DIY Free Storage Solution for All Those Food Storage Container Lids!

How to finally get all those storage lids under control using an upcycled container.
I don't know about you guys but I'm always losing and finding all those storage lids for food containers shoved here there and everywhere.
When I found this box I knew it would be perfect to tame the mess but who wants to keep clean lids in a dusty old box?
(Note: if you are unable to find a box with an opening you like, you can simply cut your own opening on the side of a square box using a box cutter)
I found the solution laying at the bottom of my pantry, a roll of Contact paper (peel and stick shelf liner paper). Contact paper has a plastic coating that can be wiped clean. If you don't have on hand, you can pick it up in many different prints at most dollar stores for a mere dollar or two.
I covered the entire box (inside and out) and sealed each seam and corner with heavy duty box tape.
Now I can keep them all in once place and easily flip through them to find the one I need! Yaaaay! FINALLY!
For more easy, organization solutions be sure to check out the organization section on my blog using the link below and happy crafting! :)

Suggested materials:

  • Cardboard Box  (Recycle Bin)
  • Contact Paper  (Dollar Store)
  • Packing/Box Tape  (Dollar Store)

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  • Bonnie
    Bonnie
    on Sep 21, 2017

    Looks good, but when u r limited on space, where do u put the box to where it looks good? 😏
    • Vikki Decker
      Vikki Decker
      on Dec 18, 2020

      I actually store mine in a smaller square plastic container, leaving the lid of that container sitting under it, just incase I may need it one day. Works well for my limited space. But this idea is great cause it doesn't cost a whole lot of money to make

  • MYR28643221
    MYR28643221
    on Sep 22, 2017

    OK GREAT THERE IS STORAGE FOR THE LEADS BUT WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER PART WHERE IS THE MAIN PART?
    • Borei Design
      Borei Design
      on Sep 22, 2017

      I stack my storage containers beside it, one inside the other according to size.
  • Rita
    Rita
    on Mar 4, 2021

    Idea...How about perm marker each lid & matching bottom a #

    then, it’s easy to find the match?

    • Linda
      Linda
      on Apr 22, 2021

      Can't believe I never thought of that! Brilliant solution!

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  • Ohio Sandie
    Ohio Sandie
    on Jan 26, 2021

    I just have to chuckle, I’m 60 and we used to do this back in the 1980’s when we didn’t have $$ to spend on storage containers 😀 I still have photos in one

  • Pat Satran
    Pat Satran
    on Jan 26, 2021

    The boxes are available at big box stores. I use them on my wire shelves in our closet for sweaters, jeans and tee shirts. The items are folded and you can see what you’re looking for at a glance. Gives more space to hang other items and more drawer space.

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