Between now and the end of the year I’ll be offering suggestions for ways to bring order to areas of your home where clutter may persist in returning.
How many food storage containers do you really need? If you do a lot of meal prep, then more pieces than someone who's storing leftovers from dinner. There's no magic number of containers that will meet everyone's needs but that doesn't mean you need to keep every storage container you've ever bought or received (or all those yogurt containers and butter tubs that get used for small quantities of food).
Take out all your food storage containers and snap on all the lids. In this way, how many containers could you keep in the designated cabinet. Just think, instead of nesting your containers while the loose covers tip over or spill every time you remove one, you could just grab a container with its cover.
This may not seem efficient, not nesting the containers, but unless they were all the same size and shape, they didn't nest easily and you may have lost track of smaller containers that got swallowed by larger ones.
Keeping the largest containers may not be the most efficient move (they'll take up a lot of space in the fridge, even if they are half full). Fit what containers you can into the cabinet without trying to squeeze in every single one.
Notice how much neater it looks to see containers with their lids sitting in the cabinet! Box up the extras and see it you really miss them. (And don't use big holiday meals as an excuse to keep all the extra containers. You could always keep food in the casserole dish or serving bowl and cover it with foil or plastic wrap until you free up some containers for leftovers.)
I did this earlier this year and while the containers take up some more space in the cabinet, it's worth never grabbing the wrong-sized cover.
Susan, chief (and only) organized squirrel at A Less Cluttered Life, pursues learning, practicing, and sharing information about the everyday habits that can lead to living a better life.