Today, I’m going to be really honest and share something embarrassing with you. All I can say is, “Judge not…lest ye be judged.” Okay?
Anyway, here goes:
is what my plastic container cabinet looked like when I woke up this morning. A complete disaster. You know the kind, right? Cabinets that you have to open carefully to avoid an avalanche? What? You don’t have cabinets like that? Well, sometimes, I do. So there.
And, this is the one that gets out of control the quickest. There are several reasons why…Lots of little hands digging for dishes is probably one of them. Lots of different people unloading the dishwasher from day to day is another. So, from time to time, I have to go through and do this:
And then explain to everyone in the house (again): “When you get it out of the dishwasher, put the lid on it!” Here’s why:
- It makes stacking much easier.
- It keeps matching sets together so we can all avoid digging.
- It helps you keep track of what is lost so you can clean out the clutter.
- And, obviously, it’s a good way to look in quickly and see what you have (and what you need to get rid of).
Putting the lids on when you unload the dishwasher will help keep things straight (as least for a little while.) If the containers aren’t completely dry (you can see water flecks in quite a few of them in the photo), just leave the lid a little open.
When things start to get messy again, you have a great game for the kids to play. Give them a chance to work on sorting and stacking. Perfect for preschoolers!
So, there’s your tip for this Tuesday. Most of you are probably saying, “Duh!,” but maybe someone out there is saying, “You mean, I’m not the only one whose cabinet looks like that?” Dear, this post is for you.
P.S. Two things: Yes, some of my containers are looking pretty shabby. Organizing them really helps you see if any are worn out or broken, etc. And, yes, my cabinets are a lovely shade of “harvest gold.” They came with the house, and the only thing I like less than gold cabinets is painting them. Waiting for the big remodel, y’all.