If you’re anything like most of the population, opening your Tupperware cabinet means unleashing an avalanche of BPA free plastic all over your kitchen. Multiply that avalanche tenfold if you have kids in school. Sure, a few times a year, you’ll organize the chaos and swear to keep it that way, but within a week or two, the cabinet is usually back to its unstable and unpredictable mess.
Put an end to the sinking dread you face every time you have to pack a lunch. Here are five incredible tips to keep your Tupperware cabinet organized for life.
1) Put a Lid In It. You know that CD rack that’s still hanging around from the pre-download days? Put it to good use and store your lids in the slots. Other ways you can store lids include in cracker or cereal boxes (depending on the size of the lids).
Or, if you want to make some room on the floor of the cabinet, enlist one of your reusable grocery bags and some double-sided, wall-friendly tape. Simply cut the handles off (or leave them on, if you don’t mind them just hanging there), and then fix the bag to the door or all of your cabinet. Presto – hanging storage for lids.
2) Peg It. Use pegboard (like the kind you might use on the walls of your garage) to organize your containers. You can simply move the pegs around to create custom-sized areas for different sized containers. This way, when you lose or ‘inherit’ an item, you can easily make it fit and keep it organized.
3) Bin It! More specifically, buy some bins at your local dollar store and use them to organize your bins and lids. If you have cabinets that have – or can have – the option for shelves, then use the shelves to divide containers and lids, or different sizes of containers.This is a great option for people who aren’t big on the whole DIY trend, and who like to keep things simple.
It really doesn’t matter how you organize, as long as the method makes sense to you, and is respected by everyone else in the house.
Since none of these suggestions involve making dramatic and potentially damaging changes to your existing kitchen cabinets, the toughest part of this whole process is going to be the initial cleaning and organizing of your containers. Once they are out and sorted, storing them is a breeze – if you stay committed to the system, that is. And you’re going to have stay committed if you don’t want to have to tackle a tidal wave of Tupperware whenever you have leftovers.