Start with the junk drawer! Ten years in this job and I still haven’t come up with a good or cute name for that drawer.
- Consider buying tiny tubs or a junk drawer organizer to help keep the items organized within the drawer.
- Pull the contents out piece by piece and sort them on the counter (batteries, pens, coupons, small tools, etc.)
- Only leave items there that you would use on a somewhat regular basis. (The special tool that came in the house to fix one item months ago needs to go back in the garage and so on.)
- Put drawer organizer in and put the sorted items in their new home!
Now, it’s time to attack the Tupperware turmoil! Bring out all the plastic food storage containers you have (remember to pull from the dishwasher, too).
- Begin sorting by size, nesting any that match.
- Match lids to each.
- Recycle the lids that don’t have a bottom and the bottoms that don’t have a lid.
- Make three groups of containers on the counter: large near each other, medium, and small.
- Then, consider the most you’ll need for your biggest dinner. What numbers work for you? (Example: 4 large, 8 medium, 6 small) This allows for a couple to be in use in the frig or dishwasher.
- Purge “loner” sizes because nesting ones take up the least space.
Your goal is to have enough, but an easy-to-find and manageable set.
Having these two areas of your kitchen organized will feel so good when you need something from there!