Welcome to Day 7 of my month long series “How to Organize Your Kitchen Frugally in 31 Days”. Every day during the month of October I will be sharing an organized space in my kitchen with you. My goal is to inspire you and give you ideas on how you can organize your kitchen.
If you missed it, you may want to read why I’m embracing my outdated kitchen. It might give you a little perspective on why the pictures of my kitchen organization won’t be “magazine worthy”, but helpful for real life organization.
I’m so excited to share this tip with you today, because it’s one of my favorites!
Today’s tip is one of the easiest ways to organize in the kitchen. Leftover and storage container organizational solutions are all over online, but have you ever tried to just stack your lids next to the containers? It’s simple and free, and works fabulously.
I have been storing my leftover containers this way for as long as I can remember. Are you wondering if they ever fall over? They don’t. It’s so easy to grab the size container you need and the lid to go with it. Simply stack them from smallest to largest. I’ve had these containers for 16 years and have never lost a single lid.
By the way, these containers (affiliate link) are the only food storage containers I own. In my opinion, some things are worth spending a little extra money on. These are not the most expensive containers by any means, but they aren’t the cheapest either. If you are into dollar store containers – go for it, but try to see if you can get all the sizes you need that stack nicely. If you want a nicer matching set, ask for them for your birthday or Christmas!
I love having all the different shapes. It it simple to put food away in just the right sized container.
So what do you do if you can’t lean the lids against the side of your cupboard? Simple. Lean them against whatever is on the other side. The lids on the lower shelf (above picture) are leaning against the plate rack in the other half of this cupboard.
But if you notice the lids on the left side of the middle shelf, they are leaning against the glasses. What?!?! Yep, and I’ve never had a single glass fall. The lids are so lightweight, they barely rest on the glass. If we ever need every single glass at the same time and the cupboard is empty, just lean the lids against the storage containers. Simple.
I know people with excessive numbers of leftover and food storage containers and they have every size and shape imaginable. Please do yourself a favor and get rid of them. Choose to keep some of your favorites, ideally those that stack well, and get rid of the rest.
I keep a small supply of disposable leftover containers in my pantry to send home with friends and family when they come for a meal, but I never incorporate those into my everyday storage. That way my cupboard is always neat and organized. It’s also simple for kids to put away the containers and lids when they are emptying the dishwasher. 😉
So how do I keep track of the leftovers in my fridge with these containers? I discovered the solution one day and it is another one of my most favorite tips. Crayola makes Dry Erase CRAYONS for white boards, but they turn out to be the BEST thing for labeling leftover containers! They are not like regular crayons. They write on the lids perfectly, don’t smudge off, yet can be cleaned off easily by wiping with a wet paper towel. You can check out my original post describing it here.
Well, I hope you’re inspired to get your containers organized! Tomorrow we’ll be looking at how I store baggies, wraps, and foil.