Plastic food containers cause a lot of friction in my household, mostly because we have so many containers of differing sizes and a jumbled way of storing them. The main problem is the shelf we store them on. It’s not big enough for the amount of containers we have, so they get shoved in anywhere just to fit. The unfortunate person needing a container is often frustrated by the wasted time of digging for the perfect container and the elusive matching lid. While I’m sure my cupboard space and shelf type isn’t the same as yours, the main premise of my plastic container organization can be altered to fit your space.
Things You Will Need:
Cardboard beverage flat
Craft knife (optional)
Packing tape (optional)
Determine how much space you need. Keep in mind the containers that are in your fridge and freezer will eventually need to fit in the space. I had been using one shelf for my containers and lids, but in order not to sabotage my new organization, I decided to expand my space to a second shelf. One shelf would be used for the containers and one for the lids.
Remove everything from the shelves you will be using. Since your cupboard probably isn’t empty often, wipe it down to remove dust and such that has accumulated.
Sort your containers and lids. Set aside the containers that have no matching lids. Toss the lids that have no container.
Place a cardboard beverage flat on the shelf that will be holding your lids. A beverage flat is a short tray-like box that holds 24 canned beverages. The flat will allow you to slide the lids in and out of the cupboard, giving you easy access to just the right one. If the flat doesn’t fit, use a craft knife and packing tape to adjust its dimensions. I omitted this part, as my lid shelf was on rollers and already had sides on it.
Hunt for small boxes to hold the various lid sizes. Don’t get carried away, you do not need a box for each and every size. I chose boxes for small, medium and large lids. If necessary, cut the tops off of the boxes using a craft knife. Note: The containers with no lids that you set aside while sorting may also be used for lid storage. Put the small boxes into the flat. There isn’t a right or wrong way to do this.
Sort the lids into the boxes. I had a few extra large lids that did not fit into a box. I stood these up and slipped them between the sides of the flat and the smaller boxes.
The container shelf is easier to organize. Place your sorted containers on the shelf in a way that is easiest for your family to access. With the containers now being separated from the lids, your cupboard should now stay organized longer.