Taking my own advice….
Yesterday when I tried to close the drawer which holds my plastic lids for storage containers, I
realized I had to do something. Lids were trying their best to jump out, crawl out, or fall out the
bottom; there were just too many pieces in the drawer.
Time to have a Lid Party! So this morning I took all the lids out and put like ones together.
Taking all of them out at once would make me finish the project. Next, I emptied the drawer
that was filled with all the bottoms and put like sizes together. Then I matched bottoms to tops.
You guessed it – a number of items without matches. All right, I confess: 6 bottoms with no
tops and 25 tops with no bottoms. I think that container tops and bottoms are like clothes
hangers – they multiply at night when you can’t see them do it.
Finally, I checked the refrigerator and dishwasher to make sure none of the matches were
hiding from me. Then out went all the unmatched pieces. How wonderful to be able to close
1. Don’t be overwhelmed by this mini-project. It’s quick, fun, and immediately satisfying. Get
your children to help!
2. Once your matches are made, ask yourself the Clutterfree & Organized question: “What
will make me need this?” Be honest, you probably don’t need a dozen old chicken salad containers.
3. Reuse, recycle, donate! Use the containers for crafts, crayons, picture hangers, uncooked
pasta…you get the idea. Be sure to use a sharpie and write in bold letters what you are
storing in them. Give friends in need a lovely little meal and invite them to keep the
containers. Could a senior center use the containers for game pieces, sewing bits and pieces,
What ideas can you come up with? Please share them with me!