A few months ago, my eight year old (who is possibly more Type A than I am), informed me that my storage container drawers were too messy and that I “really should do something about it”.
Turns out she was completely right- it was a total disaster. You’ll notice there are no before pictures here. It was that bad. I didn’t want to take a before picture. I just wanted it fixed.
Whether you’re on “Team Rubbermaid”, “Tupperware is King”, or “Team Glass-is-the-only-way-to-live”, food storage containers seem to always get out of control and disorganized quickly.
My favorite part of my kitchen are the drawers that are in each cabinet. Most of our cabinets are average size, but I use these two large ones for all my food storage containers.
The top holds small glass and plastic food storage containers and the bottom holds the larger bowls and plastic containers. I’m not a purist when it comes to material- I have a mixture of plastic and glass in various sizes.
So how do we keep our food storage containers organized? Here are a few ideas:
Store with the lids on.
I know this may seen ridiculous but I’ve found it much easier to keep mine organized if I store them with their matching lids ON.
Yes, it technically takes up more space. However, I’m not spending useless minutes search for that one lid that will fit my container of leftovers. The only things I don’t store with the lid on are my bento box lunch containers because I have so many of them that I use on a daily basis.
Which brings me to my next tip….
GET RID OF THE CONTAINERS YOU DON’T USE.
I’m about to shock some of you with this but you don’t have to keep something just because it came as part of a set. I promise, it’ll be okay. I bought a set of vintage Tupperware from an estate sale once and figured out very quickly that I was only going to use 5 of the bowls on a regular basis. So I got rid of the rest and have been using those five bowls ever since. Don’t keep it if you don’t use it. (Now if I could apply that same logic to my closet…)
I’ve found a few different types of containers that work for us for leftovers, lunches, and meal prep- here’s a few of our favorites (contains affiliate links)
- Glass Lock Food Storage Containers: Our set is similar to this one but we only have square and rectangle ones. I use these for everything from leftovers to grownup work lunches.
- Bento Lunch Box Containers: I use these for individual freezer portions and school lunches. They’re great to pack right after dinner for lunches the next day.
- Round Tupperware: I use these for soups and stew leftovers. They’re also great in the freezer. I bought them from an estate sale but here are some similar ones.
- Small plastic Containers: These were originally in the pile for the thrift store but we rescued them when we realized we needed containers for mayo, taco sauce, BBQ sauce, etc.
- Various larger plastic containers: In our bottom drawer, we have large mixing bowls, large rectangle containers for big leftovers, and our beloved vintage Tupperware pickle container.
Seriously, you could steal just about anything from my house but leave the Velvetta container and the pickle container alone! 🙂