Day 22 - Food Storage Containers {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 22 - Food Storage Containers {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge}

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Day 22 - Food Storage Containers {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge}

Have you ever felt overwhelmed during the month of December with all the stuff that enters your home? The trick I've found helps me is to declutter throughout the month. Will you join me in the Net Zero Decluttering Challenge?

Each day this month I'll share some decluttering tips and ideas so you can end the month with the same number of items in your home (or maybe even less!) than what you started the month with.

Today I'm sharing tips on decluttering your food storage containers.

Today's Suggested Decluttering Task

Tupperware, Gladware, dollar store containers, empty yogurt or margarine containers... whatever kinds of containers you store food in... I bet they need to be decluttered.  Those containers and lids seem to multiply in your kitchen cabinets while you aren't looking!

Most people have way too many food storage containers.  We never use all of them... think about it... even if you had enough leftover food to put in them all, you wouldn't have space in your fridge or freezer to put them all!

Decluttering your plasticware makes it much easier to keep those stacks of containers organized too.  When you have less containers it's easier to find what you need and put each container back where it belongs when it's clean.

Here are some tips for decluttering your food storage containers:

  • Toss any containers that don't have matching lids and lids that don't have matching containers
  • Declutter items you haven't used in the last 6 months
  • Throw away anything that is stained, warped, cracked or otherwise damaged
  • Let go of sizes that you have many multiples of
  • Give away containers that only serve one purpose and keep those that can be used for a variety of types of food
Here are a couple of other posts with tips for decluttering food storage containers:

If you are hosting a holiday meal at your place and you expect to be giving away leftovers, set aside some containers today that you don't need any more and load them up with leftovers for your guests. Let them know you don't want them back and make sure you give away or toss any that aren't used.  You can decide if you want to count them today or after your holiday meal.

Decluttering My Food Storage Containers

I decluttered my food storage containers last year, and off and on since then, but I took a peek and managed to declutter a few more.

My hubby gave me some new nesting Rubbermaid food storage containers a couple of months ago and now that I've been using them a bit I can see which sized containers I can use for which types of food.  So I can let go of all of these!  That's a total of 16 containers donated or recycled.

My Progress in the #NetZeroClutter challenge

In addition to the food storage containers, I also threw away 2 old cleaning toothbrushes and 1 milk pitcher (the handle snapped).  And only 1 item in today (one last birthday gift).
So that puts me at -18 items today in the #NetZeroClutter challenge and -366 overall.  That's a leap year of items for the 365 Items in 365 Days challenge LOL!

What's Next For You?

Take some time today to declutter your food storage containers.  Or anything you'd like to declutter!  Take some pictures and share your progress on social media using the hashtag #NetZeroClutter.  Let me know how you're doing in the challenge so I can cheer you on!

Sign up to receive my blog posts by email so you get each day's post in your email inbox every morning.  You can unsubscribe after the challenge is over if you don't want to continue receiving my blog posts by email.

I'd also love for you to join our 365 Items in 365 Days Facebook group as you do this challenge!  You'll be able to share with others what you're decluttering and feel encouraged and inspired by everyone else who is also decluttering!

If you'd like more decluttering ideas, you can check out my Decluttering/Purging Tips & Ideas board on Pinterest.

So that's today's post in the Net Zero Decluttering Challenge!  I'm enjoying doing this challenge and I'm excited to have you join me.  I love hearing all the stories of how much more you're enjoying your holidays because you're not overwhelmed by all the stuff in your home!

How many food storage containers did you let go of today?  How can you keep your food storage containers cupboard or drawer from becoming cluttered?

Happy organizing decluttering!

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Here are all the posts in this challenge in case you missed any or want to share some with your friends or family!