Put a Lid on Food Container Clutter

We've all opened a kitchen cabinet and been assaulted by an avalanche of food storage containers. Leftovers are great, but how do you manage the clutter without a mess?

Let's dish.

I get it. Some stuff -- I'm looking at you, chili -- tastes better after a night in the fridge. Life with leftovers means a life with food containers. But why do you have to be Goldilocks to find a bowl that's the right size for what you need to put in it? And where the heck is the lid? And did you notice that one isn't microwavable before or after you tried re-heating Tuesday's baked ziti?

Put it all together.

Psst. I'll tell you a secret. The key to keeping food containers under control is to store them with the lids on. As in, put the lid on the empty container before the container goes in the cabinet. You're probably thinking you won't have enough space for all of them if you do that. That's, like, kind of the point. Chances are the shelf that's overflowing with food storage bowls has too many on it, and chances also are you don't use them all and tend to reach for your preferred ones over and over, pushing the less-loved stuff to the side of the growing pile.

Less is more.

If you're like me, having too many food containers means some of them are left to languish way too long on a shelf behind the milk and the dill pickles. Which do you want: lots and lots of food containers in your cabinet and stuff growing mold in your fridge, or a few nicely organized containers and a reason to go through your leftovers more often? The choice is yours, my friend. If you're not convinced, try it without getting rid of the containers that won't fit. Just put them in a box or bag and stow them away someplace for a couple of weeks. I'd be surprised if you miss them at all.

Tell me how it goes.

If this tip worked for you -- or if it didn't -- share your thoughts below, or you can drop me a line here. I'd love to hear from you. Truly.


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