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The 5 Best Under-Sink Organizers for Your Horrifying Sink Cabinet

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Under-sink cabinets are a hotbed for chaos, lost cleaning products, and spills that you don’t remember happening. But you can tame the disorder of your under-sink cabinet with the help of an organizer.

What to Look for in an Under-Sink Organizer

So the space under your sink is dismally unorganized, and you want to throw something down there to keep things tidy. But it’s not as simple as it should be. Everybody’s under-sink cabinet has its quirks, from its physical size to the shape of the unavoidable PVC pipes. You have to find an under-sink organizer that can accommodate those quirks and whatever cleaning needs you have.

Here are a few things to look out for in an under-sink organizer:

  • Size: Don’t buy an organizer that’s too big for your under-sink cabinet. But if you happen to have a lot of room down there, consider purchasing a few stackable organizers to make the most use of your space.
  • Pipe-Friendliness: That PVC pipe under your sink can hog up a lot of space. Make sure that whatever under-sink organizer you buy will actually fit in with your sink’s drainage.
  • Drawers: Drawers aren’t an under-sink organizer necessity, but they’re nice if you have a bunch of small things (like cleaning tablets or sponges) under your sink.
  • Access: Does your under-sink organizer make things easier to reach? If the biggest issue that you have with your under-sink cabinet is accessibility, then consider getting an under-sink caddy or an organizer that hangs over the cabinet door.

Now that you know what you’re looking for let’s get into it. Here are the best under-sink organizers for your messy under-sink cabinet.

Best Overall: Simple Houseware Expandable Shelf

The Simple Houseware 2-tier adjustable shelf.
Simple Houseware

If you’re trying to make the most of your under-sink cabinet, then we suggest using the Simple Houseware organizer. It’s an adjustable two-shelf system that leaves enough space for your sink’s drainage pipe to poke through. And while you can’t see it in the photo, the organizer’s bottom shelf can be raised if you need some extra space.

At its smallest, this organizer is 15-inches long, 11.25-inches wide, and 15-inches tall. You can extend it to be 25-inches long, but it doesn’t come with extra shelves to take up that extra space.

Best Overall

Best Single-Tier: Simple Trending Stackable Organizer

The Simple Trending organizer.
Simple Trending

Organizers with built-in drawers are great for holding small items, like boxes of cleaning tablets, small bottles, or sponges. The Simple Trending stackable single-tier organizer is a great option for anyone who wants to wrangle the loose items under their sink. It’s relatively small and stackable, so it’s perfect for most under-sink cabinets.

This Simple Trending organizer is 16-inches long, 10-inches wide, and 10-inches tall. A typical spray bottle is also about 10-inches tall, so keep that in mind if you have an unusually short under-sink cabinet.

Best Single-Drawer

Best Double-Drawer: Simple Houseware Stackable Organizer

The Simple Houseware stackable 2-tier organizer.
Simple Houseware

The Simple Houseware stackable 2-tier organizer is a solid option for anyone who needs a lot of drawer space in their under-sink cabinet. It has a small drawer for things like rubber gloves or sponges and a larger drawer for large bottles that you don’t often use, like soap refills. It’s also stackable, which is nice if you happen to have a 24-inch tall sink cabinet.

This organizer is pretty large. It’s 16.75-inches long, 11-inches wide, and 12-inches tall. For reference, a typical spray bottle is about 10-inches tall. Keep that in mind if you have a short under-sink cabinet.

Best Double-Drawer

Best Caddy: Polder Under-Sink Cleaning Caddy

The Polder under-sink cleaning supplies caddy.
Polder

If you’re just looking for easier access to your cleaning supplies, then consider buying a Polder under-sink cleaning supplies caddy. This is a super simple little caddy that can hold all of your everyday cleaning supplies, from your Lysol to your Windex. It’s made out of a durable plastic that’s easy to clean, and it even has a couple of crossbars to hold your spray bottles.

This caddy is surprisingly large. It’s 17-inches long, 10 inches wide, and 16-inches tall. That makes it great for carrying cleaning supplies, but inconvenient for some small under-sink cabinets (especially if you’re buying other organizers).

Best Caddy

Best Hanging Option: iDesign Over-Cabinet Organizer

The iDesign Over-Cabinet Organizer.
iDesign

Sometimes a basic under-sink organizer doesn’t cut it. If you’re still having trouble reaching the daily essentials, consider using an iDesign over-cabinet organizer. It’s a two-tier shelf that hangs on the inside of your under-sink cabinet door so you can quickly reach brushes, sponges, soaps, or any of your everyday cleaning supplies.

This hanging organizer should fit in any under-sink cabinet. But, for the sake of consistency, know that its 16.2-inches tall, it has an 11-inch wingspan, and its baskets stick out 5-inches.

Best Hanging Option

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These ten enterprise M&A deals totaled over $40B in 2019

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This year’s biggest purchase was Salesforce buying Tableau for $15.7 billion, which would have been good for third place last year behind IBM’s mega deal plucking Red Hat for $34 billion and Broadcom grabbing CA Technologies for $18.8 billion.

Contributing to this year’s quieter activity was the fact that several typically acquisitive companies — Adobe, Oracle and IBM — stayed mostly on the sidelines after big investments last year. It’s not unusual for companies to take a go-slow approach after a big expenditure year. Adobe and Oracle bought just two companies each with neither revealing the prices. IBM didn’t buy any.

Microsoft didn’t show up on this year’s list either, but still managed to pick up eight new companies. It was just that none was large enough to make the list (or even for them to publicly reveal the prices). When a publicly traded company doesn’t reveal the price, it usually means that it didn’t reach the threshold of being material to the company’s results.

As always, just because you buy it doesn’t mean it’s always going to integrate smoothly or well, and we won’t know about the success or failure of these transactions for some years to come. For now, we can only look at the deals themselves.

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The business of selling consumer goods and services online is a relatively young endeavor across Africa, but ecommerce is set to boom.

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To date, scaling e-commerce in Africa has straddled the line of challenge and opportunity, perhaps more than any other market in the world. Across major African economies, many of the requisites for online retail — internet access, digital payment adoption, and 3PL delivery options — have been severely lacking.

Still, startups jumped into this market for the chance to digitize a share of Africa’s fast growing consumer spending, expected to top $2 billion by 2025.

African e-commerce 2.0 will include some old and new players, play out across more countries, place more priority on internet services, and see the entry of China.

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The early years for development of African online shopping largely played out in Nigeria (and to some extent South Africa). Anyone who visited Nigeria from 2012 to 2016 likely saw evidence of one of the continent’s early e-commerce showdowns. Nigeria had its own Coke vs. Pepsi-like duel — a race between ventures Konga and Jumia to out-advertise and out-discount each other in a quest to scale online shopping in Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation.

Traveling in Lagos traffic, large billboards for each startup faced off across the skyline, as their delivery motorcycles buzzed between stopped cars.

Covering each company early on, it appeared a battle of VC attrition. The challenge: who could continue to raise enough capital to absorb the losses of simultaneously capturing and creating an e-commerce market in notoriously difficult conditions.

In addition to the aforementioned challenges, Nigeria also had (and continues to have) shoddy electricity.

Both Konga — founded by Nigerian Sim Shagaya — and Jumia — originally founded by two Nigerians and two Frenchman — were forced to burn capital building fulfillment operations most e-commerce startups source to third parties.

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While Jumia and Konga were competing in Nigeria, there was another VC driven race for e-commerce playing out in South Africa — the continent’s second largest and most advanced economy.

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So how did things turn out in West and Southern Africa? In 2014, the lead investor of a flailing Kalahari — Naspers — facilitated a merger with Takealot (that was more of an acquisition). They nixed the Kalahari brand in 2016 and bought out Takelot’s largest investor, Tiger Global, in 2018. Takealot is now South Africa’s leading e-commerce site by market share, but only operates in one country.

In Nigeria, by 2016 Jumia had outpaced its rival Konga in Alexa ratings (6 vs 14), while out-raising Konga (with backing of Goldman Sachs) to become Africa’s first VC backed, startup unicorn. By early 2018, Konga was purchased in a distressed acquisition and faded away as a competitor to Jumia.

Jumia went on to expand online goods and services verticals into 14 Africa countries (though it recently exited a few) and in April 2019 raised over $200 million in an NYSE IPO — the first on a major exchange for a VC-backed startup operating in Africa.

Jumia’s had bumpy road since going public — losing significant share-value after a short-sell attack earlier in 2019 — but the continent’s leading e-commerce company still has heap of capital and generates $100 million in revenues (even with losses).

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Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between.

It’s finally 2020, the year that should bring us a direct listing from home-sharing giant Airbnb, a technology company valued at tens of billions of dollars. The company’s flotation will be a key event in this coming year’s technology exit market. Expect the NYSE and Nasdaq to compete for the listing, bankers to queue to take part, and endless media coverage.

Given that that’s ahead, we’re going to take periodic looks at Airbnb as we tick closer to its eventual public market debut. And that means that this morning we’re looking back through time to see how fast the company has grown by using a quirky data point.

Airbnb releases a regular tally of its expected “guest stays” for New Year’s Eve each year, including 2019. We can therefore look back in time, tracking how quickly (or not) Airbnb’s New Year Eve guest tally has risen. This exercise will provide a loose, but fun proxy for the company’s growth as a whole.

The numbers

Before we look into the figures themselves, keep in mind that we are looking at a guest figure which is at best a proxy for revenue. We don’t know the revenue mix of the guest stays, for example, meaning that Airbnb could have seen a 10% drop in per-guest revenue this New Year’s Eve — even with more guest stays — and we’d have no idea.

So, the cliche about grains of salt and taking, please.

But as more guests tends to mean more rentals which points towards more revenue, the New Year’s Eve figures are useful as we work to understand how quickly Airbnb is growing now compared to how fast it grew in the past. The faster the company is expanding today, the more it’s worth. And given recent news that the company has ditched profitability in favor of boosting its sales and marketing spend (leading to sharp, regular deficits in its quarterly results), how fast Airbnb can grow through higher spend is a key question for the highly-backed, San Francisco-based private company.

Here’s the tally of guest stays in Airbnb’s during New Years Eve (data via CNBC, Jon Erlichman, Airbnb), and their resulting year-over-year growth rates:

  • 2009: 1,400
  • 2010: 6,000 (+329%)
  • 2011: 3,1000 (+417%)
  • 2012: 108,000 (248%)
  • 2013: 250,000 (+131%)
  • 2014: 540,000 (+116%)
  • 2015: 1,100,000 (+104%)
  • 2016: 2,000,000 (+82%)
  • 2017: 3,000,000 (+50%)
  • 2018: 3,700,000 (+23%)
  • 2019: 4,500,000 (+22%)

In chart form, that looks like this:

Let’s talk about a few things that stand out. First is that the company’s growth rate managed to stay over 100% for as long as it did. In case you’re a SaaS fan, what Airbnb pulled off in its early years (again, using this fun proxy for revenue growth) was far better than a triple-triple-double-double-double.

Next, the company’s growth rate in percentage terms has slowed dramatically, including in 2019. At the same time the firm managed to re-accelerate its gross guest growth in 2019. In numerical terms, Airbnb added 1,000,000 New Year’s Eve guest stays in 2017, 700,000 in 2018, and 800,000 in 2019. So 2019’s gross adds was not a record, but it was a better result than its year-ago tally.

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