Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Taming the Tupperware

Thank goodness for Hilda over at From Overwhelmed to Organized.  I had a total Oprah ah-ha moment the other day when reading her recent post on organizing food storage containers.  One of her tips was to only keep as many food storage containers as you need and use regularly.  My tuppeware situation has been a thorn in my side for quite some time now and this simple piece of advice was exactly what I needed to tame my tuppeware!

I store food storage containers in two spots in my house.  In the kitchen, I have the containers that we use regularly for storing foods I have prepped in advance or for keeping leftovers.  In the garage, I have another set of containers that I use when I am delivering meals to friends or am going to freeze food for a later date.

All together it was a case of too. much. tuppeware.  (Doesn't that sound like a title to a Bernestein Bear's book?)

I started by grouping all the like-sizes together making sure that each piece had a matching lid.  I then got real with myself about what I actually need and use.  I generally prefer square/rectangular shaped containers since they are easier to store, so I tossed out a bunch of random round pieces I don't need.  I also got rid of any shapes/sizes that I only had one or two of, instead choosing to keep containers for which I had multiples of the same shape so that I could use the lids interchangeably.

Speaking of lids, empty shoe boxes proved to be the perfect place to store those wrangly rascals.  (Yes, I did just make up the word "wrangly."  I like it, so I'm keeping it.)  

This was one of those projects that has been on my to-do list for a while but ended up taking me less than 15 minutes.  I both love and hate it when that happens: love that it got done so quickly and easily, and hate that I put it off for so long.

Anyone else out there have a tupperware hoarding problem?  How do you keep your food storage containers under control?

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