Tonight, I decided to clean out my Tupperware/reusable container cupboard…and survived!
As always, safety first. So I told my Facebook friends what I was doing and where I would be, so that if anything happened and I didn’t return, they’d know where to start looking.
I can’t remember ever being at anyone’s house and seeing an organized container cupboard, unless they had recently cleaned it out. Tupperware and the like don’t seem to be made for organization, even though that’s ironically what they’re for!
I thought this time around, I had a pretty good system going. I hadn’t cleaned out the cupboard in awhile because it hadn’t needed it. I kept one large container for lids. Every time I washed bottoms and tops, I put the lid in the holder with the others and stacked the container with its matching similarly shaped cousins. Apparently, I have gotten lazy over time because when I approached the cupboard this evening, it looked like this:
Lovely! Ah well…I knew I was taking my life in my hands.
I began gingerly pulling out the stacks, doing my best to balance them and keep them all from tumbling out on my head and burying me for all time.
Below, you can see my so-called system. On the far right, you can see the large container holding all the lids. Ideally, they’d all sit in there nicely and I’d be able to match container to lid fairly quickly. Yeah…..nope.
I started putting lids and containers together and it was soon apparent that many didn’t match. I had lonely lids and sad companionless containers.
After taking that picture, I discovered a few more partners in the mix, but the majority of what you see had to be either recycled or trashed.
How the heck does one end up with a dozen lids and a dozen containers that don’t have partners??? Is the lid creature related to the sock monster who lives in the dryer? I think so. I think we have a family of monsters supporting our frustration for kicks!
Anyway, afterwards, my cupboard looked like this:
The proud, albeit dorky, cupboard cleaner…
My cousins have told me they use a newer type of Tupperware with lids that attach to the bottom of their matching container…so perhaps that will be the goal for my next shopping extravaganza…to find containers that confuse the creature in my cupboard!!
I took my cousin’s advice and purchased these containers at a nearby big box store:
I love them! The containers all stack together, as do the lids, AND the group of lids then snaps to the bottom of a container! They are awesome!