18+ Easy Hacks For Organizing Messy Tupperware

Diply 27 Sep 2018

We all have that one drawer or cupboard in our kitchen. You know the one. It contains the plastic containers we need to package up leftovers and cut down on the amount of plastic bags we waste.

And yet, every time we need to open that drawer, we tense up, ready for the grueling search through the mess for a single matching lid, even though we bought a mix-and-match set for this very reason. If you store yours in a cupboard, then you may end up under them all.

It doesn't have to be that way.

1. Use a recycled produce box.

Borei Design | Borei Design

Organization doesn't need to be fancy. Boxes like the one pictured are sturdy, and the open front make it easy to grab items. Most grocery stores will let you take one home for just the cost of asking.

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If you want to pretty it up a bit, try this trick from Borei Design.

Borei Design | Borei Design

She covered the box with some pretty contact paper for a quick and easy upcycle. Contact paper comes in tons of designs, so you can match it to your tastes.

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2. If you do use a cupboard, try swapping to a drawer.

Instagram | @spacewiseorganizing

You may still need to do some organizing, but you'll already be a step ahead by not risking an early morning avalanche every day. If you have the option, then choose a drawer.

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3. Use labelled bins for inside cupboards. 

My House My Home | My House My Home

If you can't spare a drawer, you can still avoid that avalanche by sorting the containers and lids into plastic bins. To more easily find the lid you need, try splitting them into different bins by size or shape.

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4. Keep the lids upright and easy to identify with a cooling rack.

DIY Home Sweet Home | DIY Home Sweet Home

Placed over a basket, this hack works great in a drawer. You can see every lid at a glance and take what you need without disrupting the leaning tower of lids.

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5. For cupboards, try a plate rack. 

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The open sides will display which lids are which clearly, and you can slide them in and out from the side. The different slots even let you organize by size or shape.

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6. Try hanging a pocket organizer on the inside of a door.

Glamshelf | Glamshelf

This won't necessarily work if you have a billion lids, but a reasonable amount would work fine without affecting your ability to close the cupboard.

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7. You don't even need a specific organizer — a shoe one works great.

Pinterest | Pinterest

All of those pockets are perfect for lids. If you need a larger pocket, it's pretty easy to remove the stitching between two smaller ones.

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8. A dish rack is also handy for keeping lids organized. 

Hometalk | Amanda C

It's probably safe to say that lids are 75% of the problem when it comes to organizing these kinds of containers. Dish racks are perfect for low drawers or bottom cupboards.

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9. Give the lids their own space with tension rods. 

Montana Prairie Tales | Montana Prairie Tales

If you don't want to use a basket or dish rack, organization can be as simple as a couple of small tension rods stretched across a drawer.

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10. Put the lids in an under-the-shelf hanger.

Working On My Forever | Working On My Forever

This will keep them close to their matching containers, but prevent them from mingling with them and getting lost in the shuffle.

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11. Another great organization tool is a CD rack.

Amy Volk | Amy Volk

You can get one of these pretty cheaply these days, since fewer and fewer people are buying CDs and the products needed to organize them.

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12. If you have a lot of smaller lids, a flatware organizer may be the best choice. 

Reddit | Dreyfuzz

You can keep the smaller lids in the spots meant to hold dessert spoons, and the larger can live in the longer slots for knives and forks.

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13. Get yourself a pegboard-style organizer. 

Amazon | Amazon

These have become super popular and for good reason. The pegs can be moved around to fit any size or shape of container you may have.

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14. If you don't want to buy one, you can make your own.

Merry Pad | Merry Pad

You need a bit of woodworking skill, but the tutorial from Merry Pad is easy to follow.

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This is a great option for kitchens with no drawer space. 

Merry Pad | Merry Pad

You can nestle it in one of those awkward, narrow cupboards nothing ever fits in, solving two organization problems with one project.

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15. Magazine racks are cheap and easy lid storage.

Hometalk | Knelso18

This is what I use in my kitchen. I keep them above the oven and the low front makes it easy for me to grab the rack and pull it down without incident.

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16. You can also attach magazine racks to cupboard doors.

Hometalk | Amanda C

Utilize that empty door. The metal mesh ones work great for this because you can just add screws through the mesh.

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17. Of course, you don't even need to buy magazine racks.

Home Talk | Amanda C

If you eat cereal, then you have the makings of a magazine rack at your fingertips. Get one tall one or two short ones from a single box, and you can paint them to hide the evidence.

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18. Maybe adding a plastic drawer would work for your cupboards?

Polished Habitat | Polished Habitat

This can give you the convenience of a drawer, even if your kitchen doesn't have a free one you can use.

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19. Store them safely in high cupboards with pretty baskets.

The Homes I Have Made | The Homes I Have Made

Remember how I said I use a magazine rack above the oven for my lids? Well, baskets are the second part of that equation.

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Baskets can make utilizing those weird, high cupboards easy.

The Homes I Have Made | The Homes I Have Made

I love what The Homes I Have Made did with this over-the-sink cupboard. You probably won't even need a step stool to reach the baskets to take them down.

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20. In terms of store-bought options, this wire pull-out may be my favorite. 

Anyone Can Decorate | Anyone Can Decorate

Normally, I'm not a fan of wire storage, but this is pretty perfect for plastic containers and lids.

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21. Or you could just give up and plan a built-in for your next kitchen. 

Amazon | Amazon

Yes, that is a whole cupboard/drawer system specifically designed for plastic containers. I'm adding this to my must list for a dream kitchen.

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