Tips for Organizing your “Tupperware Cabinet” + how I Organized mine!

Let me begin by saying, you’re not alone! We all have that one drawer or cupboard that is overflowing with something – so much so, you cringe every time you open it. For me, it was my “tupperware cabinet”. Anytime I would reach for something in this space, I’d quickly grab what I could and close the door immediately. The same went for putting things back. I would toss items in faster than you could say “boo”. I finally had enough and decided it was time to tackle this disorganized space! Below, I share tips for organizing your own “tupperware cabinet” – on the cheap and in no time.

 

[1] Declutter

The first thing you should do is remove everything from this space. Pile all the contents onto your counter and begin sorting. It’s a good idea to consider the following as you decide what you’d like to keep and what you may want to part with.

• The condition of the item (is it peeled, chipped, cracked or stained?)

• How often you actually use the item?

• Are there any pieces missing? If you have lids without containers and containers without lids, it may be time to part with them.

 

[2] Invest in organizational pieces

I know that the word “invest” may sound costly but I’m here to reassure you, that’s not the case! For my cabinet reorganization I purchased two pieces of shelving ($6.99 ea. regular price) and three baskets from the dollar store ($1.25 ea.). These items will last the test of time and are certainly worth the small investment. Shelving is great because if you’re working in a small space you instantly create more room to store pieces. Baskets allow you to separate and categorize items which is another bonus in my books.

 

[3] Categorize items (hint: separate lids and containers)

It’s important to organize and categorize your pieces. This will make it much easier for you to locate them when the time comes to retrieve something from this space. It will also make it much easier to put them back once you’re done with them. Categorizing items ensures you avoid future clutter and storing them in baskets makes it really simple to remove in a pinch.

 

[4] Invest in stackable containers

So here’s that word “invest” again. I personally already owned stackable containers so this tip didn’t apply to me, but they make such a difference! I own both glass containers and plastic stackable ones. Glass containers are great because they are esthetically pleasing and make your space look nice and organized. You can purchase sets for not too much money and the best part is that they don’t stain and are better for your health as they don’t contain the chemicals that plastic ones do. I own this set of glass containers purchased at Walmart for under $21. I also purchased this set of plastic containers (for $10!!) at Walmart and love them because the lids connect to one another which means they’re organizational pieces in themselves!

 

As always, feel free to leave me a question or comment!

Happy mommying,

Jennifer

 

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My Favourite Storage Ottomans

Note: hover over each photo to see where it’s from! Keep reading – links to each product below!

Hey everyone! Having kids can be messy! From dirty clothes, to stinky diapers and toys all over the place! As moms, we already have a list of never-ending chores and half the time it’s impossible to get any of them done. I’ve come to realize that my house is never going to be spotless, especially with a baby who demands my time around the clock and a dog who brings in any and every piece of dirt! With that being said, I still aim to keep our living space neat and tidy. Sure, our side tables and base boards may be dusty and the floors may need to be moped, but if everything is in its place,  it makes squeezing in a “big” clean that much easier! It also keeps me sane, as I’m some what of a clean freak and as the old adage goes “out of sight out of mind”.

One of the key pieces in our living room that helps me to achieve this state of tidiness is our storage ottoman. It is a lifesaver and not only is it a statement piece, it’s so functional and doubles as both storage and additional seating. Ours (pictured Below) is quite large and can hold anything from seasonal decor items such as picture frames and glass pumpkins to accent pillows and Alexander’s diaper warmer. It’s also a great place to toss a few things when you’re in a rush and have last-minute company stopping by.

I purchased ours from Bouclair. Unfortunately it is no longer available, so I’ve compiled a list of some of my other favourite storage ottomans below. They vary in price and are all accessible (both in store and online where you’ll receive it right to your door!).  My picks also do well in both large and small spaces so not to worry, if you’re limited with space!

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Wayfair.ca

Bed Bath and Beyond

Structube

Bouclair

As always, please feel free to leave me a comment or question!

Happy mommying,

Jennifer ❌⭕️

Pantry Reorganization – Before and After

Hi everyone! How many times have you gone into your pantry or cupboard and looked for something that you know is there, but just can’t find? I’m sure the answer is many times! It happens to me more than it probably should. Then there’s those times when you surprisingly find what you’re looking for, but knock over five other items trying to retrieve the one. The old adage “out of sight, out of mind” was just not working for me any longer and I knew something had to be done. I had attempted to  previously clean out my pantry on multiple occasions, but decided that it was FINALLY time to do it properly.

I’m here to show you how for less than $40 (and a little bit of time) you can transform this space just like I did! This can be an overwhelming process for many, especially if your pantry is stocked with items like mine was. Just remember that it’s just that – a process. Take everything one step at a time (and breath!). I think that a lot of people equate an organized pantry to a large space, and this couldn’t be more far from the truth. My pantry is on the smaller end and I’m quite happy with the transformation.

For a Organizaed Pantry of Your own, Follow the Steps Below:

  • Take all of the existing items out of your pantry. You’ll want to ensure you have ample clear counter space for this step.

 

  • Review expiry dates. Review each item and toss out anything that is no longer good. You may also want to consider discarding items that you know (deep down) will go to waste in future. For example, that half eaten tray of cookies that aren’t expired but probably don’t taste so good and also aren’t in line with your new diet.

 

  • Group like items together. Think pastas, seasonings, cereals, granola bars etc.

 

  • Purchase or repurpose jars, containers and baskets. These will be used for storing pantry items such as rice, cereal, pasta, legumes and so much more. I say repurpose because you may very well have items around the house that you can use. I was able to locate and use two white baskets that we already had for our pantry. An added bonus of using glass containers and jars is that they make the items in them look more appetizing (think almonds) and you’ll know exactly what you have available for cooking, in a pinch!

 

  • Label all items. This is important because it will help you to easily retrieve items when you need to grab something quuckly. Labels are also helpful for the little ones in your home.

 

  • Create a list of “cooking times”. So you’ve emptied all of your items into jars and your pantry looks pristine. A week later you go to make some rice only to realize that you threw the box away. It’s a wise idea to create a list of pantry items with their cooking times prior to discarding boxes. This will come into handy for things like pasta or quinoa .

 

All jars and containers used in my pantry reorganization were purchased at the Dollar Store (yup, the Dollar Store!!).

If you have any questions or comments, please leave me a note.

Happy mommying,

Jennifer ❌⭕️

 

 

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