Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Organizing the Tupperware

This is the before picture of the three main shelves of my pantry:
I had kept my plasticware in that blue dish drainer for quite a while. It seemed like a good idea at the time. And don't let the picture fool you. First of all I was holding the camera up. That middle shelf is my eye level shelf. I had to use this to sort through the plasticware:

And you had to do it that way, because if you tried to just slide that drainer thing out, all the small lids would slide right through it. And the bottom shelf? Well because it was below eye level, I pretty much used only the front 8 inches. I didn't even know what was behind the stuff in front. So I cleared out that bottom shelf.:

I am ashamed to say, there were cans of stuff in there that dated all the way back to 2005. There was a can of peaches that looked like it was moments away from exploding. It was not good. Out of Sight, Out of Mind truly applied.


Anyway I got this pull out drawer plastic bin thing and transferred all the plasticware from the blue drainer basket to the drawer:

Then I put the good stuff from the first 8 inches of the bottom shelf onto the top shelf and I slid the drawer bin onto the bottom shelf with my plasticware tucked neatly inside:

And now it all makes more sense:

Whenever I do stuff like this I always wonder why I hadn't thought of it before. I've had the pull out drawer bin since 2008. It was one of the things I brought home when I cleared out Mom's house that year. I had been using it to store my rock polishing stuff - which I haven't used in a long time. And why hadn't I noticed that I hadn't looked into the back of that bottom shelf in years? There are actually two shelves below that one and I go through those quite often. Anyway, I got it done and it has worked out great so far. So yay! And thank God that can of peaches never blew up.


VioletSky said...

A plastic pull out drawer is exactly what I use for my 'tupperwares'! And it on the bottom shelf. Very, very handy. What I would really like is a pantry cupboard that is only 8' deep, that way all the tinned stuff is right there with no reaching.

Jazz said...

What a brilliant idea. I need one of those.

My problem is that I haven't yet figured out how to best use the cupboards in my kitchen. I don't know what they were thinking when they laid the place out.

jocelyn said...

The storage of the tupperware is the bane of many households' existence. We have a pretty good system going in a bottom drawer, with lids separated, and it STILL makes me crazy. Then I go to my in-laws' house and realize how good we have it.

mrwriteon said...

We have one of those little white footstools. We've had it forever and it remains reliable.

geewits said...


~~You'll figure it out. And make it better.

~~The plasticware is always greener on your side.

~~I have another one, a blue one by my bed. It's a high bed. I use it to get into bed and to stretch my feet on in the mornings before I get out of bed. They are great.