Howdy! I’m still in the kitchen for my home organization this week. Last week I tackled fridge and food storage in the cabinets (no pantry in my house). This week I moved on to the tupperware cabinet.
On the Organize 365 podcast, she tackles this area the same week that she does food storage but I just couldn’t handle it that week. I was much more prepared this week to handle it in under an hour one morning. It was also the morning that I prepped some food for the week, and that was a much more pleasant experience.
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say opening my tupperware cabinet is a risky business. Lids falling everywhere, things perfectly balanced once the cabinet doors are shut. Unfortunately this is the same cabinet I store my NutriBullet and crock pot in; two appliances I use pretty frequently.
Here are the rules for this week’s clean out:
- Remove everything from the cabinet (no surprise here).
- Throw away anything that doesn’t have a base or a lid to match it.
- Throw away sizes of containers you don’t use. In her book, and mine, it’s not a waste to throw it away if it’s no longer wasting space in your cabinet.
- Stock up on sizes of containers you use the most.
- Place everything back in the cabinet.
I listened to the podcast before the actual clean out so while on my grocery run this weekend, I stocked up on three of my favorite sizes of containers: the long and shallow ones, the square shallow and square deep. During the cleanout, I put everything on the floor and then tried to match lids to bases. Just like she said, I tossed anything without a match. I kept anything with a match event though she advised against it. I’ve got the space for now, and maybe since it’s organized finally I can actually find reason to use the itty bitty containers.
I didn’t have any particular system for putting things back into the cabinet. I put all the appliances on the bottom shelf: crock pot, food processor and NutriBullet. Then I organized the best I could by shape for the Tupperwares.
The key to keeping it this way I think will be taking my time putting the containers away after I wash them. No more opening the cabinets and casually tossing them back in there. I used three of the new long shallow ones to store some veggies and cooked chicken in, and several of the deep, short ones for this week’s lunch salads. My fridge is a lot neater, and now that I have easy access to actually choosing what size tupperware I want, I’ll probably break the habit of storing the big pots and bowls of entire meals in the fridge.
Next week I’ll handle the dishware. I have a cabinet of plates and bowls, and another cabinet of cups and mugs. I may do one at a time, or maybe I’ll get crazy and go for both. Either way, I’m on a mission to get this house in order, hopefully before my next series of trips in April!