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How to Organize Food Storage Containers and Tupperware

Learn how to organize food storage containers the easy way to cut down on clutter and to keep your Tupperware cabinet nice and tidy.

food storage containers organized on a pull out shelf with text overlay

I always want the content on Just a Girl and Her Blog to be super helpful for you, dear reader, so I recently asked on my Facebook page which organizing videos YOU would like to see next!

Several people wanted to see how we organize our Tupperware or food storage containers, so I thought I’d do a quick video today to show how we keep them neat and uncluttered in our kitchen.

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How to Organize Food Storage Containers and Tupperware Step-by-Step

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We keep all of our food storage containers in the left side of the cabinet that’s next to the stove…

a clean and organized kitchen

Our lower cabinets have slide out shelves, which make getting to our containers and lids really easy:

top view of food storage containers on a pull out shelf with a basket full of lids

1. Take all the containers out of the cabinet

Before we can begin organizing tupperware, we need to take everything out. Now is the best time to wipe out the cabinet and even add some pretty cabinet liner.

2. Declutter and throw away.

Next, sort of the containers. Make sure each bowl has a lid that fits correctly. If there are mismatches, toss them. Another solution is to use them to sort small items in a playroom or hardware in a garage.


tupperware storage tips

My biggest tip for organizing food storage containers is to use all the same type or at least ones that can nest easily inside of one another. This makes them less unruly within the cabinet, and it’s easier to match up the lids to the bottoms and find exactly what you need. (We recently moved to these glass containers from Pyrex after having plastic for a while, and I really like how they’re holding up.)

all of the food storage containers stacked nicely on a pull out shelf next to the lids in a basket

3. Corral the lids and stack.

Having containers from the same set also helps make them very stackable in the refrigerator so that our leftovers stay neat and tidy!

front view of storage containers filled with leftovers in the refrigerator

Once I had my food containers stacked neatly, I then grabbed a little bin to corral all of the lids by type. This keeps them from floating all over the cabinet and making a mess, and it’s easy to see what we have so we can easily grab the right one when we’re putting food away.

We try to move through leftovers pretty quickly at our house, so we don’t have a ton at any one time, and this has ended up being just the right amount of containers for us.

As I mentioned when I organized the kids’ dishes— less is more! It’s easy to keep the containers organized when you don’t have a zillion of them competing for space and cluttering up the cabinet.

Food storage containers can be a problem area to combat when it comes to organizing, but less is more. I mentioned earlier to use them for other organizational needs, which is great if you can’t part with them just yet!

top view showing lids organized in a bin

7 More Ideas For Storing Tupperware

Our pull out shelf has worked great for the amount of containers we have, but here are a few other ideas that may come in handy!

Tupperware Lid Organizers

This is a great little gadget if the cabinet is a little taller and wider. There are adjustable pieces that can be moved to accommodate all sizes.

Dividers

For kitchen that have deep cabinets, these dividers are great to keep the clutter to a minimal but still have all of the containers together.

Attach the lids to the containers

Some plastic brands such as Rubbermaid carry sets that have a locking feature that keeps the lids with the containers. This is perfect to keep them all together, but depending on quantity, it may be a pain to take all of these in and out.

Pull out shelving

I love that our cabinet has the pull out shelf. We can always see everything, and nothing gets placed in the back and forgotten about.

While not all cabinets have these features, there are pull out racks that are budget friendly and easier to install compared to the systems you will find at Lowes.

Lazy Susan organizer

There are specific turn tables that are designed for tupperware and their lids. This is a very handy idea. The only downside is that you need an all matching set.

Peg board system

For those who have tons of tupperware, the peg board storage system can work wonders! The pegs can be easily be moved to accommodate different sizes. It’s also great for families who have a larger stash of containers.

Baskets

For tight spaces, under the shelf baskets and the kind that hang on the inside of the cabinet doors can do wonders! These are mainly used for the lids, but can help make full use out of the space.

Food Storage Container Organization: Frequently Asked Questions

We only keep enough on hand for a few leftovers, which we go through pretty quick. A good rule of thumb is to have about a week’s worth of storage containers and stay on top of eating the leftovers or keeping the fridge cleaned out. This ensures there are always containers in the cabinet and there’s no feeling that more needs to be purchased.

Anytime we lose lids, the containers become cracked, warped, or deeply scratched, we toss them. We also made the decision to switch to glass Pyrex dishes, which was the best choice! Now we won’t have to replace them nearly as often and they are very durable.

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I’d love to hear your best tips and tricks for organizing food storage containers– be sure to leave them in the comments!

Happy Organizing!

Abby Lawson, Just a Girl and Her Blog

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16 Comments

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Ellen! <3

      ~Abby =)

  1. Kelly Howard says:

    Sooooo….when do you start selling the perfect organization tools?! You are such a blessing..you know that, right?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Lol! That would be amazing! Thanks so much for the encouragement, Kelly! You’re the sweetest! Hope you’re having a fabulous week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  2. Amanda @ The Modern Nest says:

    Yes! I love Pyrex! I’m a huge believer in glass storage containers over plastic. They are not only healthier (they don’t leach), but the weight helps them stack so much better! We also use the number of containers we have left as a gauge of when we need to cook…if we don’t have a lot of clean containers available then we know we need to focus on eating food in the fridge rather than cooking.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      That is a great system, Amanda! Thanks so much for sharing! I agree… glass has worked so much better for us than plastic! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Hey Abby! Really like your idea to switch from plastic to glass containers. I love my Tupperware, but don’t like that it’s not dishwasher safe. My kitchen doesn’t have the cool pull-out shelves like yours (Not yet, anyway!). Instead, I put all my containers on large cookie sheets inside the cabinet. That way, I can still slide it out and have access to everything in the cabinet.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      LOVE that solution… such a good idea! Thanks for sharing and have a great evening! <3

      ~Abby =)

  4. very helpful,thank you!

  5. Hey Abby! Thanks so much for the fun videos on organization. I do LOVE watching the videos on reader questions too!! I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas that we use from your blog and videos! Keep up the great, encouraging work!! Oh, and your colors are so cheerful and happy too! ?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Yay! So glad they have been helpful for you, Amy! Love to hear that! Hope you’re having an awesome week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  6. Hi Abby, I just started to collect glass containers like you have. But even with the Tupperware, I am the worst at keeping my food storage organized. I only have room in my pantry. Wish I had more cabinets.

  7. This is such a smart way to organize. I am changing the way I store mine…today!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Yay! So glad this was helpful, Sally! Happy organizing! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  8. Yes! These videos are helpful. Please make more … a lot more. 😀

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Yay! So glad it was helpful for you, Jean! That’s the plan… glad you’ll be following along! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

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