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Decluttering Challenge {Day 2} Lids and Covers

Welcome back! I know yesterday’s task of organizing paperwork was a bit much, I really do. However, it is a necessary evil, and now it done! I loved seeing the pictures you all posted yesterday- you have some great ideas! Let’s keep the momentum going…

Today’s task is going to be quick and simple. We are going into our kitchen cabinets to organize all those LIDS AND COVERS.


This might be something you hardly ever think about, since it is likely hidden well and ignored. But I’m telling you, every little bit of organization counts! Your drawers and cabinets only have so much real estate, so in order to make the best use of that…you need to get rid of the excess.


  1. Even though we are only tackling our lids and covers today, I want you to take everything out of the cabinets where they are stored.
  2. There is no point in putting things back in a dirty place, so grab a rag and do a wipe down of those cabinets.
  3. Locate all of your covers for your pots and pans, and make sure they each have a match. If you have an extra cover with no matching pot, you don’t need it. Get rid of it now!
  4. Do the same thing with all your plastic lids. If they do not fit on a container, you do not need them!
  5. Be sure to look for any broken items, excess items, or items you just don’t need anymore. Remember, the goal here is to keep less!
  6. Now make sure everything you put back in your cabinets has a place. There are some great wire racks and shelving you can use to organize your covers if you want that. I have enough space where I can keep each lid with each pot or pan and still see everything in my cabinets.

This should only take you 10-15 minutes. If it takes much longer, that may be a sign to purge some of those extra lids and covers!


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  • Reply
    Taylor Mobley
    July 2, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    I love decluttering challenges! I will be doing this today!

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    Jessica Kirk
    July 2, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I LOVE reading decluttering posts! I’m writing an organization series as well on my blog, Striving Towards Grace. Last week was clothes, this coming week is the kitchen! Lids and covers are definitely a big thing that clutters easily!

    • Reply
      July 2, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Hi Jessica! Thank you, I will check out your series! I have not tackled clothes yet, but that is a needed one for me. I am reading the Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up right now. Clothes is number 1

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    Rebecca Bryant
    July 3, 2016 at 2:04 am

    I missed yesterday’s assignment but got today’s. I didn’t realize how many lids had no friends to match. My drawer is clean.

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    Rachel Langer
    July 3, 2016 at 2:58 am

    I actually do this on an almost weekly basis. I think the lids / bottoms go where the missing socks from the dryer go . . . SO WHERE IS THAT?!?!

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    July 3, 2016 at 3:05 am

    My brother got me some Tupperware from Lids and it’s awesome! All of the Lids are attached so I no longer have to search.

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    Molly Clifton
    July 3, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    This is amazing! Such a small task, but a HUGE thing in terms of organizing. I know I have so many mismatches that I need to go through them and do it!

    Keep smiling
    Molly | http://www.stylemissmolly.com

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    July 3, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I actually do this every few months and created a special place in my pantry for my storage containers! I do not know how the lids multiply while the containers dwindle.

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    Collectively Bee
    July 4, 2016 at 2:22 am

    I love challenges! Decluttering is one of the things that I have the most trouble with.

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    July 4, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    OK, this is doable–just one task a day. And my dang lids always frustrate me! Thanks for the push.

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    Erin | A Welder's Wife
    July 4, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    I love this simple task! I did this a few months ago and found one lid worked for two pots, so I removed the other one!

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    Rebecca Kelsey Sampson
    July 4, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Love this idea! I am totally guilty of having extra lids and the like sitting around my cupboards. I’m due for a purge.

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    July 4, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    What a great challenge! I need to run into my kitchen and do this asap. I can’t even imagine how many miscellaneous lids I have lying around.

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    July 4, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    This is a great decluttering challenge, because it’s something simple that can be done in little time. I’m interested to see more!

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      July 6, 2016 at 1:39 am

      Thanks Lora, hope you follow along all month!

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    July 5, 2016 at 12:21 am

    I went on a de clutter binge just the other day!!!! Lids was actually something I did! I swear those thinks end up all over the place!

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    July 5, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Lids and covers always seem to be unorganized in my home too. It doesn’t help that my 2 year old loves to play with them!

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    Kiana Abram
    July 6, 2016 at 1:02 am

    This is such a great idea! My cabinets are in dire need of decluttering. I really need to check out the other posts in this series because I have a bad habit of letting things collect and pile up.

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    July 7, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    This is such a fun series!! While scrolling, I saw u had more, so I’m going to be checking those out! I love organizing, but I am a HUGE clutter bug!

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      July 7, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      Thanks Jamie, it’s been a fun challenge so far. Hope you follow along!

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