Tackle It Tuesday – Organizing the Kitchen Cupboards

by Lolli

Tackle It Tuesday

I thought it was hard to keep my house organized when my kids were little and underfoot all day long.

It was.

Somehow I believed all those years that once my kids went back to school, I’d have a perfectly clean and organized house. When I was imagining those dreams of a clean and quiet house, being a work-at-home mom was not in the picture.

Now that I have an office upstairs and work hours are during the school day and when the kids are in bed, I end up not leaving much time left over for taking care of my house.

Although this cabinet in my kitchen might not look terrible upon first glance (then again, it MIGHT to you…) it is indicative of the disarray of the rest of my house. Usually chaos like this leaves me overwhelmed and I don’t know where to start. This week, I started with this kitchen cabinet.

Here’s the problem: Half of the time either the matching lid and container are not to be found OR the lids come crashing down on my head. Neither is a very enjoyable option. The plastic containers end up spilling over to the glassware shelves, which makes it harder to get those out when I decide I actually want to cook…

My 10 year old son and I tackled the cabinet together. He matched up all of the containers with lids and I then matched up similar-shaped containers to stack them up. Round lids went in one large container and square/rectangle lids went in another.

But best of all….the rest of the mismatched plastic ware ended up in the garbage, long over-due.

Our tackle wasn’t anything new or brilliant, but it was a good, refreshing reminder to me this week.

When I look at the whole house, I get overwhelmed.

When I tackle a little spot at a time, I feel refreshed, accomplished, and ready to do more.

Mom Bloggers — what are you tackling this week?

Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Here is a fun thumbnail linky:

And here is a basic linky if you prefer your linkies the good old fashioned way!


Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jolene September 20, 2011 at 7:47 am

What a great job! Hopefully everyone in the house will work on keeping it this way for you.


2 Susie's Homemade September 20, 2011 at 7:51 am

I usually do this in the spring but this year, it may be accomplished through a kitchen remodel:-)


3 Linda September 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm

LOl..great article! I think everyone has gone through the whole organizing the cabinets, tuper wear caps falling on the head ordeal. The project I am tackling this week is my daughters closet, now thats a toughy! =)


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