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Raise your hands if you’ve ever felt haunted by stacks of boxes and lids. The Tupperware takeover is real and most of us seem to shy away from it by either pushing the boxes far from sight or dumping them in a collective bin.
The end result is a neat freak’s nightmare. Not to mention, the endless frustration while searching for matching pairs. Or even worse, choosing the wrong combination and ending up with spilled food. That’s why it’s important to organize Tupperware and food storage containers.
Before a sales lady haunts us to say not all containers are Tupperware, we’ll correct the misnomer. Tupperware is a brand of high-quality plastic containers. Since it has amassed such popularity, Tupperware has become a common term of reference.
If you’ve been bested by these tiny plastic vessels, fear not. We’ve compiled a list of ways you can tackle and organize Tupperware and take back your control over your kitchen.
21 Clever Ways to Organize Tupperware and Food Storage Containers
1. A DIY Stacker
DIY passion shows how to create the perfect storage space. She puts together a handy container with a bit of woodwork. The tote is installed with pegs that separates the lids from the boxes, which makes it easier to find matches in a hurry. Best of all, it is a versatile system. You can expand and remove the pegs as and when your collection changes.
2. The 5-step Fix
Sorting out Tupperware has never been easier. Following these five steps from Today’s parents will give you the storage system of your dreams. It is quick and easy to follow and requires nothing but just a little motivation to get you started. Pull up your sleeves and get ready to finally put all your container woes to rest.
3. The Pull-Out Pantry
The best way to tackle the issue of limited storage space is to create more. This DIY shows how to make the most of the minimal space laying bare around the kitchen, like besides the fridge. By creating a pull-out pantry, you can put away your food containers in a designated space which will make them more accessible. What’s more, there will be no more vessels cluttering your island, since they’ll all be put away neatly.
4. The Nest Technique
Less is more and this is beautifully illustrated by Abby at Just A Girl and Her Blog. Her method for organizing containers is to go by the grouping method. This helps her to find out where each container is placed, without breaking into a sweat. Moreover, the end result looks like something directly out of a home-keeping magazine, so it’s a win-win on both ends.
5. Using Plate Racks
The answer to your Tupperware issues might just have been in front of your eyes all this time. With various sized bins and a range of lids, it doesn’t take much for your collection of Tupperware to get out of hand. Thankfully, HGTV has figured it all out for us and you can smartly keep them organized with the help of a plate rack.
6. Create an Under Shelf Basket
For the larger vessels lying around, the undershelf is the perfect hiding spot. Since these containers aren’t used on a daily they can therefore be stored away for later use. The under-shelf storage of your cabinets sees little light, and therefore will not mix up with the rest of your crockery. This makes your sorting system quicker, easier and best of all, more affordable.
7. Use Book Bins
Keep your cabinets from getting chaotic and messy by placing a few book bins in your drawer. Assign a particular task to each book bin. This will help to maintain a more organized system than just throwing in all elements of food ware in a single box. Label each so that no one in the household can mess them up. Book bins come in a variety of shapes and patterns, so find one that appeals you the most.
8. Mounted Lid Collector
Add a new item to your stationery shopping list – file holders. File holders take up no space and can be attached to stray walls or shelf doors. There is a plethora of stuff they can hold; from Tupperware lids to the rubber rings that come with them. Attach a few and it’ll make finding the lid so much faster. No small lids will ever escape your sight again.
9. Tension Rod Compartments
We cannot stress enough how convenient tension rods make our life, and Montana Praire Tales agrees with us. They have used tension rods to create a mini compartment in their drawer. Each compartment has its own designated function. Since you’ll be the one to install these rods, the choice of how much space you would want to allot to each section is completely in your hands.
10. Magazine Holders
This technique is all in the vogue of organizing. A magazine shelf with its pre devoted sections can easily accommodate and segregate your crockery to kits type. We love the way it has been utilized to achieve a clutter-free and aesthetically pleasing look.
11. Peg Board Drawer
All hail the pegboard to the rescue. They are as fun as they look and will relieve you from the stress of looking at a disorganized kitchen every day. Pegboards come in a variety of sizes, so you should be able to find one that suits your kitchen capacities the best. Take inspiration from Merrypad who flawlessly executed the technique of sorting according to space.
12. Storage Shelf
Take the leap and invest in a storage shelf, or make one of your own. Since certain shelves are dedicated to holding food containers, they are designed to hold all the elements in a well-ordered fashion. We are particularly in awe of this DIY system that was made on Handymans Daughter for a very little price.
13. Cooling Racks
Most people use cooling racks for their cookies and cakes but we are going a step further. This idea is nothing short of genius, and the credit for it goes to Listotic. They have used dollar stores’ cooling racks for this hack. The cooling racks can be modified as per the space you have. You can even place them on top of another basket and use them as dividing shelves for your lids.
14. Separate The Lids And Containers
‘Small stuff counts’ shows you a trick that can help you stack all your Tupperware containers in neat piles in less than 20 minutes. Separating and donating the mix match lids and containers is key in getting your kitchen drawer sorted.
15. Under Shelf Storage Basket
Is your pantry full of ingredients and leaves no space to keep the containers? Thanks to this under-shelf storage basket, you can use the shelves even if they are full. It is a very convenient space-saving idea that uses already available space to store food containers without investing in a cabinet.
16. Use A Lazy Susan To Make Ends Meet
Sorting Tupperware in smaller cabinets is a much more difficult task as you can never reach the ones in the back without toppling the ones stacked in the front. Well, using lazy susans like this is a brilliant solution that will ensure you reach every box without a struggle.
17. DIY Mesh Cabinet Organizer
Using this mesh hanger is an easy fix to stash away all your Tupperware containers without worrying about losing lids! This mesh hanger can be attached to the side of your kitchen island using dollar store hooks and can hold up all the containers easily.
18. Storage Drawer With Plastic Lids
It is challenging to find a way to keep the little containers out of the naked eye while also ensuring that they’re not too far away from reach. One that we know how to solve with this excellent idea from Polished habitat that uses a storage lid drawer both as a container and a shelf.
19. Upcycle A Cereal Box
When on a mission to organize the kitchen, there’s nothing that you can’t use, including an empty cereal box. You can even upcycle it in no time using patterned paper to give it a new look, one that goes with your home’s interior.
20. Buy A Storage Container Like No Other
DIY projects are fun as long as you have the time it takes to build them up. And if you’re someone who has a lot of food containers with no time for DIY projects, then this storage container is perfect to organize your Tupperware. It can fit in most under-shelf drawers and is quite sturdy.
21. Over The Door Basket
Utilizing dead space is the answer to most storage solutions, and in this case- Tupperware storage. This over-the-basket comes in handy when you don’t have any other drawer or shelf to organize the containers. It will also provide a designated space for Tupperware so that you don’t lose them. Buy it here.