Happy New Year! Yes, it's finally 2018; a whole new year and, for many people, it's the starting point for a whole new outlook on life. There's always so much to do around the home, and one of the tasks you'll no doubt find yourself doing is managing all that food storage you've accumulated.
It doesn't matter if you wish to store any leftover bits and pieces from Christmas/New Year or just so you can start the year on a clean note. In the leap into the new year, we at Poundstretcher are here to assist with 5 easy steps in managing your kitchen organisation.
Okay, don't cry at the sight of all the 'organised' chaos that's clogging your cupboards. First things first, remove everything from the storage area you're trying to tackle and place them on a predetermined surface (i.e: a dining table, a sheet on the floor).
Just gut it all out so you can see what you have to work with.
Start to sort all your plastic storage pieces into sections/piles. You'll soon realise that whilst you thought your kitchen/storage was small, it's more the fact you've accumulated too much stuff!
Organise them however you wish, be it: small tubs, large tubs, their purpose, if lids are missing, if only the lids remain, if they're broken, if they are wonderfully unique, if you just hate the sight of them, if you realise they belong to someone else and have been meaning to return them to their rightful owner, anything! Just start separating them so you can visibly see the end goal (it's true)!
Now it's time to decide which ones you wish to keep from each individual pile, and the ones that can get tossed out/recycled. You can decide this by thinking, 'Do I really need all of these massive tubs when I hardly use any?'
If you don't wish to simply toss them out, then you can always give them away to family and friends (providing they're not broken and they haven't got lids missing). Clean out your own space whilst clogging up someone else's! Either that or find a creative way to store/use them. They can make interesting storage containers for other areas of the home, or even used for growing plants.
Clean the surfaces! Yes, it's time to break out the multi-purpose cleaner and give that area a good scrubbin' before putting everything back (might be a good idea to give some of the long-lost tubs you've decided to keep a bit of a wash too).
So, now you've got all your plastic storage containers in their neat, tidy, little piles, you can start putting them all back. However, make sure everything has a place. Put small tubs within larger ones, keep the less likely used ones pushed a bit to the back, and always keep lids with their respective counterpart.
You might also be able to find you can now store additional food items in your cupboards, maybe even a few little countertop storage containers that were taking up some visual space.
And there we have it, folks! A few quick (dependant on how much you've managed to horde) and easy steps in organising your kitchen food storage spaces. A clean home is a happy home they say!