The space under our bathroom sink was messy. Really messy! I kept telling myself I’ll clean/organize it when we redo our bathroom. But, who knows when we will actually get to that project. I couldn’t handle the mess anymore. So, while I was recovering from my wisdom teeth removal, I got started to organize under the bathroom sink.
I didn’t really have a plan as to the best way to organize under the bathroom sink so that the mess never came back. But I had to get started, so I just went to the bathroom and took everything out. I used the principles of the KonMari method and went through every product we had stored under there. First I purged expired products. Next, I created a pile of products we don’t use, but would be useful for someone else or to donate. This mostly included perfumes. I have a little collection of perfumes that were gifted to me but I honestly never used them. Perfumes make my head hurt, and I prefer the smell of essential oil blends!
I then went to organize the products I had in categories:
- Cleaning supplies
- Travel toiletries – I usually collect samples, toothbrush/toothpaste from the dentist, floss, and anything else that is travel size that we usually use when we travel.
- Extra toothpaste and toothbrushes and anything teeth related
- Extra shampoo – we bought a bunch of our favourite shampoo when it was on a great sale at the Body Shop
- First Aid/medical
- A basket for Kasharay
- My skin Care Products: I honestly don’t use many products in terms of skin care, but over the years I have collected a few products I’ve been trying to use up. I also enjoy the occasional face mask so I have a couple of those. Other things include deodorants, lotions, face mists, and my personal items.
- Gursheel’s skin care products and anything else that is specifically his.
- Oils – I have a huge collection of essential oils as well as carrier oils. Since I have thin hair, I try to test out different oils to help with strengthening my hair. I also like to experiment and create my own face, body and hair oils.
- Gursheel’s beard products
- Hair: As Sikhs, we don’t throw out our hair. We store the dead hair until we have a small collection and then burn the hair.
Once I had these categories sorted I out, I tried to think of and research storage solutions. I wanted something that worked well for us and also looked pretty (of course) 😛
I first purchased magazine holders and used them for half a year. They worked and looked great, however, since they were made of cardboard, they started to stain and absorb oils.
Now, just recently, I invested in some good quality containers I found at MUJI. These storage bins are stackable and slightly see through. They’re actually at a really great price point as well. I’ve had them for a few weeks now and I absolutely love how they look and function!
Next, I had to find the perfect label maker. I used this Sharpie pen for our pantry organization and it worked perfectly. However, since the containers are clear, the pen wouldn’t have worked well. I needed a contrasting label. I found this amazing label maker on Amazon and I love it! I love the sleekness of the labeled containers.
And there you have it. I honestly think the under bathroom sink area is a pain point for a lot of people. We have so many products and are constantly getting more. Although this isn’t the most beautiful space I’ve organized, I know it will function well for years to come. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to organize under the bathroom sink and please share your before and afters with me if you do decide to tackle your bathroom organization as well!