If you are dedicating more than two shelves in your pantry to your food storage containers, then it’s time to make a serious change. After all, these handy cuisine savers are meant to bring order to your kitchen, not chaos!

Because we know that feral Tupperware containers are a problem in most households, we’ve enlisted help from our favorite organizer-extraordinaire, Kathryn, from Do It On a Dime, to walk us through the process of purging, purchasing, and re-sorting these kitchen staples.

In her video, Kathryn has plenty of brilliant food storage container organization ideas, but she says that anyone can get started on their own by following these 3 simple steps…

 

Declutter!

Let’s do a bit of an experiment…

Open up your kitchen cupboards and pull out the food storage containers that you actually use regularly. Crazy, right?!

When we did this, we found that we only tend to use the same five containers on a monthly basis, even though we had another 3 full sets in there.

Once we realized this, we promptly chucked the cheap-o, plastic variety, then narrowed our options down to the food storage containers that we actually LIKE using. This short purging session ended up generating 2 full shelves of extra space that we didn’t have at the beginning of the process.

 

Create a drawer system.

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One of the easiest ways to ensure that your favorite food storage containers are always within arm’s reach is to add a drawer system. Installing drawers into your cabinets will allow you to get a better visual of what you have to work with when cleaning up after a meal.

Now, we know that adding one of these nifty organizational tools can sound a bit intimidating, but at 20 bucks a pop and minimal labor involved, this small project is hardly a stretch for most home cooks.

 

Switch to glass.

If you’re serious about being a domestic god or goddess, then we think that it’s time that you trade in those flimsy plastic Tupperwares for glass.

These sleek-looking containers can be put through a dishwashing cycle, handle the heat from a microwave, and even be covered in foil and popped in the oven for easy re-heating. The best part is that these guys aren’t porous like plastic, so they don’t get stinky or absorb germs from food.

Though Kathryn admits that this glass variety tends to cost more than the typical plastic kind, she says that, these days, they can be found at many discount stores at ultra-cheap prices.

Now that you have the basics down, it’s time to get some sage advice on where to buy the best food storage containers, how to prepare kids’ lunches, and the virtues of stacking your Tupperware. To see how Kathryn organized her kitchen the Do It On a Dime way, be sure to check out her video below. Get ready to reclaim some kitchen space!