Do you have one of those cupboards that you open up, throw in a lid, and shut the door really fast? I remember when I was growing up, we always had that one cupboard with Tupperware bowls and lids of all different shapes and sizes, that was total chaos and confusion! Nothing matched, stacked, fit inside or went together. You just had to dig for a container, and search like mad to find a lid that would fit. Crazyville!
Properly Store Those Storage Items
I’ve compiled several great storage ideas for that messy space in your home. Every house has a different amount of space and storage available, so I have some practical tips for help you get organized!
**First: If you have too many plastic containers and bowls, try to eliminate some. One good method is to put some in a box; maybe in a closet, or out in the garage. Leave it awhile and see if you can survive without the extra containers. That way, you don’t end up with that, “OH NO! Now I need that,” feeling. After a couple of weeks without using them, donate for someone to add to their collection!
Stick It In A Drawer
A drawer actually works very well for lids and plastic ware. I’m talking about Tupperware, Rubbermaid, Ziploc…all those containers that you put the leftover chicken salad in, or keep the cut up carrots.
- Tension Rod Compartments
The inexpensive tension rods that you can pick up about anywhere, make great dividers in your drawers. They can help keep the lids standing upright, to stay organized and take up less space. You can add as many as you need to the drawer. They also help to make compartments for dividing areas for each stack of plastic ware to have a specific home!
- Book Bins
Small, square, or rectangular bins meant for books are another fantastic way to divide drawer space to give each stack of storage containers their proper place to be put away. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to put away dishes, when everything has just the perfect spot!
Put It On The Shelf
A shelf can also store the containers, but it still needs some order. using the proper storage for your storage containers…will go a long way in Your Organized Life.
- Clear magazine holders, turned on their side, make wonderful lid holders.
Magazine holders, you know the kind I’m talking about; the kinda cardboard ones or clear plastic that are used for holding magazines on a shelf. They work really well to manage water bottles (which everyone has too many of). You simply put them on their side and stack the water bottles up. While you’re messing with the water bottles, choose the best ones, one for each family member, OK…two. Toss the rest out, or donate them if they are still in good enough shape for someone else to benefit from. You don’t need an entire cupboard full of water bottles!
- A desktop mail sorter can also really help keep your lids under control. Just pop the lids into the slots on a shelf!
- Under shelf space savers are great!
It’s that wasted space underneath, where you can’t stack everything up to the next shelf. Install a wire or plastic shelf saver, and slip your lids into it. Viola!
A Few More Places And Spaces…
If you have searched around my website much, you know I love to create more space! It’s important to take advantage of every possible empty storage area; especially if you’re working in a small area at all. But even people with more space…tend to have more stuff to fill it up.
I love using the inside of cupboards for more storage. You can easily find wire, plastic, or even wooden lid holders to mount inside your storage container cupboard, or any other cabinet in your home. They really work great and use up that otherwise wasted space. I love that!
- Create Sliding Storage Trays
Just a large, low-walled, plastic storage tray; can make an excellent pull out sliding storage tray. This makes it extra easy to see all the plastic ware at one glance, to get what you need quickly. I would still recommend dividing the tray into compartments (by one of the above methods) to keep the stacks orderly. (I’m guessing you’re shocked!)
I love those little simple shelves that you can just slide into a corner. They make it easy to stack even different sized lids, and save an enormous amount of space. With three shelves, instead of just the one, you can pile the lids without them falling back out and making a chaotic mess in your cupboard.
Getting your spaces organized, and more efficient, can take a little creativity. It’s fun to take something; turn it on its side, and make it function in a whole new way! Or take a wasted, empty space, and put the contents of 1/2 a drawer or cupboard in a holder. How great is that?
I hope you will try some of these tricks to get your food container storage organized and accessible for you to use more easily. It’s pretty amazing how making just a few little tweaks and improvements, can really increase the functionality of your home!
Please leave a comment below and let me know what you plan to try, or what you’re already using! I’d love to hear from you. Also, I’d LOVE it if you’d share my post with others, to help them get rolling on their organizational journey. Thank you and happy organizing!