This time-saving tip, along with 6 free organizational hacks (in 5 minutes or less), were also featured on the Sunday morning edition of ABC Action News, the ABC affiliate in Tampa Bay. Scroll to the bottom of this post to watch the video.

We’ve all got one.

5-Minute Cupboard Makeover

You know, that disorganized nightmare of a kitchen cupboard that barfs plastic cups and sippys and straws and lids and bottles and nipples and bowls whenever you open it up?

Well, reader Lauren F. found a solution. It’s so simple it’s stupid. And I LOVE ideas like that.

Instead of spending 60 seconds hunting through your endless rainbow of sippy cups and plastic plateware whenever your kids ask for a snack, here’s a groundbreaking idea.

Are you ready?

Put it in a bottom drawer and LET THEM GET IT THEMSELVES!

Yep, all Lauren did was clear out a deep drawer that’s at the kids’ level and put all her kid plates, cups and lids into it.


In fact, I love it so much it’s one of my 6 favorite free DIY organizational hacks.

5-Minute Kitchen Cupboard Makeover

It’s free.

It takes 5 minutes.

And here’s the best reason to do it: it will save you at least 1 MINUTE A DAY.

Which means, that in 2 months, this simple fix has saved you an hour of time. AN HOUR of precious, mama multi-tasking, kid-rearing time. And if you’re anything like me, you need all the time and brainpower you can get. Because brain cells seem to exit your body faster than your toddler throws a tantrum in the Lego aisle at Toys ‘R Us.

Add that up, and in a year, you’ve saved 6 HOURS!!! Hello! No brainer! Five minutes now to save 6 hours over the course of a year? No brain power needed to make this decision. DO IT.

Of course, this only works if the kids are old enough to get out their own cups and plates. But I love that it teaches them personal responsibility and lets them do something themselves. Plus, the older kids can teach the youngers.

Do you have a simple trick that’s changed your home work flow? Please share it in the comments section below!