Simplify: 7 Steps to Simplicity – Ditch The Plastic Containers


This week I’m starting a 7-part series on easy tips to organize your house. Spring is in the air and I’m thinking a good clean is in order. But, unlike other tips books my tips are going to be quick and easy ways to get your house looking and remaining ship shape.

Ready to join me? Grab the button here and organize away. Each day I’ll have a task that we all have to complete (yak! Did someone say homework?!) So follow along, have fun and link up!  You can find the rest of the series HERE.

I figured I’d ease you guys into the 7 steps with an easy step first. Step 1: Ditch the Plastic

Does your tupperware collection look a little like mine used to? Boxes all over that somehow mysteriously lose their lids in the dishwasher like socks lose their match in the dryer? I got sick and tired of shoving these into my cupboard and taking up prime cupboard real estate with a bunch of containers I never used that I decided to get radical.
My darling friend bought me this very practical Christmas gift that I’d hinted at: Some glass pyrex dishes. Difficult to stain, pop straight in the microwave and can store food. Genius. Even more genius? There’s only 5 of them.
This is how they look in the cupboard. For real. My mother in law was skeptical and encouraged me to keep some around “just in case.” She didn’t reckon with me in Chunk out the Chintz mode! I decided I’d do an experiment and emptied the contents of the cupboard into two bags that I placed in the garage. If I didn’t use them in two months I wasn’t going to use them.
Well, two months later and guess what? (Ok nobody tell her I was right!! ;>)

How are you going to store all your food? What about leftovers? I’ve found that because I only have a few containers we go through leftovers quickly so that I can clean the containers out for new food. Win-win (-win for any Office fans!)

What about freezing? Shock! Horror! I decided that using a couple of airtight bags was a better space saver anyway and not super expensive. I took that expense over the mess.

So, homework: Grab those tupperwares and sort. Get radical like I did and either sort and keep a couple or buy some glass ones. You can have 2 months to weigh it like I did and when we meet at the thrift store as we hand our bags of tupperware over I swear I won’t say, “I told you so!”

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  1. This is great! I'm doing a major Spring clean this week!



  2. Upstatemomof3 says:

    My cupboard looks just like that!! But I don't think I'd get by with only five – and Hubby would never want to spend the money when we already have our plastic containers. Oh well. Good idea though.

  3. I like this idea… I was about to switch to Rubbermaid Premier to organize, but I always dump into glass to heat. Duh! Now you need to find us a deal on the Pyrex!

  4. Resweater says:

    I love my Pyrex. It can go in the freezer too, by the way. You can cook a lasagna, freeze it, thaw it out, and reheat all in the same dish! I do keep a couple of plastic containers around for dry snacks at the park, etc., but for leftovers and snacks at home we love the Pyrex!

    This is something you can use those Kmart $10 off of $20 coupons for.

  5. Mary J. says:

    I would love to get rid of lots of them, but I use some for lunches. But maybe I can get rid of about 1/2 of them!

  6. I was about to tackle my plastic bowl cupboard anyways….thanks for the push. I absolutely love my Pyrex bowls with lids…I think I will buy another set and ditch the plastic too.

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