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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After

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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Do You Make These Organizing Mistakes?


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Here’s my 2 cents that might just change your Life. Well. Ok. At least clean up your Home a bit:

  1. Have a “catch all” bin in each room. However. There are some rules. When the bin is full, clean out & put items away, starting from the bottom. Clean out at least 1/2 (Goal: clean out the whole bin the end of every month). And NEVER put important items or papers
  2. Each family member (household member) should have their own laundry basket, named & labeled. Also a good idea to have their own laundry day. From beginning to end, before bed, laundry is clean, folded & put away.
  3. So your ready to Organize a space (or you’ve had and you must do something about it. Now.). Get your Tools ready. Have a KEEP bin. A TRASH bag. A RECYCLING bin. A different color TRASH bag (to distinguish the difference) for DONATE. Pull out the large bulky items first and sort them. If they are very large (blankets, large toys, pillows and you are keeping) just put them away. It is much easier to have less to sort and visually see items when those large items are out of your way. Then sort the rest of items starting at a focal point. A door or window. Round your way back to that door or window, in a circle of sorts, touching all items needing organized. When you’ve sorted everything, put KEEP items away, put DONATE items in your car. Take TRASH & RECYCLING out.

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