Sometimes we need to SEE the impact of our stuff more than we need to talk about it:
I hate lids... You hate lids... Be honest - EVERYONE hates lids.
So, to save some time and sanity here are 2 SUPER-QUICK tips:
GROUP LIKE WITH LIKE
This one is really simple-
plasticware lids? - put them together
beverage lids? - put them together
pot lids? - put them together
(As you can see, we have a theme here)
CONTAIN THE CRAZY!
Take your groups from step 1, and box them in.
If you have all the money in the world to spend - then get yourself a fancy built-in, pull out subdivided rack with rollers that slides like butter on hot toast. (Mmmm.)
If you're like me and need to be a bit more thrifty... take it down a notch or five. :)
Try using a dish drying rack
Get a plastic container
Re-purpose an empty shoe box or delivery box.
ANYTHING is better than nothing! Start simple today, and upgrade as you go! Start with a shoebox and plan your fancy custom cabinet for next year.
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Step 3 / Week 3: Store Smart!
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