Jen Charron: Control Freak


Organize Your Food Storage Containers

Terminate Tupperware Turmoil

how to organize food storage containers

We all have them.

The little food storage containers to hold leftovers in the fridge or to take lunches to go.

Whether you use glass or plastic, figuring out how and where to keep them in our kitchens can be a challenge. Now I know that you can buy sets where the lids snap on the bottoms or ones that collapse down for easy storage. But at our house we have quite a large and random collection that has been gathered over time.

So many different shapes and sizes. Ziploc brand, Tupperware, saved containers from Chinese Takeout. We send folks home after dinner parties with leftovers in some and then come home from friends' houses with others.

I don’t see the sense in throwing away what we already have to replace it with a fancy set. And given our past track record, we’d just end up giving some of that away and coming home with something that didn’t fit with our new purchase.

So we’re sticking with what we have but I had to come up with a storage system that works. Because when you add up all of the bottoms and the lids, the result is a rag tag group of so many bits and pieces that can be hard to keep organized. I can’t stand it when I can’t find a matching lid!

My solution? Two bins that sit side by side in the cupboard. On the right, I keep all of the bottoms in one bin and then all of the lids in the bin on the left. Keeps everything together in the cupboard but separated so I can easily grab the right sized container and then quickly locate the lid I'm looking for.

This week I suggest thinking about how you can better organize your food containers and let me know what’s working for you!