This week’s home organization project is actually a clean and sort out that takes place every October. I call it ‘National Match Up Day‘ and am trying to get it recognized by home cooks everywhere. We need a day to take stock of our food storage containers and sort through – broken lids, missing tops, and match them up.
October is a good time of year for me to do this task because this is when my food storage container drawer is mostly empty. After roasting tomatoes, freezing berries, baking granola, making pesto, and this year – canning – my food storage containers are almost all used up and the drawer is nearly empty. It’s the easiest time of year!
Want the entire list of easy steps to organizing? Check here for “The 7 Steps to Organizing Food Containers” complete with vacuuming out the drawer. How do all the crumbs get into the drawer?
If you recall, when we cleaned out our pantry (way back during home organization project week #7), we’ve been transitioning our home to glass for food storage containers. It’s slow but going well. The problem with a small, old house is there’s not much storage space. Glass is also heavier than plastic and when the drawer is full, it’s heavy and hard to move containers around.
These glass jars we found at an estate sale. (Here are tips for shopping at estate sales.) We buy vinegar by the gallon and I wanted to stop storing it in plastic. (One of my many issues in life is that I don’t like my food/drinks in plastic and the acid from the vinegar had me wondering – is something going into our food from the plastic?) These jars were $1/each. I wouldn’t have bought these without asking the owners what they had stored in them. They had stored water so I knew we were safe. If they had said gasoline – well, I wouldn’t have bought them.
These gallon size jars I keep in our basement on shelves. Because we canned for the first time this year, all of our pickles, beets, green beans, and jam are going to be stored with the vinegar – in the basement. Eventually. Right now, all of those foods are sitting in the dining room waiting for me to do something with them. I need to do some rearranging, first. You know when I told Brad this he rolled his eyes. “More organizing?” Yes, dear.
Week #39 done of our year long project. It’s looking pretty good around here although now that school and sports are back in full swing, the entry way looks like a disaster zone every day. Even with a place for everything, my kids walk in the door and drop everything. Oh well.
What do you like to store food in? How’s your food storage container drawer or cabinet?