Brilliant Tips On How To Organize Kitchen Sink Area

Kitchen sink in modern house kitchen with vegetables

You might think your sink area is just there to dump dishes, but it's more than just a cleaning station. When finding ways to organize kitchen sink areas, several things are considered aside from decluttering, such as regular cleaning, using organizers, and taking advantage of the under-the-sink cabinet.

Organizing your kitchen sink area doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth. There are many brilliant ideas you can add that won’t have to cost much, like using organizers where you can group cleaning items together in the sink or under it.

Whether or not there's already stuff in these spaces, it doesn't matter because they're another excellent kitchen organization opportunity that awaits you. Here, we'll show you some ways to organize your kitchen sink like a pro.

Kitchen Sink Organization Ideas

1. Keep Your Kitchen Sink Spotless

A person cleaning the sink with gloves and a microfiber towel

If there's already stuff on your sink, or if you have more than one person in the house that uses this area, it might be easier said than done to clean them out and start fresh. However, it must be done periodically to ensure it's grime-free and less unappealing to look at over time.

  • Regularly Wipe Down the Sink, Taps, and Adjacent Counter

The sink is the hub of any kitchen, and if it's neglected for too long, crud can build up with disastrous consequences. So scrub that thing well after every time you clean dishes! Washing underwater during each dishwashing session will also help keep things looking fresh from the get-go.

  • Use Hot Water to Sanitize Sponges and Brushes

Sick of smelly sponges? Clean them in the dishwasher! The hot water will kill any lingering bacteria and ensure your sponge never stinks again. 

The hot water will also rid it of germs and grime without you having to use harsh chemicals, which are going to stink up your kitchen and possibly even damage your sink. This step keeps things simple for a quick clean-up but also one that strikes the delicate balance between safety and effectiveness.

  • Maximize the Power of Baking Soda and Vinegar

If you're not already, start flushing your drain with baking soda and vinegar regularly. You'll be doing yourself a favor out of the kindness in your heart for keeping things clean and, more importantly, clear!

How does it work? It helps keep your pipes clear and odor-free. How often? Once a week on a schedule or with every meal, if you're concerned about the smell. Be mindful of this if you are in an environment where food is left to linger before being thrown out.

2. Add Kitchen Sink Storage and Organizers

Wall-mounted wire basket

After the clean-up, it's time to think of ways to establish the organization in your sink area. This entails creating zones for your dishes, mugs, and cleaning supplies.

  •  Use Wire Baskets to Create a Zone

Attach a wire basket on the wall behind your kitchen sink using two mini command hooks to hold sponges and brushes. This low-profile and airy solution has helped keep moisture off of these household items so they can dry out when not in use. 

You can also try a wall-mounted wire basket to hold sponges and brushes. Perfect for keeping things off the countertop and keeping cleaning essentials in one place.

  • Grab a Mason Jar for Bottle and Straw Cleaners

An organized kitchen sink can also do small, decorative mason jars (or any jar, really) to hold tall cleaning brushes together. These are great for those who reuse wine bottles or have many straw cleaners in restaurant or cafe settings.

  • Don't Forget the Trusty Dish Rack

Dishrack with glass plates

A kitchen sink can be neatly organized with a dish rack and drying mat. A dish rack is great for holding extra utensils, hand towels, or even small buckets for cleaning supplies. Smaller sinks will need a more undersized stand to fit the space, while larger sinks can hold larger frames.

Try an over-the-sink dish rack that stows away when you don't need it; if those fluffy towels aren't enough, then this might be the answer. This is ideal for smaller kitchens and for those who aren't always at home but want to keep their kitchen clutter-free while they're gone.

  • Try a Soap Dish for Less Soap Slime

Soap dish shaped like a fish

Gross, icky soap bars tend to cluster on the edge of your sink and are now starting to form an unsightly build-up. 

Consider collecting leftover soap bars in a dedicated soap dish (even one that's enameled for easy cleaning), which will catch stray drips or drops. When it gets too dirty, just run it through the dishwasher as needed!

3. Don't Underestimate the Kitchen Sink Under Cabinet

When it comes to storage, cleaning supplies take up quite the space in the kitchen. You'd think canned goods, condiments, and other food items consume most of your storage space. But in reality, cleaning tools and products are just as greedy with space. 

Try these few under-the-sink hacks to keep your sink area in tip-top shape.

  • Avoid Making It a Dumping Zone

Cleaning supplies can be pretty messy to use, so most people put them in the under cabinets of the kitchen sink. 

However, a better way to organize these products is to have their own designated space – take note of that ample empty countertop under your sink cabinet! Put up some more shelves, and voila: bigger storage capacity for your cleaning items.

  •  Go Heavy on Hooks 

Utilize over-the-door cabinet hooks and racks to keep towels and cleaning tools tidy. Gliding drawers are ideal for storing cleaners; the items stored will be easy to access. If you'll need your extra supplies like sponges and scrubbers within reach, try an over-the-door caddy but facing the cabinet door inwards.

  • Find Baskets and Organizers for Essentials

With proper storage, you can tuck away your cleaning supplies and still have space for everyday items like your kitchen towels. This is better suited for under cabinets in your bathroom sink where storing towels and some linens can be neatly rolled for easy access. 

It's also a great way to keep everything in one place so that you won't be running around looking for soap when it's time to clean up after dinner!

  • Separate Dishwashing and Cleaning Supplies

Dishwashing Supplies

The kitchen sink should be reserved for dishwashing alone. Try getting some wicker baskets to separate the cleaning supplies from the dishwashing items. Many cleaning supplies look the same at first glance; it would be ideal to label soaps and scrubs for those on rotation during general cleaning.

This keeps the washtub clean to start fresh for the next day's events while keeping your cleaning products away from where you eat. Your basic cleaning supplies will include a broom, a mop, bucket, paper towels, gloves, and scrubbers which are best kept together rather than just scattered in several cabinets or even as far as the garage.


The sink area, in general, is a clutter-first zone in any kitchen. It's where people clean dishes and wash vegetables and meats when preparing meals. It's a busy area that is often left unorganized with little to no management.

By performing some of these tips, you can significantly improve your kitchen organization. Let us know in the comments if you found our suggestions helpful.

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