Task 2 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge – The Plastics Drawer/Cupboard in the Kitchen

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Decluttering Task #2

The Plastics Drawer/Cupboard in the Kitchen

I used to find that this was one drawer/cupboard that I struggled to keep tidy… the plastics; otherwise known as the Tupperware cupboard. I’ve worked out that when someone’s in a rush and is putting away the clean dishes, some of the items get thrown in the wrong spot, and it becomes a mess and gets out of control.

The key to keeping it organised is to remind yourself that it only takes a few extra seconds to put items in their correct place, which helps the cupboard to stay tidy. However, when you have too many plastic containers, it makes it hard to keep everything organised.  Having only necessary containers on hand will help you keep everything tidier, organised, and easier to find and put away the next time.

Keeping the kitchen cabinets tidy can be an endless battle especially if the kids are helping to put away the clean dishes. However, if you make defined spaces for crockery, plastics, cutlery etc this will help the family place everything back into the right spot. Here is a look inside some of my kitchen cupboards.


Note: My definition of a purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit!!

  • Look at your cupboard and see what storage solutions aren’t working, eg lids all over the place, baking dishes not stacking properly.
  • Remove everything from the cupboard and group like-items together.  Eg, baking dishes together, lunch boxes together etc.
  • Determine what items you haven’t used in over 12 months and consider purging them.
  • Add any new and/or your current storage products into your cupboard to help you keep it organised.
  • Place items you don’t use often towards the back.
  • When placing items back into the cupboard, keep group items together.
  • I like to keep lids with the containers.

  READ MORE: How to Organise Kitchen Cabinets to see how I organise all my cupboards and drawers.

How many items have you been able to purge today?

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Louise January 9, 2019 - 6:47 AM

I have already done this last week in my kitchen tidied pan cupboard too made me feel sooo much better even been in spare room and took stuff to the dump it’s amazing what having a clear out can do

Jasmine January 9, 2019 - 7:39 AM

I will be doing my pots and pan area as well this week!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 9, 2019 - 10:58 AM

nothing like decluttering to make you feel lighter and more organised! 🙂

amanda January 12, 2019 - 3:48 AM

The fact you’ve left the lids open on the waterbottles is a big one for me – it means they dont get mouldy and the excess condensation evaporates!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 2:56 PM

yes! good eye 😉 especially with those plastic ones its important!

Kelsey January 10, 2019 - 12:33 AM

My mom and I cleaned out every cupboard in my kitchen before Christmas (including the plastics cupboard) and it is staying so clean. I only have items in the cupboards that I actually use. I took bags and bags to the Value Village and it feels great:)

Damon Gwinnell January 9, 2019 - 7:01 AM

Over the holidays I cleaned every draw, every cupboard in the house. It looks amazing & I feel great! I tackled a couple of jobs each day but when I started I couldn’t stop. You feel so much better living in an organised house. Thank you Kat your an inspiration!!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 9, 2019 - 10:57 AM

well done Damon, keep up the good work 😀

Jasmine January 9, 2019 - 7:38 AM

Last week I decluttered my Pinterest “vision” boards as I do not have a physical one at home. I was able to make more sense of all the boards and pins I have collected. I look forward to decluttering my plastics cupboards this week! Feels so good. And I’m glad I have a whole week to get it done.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 9, 2019 - 10:57 AM

ooh thats a great way of still applying the task even though you dont have a physical board, i like that 🙂

Vickie January 9, 2019 - 7:51 AM

OMG this looks fabulous cannot wait to organise my drawer and cupboard !! love the idea for those bottles as well thankyou 🙂

Ada January 9, 2019 - 8:19 AM

Not to brag or anything, but I didn’t actually have to organise this drawer. I made it a priority to keep it tidy after we renovated the kitchen two years ago, and my husband doesn’t dare mess it up either. ? I still had a good look at everything and decided to get rid of a container we we haven’t used since my 3 year old was a baby. Job done!
(The rest of the house is a mess, but at least my plastic drawer is always under control) ?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 9, 2019 - 10:55 AM

lol sounds like you’ve got hubby well trained 😉

Anita January 9, 2019 - 8:26 AM

I’ve done this one recently but I’ll do it again and also do the “spares….lids and bottoms I keep elsewhere on the off chance that the missing pair will show up. Read set go!

Deb January 9, 2019 - 8:44 AM

I did this last year with both the plastics cupboard and the kids lunch boxes cupboard and am proud to say they have stayed sorted. I kept spare lids and containers that didnt have lids incase the pair turned up but they havent so I think I will get rid of them this week and maybe check for things we don’t use and get rid of them too! Having the plastics cupboard done has saved so much time and angst when trying to put leftovers away, or make the school lunches and hubby and the kids have been keeping it clean too. Its been one of my best wins. Just need to apply this to the rest of the house!!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 9, 2019 - 10:53 AM

well done Deb! Yes I agree, having it all organised makes it so easy to see what you have and find what you need for cleaning up etc 🙂

Lois January 9, 2019 - 9:49 AM

I don’t have a plastics container drawer, so I decluttered my utensil Drawers & purged heaps of items. Looks great & feels great too. Thank you Kat. Looking forward to the next purge.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 9, 2019 - 10:48 AM

well done Lois, you will feel so much better getting rid of those things that are just taking up space!! 🙂

Mel January 9, 2019 - 11:13 AM

Oh I love this challenge. It’s been a looong time since I’ve cleared out that cupboard. It’s the one I procrastinate on the most.

Louise January 9, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Where can I get that drink bottle holder please ? My one isn’t working. Thanks ?

Hayley Mansell January 9, 2019 - 3:17 PM

They are magazine holders and they work great at keeping bottles upright. I’ve done this to and it really helps. Got my white ones from Kmart.

Joanne January 9, 2019 - 12:01 PM

My plastics drawer has been a nightmare for sooo many years – I’ve scratched my head trying to work out how to organise it & keep it tidy – & acutally did it yesterday – so had a laugh when I saw today’s challenge!! I’ve been using the huge pot drawer under the oven – which invites “tossing” containers in any old how. Because it is so deep – I’m looking for a basket to slide in the top of the drawer to hold the smaller containers. Might have to get one of my boys to weld some brackets to the side of basket to hang over the side of drawer – getting excited!!

Vicki O’Neill January 9, 2019 - 12:03 PM

This could not be more appropriate timing! The “plastics cupboards” (yes, plural! I have more than one!) is the bain of my life. There is some order to them but having a hubby who just chucks the items in the cupboard regardless doesn’t help. We need a major cull! Can’t wait to do this! Thank you for the tips on how to tackle it, Kat.

Debbie January 9, 2019 - 12:16 PM

Thanks for the inspiration, I’m going to be culling my plastics drawers today! What brand are your containers with the green edged lids?

Eliza January 9, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Thanks l was going to do the plastic container cupboard but with changes l made l cleaned tidied and plurged 3 cupboards

Melsy January 9, 2019 - 2:34 PM

Thanks Kat, great call to do this in week 2!
I was feeling attached to too many so have just added to this week and also used my purged plastic containers in other drawers at home as dividers (I.e. to store batteries etc)
Looking forward to continuing with you this year!

Rebecca January 9, 2019 - 2:39 PM

Mine is fairly tidy, already but I did purge about 7-8 things no longer needed and made a little more room for other items I’ve purchased months ago that I can bow fit in the one cupboard, thanks for the challenge!

Judy Fell January 9, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Loving the daily de-clutter jobs. Over the weekend and yesterday I did a major cull in my wardrobe, linen cupboard & garage…feels great!

Julianne January 9, 2019 - 3:20 PM

On a roll and did the whole kitchen and pantry!! Donated 2 boxes of unused items, and discovered things I had forgotten about!! Very satisfying indeed!!

Lesley January 9, 2019 - 3:27 PM

I’ve been thinking a general kitchen purge is next on the agenda……..will be working on that this week. Thanks Kat

Karen January 9, 2019 - 3:29 PM

Love the drink bottle storage. Just opened my cupboard what a mess. Can’t wait to do this.
Plastics draw done.

Judy Cheretis January 9, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Oh gosh, my worst nightmare! I have so much Tupperware. I’ll just do a little bit each day I think.

Michelle January 9, 2019 - 4:49 PM

Since signing up to your Declutter 52 things two weeks ago, I knew this would be something that I had to do, but hated the thought 🙂 . So today I opened my 2do2day list and happily made a coffee date with a girlfriend, then opened the weekly newsletter to see the dreaded plastics cupboard needed to be sorted this week, grrrrr. Made the decision to “just do it” straight away and managed to sort plastics cupboard and also microwave and saucepan cupboard too….I couldn’t believe i did it immediately as i am the biggest procrastinator in the neighbourhood……Thanks Kat…this might just work for me 🙂 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 3:29 PM

Well done Michelle!! Well done for not pushing it back, it would have felt so good to get it all done and be able to go on with your day, keep up the good work 🙂

Vanessa January 9, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Great idea! I now have a bag of surplus containers to give away. But the best part was discovering the drawer full of ants! Ants, ants as far as the eye could see! I ended up chasing them all over the kitchen cleaning and decluttering as I went. Now I have a beautifully organised pantry free of ants (and weevils, found them too) AND a bonus organised plastics drawer! Expecting a zombie apocalypse with next week’s decluttering challenge.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 3:28 PM

oh nooooooo!!! LOL that’s not something you want to find, but better to find them than leave them hiding!

Sarah Ballingal January 9, 2019 - 9:32 PM

I read this Task 2 late yesterday evening when I was doing what I usually do – i.e. wasting time on the internet. I thought to myself, ‘Hmm, I will clear out my plastics cupboard soon..’ and then I thought, ‘No! I will do it now!’. It didn’t take long and I thoroughly enjoyed doing it. It gave me a feeling of satisfaction and I keep opening the cupboard to admire my work. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂 x

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Ooh good on you Sarah! Such a good feeling having it all clean, well done! Keep up the good work 🙂

Kerryn January 9, 2019 - 10:59 PM

My Tupperware cupboard is in desperate need. i really dread doing this task, it will be a mental struggle to get this one done. On the plus side I have cleaned out my spare/junk room and it is able to be used for guests again – I did it all, inside the cupboard, under the bed, all the shelves, everything. It feels great. Thanks for the motivation.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 3:27 PM

Its definitely a big job, but you will feel so much better afterwards and will want to keep it clean because of the effort you made! 🙂

Lorretta January 11, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Did my plastics clean out .. and almost filled a donation bin at the local good Sammie’s with stuff I found I no longer needed ( including plastics )
Love the challenge ( and it is making me very aware of everything I have stashed and stored for too many years
Thank you

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Well done Lorretta!! thats a great achievement, keep it up 🙂

Tina January 12, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Moving house and dc,uttering same time, is very tiring but so rewarding….amazing how much ‘stuff’ gets collected that I cannot remember using….thanks for the gentle push!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 2:52 PM

it sure is interesting the things you find! Well done for doing both at the same time, will give you a fresh start in your new place 🙂

Lesley January 12, 2019 - 3:14 PM

I don’t really have a plastics drawer/cupboard fortunately! So as someone else mentioned, I’ve gone through my utensils drawers – I now have a bagful of stuff for the bin – bits of rust showing on some very old stuff!! Not good……Actually have used a plastic container to put all together a couple of old knives and toothbrushes etc for cleaning …… so shoehorned the plastic!
Thanks for the motivation Kat – I’m busy thinking “what next”…….

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 2:50 PM

good job Lesley! funny how much stuff we have that we dont realise until we actually sort through it 🙂

Bronwyn January 14, 2019 - 4:21 PM

I had sorted out my tupperware/plastic/baking cupboard not too long ago BUT I couldn’t bring myself to part with much at all.
This time I was able to let go of a large (reusable) shopping bag full. Now I can get to what I use without knocking things out of the cupboard.

I also made a start in my craft room… that will take quite a bit of sorting ?

Fiona January 14, 2019 - 8:08 PM

Being on mat leave with my 3wk old im tring to do a small task each day.
I find myself waiting for the next declutter task eagerly. Bring it on. Long way to go but feeling better for everything I get rid of.

Dr Sarah January 15, 2019 - 9:11 AM

I can’t believe mine now looks so good! Photos at https://justanotherflybaby.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/52-things-challenge-2019-task-2/. Thank you!

Janine February 11, 2019 - 11:32 AM

I do this job fairly regularly… My biggest struggle with this is other people putting away the dishes. It’s a good job for the kids to do, but always ends with an overflowing plastics cupboard. I am going to have another go at this task today and see if I can purge some plastics.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2019 - 2:10 PM

it definitely is one that needs to be maintained, good on you Janine let me know how you go!

Carolyn Mars April 9, 2019 - 12:02 PM

I’m wanting to do this, but as I’ve just demolished the pantry& had my hubby help me add in extra 2 shelves, im pooped. But- MY biggest issue is how to store the plastics. The ‘new’ (same spot, just new shallower shelves) pantry is temporary. Until we’re redo the kitchen. Which is looking like at least another 12 mths again..so I’ve got a corner cupboard with bottom/top shelf for plastics. Not sure how best to store them there? I try& use them so there’s less to store(that’s what they’re for) but would love ideas? A drawer.. well, in the next kitchen… sigh. (Contemplating swapping the crockery into the& plastics into the easier to get to cupboard..) just a bit overwhelmed at the moment on how to make a crappy kitchen workable. (Without spending$$ as a Reno is SOMEWHERE in the future.. hopefully) ?


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