What to do, What to do…with all your EARRINGS!

I used to have a mess with my earrings. I have pierced ears as most of us do, but for this little hint it makes no difference.

One time several years ago I was complaining to my sister that I had a little box I kept my earrings in and it was always a mess and finding the mates was annoying. She suggested I use a set of ice cube trays. It has turned out to be about the best suggestion I have ever received.

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They are cheap, find yours at Goodwill or the dollar store.  If you need a lot of space, they stack neatly if they are the same size/make and take up very little room on your dresser, vanity or you can even do like I do and keep them in a drawer.

Here are a few picture to give you the idea. I tend to group mine together by color and then have one little place for all the backs. If I lose a back there are always plenty more and I know where to find them. Let me know what you think.

As an added little tip, when you travel and want to take earrings and not get them on a jumbled in a baggie or little bag. Just wrap a piece of plastic cling wrap around the whole tray and stick it in your suitcase.

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32 oz Plastic Grip Jars for Kitchen Organization

Recently I purchased some clear plastic grip jars to help me get a handle on my pantry.  I was being overrun by half-used boxes and packages of this and that – which end up piled in heaps in the back of my pantry.  In an effort to get more organized, I bought these wonderful items from Uline.com and was I ever happy.

plastic Grip jars for storage

I needed to stack these not only on top of each other, but in front & back – and by putting labels on front and on top, it makes things easy to find and access in the pantry.  When the bucket is emptied, I set it on another shelf to remind me to add it to my list.

Yep – I have crisco – Crisco is amazing for certain things, in moderation – including frying pork chops – I promise!

32oz Clear Plastic Grip Jars from Uline.com
Plastic Grip Jars with Wide Mouths to help organize your pantry. 32oz or 1 quart size
Clear Plastic Grip Jars - 32oz
Written by: Carrie Hill
Date Published: 02/05/2013
Be aware, these arent huge. 32 oz is 1 quart or 1/4 Gallon - so these hold roughly 1/4 of a gallon jug of milk in volume. If you need more space, buy larger jars, they come in sizes up to 1 Gallon. I'm probably going to order some half gallon size, but they come in quantities of 24, and I dont need that many. I'll probably wait until I can go Halfsies with someone, interested? I had great luck with these and they were easy to fill and the labels I used stuck nicely. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for storage containers for their Pantry
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Kitchen Storage Containers – A Plastic ware solution!

kitchen storage container solutions

I am super sick of you, Gladware et. al.  You junk up my cabinets and change the size of your containers constantly – when i melt or lose a lid, I cannot find another set with a replacement size.  I am tired of lids that don’t go on and lids that don’t fit the bottom I grab, they get icky and I throw the junk away.  I’m exhausted with it and tired of spending money to compound my frustration.

Huzzah!  I have found a solution that doesn’t involve me curating the museum-size collection of ghetto ware (leftover cottage cheese and butter dishes) and creates a uniformity to my plastic ware collection.

First – lets look at the problem, then we can decide how to fix it.  My plastic ware cupboard is a hot mess.  This is it – please don’t pin this evidence of my kitchen disarray – it’s super embarrassing.

Plastic Ware Cupboard Organization

Well, really this is only half of it, some is in the dishwasher, floating around filled with germy gross dishwasher water leftovers.  The issue is, every time you open this – the crap slides out of the cupboard, it’s hard to reach – because I’m short, and it’s a conglomeration of crap.  This junk is OUTTA HERE.

My first thought was – I need things that are all the same size, and maybe even take the same lid.  I searched around the stores and online and while i LOVE glass Pyrex storage, its so expensive I about had a heart attack.  Then I thought – what about deli containers?  Not the flimsy potato salad ones, but the heavier Chinese takeout soup ones?  I did a quick search and came across the Cambro brand.  FABULOUS stuff – restaurant quality food storage – fairly inexpensive, but any restaurant supply house wants more to ship this stuff than the actual container costs, no thanks.

I turned to my old friend eBay, and was instantly rewarded.  Delitainers, gazillions of them in different sizes; 8oz, 16oz, 32oz, etc.  I placed my order and am waiting patiently for them to arrive.  Here’s what I bought (follow the link to browse or buy your own – it helps support my blog 🙂 )


Here’s the set I ordered:

kitchen storage container solutions

Some pros:

  • They’re fairly clear – so I will be able to see what’s inside.  Most ghettoware is not clear, so you spend time searching through the fridge for what you want.  This is not always a pleasant journey although I have grown some really neat science experiments….although I am NOT a scientist, so I don’t really need to do this.
  • They’re uniform in size, all round, all nest inside each other, so storing them is going to be SO MUCH EASIER.
  • I THINK the lids are fairly uniform.  I hope they are, we’ll see.
  • They’re fairly cheap, so throwing one away wont hurt my feelings, but they’re microwave and dishwasher safe, so I can reuse them often.  I paid $32 for these with free shipping for 75 containers, that’s $.42 apiece.  Not bad.

Cons?:

  • I dont know yet, I’ll let you know with a product review once I get these!

Do you have Kitchen Organization Tips?

I need them.  My pantries are a hot mess, and I cant seem to keep them un-messy.  Do you have tips and tricks or gadgets for keeping your pantry straight when you’re sharing a kitchen with a busy family?  My only thought right now is to ban everyone from the kitchen, but then I have to do all of the dishes – so that’s not going to happen?

What are your pantry organizational tips?  Share them here or on our facebook page – Facebook.com/LooksLikeHomemade or pin them to Pinterest with the tag #AnOrganizedPantry and we’ll add them to our board – An Organized Pantry

Thanks ever so much for your help!