First — go through your plastic storage containers. Every few months or so, I sit down on the floor in my kitchen in front of the cabinet that stores all my plastic and glass food storage containers. I take each base and try to find its lid. Does the lid snap on easy, does it even fit? Is the container stained, warped? Toss or recycle the rejects.I got a set of Pyrex glass containers from Costso. They are easy to clean and don’t melt or warp in the microwave or dishwasher. I keep the lids snapped on and stack them in the cabinet. Having this nice set means I only need a few plastic or disposable ones for food I might want to give away. For those containers, I stack them inside each other and I use a divider to stand up the lids. It keeps everything neat and organized.
Second — Do the same process from your travel cups and mugs. Do they work, are they cracked, stained, do they have matching tight fitting lids? Do you even like them? Recycle all the ones you don’t have an attachment to. Do you really need 20 travel cups? I have 3 travel mugs and about 8 tumblers with lids like this. I like to drink from something with style not a faded, old Quicktrip cup. I stack the cups and keep the lids in a long, skinny drawer divider and the straws stored upright in a cup.
Third, — Kitchen towels and dishcloths. Go through each one. Is it faded, torn, stained? Some can be recycled to the cleaning or car wash container in the garage. Invest in a new matching pretty set for the fall. I roll my towels into cylinders and keep about 20 in a drawer. This method keeps the drawer from being over stuffed with towels. If I bring a new towel into the drawer, I clean out the drawer again. Here’s a pretty set for the holidays from Williams Sonoma.
What’s a constant trouble area in your home you’d like help with? Leave a comment and I’ll try to help. For more ideas from My Easy Three check out the Homekeeping and Organization tab under HomeStyle.