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Friday, October 18, 2013

Day 18: Plasticware {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}




Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project


Today we're talking about decluttering your plasticware.  AKA Tupperware.  Or leftover containers.  Or a massive pile of stuff that is crazy frustrating when you're trying to find the right sized container and matching lid and just when you think you've found them you get an avalanche of plastic!  You know what I mean :)

I'm sure you've see the jokes online.

ivman's blague

But it's not funny when you're trying to maximize your time with your family by getting dinner cleaned up quickly and instead you're rummaging through the plasticware cupboard trying to find the right container and lid to store your leftovers in. 

So, let's tackle this area of our kitchens today!



Easy Decluttering Steps


Throughout the series, you'll follow these steps to complete each daily task.  {Don't forget to take before and after pictures to share too!}



Note: The main purpose of this series is to declutter so don't get overwhelmed doing too much cleaning.  Once your house is less cluttered it will be easier to clean so you can always come back and do it later!

Also, if you have the time, you can organize the space while you're doing this step, but don't get overwhelmed with too much organizing this month.  We're focused on decluttering!


Purging Tips for Your Plasticware


Follow the steps listed above, and use these tips as you purge (step #5) your plastic leftover dishes:

  • Throw away any containers and lids that are damaged, cracked, or warped beyond usability
  • Recycle all margarine dishes, yogurt containers, etc. (it's too hard to see what's in them and they tend to lead to science experiments in the fridge... plus you have a steady supply of them if you ever do need them for something specific)
  • Match up all your dishes and lids and get rid of any non-matching pieces
  • Toss out any containers that are discoloured (see this link for an explanation why)
  • Give away or donate any containers you have not used in the last 3 months (or use them to organize small items in your craft room or garage!)
  • Think about how many containers you actually need and what sizes you use most and purge further if necessary until you meet that goal (e.g. if you have 21 medium sized containers you can probably give away some - you can't even fit that many in your fridge!)
  • Consider keeping containers that are all from a particular set so they can stack easily and you can find corresponding lids easily



Pictures and Links to Inspire You


Here are a few links to help you decide what plasticware to keep and what to purge, as well as tips for storing your plastic food containers.

  • Aby recommends keeping lids and containers together so it's really easy to find what you need (it takes up a bit more space, but if you get rid of all those containers you never use anyway, you'll have more space and this way you can find what you're looking for MUCH quicker!)

Simplify 101

  • Danielle stacks dishes (which is easy if you keep sets) and uses a large container for lids

    Love Logic and Laughter


    • Here's an example of plasticware in drawers and using a CD rack to keep the lids organized.

    BHG

    • And here's a great video about food storage container organization by Alejandra (love the part where she points out that she never has an empty plasticware cupboard from using all her containers at once... so true... but yet so many of us keep holding on to way too many containers!)





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    If You're On A Roll...


    Spend some time figuring out the best way to organize your containers and lids for your space.  This will help prevent the avalanche of plastic :)

    Decide whether a cupboard or drawer is better.  You can store lids in an under-the-shelf rack, an old dish rack, or a file sorter.  Use racks or baskets on the back of the cupboard door to keep small containers or lids.  Use large baskets to stack containers in so there's less chance of them toppling over. 



    Good luck with today's decluttering project!  I'd love to hear how you did, so please leave a comment below, or on FacebookGoogle+, or Pinterest!

    Don't forget to share your pictures in the Facebook post for today or use the hashtag #31DaysEasyDecluttering when you pin your pictures. I'll repin some of my favourites.  Plus don't forget I'll have a link party at the end of the series where you can share your photos too!

    How many plastic containers and lids did you declutter today?  How do you organize your food storage containers to keep the clutter at bay?  Any purging tips I missed?


    Happy organizing decluttering!



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    2 comments:

    1. This is a very helpful series! Unfortunately, I discovered it more than half way through. When it is all over, I think I'll start with Day One and work my way through in January. That's when I feel the most motivated to declutter!

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      1. I'm glad you find it helpful Cindy! The days are in no particular order so you can join in at any time and come back to any or all of the posts whenever you want. I'm usually pretty pumped to declutter in January too :)

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    I love hearing from my readers! This is a great place to ask questions, answer questions, and share your organizing tips. Thank you so much for commenting! I look forward to getting to know you better :)