Welcome back (finally!) to the 52 week Organized Home Challenge! I know I took way too much time off. Chaos will do that to you. I do not intend to get off track any more and I’m ready to jump right back into this organization and clutter free mindset.
It’s been freeing to have the spaces we’ve already worked on nice and organized. In fact, I’ve gotten a little bit obsessive about the storage containers. People keep putting them back without lids. They keep tossing them down in that cabinet like we have been for years. Of all the nerve! I keep instructing them one by one, and hopefully they’ll eventually get it. You must put them back with the lid on! I love the fact that the storage containers no longer fall out onto the floor all the time, lol.
This week, I’ve been struggling with getting all of these glasses, cups and mugs organized. I would LOVE to get my drinking cups and glasses under control. We have way too many and not enough of the right kind. My kids use too many cups throughout the day. We’ve tried many different methods. We’ve tried color coding cups (you only drink out of this color).
That worked well for a while, but we got out of the habit and have trouble finding enough colors now that we have so many kids. (At the time, I could only find red, pink, blue and green.) We’ve tried using Drink Bands, but if the dishes didn’t get done at the end of the day, we’d never know if that cup was from today or yesterday (I know, all dishes should be washed by the end of the day, but around here, sometimes dinner dishes wait until morning.)
On one hand, I want to have lots of cups available so that we’re never out of them, but on the other hand, the more we have, the more we use and the more dirty dishes we create. I guess it’s time to do some cup decluttering. After all, I think I had about 20 in my dishwasher at the end of the day. Not good!
Take a look at all of your cups, mugs and glasses.
Are there any that are in bad shape?
Any chipped or cracked?
Any that never get used?
Too many for your space?
Any that you’ll never miss?
Any that just won’t fit right? (Like these oh so cute Dixie Stampede cups I have in my cabinet shaped like a boot?)
It’s time to pack them up and get rid of them!
Here’s my progress:
Before, you can see my overstuffed cabinet….
As you can see, I barely have any adult glasses and I probably kept way too many sippy cups. The truth is, I didn’t have time to go through the lid drawer…..but I will gauge what to get rid of partly by answering the question, “Does it still have a decent lid?”. I did manage to get rid of 2 Walmart bags full of cups. It is so freeing to see the cups that always stress me out, head out the door. I don’t know why I didn’t do this earlier!
I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while now and have literally been dreading it! I get a little bit attached to things for some odd reason…but once I took them out of my space, I’m so much happier. Now, I need some more adult style glasses. I’ve been thinking about getting some restaurant cups that will stack well, like these from Amazon (affiliate link):
But, I also like how glasses feel in my hand. We have a problem with our glass getting foggy and/ or white stains on them from the water that we wash them in. Do you know of any tips to get them cleaned and no long with the white on them? I’d love to hear them! Here’s what one of my worst ones looks like:
We never want to drink out of this one, but I’m not ready to just pitch all glass ware either. I’d love to hear your tips!!
And while you’re at it, would you help me spread the word about the Organized Home Challenge? Just click on this image to pin it on Pinterest:
We’re going to be working on our baking supplies cabinet or at least one upper cabinet in your kitchen. Do you have a great way that you keep your baking supplies nicely organized and clutter free? How do you decide what to get rid of? What are must have items in the baking cabinet? Please share here with me, email me or share with me on Facebook, so I can share your ideas. Pictures are always appreciated, too!
Also, if you want to see what you’ve missed and what’s coming, just go here: 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.