How to Organize Your Dinnerware and Glassware

A friend and I were chatting a few weeks ago about what type of dinnerware we’ll use for Thanksgiving Day.  She has a significantly larger family than I, and she’s using paper plates and plastic cups.  I, on the other hand, am using my china for this holiday.

The china I haven’t used in six years.  Because it’s been in an army foot locker since we moved at the end of 2012.

I suspect this Thanksgiving dinner will be the last hurrah for the china.  I intend to try to sell it.  If I can’t, I’ll figure out something else to do with it.  I loved it when I picked it out when I was in my 20’s, but now that I’m (*gasps*) 40-ish, I just don’t even want to bother having “special” dinnerware.  I don’t want to store it, I don’t want to use it, and I don’t want to clean it.

I also don’t want to get rid of it.

But I know I need to.

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How to Organize Food Storage Containers

When I was first married, I had a few Rubbermaid food storage containers and a lot of cheap Betty Crocker plastic food storage containers from Dollar Tree.  (These were a step up from the Country Crock containers much of my family used when I was a child!)  But I was blessed to receive a box of Pyrex food storage for our wedding, and at some point, I decided to migrate to it for all of my food storage.  For several years, I scoured the Black Friday papers to find the best deals on Pyrex.  Finally, for Christmas of 2015, I acquired enough that I’ve not encountered a lack of Pyrex storage since.

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How to Organize Reusable Shopping Bags

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Have you ever seen that woman or man in the grocery store with 15 worn, filmsy mismatched reusable shopping bags?

I was that woman. I purchased a set of bags from the commissary circa 2011. My sister-in-law sent me some from Whole Foods around the same time. Then my mother-in-law gave me some from IKEA the next year. But so frequently I left all of these bags at the house when I went to the store, so I ended up buying multiple plastic bags from both LIDL and ALDI.

I had a lot of shopping bags.  But I didn’t really need them all.  I needed some that I could keep with me, and I needed an insulated bag.

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How to Organize Your Utensils, Silverware, and Cutlery

Today kicks off two of my favorite weeks of the year:  the week before and the week of Thanksgiving.  Given all the cooking and baking that will be going on in my house next week –and again next month–I try to use this time to declutter and organize my kitchen so that I and anyone who helps me can easily find what is needed for cooking and baking tasks.

As the adage goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  Today’s beginning is relatively easy:  Organize your utensils, silverware, and cutlery.

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