Minimalist Hack: Keep a Lid on it!

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We all have faced the same problem: the dreaded container lid drawer. Or shelf. Or bucket. Or something that, no matter how you try to keep your lids organized – even if you buy the ones that snap to the bottom of your containers – things always get rearranged, go missing, or are just plain annoying.

In my kitchen, I finally invested in my first complete sets of glasses, plates, and silverware (FYI I’m obsessed with my dishes, it’s beautiful set, you can find it here). I had two dedicated drawers to “throw” the lids in from tupperware, shaker tops, thermoses, reusable cups,  and the tupperware and other things sat dispersed across shelves up above. I wanted to free up some of that space so I could store my pretty new kitchen pieces in a more organized fashion.

I went searching for some solutions that a) wouldn’t break the bank and b) would fit the items I already had. I found two incredible pieces that completely met all my needs!

Enter stage left, the Food Storage Lid Organizer!

This organizer helps keep things nice and neat and you can clearly see what you have.

Now, I still had to deal with the shaker tops and other odds and ends.

Enter stage right, the Under Shelf Wire Basket!

This let me utilize some of the cabinet space for the smaller pieces that never really had a home.

The end result? I moved the contents of two drawers and three shelves down to JUST two shelves with these affordable and quick fixes.

The view from the top – all different brands and sizes fit easily into this organizer.

Here is the relationship to minimalism:

I can see what I have.

I can easily access the things I have.

I can clearly see that I do not need to buy anything more than what I already own. 

That’s the ticket. To know what you have, realize that what you have is enough, so you don’t accumulate more than what you need.

My cabinet – two shelves with all of my food storage needs met.

 

So what is your trick to keep a lid on things in the kitchen? Comment below and let me know! 🙂

Minimalist Hack: Take out the Trash

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As I’m stumbling along this journey of minimalism, one of the newest (and smartest) trends in the kitchen world is hiding your trash and recycle bin out of sight.

When my parents remodeled their kitchen they installed one of the cabinets specifically for this. It’s fantastic! Super fancy! But if you aren’t remodeling your kitchen and want the benefit of a hidden waste receptacle, there are a few other cost-effective and easy fixes for you to take out the trash.

#1 Simple Human Pull Out Trash

This one is fantastic – easy to install, and it glides out SO smoothly. If you read the reviews people rave about it. The width on this one sits at 10″ so it’s moderately sized, and potentially the easiest to fit two side-by-side.

#2 Simple Human Trash-Recycle Combo

This one is perfect if you do not have room for two bins side-by-side under your cabinets. This one also installs easily, and slides out smoothly. At 9.8″ width, it’s conveniently sized especially for smaller spaces like under the sink.

#3 Rev-A-Shelf Under Sink Roll Out 

This one is great if you need two bins, but be advised this that is a bit wider than the Simple Human options at 14.38″ width. If you have a wider cabinet and can manage this, it is a very comparable option.

Measure, measure, measure! 

One of the biggest tips I can give is measure, measure, measure! Take the measurements, compare them to the product you are looking at, then measure again. You’ll be glad you did. I can’t tell you how annoying it is to get something awesome and realize that it doesn’t fit – it’s either too big or too small. Chances are you’ve experienced this same frustration if you’ve done any kind of DIY home improvement project.

Personally, I did install the Recycle-Trash combo first but realized it was too small for my needs. I remeasured and realized I could fit two big roll out cans side-by-side which is much better for my home.

Make sure you measure, assess your needs, and make your decisions from there.

I love having my trash hidden now, and it really helps me feel like I’m one step closer to the “less is more” lifestyle. 🙂

What is your favorite minimalist hack? Comment below!