Step 1: Locate all your containers from various spots around your kitchen or house and place them on top of a table where you can see everything.
Step 2: Match up all the lids to the bases and set aside anything that doesn't have its matching part.
Step 4: Remove any containers that are warped, broken, stained or not functioning properly. Lids that don't close all the way seems to be my biggest problem.
Step 5: Assess what you have remaining. Are there any sizes that you never use? I have these shallow and long containers that I never touch for some reason. Or are there any sizes that you find yourself using so frequently that you run out before you can wash them, so you might need to buy more?
Step 6: Sort your remaining containers into similar shapes. Squares, circles, rectangles, etc.
Step 8: Repurpose your unwanted containers. Just because the containers no longer work for food doesn't mean you need to throw them away! Use them to hold loose nails in the garage or markers in your junk drawer.
If you've purged your cabinets and discover you don't have anything leftover, or if you just want your containers to look uniform and pretty, it is probably time to invest in a new set. I did some research on the best food storage containers and most agree that glass containers are the way to go. The glass is less porous so it keeps your food fresher, longer and you don't have to worry about chemicals like you do with plastic containers. I'm kind of a klutz so I wouldn't trust myself to travel with a glass container but I've been trying to use them more at home. Here are a few products that have received good reviews, glass and plastic:
- Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid
- Pyrex Glass containers
- Rubbermaid Lock-Its
- Kentic Go Green Glass Lock
- Snapware Glasslock
Whatever your food storage container woes, you ultimately need to keep your food fresh, eliminate anything that contains potentially harmful chemicals and be able to find that damn lid! As always, figure out what works for you. Do you only need one set of containers or do you need a variety? Where does it make the most sense to keep your containers? Are they placed too high in the kitchen or too low? Do you need to label your lids and containers with numbers so you know when someone has run away with lid #14? Play around with it and hopefully food storage containers will stop being the bane of your kitchen's existence.
A big thanks to all my friends that let me showcase their food storage container cabinets! Now let's see those after pictures.