Yesterday, I cleaned out my container cabinet. You know, the one just to the right of the sink, on the bottom, in the corner, with loads of space and easy access to the food storage containers stored there?
Things had hit critical mass in my house.
The cabinet doors were only held closed by the firm bump of a hip and the push of a knee. When we did venture to open them, an avalanche of containers came tumbling out. I decided it was time to put an end to the chaos.
I dutifully removed all containers from the cabinet, sorted them by size, and then matched them to their lids. Well, I matched some of them to their lids. After that, there was a pile of random food storage container bottoms with an even larger pile of plastic lids that did not match anything in my house.
In addition, most of the storage containers were not a practical size anyway!
Torn by my desire to be frugal and my desire not to have a cabinet that exploded every time I opened it, I culled the pieces that didn’t have matches, and I found uses for some of them in other places, like outside in the garage to hold gardening gloves, hooks and nails, or in the “craft closet” to hold yarn, paints and tubes of glitter.
The others, well, they just went into the trash.
Then, it was off to Brookshire’s for new sets of clean, matching food storage containers. The quart-sized are my favorite; that seems to be the size we need most.
Brookshire’s Food Storage Containers are stackable (or, if you’re like me, you can just put the lid right back on them so it doesn’t get lost. It doesn’t store as efficiently, but at least the lid hasn’t gone rogue to the pantry somewhere). They are dishwasher-safe (yay!), and they keep leftovers fresh for days on end.
They’re priced exactly right for replacing the hodgepodge of mess under your cabinets, while still being frugal.