Food Storage Container Organization Solved

Amanda C, Hometalk Team
by Amanda C, Hometalk Team
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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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  • Carol Carol on Dec 24, 2021

    I don't have cabinets, only drawers in my kitchen. Any suggestions for storage in drawers would be appreciated.

  • DrSusan Yorke DrSusan Yorke on Sep 27, 2023

    I know when I cleaned out my cupboard of plastic ware, lots of it was discolored and smelled. I tossed the stuff that is recyclable. The Tupperware from 1970, I washed, aired out, and put flour and sugar in. Yes, I have stuff from 1970. Did you toss anything out to reduce the clutter? I know unloading mine into the recycle bin helped tremendously.

  • Lao28949991 Lao28949991 on Sep 28, 2023

    Why does everybody call it Tupperware? It’s called Rubbermaid! I have a lot of Tupperware and some Rubbermaid. Tupperware is better quality!!!

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  • Lynn Lynn on Mar 13, 2024

    LOVE these suggestions. THANK YOU!! Gave me even more ideas for a small storage area.

  • Jean5504 Jean5504 on Mar 13, 2024

    I did this a while ago but I used a rack made to hold pan lids. It has worked out so well and it stays more organized. I ended throwing out several old nasty containers too. I just purchased 3 of the magazine racks. They are awesome for holding paper plates and extra napkins but I got them mostly so my cookbooks. Now the stand in a magazine rack and not laying flat in my cabinets.