Are you faced with a plastic tsunami every time you open your drawers or cupboards? Not sure how to start organising your plastic food storage containers? We’ve got some simple tips for you.
Make Your Life Easier by Organising Your Plastic Food Storage Containers
It’s easy to procrastinate from organising your plastic food storage containers. Your plastic drawer or cupboard can be a nightmare. We’ve all opened a cupboard to a waterfall of loose plastic, or spent 20 minutes looking for the right matching lid! The good news is that it doesn’t actually have to be a drama to clean it up and it doesn’t take much effort to maintain.
Empty the Plastics Drawer or Cupboard
Take everything out and wipe out the drawer. Now to solve the puzzle- find a lid for each container. Throw out the lids or containers that don’t have a mate. Containers that are cracked are often harbouring germs in the crack, and melted lids don’t offer an airtight seal, so it’s time to throw them out too. They are just taking up space. You might have to accept that your favourite Tupperware container with the slightly melted lid is past its use-by date.
If your plastics are stained, this is a good time to clean them. Depending on the stain, different things may work. If tomato or turmeric based food has been microwaved in the container, then that stain is likely set and cannot be removed. Try soaking in vinegar, or you can make a paste from baking soda and let it sit overnight. Rub the plastic with lemon and let sit in the sun to activate the natural bleaching properties of lemon. However, don’t use bleach is it can be absorbed into the plastic.
Set Up a System for Your Plastics Drawer
Your system has to work for you so that your system for organising your plastic food storage containers works long term. Do you store the containers with the lids attached? This will take up a lot of room but makes it easy to see what’s available so next time you’re trying to find the right-sized container for the leftovers, it’s simple to see what size you need.
The other option is having a container to store the lids in separately from the bases. That way you have a line-up of lids. The bases you can stack into each other in descending sizes. This is the best option for those short on space. If you have an old dish rack or magazine boxes, these are ideal to use to stack the lids in.