For the month of October, I’ve been plugging away on a series I’m calling Taking Care of Small Things. It’s all about tackling those small, but important tasks that never make it to your to-do list! So far, we’ve cleaned out the linen closet, updated family first aid kits, updated our phones with important numbers, and made spares of our keys, to name a few. You can see all the posts in this series over at my Taking Care of Small Things page.
For today’s task, we’re focusing on one area of the kitchen that’s likely to get out of hand quickly: the food storage cabinet!
You know it’s time to clean this cabinet when 1) you dread putting away containers out of the dishwasher and/or 2) you dread opening the doors to this cabinet because stuff is likely to fall out! In my case both #1 and #2 applied.
In my case, I have two cabinets like this. (Yikes!) My first step was to take all the food storage items out so I could clean the shelves.
My next step was to try to match up each container with its respective lid. I honestly didn’t realize I had so many complete containers! I had a lot of options at the ready for last night’s chili leftovers! I also really like the small containers for my kids’ lunches.
In the second cabinet, I moved all the glass bowls and thermoses. So while it still may appear a touch cluttered, it’s organized because I can now find what I need. And that’s truly what I’m going for here. One of my favorite life mantras is “done is better than perfect!”
Of course, after examining your current food storage, you might decide it’s time to start afresh! Amazon has a lot of good options, including the Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids, 60 ct piece set pictured above. At the time of my post, it’s sitting right around $27 (please note that prices and availability on Amazon are always subject to change).
I also wrote earlier this week about these Disposaware To Go sets found at Costco for $3.97. Despite their name, they are in fact, reusable.
No matter if you just tidy what you’ve got, or end up biting the bullet and purchasing some new food containers, having them organized is going to encourage you to save your food leftovers and use them instead of getting take out. And that of course, is money saved!
I’d love to know if you have additional strategies for organizing or cleaning food storage items! And, let us know if you’ve tackled this challenge for a virtual high-5! For more posts in this series, see my Taking Care of Small Things page.