I can’t believe I’ve never shared this part of my kitchen with you! This was one of the very first organizing projects I did in this house, back before I started blogging. It has worked so well for me all these years. Here’s how I store and organize my paper products!
We don’t eat on paper plates very often, but I do like to use decorative paper napkins for dessert, entertaining or even as seasonal decor in the kitchen. I store all of my paper plates and napkins, extra straws, disposable cutlery and plastic cups in the small cabinet over the stove. I have to use the step stool to reach this cabinet, so it makes sense to store things I don’t frequently need up there! I’m also storing a set of dishes up there that I only use in the fall.
The trick to keeping my supply of paper products organized and easy to access? Micro-organization! I use a smaller bin inside the large bin to hold all the napkins, which have been sorted by season and stored in large ziploc bags.
Both the green bin and the black basket came from Dollar Tree. I like that the green bin is wider at the top, maximizing space for those larger plates. The black basket corrals the napkins and keeps them from falling all over the place.
My favorite use for paper products? Taking food to people! Any time I take a meal to someone, I like to include enough plates, napkins and cutlery for them to eat two meals without having to wash dishes. Sometimes I can get packs of those Chinet napkins free with coupons at the grocery store. I like to use a mixture of fun plates from Dollar Tree and some sturdy plates that will hold up under a heavier meal.
If I take food to an event, I’ll either put it in a disposable aluminum pan from Dollar Tree or on one of my paper plates. That way I don’t run the risk of losing one of my serving dishes, and I don’t have to bring dirty dishes home with me! Wife tip: any time I send food to work with Paul, like a dessert to share with his co-workers, I always send it on a paper plate. It just makes life easier for everyone. 🙂
Do you have a stash of paper products? Which of these items is your favorite to collect? I’m a sucker for seasonal napkins and fun straws!