Woke up to snow this morning.
Its supposed to do it some more...
though it was not much.
The sort of snow where kids have to scoop up every
flake in the yard to build a small snow man.
We are awful about collecting things and reusing them.
We do recycle in a serious way here.
The whole dang two towns together do that.
(We might as well be one town, but a river runs between us.)
We don't have box sized recycle containers.
We have great big garbage can style bins on wheels.
The neighbors drive the dog nuts rolling out their bins.
We do our part in our house.
So every margarine, sour cream, cottage cheese, etc. tub
is carefully collected and put into the cupboard
we call the "Fibber McGee closet".
So named because when you open it, things fall out.
I am sick of reorganizing it repeatedly.
Their lids occupy two big drawers in the kitchen...
they are in opposite corners.
It is a pain in the butt to find a lid that matches a tub.
The more one digs, the more messed up
each area gets.
It is a flawed system.
The entire time I have been living here...
the man has said to me
"This is your kitchen, you arrange it the way you want."
It's my area.
So as I was flipping through a coupon book for a local store...
I became very excited about food storage containers.
This may not float your boat.
It does mine!
This morning I purchased 80 food storage containers.
Does that sound excessive?
They came in sets of 40... so I bought two.
The thing I like about them is that the lids snap to their container bottoms.
There is no need for the bottoms and the tops to
live across the room from one another.
Likewise no need for a messy method of picking through
piles of lids that are not the lid I want....
or the annoyance of lids getting stuck when you try to close the drawers.
I spent a wonderful day going through all our containers.
The man has more Tupperware than my mother ever had...
and a good mix of Rubbermaid, Zip-lock and Glad containers too.
When I was finished,
I had ten "saved" containers... the sour cream, etc.
stacked with their lids neatly stored beneath them.
Those are for sending left-overs home with guests.
No one has to worry about returning them...
please, please don't return them!
My cupboard is neatly arranged with lids below containers
for all of them.
Two drawers are empty now and ready to be used.
I've no idea what I will put in them.
But something will present itself.
Meanwhile, my recycle bin is 3/4 full of plastic
bottoms without tops...
and plastic tops without bottoms.
Not to mention all the sour cream, etc. with lids.
I kid you not!
Tonight I will smile when I sleep,
knowing that the cupboard is neat and orderly.
Tomorrow I will hit the drawer under the stove...
I rarely open it, its so scary!
There are pan lids and casserole lids in there for every
pot that resides here or ever lived in this kitchen... EVER.
Most do not have pots to sit under them.
I do believe in recycling and reusing things.
But the man, bless his heart...
is a bit of a pack rat.
Its all clean and lovely.
But certainly needs to be weeded out.
Clutter is a sneaky animal.
Where does clutter sneak into your life?
Are you a clutter buster...
or a pack rat?
I'm kind of both.
But every now and then, I go crazy getting rid of things.
I'm thinking this is spring cleaning itching to bust loose...
I really want the snow flakes to melt off and leave us be.
I'm so ready for sunshine and being outside again.