Jane Cadwgan in kitchen

My Article in Howards Storage World


By Professional Organiser Jane Cadwgan – Zing Home Organising

So, you want to sort your kitchen plastics in double quick time? Below are some tried and tested ways to organise them for good.

10 minutes matter. Don’t wait until you have a whole day free to start and finish a big project! Start in just one section of your cupboard, so if you get interrupted, it will be easy to put that one section away again. Set a timer for 10 minutes, put on some music or a podcast and see how long you can keep going. You’ll be surprised what you can achieve!


Some people love plain, uncluttered visuals and can be overwhelmed by busy patterns. Go for simple, opaque coloured containers with minimal decorations. Try to keep all labels to the same style.

An alternative organising style loves colour and patterns. This is the style that I prefer and I love seeing what I have on hand immediately. Transparent plastic comes into its own for this, keeping your food items organised while having the contents visible adds colour and interest to your pantry or kitchen. Look for containers with clear lids if you store items down low, in drawers. The Felli Loc-Tite Containers are the perfect food containers, sturdy, clean design and with a clear lid which allow you to grab what you need in an instant.

  • HOT TIP If you want to find out your organisational style, do an internet search for “organisational style quiz.


Measure, measure, measure before you buy your plastic containers. Take everything out of the drawer or shelf and get out your tape measure for accuracy. Record all width, depth and height measurements to take to the shops.

Never guess the size when you are out shopping.  You may waste valuable time having to take things back when they don’t fit.

  • HOT TIP There are some excellent phone apps to note down measurements on photos. Move containers around to fit them efficiently into drawers or into cupboard shelves. Look for storage sets that are designed to work together to optimise your space by stacking neatly on top of each other like the OXO 2.0 Pantry Container Sets.
Oxo Pop 5 Piece Set

OXO POP 2.0 Pantry Container Set – 5 Pack


OXO POP 2.0 Pantry Container Set – 10 Pack


OXO POP 2.0 Pantry Container Set – 20 Pack

See the full range of Food Storage Containers


Declutter any containers that are broken or are missing lids, have the wrong shape or are not fitting into your vision for the space. If they are in good order, plastic containers can be repurposed in other parts of the house (garage or bathroom cabinets). A donation to an Op Shop is a wonderfully sustainable way to declutter plastics in good condition.

  • HOT TIP Use a big container to store leftovers in the fridge. You are unlikely to miss a large container behind the usual fridge items and it will get eaten sooner. Less waste!T ry to leave enough space around each container to make access easy. Prising out containers can lead to increased likelihood of frustration and spills. Arrange your products with frequently used food at the front and at a height that is easy to reach. Squared off shapes are more efficient if space is at a premium.  Round containers are easier to grab and can be more visually appealing. Use a labelled plastic basket to hold your small packets of snacks. Have a system to record the use-by dates of food on the outside of their containers. The cardboard outers of packets of food sometimes carry the eggs of insects, so are best discarded.
  • HOT TIP You can use a chalk board pen on the underside of the container. Chalk board pen lettering is durable and easily washed off in the dishwasher once the contents are changed over.Turntables on shelves and shelf risers in deep cupboards are a great way to instantly see and access all your ingredients.


Recently it has become easier to drop off a big bag of soft, scrunchy plastic at the local supermarket REDcycle bin.  Because of this many households have allocated a larger space to store soft plastics in their rubbish bin drawer.

Many councils now collect compostable waste, so in the future you may need to find space to fit multiple bins for multiple waste types. Check with your local council to see what can be recycled in your area. There is a fantastic range of Recycling Station Bins available at Howards Storage like the Simplehuman 58L Pedal Dual Compartment Recycling Rubbish Bin or the Joseph Joseph Totem Max Recycling Kitchen Bin 60L.

simplehuman 58L Dual Recycling Bin

Joseph Joseph Totem Recycling Bins


As a household’s taste in food changes, new foods can be added to the pantry. There will always be a storage solution out there to keep new food items organised and together. Keep in the loop with new innovations that will make your life easier by following your favourites on social media. The options in storage and decluttering are endless and ever changing!

Jane Cadwgan is a Professional Organiser based on the Lower North Shore of Sydney. She founded Zing Home Organising and loves to work with you to make your spaces calmer, beautiful and more organised. She is a Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Organisers and a keen rower.

Jane can be contacted on info@zinghomeorganising.com.au

Mobile 0421 310 950

Website www.zinghomeorganising.com.au

Facebook @zinghomeorganising

Instagram @zing_home_organising/


Logistics and Supply Chain

I worked in Logistics and Supply Chain for 10 years before I made the leap into Professional Organising. My first professional job was to keep a huge paint warehouse organised for Dulux Paints. I was up a scissor lift, high in the air, when the Newcastle earthquake hit 170 kms away. It felt like the building had been hit by a truck. I’m lucky we were not close to the epicenter. I loved roaming around the warehouse, finding missing cans of specialty paint for customers. It was very important that the staff, were able to make up their orders easily and efficiently. It  was one of my jobs to lay out the warehouse properly with “fast movers” at the front and the “slow movers” down the back. It was also a delightfully cold place in the the Summer because the cans of paint retained the cold very well( like an esky).



New Year Tips

Even though I think I am a well organised person, I still struggle sometimes to get rid of items. I can usually think of lots of uses for items that are in my house, but that doesn’t mean I should keep them. The point of decluttering is freeing up time to concentrate on more important things than STUFF. Taking care of STUFF can take hours and hours over a year in extra cleaning, looking for items and just moving STUFF around to see behind it. 

One great tip to see if you REALLY need the item, is to say the reason out loud. If this reason sounds dumb or repetitive, such as ” I need this item because I might go back to making that craft again after 10 years” or “I paid $$$$ for this item” – it is probably time to let it go.


Life Long Learning

I have spent the last 6 months avidly learning all about running a small business. Covid has been constantly on all our minds, but there have been some excellent opportunities created by this global pandemic.

It amazes me that I can get terrific business advice on marketing, hygiene, sales and digital media creation from the luxury of my office laptop. Zoom has eliminated the commute to workshops and has allowed me to see sessions from the North Coast of NSW and beyond.

Most of these Zoom meetings are free, but fun and interactive. I have paid money for specific courses on Canva and an American home organising course over the new year. Both have been lots of fun, specially the one in a big international group. 

Running a small business is all about balance. I am hopeful I can balance applying all the new things that will make my business better with getting out and helping my clients to a new organised life.

road with learning never ends

Project Manager for Chinese Production

I was lucky to be able to work as a project manager for a business that sourced and coordinated manufacturing in China. It managed the design, production and QA for small bespoke projects. I loved managing some beautifully designed items, such as wall decals, tutu cases, vintage car parts, t-shirts and ratchet straps. It was truly eye opening working with Chinese nationals who would be the eyes and ears of the company in the South of China and finding out about their lives. It was team effort for me to produce Quality Assurance documents and for the Chinese arm of the company to use to QA the new products.  I loved the chance to learn about how to read a Pantone fan deck and calculate shipping costs.. Read all about it below from 2014.

New members of the Hornet team



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