Food Container Storage Chaos Cured!

food-storageDo 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

tension-rodsThe 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 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.

water-bottlesMagazine 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!


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.

lid-basketI 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!


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!)

corner-lidsI 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!

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    • I’m so happy to hear it helped! I always love it when people share with me what is working for them. I’m glad you found my site. Please visit some of the other posts to continue on with your organizational journey!

  1. These are lovely ideas. I’ve always had this issue. I’m definitely going to follow your advice to get rid of some and arrange them properly. Thanks so much for this.

    • You are very welcome. Thank you so much for the comment and I hope you’ll find success in your organizing. Please come back and let me know how it goes!

  2. We really need this. We are constantly searching for the right lid or bowl.
    These tips are priceless. We will be implementing them ASAP.

    • That’s great Bill! Not that you’re always searching, but that you will be implementing some ideas. I just love that. I hope you’ll look around my site some more to help Your Organized Life! Are there any particular areas of the home you need to focus on?

  3. I soooo need this!!! My food storage container consists of Chinese food take-out containers, but your article has definitely given me some ideas on how to store my containers. Thanks for the info!

    • I’m thrilled to hear this has helped you! I’m glad you found my site. I hope you’ll find time to go through some of my other posts, as this site is filled with some great tips and ideas to help Your Organized Life! Please stop back by and let me know how it goes!

  4. This is such a fantastic website and filled with so much useful information. Thank you for these articles! Great organization ideas

    • Thank you very much! I’m so happy to hear you enjoy it. What ideas can you implement into Your Organized Life? I hope you’ll come back and let me know what’s working for you!

  5. One good thing when you organize like this, is that you realize, you most probably already have everything you need. 😉 It saves both your energy (when you can’t find the matching lid) and your money (which you can put on more fun things instead). Thank you for sharing these excellent tips.

    • Exactly!! I love that you see that and want to implement it into Your Organized Life! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope you’ll return and keep seeing more fun ways to organize, save time and money! Have you had a chance to read any more of my posts?

  6. I am sure everyone has experienced this problem but we don’t realize we may have the solution for it at home. I liked your ideas about book bins and magazine holders. Especially the idea of magazine holders to manage water bottles (since I don’t buy hard copy magazine anymore I know I have some magazine holders somewhere in the house. I will look for them and recycle them in order to use them in the kitchen). Thanks for sharing the cure!

    • I love it when we can re-purpose something that we think we no longer need! And you are correct, we so often so through life with these little nuisances, thinking it’s just the way life has to be. It’s always fun to fins a solution to make life easier and more efficient! thank you so much for visiting and sharing your thoughts with me!!

  7. Hi, there!

    Awesome post, I really need to get a little motivation and to start and organize my fridge and other stuff as well. Thank you for deciding to build this awesome website :). I am going to visit you frequently!


    • Oh wonderful! Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. Please let me know if there is any special area you have questions with. Let me know how that fridge goes too!

  8. OMG!! Brilliant solutions to the out of control plastic containers cupboard! I have been putting off sorting my cupboard for so long as I know that in a matter of weeks it will just look like insanity again. I love the book basket for lids and the magazine holder for the water bottles – genius!! Off to search my home for unused baskets/holders and start on this dreaded cupboard. I’ll let you know how I go!

    • I’m so excited to hear that you’re getting ready to implement some organization to that cupboard! If everything has it’s permanent home, it’s so much easier to put everything back in its proper spot after each use. You’ll be amazed!

  9. These are great ideas. My husband always misplaces his stuff. I will be implementing some of these ideas. Every time when he can’t find something, he goes out and buys more. You got some really great ideas, which can help us save energy and money. Thank you so much for the information. I love the article.

    • Being organized really can save us money, by not having to replace items we already own, but have misplaced! I hope you can apply several of these ideas to help you on your organizational journey Hong!

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