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Tuesday, March 17 2015

Tupperware was developed in 1945 by Earl Silas Tupper in Leominster, Massachusetts.  He developed plastic containers used in households to contain food and keep it airtight.  Since 1945, those colorful containers are a staple is most homes.  Over the years, there are more sizes and colors to pick from, but the concept remains the same. 

Now, along with Tupperware, there is Rubbermaid, Glad and other similar type containers for us to choose from.  Great, right?  That is true, however, it comes with a problem.  

As a a society that tends to keep purchasing like-items over and over again, we are setting ourselves up for the "Attack Of The Tupperware"!  

A friend of mine informed me yesterday that when she went to open her cabinet, she was attacked by her Tupperware!  She simply opened a cabinet and it jumped off the shelf.  Was it trying to escape?  

I cannot even count the amount of times I have organized a kitchen and Tupperware (or other similar containers) are ready to jump ship every time you open the cabinet.  I find a jumble of containers in all shapes and sizes and most without corresponding lids.  Some have stains from tomato sauce, some are warped from being washed in the dishwasher and most are missing matching lids.

Honestly, it is rather quick and easy to resolve this problem.  Do yourself a favor.  Empty the cabinet or shelf where you Tupperware lives and take a few minutes to sort through your collection.

1.  Group similar sizes together.

2.  Eliminate the containers in poor condition.

3.  Limit the amount you want to save. (They tend to multiply in the cabinet, don't they?) 

4.  Make sure you have a matching lid for each container.  

5.  Eliminate the containers that do not have matching lids or the ones you have too many of in a particular size or shape.

When storing your containers, I recommend that you keep the lid with the container so you don't have to waste time later trying to match them up.  This will also enable you to limit the amount that you want to keep.  

Nowadays, you can purchase sets that stack and snap together to conserve space.  You might just want to start over with a set like this if your collection is so mismatched and you don't have enough to meet your needs.   

Store all of your containers in one location for easy access.

These simple tips will help avoid the dreaded "Attack Of The Tupperware" in your home!  Good luck! 

If you should find that you are just too overwhelmed with any area of your home when it comes to getting it organized, don't hesitate to contact me.   I am here to help!  

Have a great week!

Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 10:20 am   |  Permalink   |  4 Comments  |  Email
Lol Audrey. Great tips! I find I have to do this every few months or risk injury. Thanks!
Posted by Jen Phillips April on 03/17/2015 - 11:55 AM
I don't suggest making this a project but rather something you just maintain as you go. Putting them away each time will help avoid that bi-monthly project and will avoid future risk of injury!
Posted by Audrey Cupo on 03/17/2015 - 12:05 PM
17 square containers and 2 round lids - isn't that the story of our lives?! Thanks for sharing Audrey. Helpful tips!
Posted by Sarah Soboleski on 03/21/2015 - 03:19 PM
I've done the Tupperware purge with many clients and just did it in my own kitchen. It felt great! Your post is a good reminder that we don't need as many containers as we think...
Posted by Stacey Agin Murray on 03/21/2015 - 10:13 PM

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