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Day 14: Food Storage Containers
We all have that cabinet. You know the one. Where you open up the door, and then jump back to make sure nothing falls out and attacks you. And I’m willing to be that for the majority of us, that cabinet contains our food storage containers.
Whether you use Tupperware, mason jars, Ziploc Containers, an array of Rubbermaid pieces, empty yogurt & margarine tubs, or some combination there of, we all have some sort of food storage containers in our homes.
For Day 14 of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Combat Clutter Challenge, we are now going to tackle the food storage container cabinet. Here’s your plan of attack …
- Empty out the cabinet. As you remove all of your containers, group them by size and style so you know what you have to work with. If any of your containers are broken or are showing signs of significant wear (like melted spots or warping), trash them.
- Now go through your lids. Get rid of any that are damaged.
- Now that you have purged from the containers & from the lids, everything that is left should be in good shape. Now match each container to a lid. Any spares? Toss them! Only keep containers that have a matching lid. No extra containers. No extra lids.
- Now regroup your items so all of your matching containers are nested inside one another, and stack the lids neatly, and return only the perfect pairs back to the cabinet.
Depending on how many food storage containers you have, this job could take 10 minutes or it could take up to an hour. I have found that this is a really good job to delegate to my children too. My 6 and 8 year olds know how to match lids to containers, and can sort things across the kitchen table. Then, I only have to do a quick double check of their work before tossing what should be tossed, and putting the perfect pairs back into the cabinet.
Work smarter not harder! Delegate a job whenever possible!