Organized Food Containers

glass containers 2Do you dread putting away or needing to find a container for your leftovers? Have you been injured by an avalanche of plastic containers and lids? Do you feel like you are always buying new containers because you can never find the right size or lid to match up? I have the answer to your food container problems right here!

Invest in glass containers with lids! I just picked up some new ones from IKEA but you can find them in many locations such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond. I’ve also seen them sporadically at Home Goods and AtHome.

What makes this solution work is that you are investing in something that will last much longer, is more durable, and won’t overwhelm you. Plastic has all kinds of issues but my main concern is that it keeps you spending money on something that won’t last. They melt, get stained, lose their lids, and generally just fall apart. Because they are cheap, you just buy more and more and more until they take over your space.

Investing in something once, even if it’s just a food container, will save you so much money, time (another currency), and frustration (immeasurable). 

Most important, though is how you store them! Put them in a cabinet or drawer or shelf with the lid on the container. You can still stack them but you don’t have to worry about getting everything in perfect alignment. They will stack well by themselves.

I understand you may want to hang on to some plastic containers and that is totally fine. I just like these for the long haul. They are great for taking leftovers to school or work and can go from refrigerator to microwave. They can also go in the freezer or the pantry.

Because they’re clear you can see what is in them. No more mystery containers shoved in the back of the refrigerator.

If you need to label the contents you can use painters’ tape or frog tape and a sharpie.

While investing in glass containers will cost you a little more in the beginning, it won’t take long to reap the benefits. 

Happy organizing!

Organizing Your Pantry for Your Healthiest Year Yet

You may or may not have seen the Facebook live that I did with Health Coach Angela Brown last week about how to have your healthiest year ever by getting your kitchen & pantry organized. Here is a link in case you haven’t seen it. Organize your pantry and kitchen for your healthiest year ever

Here are our tips that we shared that will help you meet your healthy living goals this new year.

  1. Toss expired, old, stale food from your pantry. You’re not going to use it because you haven’t used it yet so get rid of it.
  2. Toss tempting, holiday leftovers. This means candy, sodas, sweets, and other foods that are unhealthful. Leaving them around for the kids isn’t fair to them and you don’t need the temptation. 
  3. Put a bowl on your kitchen counter for fresh fruit. This is a much better snack option. Having it visible makes it much more likely to be chosen at snack time.
  4. Clear your kitchen of unused appliances. If you never used that bread maker/ pasta maker/ coffee grinder, give it to someone who would like to have it. If it’s not used regularly, store it in the pantry. Your counters will look much better cleared off and clean.
  5. Match the tops & bottoms of your plastic containers. Toss any unmatched pieces. Also toss anything that is permanently stained or melted.
  6. Or, better yet, make the switch to glass containers.
  7. Clean out your refrigerator door of old or expired condiments. These typically have a lot of unhealthful ingredients so now is a good time to let them go. After you’ve cleaned off the containers you’re keeping, group them together by type before putting them back in the door. That way you have mustards, pickles, dressings, etc together.
  8. Put kids’ snacks on a lower shelf or drawer that they can access easily. 

Try these tips out and let me know how it goes. Organizing your pantry will do you a world of good in eating more healthfully and cooking more easily. Meal prep and shopping are easier when you can see what you have and know where it goes. 

Happy organizing!

Amazing Containers!

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The power of a container can not be underestimated. I realize this sounds like a lot of praise to give to a box or bin but you have no idea how amazing a container can be. Not everything you own needs to be put in a container but keep reading to learn why they are important if you want to keep your home organized.

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Containers are multitasking heroes in our home! 

A container defines a home:: What that means is when you have a box for your picture hanging supplies or cup to hold pens, you know where those items go. No longer are they to be stored on top of a dining table or scattered in a cabinet but they go in that specific box or cup. Bonus points for labeling boxes that store loose parts.

Sets a limit::  When you have a drawer or bin for containing workout tops, you can see how many you have and hopefully avoid over shopping for them. Seeing is believing and knowledge is power. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “I had no idea I had so many X.” When you contain it, you set the limit for how many you need.

Communicates inventory:: This is similar to the limit but this is applicable for items that you are using up regularly, say baking ingredients or toilet paper. When you can see how much flour is in the container, you know how much you have. Ditto for a basket of toilet paper. A quick peruse of the pantry or cabinet prior to grocery shopping lets you know instantly whether you need to add those items to the list. This is so much less stressful that having to check multiple places or wonder while you’re shopping if you need to get these items. By the way, this is the #1 reason why people overbuy certain items: they don’t really know what they have and don’t want to risk running out.

Visual reminder of its home:: Try telling someone where to find something when you don’t know where it is yourself. The empty cup or labeled box do that for you. This is also super helpful in bathroom or office drawers where you have a lot of little things to keep track of. Seeing the empty space where the tape or floss were helps remind what goes there.

Makes it pretty:: Last and certainly not least is the visual aspect of organization, my personal favorite. What better way to make toilet paper look pretty than to put it in a pretty basket! Or you can place cotton swabs in an antique cream pitcher to add elegance in your bathroom. Clear bins with lids bring beauty to items stored away in closets. Express a little bit of your personality with brightly colored bins or monochromatic office supplies.

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We could all use a little more beauty in our lives so take this opportunity to find some in your home or office with the containers you choose!

If you’re looking for some ideas on creative, useful containers, please check out my boards on Pinterest. I’ve got whole boards devoted to baskets, kitchensclosets and even more so click on through to see what I recommend and use for containing things stylishly in your home!