It ain't pretty but it works: plastic ware storage solution
How I organized my plastic containers
I don't know about you but the plastic container situation is out of control. Whether I organized it in a drawer or a cupboard the lids seem to always end up out numbering the containers.
It's winter break which is like spring break where the home to-do list is tackled. On the list was plastic container mission impossible. After a quick Pinterest search for inspiration I was ready.
Step 1: pull out the mess
This is just sad. I mean how hard is it to put away the plastic ware? Please tell me your plastic storage system looks similar. Ugh.
I went through and matched the lids to containers. Once again, I ended up with more lids with missing containers. This was what I ended up with. What the heck does that green lid go to?
Step 2: Find a solution to the plastic lid issue
I saw several different ideas on how I could store plastic containers such as here and here. I liked the cereal box idea--anything that doesn't cost me more money is a good thing. I happened to have one but when I went through my Christmas box leftovers I found this:
It was perfect.
Step 3: Prep boxes
I cut the postal box 4.5 inches which gave me a short and tall container. Then I spray painted them as well as the Costco chicken box I was previously using . I also lined this box with some parchment paper. What I like about my repurposed chicken box is that it easily slides out and doesn't mark up my cupboard shelf. You might be a redneck when you use Costco's chicken box as a sliding kitchen drawer. Yep, that about sums it up.
Once they dried I then used black electrical tape to clean up the top edges. Last touch was to label the lid storage containers.
Step 4: Organize Plastic Containers
This was the easy part. Stack and return 'slide-out' repurposed box. Place lids accordingly. Check and check.
The whole process took a little over an hour. Not too pretty but it is functional.
Just because you know you want to see the before and after...
And that's a 4 step wrap on the plastic container mission impossible.
Update: It's almost a year later and this system is working! Still not the most beautiful thing to look at but I have solved the lid to container issue. Hallelujah.
What have you done to solve your storage nightmare? Leave a comment and tell me all about it.
Interested in more storage solutions? Check out my other blog posts here.