Have you bought or received as a gift a Rubbermaid plastic container organizer? You know; the one with a slot in the back for all your lids and two sections in the front for shallow square containers. Now one would think that this would work for organizing your containers. However, it does not work for most people because they accumulate more containers then what would fit on this organizer. If some of your containers are round and some rectangular, then you end up having to store them elsewhere.
Eventually you will have trouble finding the exact lid for each container. There are so many different types and brands of containers that it takes too much time to match the lids to the appropriate containers. If you are like me, you can’t pass up a chance to save those cute little lunch meat containers and sometimes even margarine containers so that if you, your children or husband forget to bring them back home from work or school, it won’t matter.
Is your cupboard full of lids and containers? I had lids in three different places and containers all over the place. I just did not feel organized and had to go through the daily hassle of trying to find the right lids. Finally I decided to clear the entire cupboard out completely and match all the lids to all the containers I could find. I ended up with a box full of extra lids that I may or may not find a use for, however, since I am a devoted crafter, I will probably find a use for them.
A clean organized cupboard. So now I have a very clean and organized cupboard where every container has its lid already on it. Guess what, I actually have more space than before!
The Irony of the whole situation! The irony of this container nightmare is that over 30 years ago a friend of mine suggested the very thing that I just did. She suggested that I put the lids back on my containers after washing them and store them in my cupboards that way. Well, at that time I thought that I didn’t have the space for that sort of thing! I was wrong! It would have been better to do it her way then to end up with a billion extra lids. Plus, when it comes time to put away a leftover, you will feel so relieved not have to go lid hunting again.
Keep your Cooking utensils where you can easily find them. If you are like me and have accumulated too many cooking utensils over the years, and, hate to go hunting for them in your drawers each time you prepare a meal, then why not use a utensil holder, if you have room on your counter. You can also hang your favorite utensils up using cup hooks placed under your cupboards on the strip of molding against the wall. You can hang some utensils up on the sides of your cupboards using hooks that won’t hurt the finish. Having cooking utensils and pot holders hung up on hooks is very handy and leaves room in the drawers for other important things.
Another good place to hang things up is in your study or den especially if you don’t have enough room in your desk drawers or if you want to keep certain items away from the children.
Another good idea for organizing all those vitamin bottles on your dresser or kitchen counter is to use either a basket or shallow box that you can decorate yourself. You can also use shallow rectangular baskets that you can buy almost anywhere to organize things like vitamins, spices, pencils or extra knives in your drawers.
If your shelving space is limited, those under the bed shallow boxes are a great idea for storing seasonal clothes.
Fall is the time that most people love to get organized maybe even more so than spring. I hope this brief article will help others save time and feel the peacefulness and satisfaction of being organized.