I just can’t stand the Tupperware cupboard (and by Tupperware, I mean the generic word indicating all plastic-ware). First of all, I don’t like the way everytime I open the cupboard, things spill everywhere. Our only saving grace is that the doors have childproof openings. Only because of this do the doors even stay shut! I don’t like that I can never seem to find a container and lid that matches. I also don’t like to store food in plastic, but I am not at the place where I can or want to invest in something else.
Yesterday was the day I would conquer the cupboard.
Here was the situation before I started:
Here is what I did:
- I pulled everything out of the cupboard. (I had a head start with the stuff spilling out.)
- I wiped down the shelves to make them nice and clean. It wasn’t nearly as easy as I thought it would be. You would think that a plastics cupboard wouldn’t be very dirty, but that was not the case.
- I found a bunch of small to medium sized boxes and got a sharpie for marking them.
- I sorted the containers by shape: rectangular (including square), round, oval and plates/bowls. Each shape had its own box. I only put a container in the box if it had a matching lid.
- I devoted a special box to containers without lids. This box wasn’t returned to the cupbaord. Useable containers will be donated and the others will go to recycling/garbage. (I should have devoted a box to ‘Things that belong to my mom’!)
- I labelled the boxes and put them back into the cupboard.
- A few larger things were put in loose, but they aren’t generally a problem.
- I admired my work, patted myself on the back and took some photos.
- The hard part will be training the kids to put things back properly, but I do find that once things have a VERY clear place to go this task is much easier.
Here is the after pic: