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5 steps to an organised kitchen cupboard – including the tupperware cupboard!

Have you decluttered and organized your kitchen cupboards lately?  No, than today’s the day…again starting small, we will only tackle two cupboards.  I have organised my crockery and Tupperware cupboards (you’ll soon see I have an obsession for Tupperware, I used to be a demonstrator and I brought quite abit for myself (you’ll love my pantry)).

Below are 5 steps to you having beautifully organised kitchen cupboards:

  1. Remove all items from cupboard.
  2. Wipe shelves down with a damp sponge.
  3. Declutter – While organising the cupboard take the opportunity to declutter, thow away cracked or chipped crockery and items that you never use, pass them onto charity.
  4. Organising – When organising your cupboards use the: SOMETIMES, RARELY, DAILY approach.  Items that are used daily need to be easily accessible at the front of the cupboards or within arms reach. Keep the rarely and sometimes items on higher or lower shelves.
  5. Take a step back and admire your work!  Great job!

Below: My crockery cupboard.  I have only just recently gave away the kids character melamine plates and bowls and replaced them with some bigger sized melamine plates from Target and plastic bowls from Spotlight (also love the IKEA snack plate). Here I also store melamine sets we use for outdoor bbq’s and dishes we use for pasta nights.  In the basket is salad bowls and serving centre for entertaining.

Below:  Told you I have an obsession with Tupperware.  I have stored all like items together, with items used everyday at the front.

Below:  I love these baskets they are great for keeping items tidy. Can you tell I like to bake.

  Below: I store all my lids in this system that I brought from Big W.  It has 2 slide out shelves.  In the bottom I store all smaller lids, with the larger on top.  It’s neat and compact which provides ease when searching for lids.

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  • sandy

    awesome tupperware cupboard!! Mine gets organised and re-organised coz lazy bones family puts things away whereever they like! LOL I'm loving the idea of those basket drawers, I'm going to go get me some today! Thanks for that. Yes, keeping up with your blog. Don't have much time to keep up with all you do but its giving me great ideas :-) Keep it up :-) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organi

      That's all it's here for to inspire and get ideas. You like my cupboard, I have an obsession with Tupperware, it is great quality :) Did you get some baskets, would love to see some photo's of readers after they have organised! ReplyCancel

      • Jill

        Thanks for the inspiration photos of your plastics cupboard. It has made me realise that my lid storage container was too big. That’s why I could never find anything! So two smaller ones as in your example is the answer. Then I can repurpose the big container for my baking dishes. That’s today’s challenge. Two cupboard sorted from one idea. I’m glad I stopped by!ReplyCancel

  • I HAVE to do this with my lids. I knew I needed a system, I just wasn't quite sure what!
    Thanks! :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organi

      It's a great system isn't it, makes them easy to find. ReplyCancel

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  • Casey

    Hey Katrina,

    I too was a demonstrator (and still keep considering going back, I am Tupperware obsessed). I also spent a small fortune on the plasticcy goodness myself, openly admitting to being a Tupper Tart. I do not keep plastics in my house unless they are Tupperware.
    My only desire now is to complete my pantry, I still have about half plus spares to go! But I do have more than enough fridge smarts to store all my fresh groceries in which is fab. My TW cupboard gets out of control Soooo easily that I recently sold some of my beloved collection *sob* to help keep it a little more under control.
    Something I was told to do but had never considered was to insure my TW or make sure it’s covered in your house policy. When you pay demonstrator prices and win it at meetings it’s easy to accumulate several thousand dollars worth, I know I have and looks like you have too.

  • Fiona T

    This looks Great Katrina! I love the idea for lids, I never know what to do with them. In your baking cupboard did I see copper muffin trays??? wow, will keep an eye out for those as I am in the process of purging our home of ‘non-stick’.ReplyCancel

  • I bought big storage boxes for each shelf in my tupperware cupboard. I put all my tupperware in them. I can pull them out and get the things I need without an avalanche. I do like the lid thing tho, might make my process better. I used to have drawers in my old place, big drawers, they were the best for keeping tupperware neat and accessable.ReplyCancel

    • Retha

      I Love your idea of baskets for the tupper. When my husband wants something (usually at the back)he always lets all the tupper tumble.ReplyCancel

  • I am thinking about swapping some of my food in the pantry with tupperware in the cupboards because I can’t get a handle on it!! I want my cupboards to look like yours.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    Love this. Your tupperware cupboard is fantastic. I also really need to get into mine and throw anything that does’nt have a lid. Love the lid storage too.
    Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That lid storage basket has worked so well,I really recommend it.ReplyCancel

    • don’t forget you can usually buy replacement lids from a Tupperware dealer, don’t just throw it out first, lolReplyCancel

  • Ange

    Not as pretty, but I use Nappy Boxes to store a lot of my stuff in these cupboards. Thanks for the clean out reminder! I know what I’m doing this evening when the little bloke goes to bed!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ange I started out with nappy boxes, as I had twins I had so many and couldn’t warrant throwing them out. But over the years I have replaced them with plastic ones and baskets. It’s a great start!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristie

    I love your Tupperware cupboard, Its just like mine!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Hunter12

    Your cupboards look great. My t’ware cupboard is such that when you open the door some of it falls out. I think I need a new pantry/kitchen cupboard. ReplyCancel

    • Karen Edwards

      Hi, I found the first step to cleaning out your cupboards, particularly your Tupperware and plastics cupboard, is to take the plunge and actually part with things. I found it very difficult to actually part with anything or throw it away. Once I became brave enough I went through and tossed out broken or old containers and used unneeded containers for feeding the pets, ie (cat plates, bird seed and water for the canaries or even keeping rings, jewellery, hair ties, batteries, anything. Then when I only kept what I used and what had lids, I found my cupboard was not only tidier, but the door closed to. You can even poke holes in the bottom of the containers and grow seeds in them. It’s unlimited what you can do with them. Karen.ReplyCancel

  • Tamaracate

    great Idea, I have terrable trouble with my tupperware cupbord too. I am also obsesessed with it the lids all together is a great idea,ReplyCancel

  • Shannon G

    I’ve been trying to get to my tupperware/baking cupboard for a couple of months and just haven’t had the time (with a toddler helping I need him out of my hair). You’ve given me some inspiration and I’m going to try really hard to get it done this weekend … wish me luck! ReplyCancel

  • sam- o

    I gave up and now use drawers. It’s brilliant.

  • Louise

    Perfect timing, I was just thinking this morning, i wonder if Katrina has done a post on organising the Tupperware cupboard! THANKYOU!ReplyCancel

  • MamaJooce

    Oooh love that idea for the lids. ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa

    A great idea for the lids, will have to clean out that cupboard when I get home and kids are realxingReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    OMG that basket for the lid is the answer to all my problems. I also love the idea of the basket for the service centres. I dont use them often but they are a pain to pull out from under my salad bowl when I do need them. Im off to BIG W tomorrow

  • Joice

    That’s more or less how I organise my kitchen cupboards…lol

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  • Lisa H

    I have so much Tupperware that when I decided to organise my kitchen, I decided to split the Tupperware up into different cupboards, by type and use, closer to where they are logically used.

    I couldn’t fit it all in one…and I could never find a lid. I labelled the shelves etc so hubby also knew where to put it without asking.

    I’ve gone from having all this great product I never used because I couldn’t find anything easily, to regularly using it all. And the lids don’t get lost and stay with their container.

    The fridgesmart, clear mates, deli keepers etc go above the fridge. The baking storage above the oven, meal storage on the bottom shelf under the stove, all the little snack cups smaller storage go on a box on a shelf in the bottom of my plate cupboard. And the cooking items like the microsteamer, rice and pasta cooker all live on the bottom shelf under my glasses etc. happy chopper, whippy thing and quick chef all live with my graters, hand held blender etc….and If there are modular mates empty, they go back in the pantry.

    Yes Tupperware obsessed. But I wasnt using it when it was all in one cupboard. It now all gets smashed in usage.
    I actually originally got the idea from here with pantry labels. Did that and it stayed organised. So I did it to the rest of the kitchen. It’s been like it for more than 6 months and no mess or cluttered cupboards anywhere. Looooooooove it. ReplyCancel

  • Kat

    haha I have about as much tupperware as you! Yours is much neater tho. I have been meaning to get in and tidy my cupboard but just haven’t had time yet. This might motivate me! I like the lid storage idea :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I bought one of those baskets with the sliding drawers & never really had a purpose for it until now! ReplyCancel

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  • Donna

    I have a tupperware drawer, which I thought would be better, but it is just as difficult to keep tidy, of course it doesn’t help that my kids just throw the tupperware in when they are putting it away, do you have any ideas for drawers???ReplyCancel

    • No I don’t Donna, I have always wondered if drawers would be easier. I will try and gather some ideas for you.ReplyCancel

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  • Judith

    Wow, you have so much Tupperware! My mom used to have Tupperware too, holding the traditional Tupperware parties, and I have to say they are very easy to use. It’s such a shame it’s so expensive…
    I like the organization, especially with the lids, that’s so clever! Mine are just on top of the boxes and since I’m often too lazy to get my kitchen step (they are on top of the top cupboards in the kitchen and I’m small) I often throw them off, either on the floor or somewhere to the back as I jump for them. Must do that :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Smith

    I LOVE Tupperware and love how you have organised it! Here is a tip! I keep my fridge smarts full or empty in the fridge! I find if they are in cupboard I forget about them so as soon as they have been washed they go back I. Their spot in the fridge!!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Love your cupboard organisation…Love the baking trays in a basket idea – I’m sick of them all banging together and falling out of cupboards, when trying to find the right tray. Shall have to investigate that one a bit more. With our Tupperward, we use two plastic baskets for the lids (one for round lids, other is for square/rectangle lids); and have a smaller basket for all the small snack containers & lids, as they kept getting lost.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Suzanne, Great idea with keeping your lids altogether! Love it,ReplyCancel

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  • Claire Barns-Shields

    I always keep my fridge smarts in the fridge even when there empty, saves room in your
    cupboard and that way your not likely to forget to use them:-) ReplyCancel

  • Alex

    Hey :) just wondering if you’ve heard of/ been to the store muji? It’s a no-name brand Japanese store which sells everything (clothing, homewares, STORAGE SOLUTIONS, stationary, etc.!) It’s all really simple, good quality, and, really reasonably priced. They have some great plastic drawers (I’m going to go and get some for my kitchen cupboards :)) which are very sturdy (half the price you’d pay at Store or Howard’s) they currently don’t have an Aussie online store, but you can still check out what they’ve got on one of the other global sites :)ReplyCancel

    • Judy

      Daiso, another Japanese store has now arrived in Australia. I used to shop there in Bangkok and load up on melamine foam cleaning sponges.They have heaps of storage solutions, all in lovely matching colours and the best things, nothing in the shop is over $2.80. Google for a store near you.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Oh my gosh Judy, i have recently just found that shop and i have got to say I LOVE IT!! They have some amazing things in there.ReplyCancel

        • Alex

          Haha I just realized how much my comment sounded like an ad! I’ve no affiliation with Muji, just enjoy spreading the word when I find something amazing haha! Will have to check them out for sure, the hyaku-en ($1) shops in Japan blew the Aussie ones out of the water with quality (in my eyes-and that was a little while ago) so super excited about this!ReplyCancel

  • rachel

    Love the lid solution, as in my house, it’s normally tupperwheresthebloodylid…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is a really great idea! And one i use always.:)ReplyCancel

  • emkyra

    Thanks to u, my cupboards are awesome lolReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh that is fantastic news, Emkyra! Happy to hear, great job!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Margaret

    Your Tupperware cupboard looks so neat and tidy…I have to tidy mine at least 4 times a year…your idea will save me time! I’m going out tomorrow to get one of those wire basket drawers…I never thought to keep lids in something like that! Awesome. :) I also love your baskets that you keep your baking trays in…looks like it’s shopping day tomorrow. :)ReplyCancel

  • Leeola Rogers

    Hi, I love this section about organising the kitchen. However I was wondering if you had any suggestions for a super small kitchen and no pantry. I can supply photos if needed. I am really not happy with the way I have things now and I do not feel at ease in my kitchen. Which is not good as I love to cook.

    Hope you can help.
    Thank youReplyCancel

  • Judy

    I had large drawers made under my bench, when I got a new kitchen. The top one is for everyday crockery, the second is for all my baking bowls, measuring cups and jugs, and the third drawer is for Tupperware. I found the best way to store my plastics was to separate squares and rounds to each side of the drawer. If you can have them in separate drawers, this is even better. Store lids in a shoes box starting from small to large.
    Makes finding matching lids easier if you are looking in the right shape box.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic tips, Judy! I love them! I too have the large draws and just love them, they are wonderful for all my big pots and pans.ReplyCancel

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  • Julie

    Great ideas & tips.:)

    I couple of tips I have about organising Tupperware lids etc is to store them with the lids on, that way they never lose each other.

    Another one is to write a number on the bottom of the container & the same no on the lid.

    I love that you use the same spelling & words that we use in the UK. Often on American blogs etc I don’t have a clue what they’re on about. I especially like when you mean tidying a room, whereas as Americans say cleaning a room.

    I don’t mean any insult to any Americans reading this, it’s just great to read a blog from someone who also speaks my language.:)ReplyCancel

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