Organize Plastic Containers and Cookware

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Looking at the Before & After pictures, the Before is not terrible, yet makes it hard to get to the bakeware when needed. Also stacking non stick pots and pans into each other, is a major no no. This took me less than 20 minutes to organize, as the dividers were handy. So how do you escape from the ‘tupperware‘ nightmare and chaos of unruly Pots and Pans? Let’s find out. We will go step by step, starting with Pots and Pans.

Supplies for Pots & Pans:

  1. Trash bag or empty cardboard box
  2. Cleaning spray & rag
  3. Glass of water
  4. Organizing Products specific to space, needs and style

Steps for Pots & Pans:

  1. Clear a large clean space on counter or table to sort
  2. Grab a trash bag or a cardboard box for any donations
  3. Empty out cupboard on the surface you cleared
  4. Grab a cleaning cloth and spray down all shelves, inside and outside of cupboards (trust me, you’ll appreciate in the end) Option: put down any extra contact paper you may have
  5. Be honest. Do you use all these? Used within the last year? (is it nasty looking?)
  6. If you have any non stick cookware, be sure to toss out any scratched, it can be a health risk. (potential risks of certain cookware)
  7. Put donate items in box or bag
  8. Match up lids with pots and pans.
  9. Donate lids with no pot or pan
  10. Really large bulky cookware you only use around the holidays or special parties, should be stored elsewhere (pantry, garage shelf, basement)
  11. The large heavy cookware you do use often (crockpot, dutch oven) place on a bottom shelf
  12. Lets start simple by organizing your lids. Here are some product choices depending on your space and your style:
  13. Vertical Lid Storage. This can be attached to a wall or a inside cupboard door:
    wall lid holder
    (click here) order to your door

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. Flat Surface Lid Storage for inside cupboard:

Flat lid holder
(click here) order to your door

Wire Dividers Chrome Large

 

 

 

A taller version in chrome

 

15. Now it is time to implement the remaining cookware. Keep your Cookware upright and free from getting damaged. In this Cupboard Pots and Pans Divider:

Pot and pan organizer
(click here) order to your door

Also a version that will fit in your cupboard

vertical pan

 

 

 

 

16. Wall Option- if you have no cupboard space:

wall pan hang
(click here) order to your door

wall pan hang 2

 

16. Do you need more shelves? Create them:

Clever Container Product Image

Great Job! If you need any personal help, just email me (click here). Now- onto Plastic Containers (tupperware):

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Steps for Plastic Containers:

  1. Clear a large clean space on counter or table to sort
  2. Grab a trash bag or a cardboard box for any donations
  3. Empty out cupboard on the surface you cleared
  4. Grab a cleaning cloth and spray down all shelves, inside and outside of cupboards (trust me, you’ll appreciate in the end) Option: put down any extra contact paper you may have
  5. Be honest. Do you use all these? Used within the last year? (is it nasty looking?)
  6. If you are missing the matching mate, toss lids in recycle and if you are inclined, donate any mismatched containers
  7. It is ok to stack same size containers in each other, yet please do not get in the habit of stacking small to large, it is just too hard to get to in a rush.
  8. In my Before and After Example above, we are using a Lazy Susan. You can use various options.
  9. Drawer:   (click here) order to your door

 

 

 

 

10. Cupboard:

Clever Container Product Image
(click here) order to your door

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add a quick extra (under) shelf for plastic lids:Shelf Help

11. Toss small lids in a small to medium  clear basket

(click here) order to your door

12. May I suggest placing the give away (you know the ones that you send family off with left-over food in) put it in a different location. I used two extra large Ziploc Bag (you can get them at the Dollar Tree too). One for lids, and one for the containers, then I placed them in the pantry.

Awesome! You did it, nice job! If you need any personal help, just email me (click here)

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Kitchen Pantry Organize 101

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How much more of a pleasure and less of a task putting groceries away can be, when you have an organized kitchen and pantry. It is simple to keep up once you form order. Simple instructions:

  1. Clear a large surface area to work on. Such as a table or clean counter
  2. Have (several) large Garbage Bags
  3. Have a Bag with handles for possible donate to a Shelter
  4. Cleaning spray and towel
  5. Have a recycle bin within reach
  6. Your new (and existing) containers can be off to the side. (using clear containers is key)
  7. Pull out every item. One by one.
  8. Ask yourself these three questions:
    1. Is this expired?
    2. Is it healthy for our family?
    3. Will we eat this?
  9. Toss it if expired
  10. Put in donate Bag if your family won’t eat it or it is unhealthy. IF it is not expired, that is
  11. Items you are keeping, set on counter or table
  12. Once all shelves are completely empty, spray and wipe down inside of cupboard doors first. Then wipe down each shelf starting from the top, working to the right
  13. Now we will start sorting. Items that are not used or eaten often, should go on top shelves. Unless very heavy or bulky. Items such as (if you must) unhealthy snacks, marshmallows, etc. Put them in the Containers that will fit items, and put away
  14. Then start sorting and setting in groups, like items
    1. Canned goods- sort by soups, Canned sauses, etc
    2. Boxed goods
    3. Baking items
    4. Oils
    5. Sauses, merinates
    6. Bagged items, chips
    7. Snacks
    8. School snacks (should be in own category, makes packing lunches so much easier!)
  15. Baking items, such as sugar, flour, etc, place in Air Tight Container
  16. Once every item is sorted, find the correct sized containers for each category. Place items in the designated container, and place on shelf. 
  17. Once items are in containers, you can move them around from shelf to shelf depending on height and convenience. This part of the task is much easier when your items are in the containers. FB_IMG_1454403326008
  18. Another option if you are tight on spaceShelf-Help_detail
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  20. If you want to go one step further- Labeling. It adds a touch of class and function.
  21. You may find you have more food than containers, or you need a few more containers. No problem! Just reach out to me, and I can help. Simply set the leftover food or items on a shelf off to the side, until your containers arrive. If you need to exchange or return anything, I am happy to help!

And voila! PicsArt_02-03-01.12.08

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