipped out on eating something. So eventually I did get something new, but since I am extremely short 5’3″ I could never reach the top of the shelves of my apartment or flat. I would have always stocked my shelves on the ones that I could reach at the time as I didn’t have a step ladder or anything then. Now I can buy myself whatever I need and still be in Peace. Hee-hee. But next time I move out — this will be on the things to do list. :).

    RE: :Yeah – I was told the same that they had really gorgeous outfits and what not and I found out otherwise. I was NOT at all impressed with their selection of clothing. It kind of reminded me of what clothing my Grandmother might have worn if she were alive. Heck…come to think of it — I don’t think my Grandmother would have worn any of their clothes either! LOL. Though one of their dresses did fit me — but it had pockets and looked like something my Grandmother would have worn in the summer. So I instantly put it back! haha! I wasn’t at all impressed with their accessories either. It was all GOLD and NO silver. I saw some silver but I disliked their ENTIRE selection of cosmetics, jewelry and clothing! I guess I was extremely picky. I did manage to find some shirts and two of which I do have to take back. My boyfriend didn’t much care for the two shirts that I place over my black and white shirts when I go out. I thought they looked good, but he’s the critic. LOL. Gotta pay attention to the one you’re rooming with and what not right? Ah well, at least I can take them back and get something more useful like personal items.

    • Glad you like it. πŸ™‚ I can’t reach my top shelves either so they aren’t very organised. Fortunately I have a very tall boyfriend living with me!

  3. Ella

    I should probably buy my boyfriend 2 shoe racks for his apartment and throw one of them under the sink! I am always moving stuff around in his kitchen to consolidate some space and make things more accessible. Right now his paper towels are on the very top of his cabinets and there is no way in heck I’d be able to reach those.

  4. I like your idea of this blog series. It’s a bit hard to find tips in text when it comes to organizing. I normally see these “tips” in a form of a picture for inspiration. We need some category called “college student blog” or something, haha.

    I like your idea of making use of the space under the sink for things other than cleaning supplies. It’s creative to use things dedicated for one thing for other things like your pans/containers. The idea of keeping the cleaning supplies in one container is great because you don’t need to dig around for the items and can transport it all in one go :).

    • Thank you!

      Pictures making explaining things like this a lot easier. I plan on writing quite a few tips about student life, just being I’m really good at finding ways to save and make money. πŸ˜‰

      I really should have taken a ‘before’ picture of that cupboard. It was a mess!

  5. What a neat idea for a blog post series! πŸ™‚ I still live with my parents and our kitchen is full. We employ quite a few space-saving ideas but we actually just have a lot of dishes and cutlery and cookware. As for under the kitchen sink, I think the same can be applied to the bathroom sink! We make use of small plastic drawer stacks for makeup and things.

    Even something simple as putting bottles in a basket makes it a lot easier to get stuff out. I cannot count the number of times my mum has just thrown everything out of the cupboard to get to something at the back XDD

    • Thank you! I’m glad to know people like it. πŸ™‚

      We have absolutely no storage in our bathroom which sucks. I keep a lot of the stuff I’d normally keep in the bathroom in the bottom of my wardrobe. I need to invest in a little set of draws or something.

      My mum uses baskets on the top shelves of the cupboards. She’s short so she can’t reach the back but the baskets make it more accessible.