How to De-Organize Your Cupboards

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Struggling to keep things perfectly tidy in your kitchen and bathroom cupboards? Here’s how to have much less stress by de-organizing!


De-Organizing Cupboards

Note: This article is part of a new series here on Little House Living where we will have a bit of fun and laugh at this thing called homemaking. This article is meant to be satirical.

Sometimes, your cupboards can just start looking so perfect and well-managed. Why would you want that? Everyone knows things are easier to find when you can remember what Tupperware lid you kept them under last.

If you are ready to get rid of those perfectly organized cupboards in your kitchen and bathroom, this article will show you how to get started. Once you are done reading, you will be well on your way to becoming disorganized!

Cabinet Pulls

Step 1: Let the kids help.

There’s no need to keep all of the de-organizing fun to yourself! Let the kids get in and help!

The best thing to do here is to let your toddler work her magic, but if you don’t have one, you can also tell the kids that they can play hide and seek in the cupboards and just “put things back where they found them” when they are done.

Having kids do to the deorganizing is a quick win. They get something to do, and you get perfectly messy cupboards!

Note: If you don’t have kids, you can also have a pet help you. Cats are particularly good at this.

Step 2: Stop caring.

This is not the easiest step, but it is one of the most important ones.

If you can manage to stop caring what your cupboards look like, de-organization will take place very soon thereafter.

Messy tupperware

Step 3: Add storage containers.

This always seems to do the trick when all else fails. Simply add any tupperware that you have into any cupboard that you want to de-organize. Make sure that you do NOT add the lids to the tupperware.

Bonus points if you use leftover margarine and cool-whip containers for Tupperware. These will really up your game.

Perfect kitchen

Step 4: Start reading more blog posts on organizing.

The thing with these blog posts is that they will make you feel so inferior and imperfect that you will completely give up on your organizing after you realize that the blog writer spends 90% of their day organizing their home.

Nobody needs that kind of stress. Let it go!


If you need more help in this area, please feel free to check out the amazingly wonderful images below for inspiration! Happy de-organizing! 😉

Jenga Tupperware
Spice routlette
Archeologists cupboard

I hope you had as much fun reading this post as I had writing it. We all have to laugh at ourselves once in a while in life!

Feel free to share this with your friends on social media so we can all laugh together!

I’ll be back next week with another edition of imperfect homemaking!

Me and Kady

Merissa Alink

Merissa has been blogging about and living the simple and frugal life on Little House Living since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to freedom on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.

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  1. Maybe you have been looking at my cabinets ! lol. It always help to not take oneself too seriously and set up unattainable goals. Thanks for the laugh.

  2. I’m in the middle of a kitchen purge/ organization project, and this was a fun read. Reminds me of the old “Amelia Bedelia” books I read as a kid. I read your emails every week and want to encourage you to keep the Frugal Friday series going. People who are unhappy with themselves will try to spread that unhappiness, and I can assure you for the ones who respond negatively, there are many who love what you are doing.

    1. Amilia Badilia…aw yes. Those books have been passed down in my family, sister’s, nieces and soon grandnieces 🤣

  3. Thank you for the smiles. Thank you for the reminder of why I like organization 🙂 I’m not big on trendy containers, but I do like to find what I’m going after when making dinner. However, my husband would say, “don’t look at her spice rack.” He would prefer it to be alphabetical 🙂

  4. That post just hit the spot this Saturday morning. I really like the tension rods holding everything in the cabinets so it doesn’t tumble out when opening the doors!!!!

  5. This is so funny! I have already perfected deorganized cupboards! And here I thought I needed to redo them.
    Another tip for your readers who have college aged children (who are home for a visit). Have them put away the dishes and you can then enjoy a game of “why would they think that goes there?”.

  6. Thank you for giving us something that brings a smile to our face and gives us a good laugh.
    The thing is, we’ve all seen cupboards like that (sometimes in our own kitchen).
    At times I may be a little too organized but my stress level is lower and I can find what I need. Have a good weekend and a great week.

  7. This made me laugh, thank you! We got rid of most of our plastic containers and dishes. Kept some for giveaway leftovers. But… my spices are a disaster and I try to use them all. I refuse to organize them, besides, I don’t have space to organize them. Thanks again for making me laugh, I needed it and made feel less alone in this organized crazy world. Let’s relax and live a little!

  8. Hi Merissa:
    Thanks for the laugh. My cupboards are neater than they used to be because the kids are grown and almost flown but sometimes they did look a lot like some of your pics. When they were little I actually did set aside an end bottom cupboard that was “theirs” which contained old pots and beaten up Tupperware and some old wooden spoons. The rest of my bottom cupboards had child locks on them to keep them safe and save my sanity. You are right. We do have to laugh at ourselves sometimes. As an FYI the ancient dig site in my house is my basement. No matter what I do or how often I try to clean and reorganize I’m always unearthing long lost things. I think Indiana Jones would have a blast in my basement.

  9. A laugh is good medicine they say, so I’m feeling good! 😂😂. Love all the info you share with others. Thanks, Be Blessed

  10. Hahahahahaha!
    (I think we really need to get away from plastic storage though: microplastics are bad for humans and the planet)

  11. Ohh Marissa!
    I am disorganized cupboard and drawer number 6!
    Just move 4 times in the last 2 years😉🥰 . Then wonder if I’ve unpacked those items🫖✂️📚, and where I’ve “disorganized” them to!!

  12. The tip about the toddler, man I’m definitely on the right track. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 I love my little man though!

  13. If you have a helper for your housework because you are anrldely or handicapped person, you never have to organize somebody to make chaos in your cupbords. Half the time I am working in the kitchen, I am desperately searching for knives, spoons or some ingredient… I loved is article, though. 😂