Food Storage Container Organization Solved

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20 Minutes

So I am sure we have all had some frustrations with food storage containers at one point or another. My food storage container cabinet was a stinkin' hot mess, so I decided to get a little organized. I decided to combine a couple of different methods I have seen used before. Most of these food storage container organization options can be found at a dollar store and are a great way to get it together! With a file organizer, a dish dry rack, and a bin you too can get your food storage containers in order!

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Guys... this seriously wasn't staged... How sad is this madness? In my defense the lids were more organized a couple days ago, but things got moved around when I needed a bin in the back, and, well, there you have it... madness! Clearly this project was done out of necessity.
STEP 1: Match Up All of Your food storage containers Make sure all the food storage containers you have has its matching lid... if you are anything like me you will have some random extras that can be tossed out. Some lids I found I had literally never seen. It's a little ridiculous.
STEP 2: Put Your Lids in the Drying Rack Once you make sure all of your food storage containers are worth keeping, it is time to start organizing! First, grab your dish drying rack. Take all of your small lids and tuck them into the cutlery drying pocket.
Now take all of your other lids and place them in the plate slots. I organized them by shape and size so that I know where to look from now on!
STEP 3: Stack Your Food Storage Containers in Bins Now grab your bin(s) and stack your food storage containers in the most organized manner you can, and place them in the bin so they fit nicely but also in a neat manner.
STEP 4: Place the Rack and Bin into Your Cabinet Now tuck your bin and dish drying rack back into the cabinet in whichever order you find fitting. I live in an apartment in Brooklyn, so I don't have a ton of cabinet space to spread these out as nicely as I would like, but this is already SOOOO much better than what I had going on.
STEP 5: Drill Your Folder Organizer Onto Your Cabinet Door Now grab your folder organizer and a drill (and a couple screws) and secure it to the door, making sure there is clearance for the door to close without the bin hitting the items inside the cabinet. Once it is secured in place, fill it with any extra or strange shaped lids that didn't fit in the dish drying rack.
Look at all that beauty! I am seriously so pumped at this simple and cheap fix!
Of course you could just use several bins to store both lids and containers, but I kind of like that each lid has it's own little space.
As you can see there is plenty of clearance for the door to close with the desk organizer attached.
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  • SandyW
    on Dec 24, 2020

    I bought a bunch of stacking containers and lids of different sizes. Store them all in one basket.

  • Patty Peterson
    Patty Peterson
    on Dec 26, 2020

    THOSE plastic products pictured are NOT "Tupperware". Tupperware is brand name for a higher quality food safe product. ALL of their products save space, and you'd never see that kind of an "overload", because with Tupperware brand products, most will nest inside each other and many serve multiple purposes, which save space. You can find me on FB, I'd be happy to show you.

  • Kerry Evans
    Kerry Evans
    on Feb 6, 2021

    Don't you hate those obnoxious shelves with the short shelf at the top?! I have them in my rental too. They are not conducive to easy storing! I think you did a good thing here, thank you for sharing. I have a set of lock n lock that are supposed to store all together, but if any is in use or in the sink it just doesn't work that way!

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  • Mammyellen
    on Feb 5, 2021

    CAnt everybody afford Tupperware! I use Chinese take outs butter containers etc. Tyou

  • Pakaski
    on Feb 5, 2021

    1. the lids on the Rubbermaid are suppose to attach at the bottom of the containers for easy organization.
    2. use the unmatched containers with no lids as drawer organizers instead of throwing them away.
    3. You should buy a pull out drawer for easier access to items in the back of the cabinet. I have them and they are wonderful.
    • Sharyn Winick
      Sharyn Winick
      on Feb 12, 2021

      You are correct the rubbermaid covers stick to the bottom of the container. I actually pile them up together and snap. The bowls fit one into each other. I feel it saves space. The smaller ones in one pile, etc

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