The Best Way to Organize Food Storage Containers

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Today I’m spilling the beans on an item that can lead to a kitchen getting out of hand or staying organized, namely kitchen cabinet organization.

Now this miracle product is something you probably use everyday- its something I certainly use every day… food storage containers.

You Have Too Many Food Storage Containers

It’s not so much the specific type of container I’m recommending, but how the containers are kept and how many there are!

Food storage contains seem fairly innocuous, but in my experience, they’re like bunnies, rapidly multiplying until you’re overrun with them!

The reasons for this are many- new storage containers come into your life pretty much every week.

And it certainly seems like a really great thing to reuse something instead of tossing the containers into the recycling bin or trash.

But it is possible to have so many containers that it makes it more difficult to find what you need.

When your cabinets are so chock full and that’s the opposite of the dreamy kitchen cabinet organization you’re aiming for.

And finding a matching set can be difficult too, leading to even more frustration.

I can’t tell you how many clients I have worked with that have no room in their cabinet .

And that’s because they are stuffed with empty margarine containers and ancient odds and ends of Tupperware.

Clients have held on to them mostly because they just shoved them into the cabinet and forgot about them.

And the containers were essentially free!

Who doesn’t like free?

Well, I hate to be a bummer, but a lot of times free doesn’t really mean free, and this is a case where that applies.

It costs time to deal with the tons of extra containers and time is money.

So, what to do?

The solution to this kitchen cabinet organization problem is a two parter: first, get rid of any container that doesn’t have a corresponding top or bottom, or ones where the plastic is starting to degrade, stain or get blemishes.

Second, start storing your containers in a different way: store lids right on the containers.

Don’t buy an organizing product designed to hold all of your lids.  It’s just another thing to clutter up your cabinets.

When the lids are stored right on the containers, you always have a matching set ready to grab and use.

But Christina, you say, when you store the lids on the containers they take up so much stinking room!

Yes they do, but she who dies with the most plastic containers doesn’t win.

Rather, she who gets in and out of her cabinets in the least amount of time is the winner in my eyes.

And storing the lids on the container will get you in and out of your cabinets in mere seconds.

And they look really pretty all stacked and lined up!  See?

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The Bottom Line

You’re wasting space in your kitchen with too many containers.

Most kitchens just don’t have enough space in them to accommodate tons of containers.

And I’ll bet you really aren’t using everything anyway.

Once you match the containers and lids up, you’ll see how many orphan lids and bottoms you have that are total wastes of space.

What type of containers are best?

Now, if you’re looking for a suggestion for a fabulous type of food storage container you’re in luck!

As you can see from the picture, I’m a huge fan of Glasslock containers.

I’ve being using that brand of containers for years now and have weeded out nearly all of the plastic.

They move to the fridge from the freezer rather easily.

There’s no pitting or staining to worry about either.

And it’s oh so easy to see exactly what’s inside!

Why buy containers?

Plastic containers you can get “for free” aren’t really meant for more than one use.

The plastic starts breaking down and you can ingest some of the chemicals.  Ewwww!

A small investment in sturdy glass containers like these can mean you’ll never have to shield your head again when you open your storage container cabinet.

For one, you don’t want to get hit in the head with the glass container, so you’re going to take the time to stack those babies up nice and pretty.

Two, these suckers stack really well and because of their weight, they generally stay in place.

Now head on off to your kitchen and re-evaluate your food storage containers to get kitchen cabinet organization!


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