Organising your Tupperware Containers

Baking Organisation

In this video I share how I organised my baking items in the kitchen.

Clean and Organised- A Step By Step Guide To Organising Your Pantry

In this New Year’s video I show you all the steps necessary to organise your pantry. Great for anyone who is not sure where to start.

What’s for dinner? – Fridge and meal planning organisation…

Welcome to my final instalment of my kitchen series. Today I am going to walk you through my refrigerator and meal planning.

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When you open my fridge you can see that I don’t have an overflowing of food. As a family of two we find that we do not need to cook a full meal daily and often have leftovers. In order to help us become good stewards careful planning of meals became necessary. On my top shelf I have items like my margarine or the occasional bottle that won’t fit on the door. This also leaves a space for leftover meals for the following night.

 

On the shelves below you will see two fridge containers which I purchased from Big W. They contain sandwich items such as meat or salad, and waterbottles. As couple who likes to save money by taking a packed lunch to work every day we find it an easy solution to pull out a single container rather than spending time finding individual items. Having the waterbottles contained has saved my fridge from a lot of spills over the whole fridge. The few times when we haven’t screwed on the lid tight enough, all the water has done is pool in the container which is an easy fix.

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On the shelves you will see my containers of pre-chopped veggies. I love eating vegetables but hate the chore of chopping them up. When we first got married I found that I wasted a lot of vegetables because I could not be bothered to take the time and chop them before cooking a meal. To counteract this solution for the last six months I have made myself straight away upon coming home with the groceries to chop all my vegetables and place into my containers. This means that I always have veggies ready to go and can quickly add them straight into my cooking or zap them in the microwave to serve as a side dish. I know that our waistlines have been most pleased by this revelation.

Personally I like the outside of my fridge to remain clutter free. A few years ago I was one of those people that had magnets with takeout menus from my local area all over the outside. When we moved to our current place it was a chance for my husband and I to start afresh and make better choices with our meal planning. This means that we no longer have the temptation at ‘zero’ hour to pick up a menu and order food, but rather stick to the meal planned or find an alternative in the cupboard. Not only is this the healthier option but saves us a lot of money too.

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I was searching for a solution to help us meal plan for a long time until I came across the amazing blog The Organised Housewife. In her shop she had a printable solution in a range of colours of a meal planning template which I put in a photo frame and use a whiteboard marker to plan our meals for the week. Sunday mornings at breakfast we sit together and plan our meals for the week and write on our shopping list anything that we might need. We have be using this solution for the past six months and have had a lot of success.

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Next week we are leaving the kitchen and heading to our lounge room where I’ll show you how I remain ‘Clean and Organised’.

Pantry Organisation

This week on Clean and Organised it’s all about the food as we take a look at the pantry. When we moved into our current house we discovered that we did not have a lot of deep cupboard space. This forced us to use the built in pantry as a way of storing most of our kitchen items. Thus making it necessary to purchase a narrow portable pantry which sits just inside our kitchen. When starting the organisation process I realised that I had to utilise every space possible, so I decided to save storage space by placing all my dry goods in labelled containers.

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When it comes to containers I realise that I cannot work on an expensive budget and I knew straight away that I could not fill my pantry with Tupperware or some of the beautiful solutions from Howard’s Storage World. Instead I chose the Sistema range from Big W. They fit within my price range and I was able to stack them neatly in the pantry storing food with ease. I also purchased some wire racks from Kmart for my cans and tea and coffee storage. This allows me some extra space and helps me locate what I need for cooking with ease.

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On the shelves below I have miscellaneous items stored in a white basket I purchased from woollies. It contains cooking sprays, salt, pepper and the odd packet of baking item that didn’t fit in the storage containers. The basket keeps them contained and not spread out all over the shelf. My bottom shelf contains big items such as my cereal and juice bottles not yet for the fridge. You can also see on the right my cupcake decorating kit.

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On the outside of the pantry I’ve attached a calendar (yes I’m a Michael Buble fan) and a shopping list. This I received as a printable from Jess from her amazing blog Forever Organised which is well worth a visit. The shopping list has been a great way for my husband to keep organised and we are finding that no longer forget items at the shops.

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Cupboards

Welcome to this week’s ‘Clean and Organised’….

Let’s first take a look under my kitchen sink. I try not to keep a lot under here for fear of this section becoming too overwhelming. On the bottom left shelf you can see where I keep my toaster. It lives in a plastic tray which I can regularly rinse/wipe out when the inevitable crumbs become a problem. Above it I keep my kettle. My husband and I rarely drink tea or coffee so we keep it under the sink so we can grab it easily when we have guests. It helps the benches to remain clear and gives us more room for food preparation when we put it away after its use. Under the sink I keep a few cleaning items: dishwashing liquid and paper towel, with a 3m hook holding our plastic bags.

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Our main storage space in our kitchen is the built in pantry. The kitchen we have is poorly designed in terms of storage room for our kitchen items so to counteract this we purchased a portable pantry thus allowing us to keep our food in a separate area.

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As you can see on the top shelf I store our cooking pots that aren’t used very often. These are still able to be accessed but remain hidden out of sight until needed. On the second shelf lies our chopping boards and baking trays. I purchased a rack from Kmart and used it as a neat and compact way of storing all my boards and trays. I can see what I need at a glance and I’m not trying to search for what I need in a huge stack, it also allows for better aeration and drying after use. Also on this shelf you are able to see my ‘casserole’ bowls and trays. I only have a couple each of the size I require. I try to live with not having ‘it could be useful one day items’ as I find that this just adds to clutter in my cupboards that I don’t need. On the right you can see my spices are contained neatly in racks ensuring that I know exactly the amount much of each spice and can access it quickly and easily during the cooking process.

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On the shelves below you can see how I store my Tupperware containers. Traditionally your Tupperware drawer/cupboard can be the ‘nightmare’ spot in your kitchen. Early this year my husband and I did a clean out and decided to purchase key pieces from the Sistema range that would work in our kitchen and pantry. I keep any containers not in use in the baskets I purchased from Woolworths to keep them neat and orderly. There is also a basket that contains all my measuring equipment for baking as well as my electronic beaters. I love that when I open the cupboard it’s not an eyesore and I am a great believer in ensuring that all items in my house have a ‘home’ where they belong.

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We have a few cupboards beside the oven. These are very thin and narrow and therefore contain only the items relating directly to the cooking process. On the left we have saucepans and on the right we have muffin trays and cooling racks. Above the stove contains glassware, with an awkward shaped cupboard holding our crockery.

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I hope you have enjoyed my cupboards tour. Next week I will introduce my pantry and kitchen. Hoping you stay ‘Clean and Organised’.

 

Let’s Begin…

Today I’m going to take you through my first mini- series the Kitchen. My aim is to walk you through the different aspects of my kitchen and how I try to remain ‘Clean and Organised’. I believe that the kitchen is the hub of your home and if it is, it should be a reflection of how you are living your everyday life. I often find that if my life gets unexpectedly busy or stressful, one of the first places to get messy is my kitchen. I generally find that if I take the time to ensure that my kitchen is clean and unclutterd, then the stress in my life seems more manageable. It is amazing how clutter can add to the feeling of weighing you down.

Benches. They are the first thing I see when I walk into my kitchen and it is the bane of my existence to have a messy bench. This is the first house that my husband and I have had a dishwasher and many the comment has been tossed around of “how have we ever lived like this before”. We have gotten into a routine now of ensuring that all our dirty items go straight into the dishwasher out of sight ready for their wash at the end of the day. Inevitably there are going to be a few items that cannot be run through the dishwasher so I ensure that they are stacked in a neat pile beside the sink. I then hand wash these items every night after dinner as soon as I put the dishwasher on, or if especially full I’ll make an executive decision in the day to wash them at lunchtime. With only the two of us at home it is not often that this becomes necessary.Image

I personally don’t like appliances taking up a lot of my valuable bench space so they all have their own specific home in my kitchen cupboards. My toaster is always put away after each use also my kettle (unless I have visitors). I will take you through and show you where these live in future posts. This helps ensure my benches are clean and clutter free.

Another choice I make is not to have a ‘stationary corner’ on my kitchen bench. I understand the need to have a container of pens at the ready or note paper to jot down, but my view is that place is not the kitchen. I have a nice little desk/command centre just off my kitchen, but we will get to that later.

 

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Recently I purchased a sink caddy which now contains my scrubbing brush, washing liquid, hand soap and scourer. With these items having their own designated space I know I can place my hands on them easily at a moment’s notice. Beside my caddy is my mini bin. This is for food scraps only and is emptied every day and placed into the freezer ready for bin day. It is handy to have on the bench top when chopping, peeling or cracking eggs ensuring that meal preparation remains smooth and organised. The meal planner sits to the right of my bin, but it will have its own post at a later time.

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Beside my stove top are my chopping knives. I like them sitting there so my husband and I have easy access and not searching in a drawer trying to find the size we need. On the other side is a caddy with utensils in. The bulk of my utensils sit in my second drawer so the caddy contains only the ones that are used most in my household. E.g. spoons, spatulas and lifters. I try to limit it to the ones that are most integral to the cooking process itself as I can place my hands on the others quickly as I need.

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Next time I will take you through my kitchen cupboards in an effort to try to become ‘Clean and Organised’.

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