Today’s guest post is from the lovely Rebekah of Simply Rebekah. I only know her online, but I can say she’s most definitely a kindred spirit!
Several times a day I would open this kitchen cabinet and think to myself…
Oh my word! This is awful. This is awful. This is awful! I really need to clean out this cabinet.
I’ll do it later.
This pattern went on for months until I finally decided I couldn’t handle the chaos any longer.
This kitchen cabinet is our “kids’ cabinet.” I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old. This is where we keep their snacks, sippy cups, plastic dishes, bottles, breast pump supplies, and food mill. We don’t have assigned places in the cabinet for things, so everything ends up being shoved wherever there is room. Obviously, this isn’t working.
I started by emptying the cabinet one shelf at a time. As I worked, I immediately threw out anything I knew I didn’t want to keep. Easter candy, stale snack puffs, and lolli-pops that were “being saved for later” by my 3 year old all went in the trash.
Ahhh. That looks much better.
Umm… Maybe not.
This was the moment when I stood in front of all this stuff and beat myself up for starting this project. This wasn’t fun. I didn’t know what to do with it all. I wanted to quit, but next on my to-do list was making supper and this stuff was all over my stove. So…
I started with the easy stuff. I matched up sippy cups with their lids. I put the snacks back in the cabinet. I put the food mill back in the box. I moved a few unneeded items to the garage sale box. Slowly the mess became more and more manageable.
The biggest decision I had to make was: what do I do with the baby stuff? My husband and I aren’t sure if we will have more kids. Should I pack it all up or keep it in the cabinet? Ultimately I decided keep the baby stuff in the cabinet, but I moved it all to the top shelves.
I kept the unneeded baby items in my kitchen cabinet for two reasons.
- I couldn’t think of anything that I would immediately move to that space.
- I didn’t want to lose that kitchen “real estate” to something else in case we do have another baby and I need a place to put those baby items again.
I am thrilled with the difference in my freshly organized cabinet. The stuff I’m not using has been moved to the top. I’m not frustrated looking for matching sippy cup lids. There aren’t any nasty leftover lolli-pops!
Confession: This project is actually finished because…
I still have these empty snack puff canisters laying around. I kept one for Cheerios, but I don’t need all of them. They are made out of a type of plastic that isn’t recycled in my area and I hate to throw them in the trash.
What should I do with these empty snack containers? And please tell me, what are your tips for keeping your kids’ kitchen items organized?