Decluttering and Organizing Food Storage Containers

My cabinet where I keep all of my plastic food storage containers has been bugging me for a while. It’s basically an avalanche waiting to happen. I can’t even tell you how many times in the last year I’ve taken before pictures of this cabinet. But this time I finally did something worthy of posting an after picture!

I found this before picture from a year ago.

And here’s my most recent before picture.

Time to declutter and organize!

The Steps

1. Take everything out of the cabinet.
2. Wipe the inside of the cabinet clean.
3. Match up containers and lids.
4. Get rid of items that are damaged, disliked, mismatched, unnecessary, or just not fitting well in the space.

I used to keep lids and containers separate. I kept the lids in a bin and stacked the containers. One problem was that I simply had too many lids and containers. It was a pain to dig through that container to find the right lid.

Another problem was having too many different, yet similar containers and lids. I would pull out a container and lid that seemed like they should fit, but they wouldn’t! I have wasted way too much time with this process.

I had tons of lids that had no bottoms! These are all lids that were extra!

5.  Arrange and organize the items you are keeping. Make sure they fit well in the space so that it is easy to find what you need and easy to put them away.

Here’s my after picture!

At some point, I would love to switch over to mostly glass containers, like this Pyrex set, but for now I will use what I have.

How are your food storage containers looking?

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8 Responses to Decluttering and Organizing Food Storage Containers

  1. Natasha

    Plastic food storage containers are the hardest for me to keep organized. But I found that after I switched over to glass, I can keep them reasonably organized (mainly because you can’t just shove them in the same way you would plastic containers) and now my container cabinet is always respectable! Good luck! I wish we could just organize once and things would magically stay organized. Sadly, it takes a lot more discipline to stay organized than I personally have at the moment :-)

    • Elizabeth

      That’s a really good point about not being able to shove glass containers into a big pile! And I’m with you on the discipline issue… working on that! :-)

  2. I find that I mostly use my pyrex glass bowls with lids for leftovers storage. The food feels more precious and less disposable than when I use tupperware. I also have some ramekins and tiny glass bowls with lids that get a lot of rotation.

    It’s amazing how tupperware multiplies isn’t it? We don’t use it often but it still manages to get out of control.

    • Elizabeth

      I have some little glass ramekins that I love, too. That’s part of the reason I think I would like switching to glass for more of my containers.

      Those plastic containers do multiply. In my case, it seems that the lids multiply faster than the containers!

  3. jeni

    I have been using regular canning jars with the plastic lids for my leftovers and such. They’re glass, cheap, and there’s only two sizes for lids (wide mouth and regular). Plus they stack in the boxes they come in. It’s really simplified my tupperware situation!

    • Elizabeth

      Great idea! I have used canning jars for a few things, like cut veggies and homemade yogurt, but I wouldn’t have thought to use them for leftovers.

  4. WilliamB

    Do you read The Mrs’ website? In one of my guest posts I talk about plastic containers. There’s a photo, too.

    http://www.themrs.ca/2012/03/guest-post-how-to-organize-your-pantry.html
    Scroll down till you see the Tellfresh plastic food containers under the header “variety costs.”

    Enjoy and good to hear from you again.

    • Elizabeth

      Hey! I haven’t been over there in a while, but I’m so glad you reminded me about it. I’ll be heading over for a read tonight!

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