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How to Organize the Kitchen Sink to Make Washing Dishes Easier

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How to organize your kitchen sink to make washing dishes easier

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I don’t know about you but I really hate washing dishes. We even have a dishwasher so it’s not like we need to hand wash that many things. But our kitchen sink area always looked like a disaster zone. Dirty dishes piled up on one side, pans in the sink waiting to be washed and the drainer tray full of items to be put away.

I’ve always found that when something looks that messy and disorganised the last thing you want to do is be a part of it. So you just keep ignoring the dishes until the cabinet is bare and you have to take action if you want to feed the family on clean plates!

If your sink area is also a disaster zone keep reading for some simple solutions you can use to restore order and calm and make washing dishes easier (even if it’s still not enjoyable… I never promised miracles! ha!)

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 This clever 2-tier drainer is perfect for maximising space


Use a kitchen sink caddy to organize your dishwashing supplies

The easiest thing to organize when it comes to your sink is the bottle of dish soap and the brushes, cloths or sponges you use to tackle those dirty dishes.

When I started looking for a good kitchen sink caddy though I was blown away by the amount of choice so I’ve done the hard work whittling the options down so you can chose from the best available!

Stainless steel kitchen sink caddy options

Let’s start with stainless steel sink caddies which are a great choice if you want something to blend in with your sink.

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Sink CaddyCompact sink caddy for the side of your sink

The sink side caddy from OXO is a great choice if you want your caddy on the side but you don’t have a lot of space.

You can fit your dish soap, two brushes and your sponge on to the stand and it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

The base has holes in so that the water drains into the lower section and then you can just tip it up and drain it away.

The only negative feedback about this caddy is that while it’s advertised as being made of stainless steel it rusts. The best thing to do with anything you buy that’s metal and needs to live near water is to spray it with a couple of coats of clear lacquer before use and then you won’t need to worry.

simplehuman Sink Caddy, Brushed Stainless SteelDrain your sponges directly into the sink with this in-sink caddy

This in sink caddy is CRAZY popular and keeps all the suds inside the sink by attaching to the inside with four suction cups (there’s also a clever ledge hanger to keep it in place).

It’s made from brushed stainless steel and looks really stylish.

There’s room inside to store your sponges and your brush, and lots of drainage holes so you don’t have to worry about your sponges swimming in dirty water after you’ve drained the sink.

Quick tip – put a little vaseline on the suction cups before you stick them to the sink to make sure the caddy stays in place!

InterDesign Gia Kitchen Sink Suction Holder for Sponges, Scrubbers, Soap - Stainless SteelCheap but useful sponge caddy

If you’re looking for a cheap in sink caddy and you just want to use it for storing sponges then this is the perfect choice for you.

It’s great for smaller sinks too because it’s only 2.5 inches deep from front to back.

We also love that it comes in 7 different colours so you’re sure to find one that compliments your kitchen design.

Plastic kitchen sink caddy options

If you’d prefer a plastic sink caddy these are your best options.

Joseph Joseph 85022 Sink Caddy Kitchen Sink Organizer Holder for Dish Soap Sponge Brush Holder Drains Water Dishwasher-Safe, GrayStylish plastic sink caddy with a bar to hang your dishcloth

This caddy is really stylish and available in grey or a fabulous white/green design.

The main compartment is roomy enough to hold your dish soap bottle and your dish brush. Sponges stack neatly on the side and the little bar is a great place to hang your dishcloth up to dry!

The water drips through the base into a hidden reservoir that you need to empty regularly.

We also love that this unit can be easily taken apart and thrown in the dishwasher to make sure it doesn’t harbour any germs.

Kitchen Sink CaddyTardis-style caddy – fit a lot inside without taking up a lot of space!

This caddy is also very stylish and while it doesn’t take up a lot of room on your counter it’s tardis like design means you can easily fit a 10oz bottle of detergent, a sponge and three brushes inside it!

It’s easy to take a part and is friends with the dishwasher so it’s nice and easy to keep it clean and germ free.

Oh and it has a clever “grippy” bit underneath so it doesn’t slide around on the counter.

InterDesign Kitchen Sink Suction Holder for Sponges, Scrubbers, Soap - ClearBargain sponge caddy

If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful plastic basket to store your sponges in so that they drain away nicely then this is it!

It’s only 2.5 inches deep so it doesn’t steal valuable sink space and you never have to worry about losing your sponge under the dirty dishes.

It’s even a good way to store dirty cutlery inside the sink so that it’s nicely corralled when you come to do the dishes!

An over kitchen sink organizer keeps your dishwashing supplies orderly

A kitchen sink caddy only works if you have somewhere to stand it or attach it. If you have limited space next to your sink and the sink isn’t really big enough for an organizer then you should think about an over kitchen sink organizer instead.

It’s a clever shelf that fits over the back of your sink and is the perfect space for your dish soap and sponges and even a small pot plant to brighten your day while you do the dishes!

Before you choose a shelf unit make sure you take a good look at your faucet style and the width of your sink so that you can choose a unit that will fit.

Whitmor 6066-930 Supreme Over The Sink ShelfOver the sink shelf
Expandable Scroll Metal Over The Sink Shelf - BlackExpandable over sink shelfEURO-HOME Over-The-Sink Organizer, SteelOver sink shelf turned drainer


Or try one of these clever sink storage solutions

If you’re looking for something a little different try… an under sink dish soap dispenser to save room, a cake stand for a quirky look or a clever sink drawer tip out tray for storing sponges out of sight!

Ultimate Kitchen™ - Best Stainless Steel Sink Soap Dispenser (Satin) - Large Capacity 17 OZ Bottle - 3.15 Inch Threaded Tube for Thick Deck Installation - WARRANTY: This product comes with a 5-year replacement warranty only from seller: Kitchen-Classics.In sink soap dispenser looks neat and stylishNow Designs Tin Cake Stand, AquaCorral your dish soap and sponges on a pretty cake stand
Rev-A-Shelf - 6572-14-11-52 - 14 in. White Polymer Tip Out Sink Front Trays and HingesHide sponges away in this secret sink front tray!


Keep those drying dishes neat and tidy with a sink drainer

Whether you call it a kitchen sink drainer tray, basket or rack they all serve the same purpose and that is to keep your dishes neat and tidy while they dry, and stop them all toppling back into the sink or worse still onto the floor!

This dish drainer is designed to rest over the top of your sink. It’s narrow so it’s perfect for smaller sinks and can hold your breakfast or lunch dishes easily (encouraging you to do dishes after each meal!)

If you only have a single sink though you would have to have the dish drainer inside the sink while you do the dishes and that idea just doesn’t appeal to me. That’s where a counter drainer like this one is a better option. It’s compact but can easily fit 8 dishes as well as a couple of glasses and your silverware.

If you don’t have a dishwasher and you only have time to wash dishes once a day then check out this clever 2-tier dish rack. The clever design means you have room to dry around 17 plates on the top tier, 8 cups (or 4 bowls) on the bottom tier and hang 4 mugs on the side. There is even a plastic holder for your cutlery and utensils!

Over-The-Sink Kitchen Dish Drainer Rack, Durable Chrome-plated Steel (Black)Narrow over the sink rack to drain the water away neatly
Deluxe Chrome-plated Steel Small Dish Drainers (Black)Compact dish drainer rack for the counter
Deluxe Chrome-plated Steel 2-Tier Dish Rack with Drainboard / Cutlery Cup (BlackII)Clever 2-tier drainer is perfect if you don’t have a dishwasher


Store your dirty silverware in a cutlery drainer

Cutlery drainers are perfect for storing your silverware while it dries, but they are also perfect for keeping your dirty cutlery neat and tidy while it’s waiting to be washed (or put in the dishwasher). There is nothing worse than stray dirty cutlery scattered across the counter!

Here’s three great option for you. Isn’t that elephant cutlery drainer just too cute!

Honla Flatware/Silverware Caddy Holder with Plastic Tray Set-Interlocking Cutlery Drainer Organizer for Kitchen Countertop,Dining Table Storage,Pink and WhiteCutlery caddies interlock and look bright and cheerful
NewCool Elephant Cutlery Drainer Storage Box, GreySuper cute elephant will encourage anyone to stow away dirty silverware!
Joseph Joseph Dock Cutlery Drainer and Organizer, White/GreenStylish but colourful cutlery drainer doesn’t take up a lot of space


And there you have it. 18 ways to organize your kitchen sink and make washing those dishes that little bit less stressful!

Organize Kitchen Sink | Kitchen Sink Caddy | Cutlery Caddy | Dish Drainer
Organize Kitchen Sink | Kitchen Sink Caddy | Cutlery Caddy | Dish Drainer | Elephant Cutlery Drainer

Organize Kitchen Sink | Kitchen Sink Caddy | Cutlery Caddy | Dish Drainer | Elephant Cutlery Drainer