Tupperware, takeout containers, butter tubs, Rubbermaid…
No matter what you call them they are plastic food containers.
Love them or hate them I find that they are both a major part of every kitchen and the bane of many of my clients.
Does this sound like your house? Do you have a mountain of them? Do you open a cabinet and they crash down on your head, fall all over the floor? Do you have them stashed in your lower cabinets?
Dinner is over, you are clearing the table, you have leftovers that your know will be perfect for lunch tomorrow or dinner. So you open a drawer and dig around. Finally find the right size, fill it up with your leftovers only to discover you can’t find the lid?
Where is the darned lid?
News flash a plastic food container with NO lid is just a crappy bowl.
Also do you have food containers that you have nuked until they glowed? Melted, food stained, stinky? WHY! Just throw them out too.
Don’t try to reuse takeout containers. They are not designed for multiple re-use.
You want to get control?
Lets Round up your Rubbermaid
First remove them all from your cabinets and drawers.
Now sort them. Remember….
NO LID = TRASH
Stained, melted or stinky = Right you guessed it ~ TRASH.
Now what are you left with? How many do you really need?
That is for you do decide. I might suggest that you box half of the remaining containers and put them on a shelf or in a closet. If you don’t need any of them in say 3 months you really didn’t need them.
Now that you have purged your plastic food container stash I want to say Great job!
Let’s talk about conquering your plastic.
I nest and stack mine. Also many of my containers will use the same lids. I actually have a larger Rubbermaid box with a lid that I store all my containers in. That box lives on the floor of my pantry. I can pull the entire box out to get the exact size that I need then easily return the box to the designated spot. You might rather have a basket or such.
Wherever you decide your plastic containers are going to live make sure it is a small and defined place.
Don’t dedicate an entire shelf or drawer to containers. If you do you will be prone to fill the entire shelf or drawer.
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
Simple Right? I love your comments. Tell me how many did you trash?
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