Organize Storage Containers
Plastic containers, while supposedly a helpful item, can very easily take over a kitchen, bathroom, or craft room. For most people organizing plastic containers can become a tedious job if not done regularly. This is easily countered though by simply taking a little time and expending a little effort before it becomes too much. Simply follow these guidelines, and you can easily keep a pile of plastic container clutter from building up.
- Buying plastic containers. Don't buy without concentrating on what you buy. Stick to cream or white if you find it difficult to match the colours of the new containers with your kitchen. If you buy plastic containers of different sizes, ensure that they can be stacked for easy storage.
- Avoid the round containers. Stick to square or rectangle containers as they are not space wasters as is round containers. Large square containers should be able to hold smaller square containers when stored in a cupboard or on a shelf.
- Lids can be confusing. Containers without lids should also be stored one into the other to save space. Buy or make a bag to fit inside the door of the storage cabinet as a lid holder. It may even have pockets in different sizes to neatly store lids.
- Margarine or yogurt containers. These containers may not be as durable as the ones you buy at the store. However, they are ideal for storing left-over food for a day or two. When placed in the freezer they can be stacked to save space.
- Keep lunch containers fresh. Lunch containers should be left with the lid off during the night to fresh out and get rid of unwelcome odors. Talking about odors, hot spices such as hot curry powder may burn small holes in a plastic container. Don't re-use such containers, it is time to dispose of it.
- Plastic containers can also be great toys. Use plastic containers to make ideal toys for toddlers. Allow them to pack the containers back after playing with it, which is part of the fun. This cupboard needs constant attention as it tends to become cluttered soon if not regularly cleaned out. Simply put, these containers can also be a great and inexpensive form of building blocks for your curious toddler.
Hettie lives in Mokopane, South Africa. She writes articles for a country-wide monthly newspaper, The Vessel. She self-published a devotional book in 1993 and writes a regular column, Hettie's Chatterbox, for the S.A. Neuromuscular Foundation. Learn more about Hettie...
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