Simplify Sunday- a Solution For Storage Containers

before and afterI asked everyone for ideas last week on how to organize my storage containers (Tupperware, Pyrex, random metal containers- all different shapes and sizes). I got almost everything in order, but this cabinet is always killing me! General consensus seemed to be that the best idea was to stick to the same shapes (too late for that) and store the lids separately. Here is my before and after! I know it’s not drastically different, but I’m pretty excited about the new look.

I didn’t really want to buy anything new, so I created this little box from things we had. I’m only a little ashamed to say that I pulled a cardboard box out of the recycling.

lidsI bent it to fit the space we had, then cut it so that I had sides and folded in the ends. I taped it all together with packing tape. At this point, it looked terrible. I decided to wrap it in wrapping paper. Then I went over it again with clear contact paper, to attempt to make it easy to clean and more waterproof (let’s face it, the lids are not always completely dry when they get put away). I lined the bottom with plastic shelf liner (which I also taped to the bottom with packing tape, thinking that it would be really annoying if it was always falling out with the lids). Now we can store all of the lids on the side, and easily pull them out.

I’m hoping this helps, and I’m super excited that I was able to make something entirely with things I already had.

In other news of the minimal, I pulled out a coat that I hadn’t worn in a long time. It’s wool, and I’m allergic to wool. I buy the dumbest things. Anyway, I wore it and it was a nightmare. I was able to convince myself that this beautiful coat must be donated, then went through the upstairs again (I am addicted, I can’t stop!). I found several more things to donate, and some items in the bathroom that were trash. Donation total for the week: $32. I feel so good about how everything is shaping up!

What do y’all think of my container? My husband thinks it’s kind of ridiculous, but he seems happy that the cupboard isn’t shooting plastic out at us every time we open it.

Jillian

Comments

  1. I think it’s kinda cute 🙂 I like how it holds all your lids together… Great idea

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  2. I agree with the husband- it is cute, but ridiculous. Why make more work for yourself by creating a box? You could have SIMPLIFIED things by tucking the lids in a large gallon zip lock bag and been done with the lid project in seconds! I noticed you only have a few condiments – how did you simplify that? Yesterday I found myself buying OMG!( http://www.omgoliveoils.com/) when I have a counter full of goodies, including O (http://www.ooliveoil.com/) I noticed you had some in your cabinet –delicious!

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    • Good question! To me, simplification and minimalism are very personalized. In my case, I do not use gallon size bags. I thought about your suggestion, but buying a box of gallon bags would be silly (for me) when I could use something I already have. I also try to minimize the amount of plastic in our home. I do see how it does not seem more simple to construct a box, lol.

      As for condiments- I do love flavored vinegars and olive oils. I like to use them 1:1 with a little salt and pepper for homemade salad dressings. I keep it minimal mostly due to not wanting to spend a lot of money on high end products, but I also try to make do with something I have before buying something else. For example, if a recipe calls for a vinegar I don’t have, I just use something similar instead of buying a whole new bottle. It changes the flavor profile, but it’s worth it to me to save money and make sure I use everything I buy.

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  3. Personally I love it! I have done stuff like that before, and I am a big believer in using what you have as a solution and you did that perfectly!

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    • Thank you! Yes, that’s exactly what I was going for. I do have some reusable produce bags and I thought about using one of those, but didn’t want to sacrifice it. I love them for grocery shopping!

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  4. Looks like a great solution to me! I like the pattern. 🙂

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