Week 3: Kitchen Storage Containers

Kitchen Storage Containers

This past week I focused my attention to the storage containers in my kitchen. It was a mess under there and difficult to find a container with a matching lid. (It probably does not help that my toddler plays with the containers…whoops) My goal was to organize and declutter the cabinet. I wanted all my containers to have matching lids and be easily accessible.

The first thing I did was remove all the containers and lids from the cabinet. I went through each container and made sure it had a matching lid. Then I threw out all my containers that had cracks or were in poor condition. If the container did not have a lid then I threw it out or donated the container. Next I sorted the container based on shape. I stacked all the circular containers up and then I stacked all the square containers. I put all the lids in a storage basket on the bottom of the cabinet. I have started using mason jars for storing my food to try to get away from plastic containers. I have them lined up and easily accessible. I have found that my family eats leftover and the right portions when I have the food already portioned out in individual containers. It makes it easier to grab and go.

A few tips/advice:

  • Ask yourself, “Do I really need all these containers?” How often do you have all the containers really filled up with food or in your dishwasher. Yes, when you stack the containers, you save space but they still take up room. Plus, when you have to place them back you don’t want to have to sort a ton of containers.

  • Keep a few containers that you would not mind giving away, placed on the side separately. Think about when you have company over and you have leftovers. It is so nice to have some containers easily accessible so you can give away some of that delicious food that you made. On that note, do not expect to get your containers back.

  • Do not keep the lids with the container. This allows for more storage space so you can stack the containers. Just keep the lids in an enclosed storage bin so it will be easier to find your lid.


Storage containers before

Storage containers before

 
All containers with cracks have to go! You do not need them to take up your SPACE!

All containers with cracks have to go! You do not need them to take up your SPACE!

Afterwards  On the bottom, I have lids and containers that I will use for when we have company over.  On the top, I have all the containers and mason jars.

Afterwards

On the bottom, I have lids and containers that I will use for when we have company over.

On the top, I have all the containers and mason jars.

All the containers I got rid of. It feels so good to not have all those containers cluttering up my space. P.S. that was not a small shopping bag at T.J.Maxx

All the containers I got rid of. It feels so good to not have all those containers cluttering up my space. P.S. that was not a small shopping bag at T.J.Maxx

I hope this inspires you to find an area of your home to purge. Remember that everything you own takes up some part of your time. What do you want to do with that time?

Have a great day!