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It’s day #4 of the 30-day organization challenge.
We had an awesome first few days getting our home office and what we like to call the “business of life” in order.
Well, now it is time to move into the kitchen! We consider this another important area to handle towards the beginning of the challenge because the kitchen is very much the central point in the house. An organized kitchen also means that you have a better chance of fixing meals at home, making the morning routine smoother and easier and overall making life a little less stressful!
So let’s get in there and get our first task in the kitchen organized!
Day #4 Challenge – Clean out your plastics in the kitchen (Tupperware, storage containers, etc.)
This may be another easier one as well.
We have plastics in two places: the lazy Susan and a bottom drawer.
My lazy Susan before!
My plastics drawer before.
I pulled it all out, wiped out all of the shelves and drawers (using our homemade antibacterial wipes) and putting much of it back in an organized way.
For my lazy Susan, I put all of the plastic storage in the top, sorted by size (toddlers love this activity too!). For the lids, I decided to use gallon size ziplocs to keep them all together, which I actually have done for a while, but they eventually make their way back out. so they needed to be put back in. One suggestion that Alex had a few years ago was to have one set of plastic containers instead of a bunch of miscellaneous containers that we are shuffling through to match lids and sizes. He use to get so frustrated, even when it was organized, to try and find matching parts in the morning when he was trying to get to work.
So a few years ago, we found that IKEA has these great BPA free plastic containers that are really affordable (around $4 a set?). So we threw out all of our old plastic storage and replaced with one set. I did win the green set, which is a very high quality BPA free set and so I now have that in there too, but not too many odd options. 🙂
On the bottom, I have a couple of odd/end kitchen tools (Vitamix, salad spinner, etc.) and then the travel mugs. Alex after said, “why didn’t you put that plastic water bottle in the recycle?” Well, that is because it is actually a spray bottle that our 3 year old loves to have filled up and take outside and spray. It is one activity that keeps him busy while I get other stuff done. So I kept it. 🙂
For the drawer, I threw some of the stuff away, then I put the kids playdoh kitchen tools in a ziploc, which made a huge difference. Then I put the lids to the travel mugs and cups in the front of the drawer, so they are easy to get at.
That’s all there is to it!
Have fun as you dig into those plastics and storage containers!
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