If you’re storing enough plastic food containers to open your own deli, it’s time to purge.
In my experience, everyone has more plastic containers than they need, and no one has the perfectly size-graded, matched containers pictured.
You can de-clutter and organize your containers in 10 minutes or less while you’re waiting for something to cook.
Take all of your containers out of the cabinet(s)
That way you’ll see how many you really have.
Match tops to containers
There are bound to be topless ones, or extra tops.
Recycle the icky looking ones
You know, the ones that are pitted, cracked and stained with tomato sauce.
Assess and organize
How many of each size do you need?
Are any of them large enough to hold the other tops?
Repurpose containers without tops and the ones you don’t use
Use them for organizing drawers, under sinks, and other cabinets.
- Kitchen – For batteries, change, keys, tape, and other odds and ends in junk drawers; for plastic utensils; for tea bags
- Bathroom – For dental floss/picks; tweezers and clippers, samples – small bottles, and packets; hair elastics, medicines, make-up, nail polish, band-aids
- Office – For paper clips, rubber bands, pencil lead, scratch paper/post-it notes, business cards
- Garage – For screws, nuts& bolts, drill bits, hooks, Allen wrenches
I bet you can find other ways to re-purpose them, too. I’d love to hear your suggestions.
Eco/Health Tip – Switch to glass containers. They are more environmentally-friendly, and eating food stored in some plastics may expose you to nasty chemicals.