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Does Your Tupperware All Say Cool Whip?

I laughed out loud at this meme today (even though a certain friend-in-the-know says it’s so last-year to LOL, I did it anyway!)…

Mismatched Tupperware Meme -- Organizing at Everyday Homemaking

(meme from Facebook)

Maybe all your “Tupperware” actually says “Cool Whip” on it. My mom’s leftover containers were all the white Hormel ham tins that used to come with plastic lids–I think she must have had twenty of them saved up.

But whatever you use, can you still find the lids to go with the containers? Even after tossing out all my old containers and buying new, it seems that within just a few weeks, there aren’t enough lids in the right sizes to go with the bottoms. And where do you keep them?

In my old house, I had a wonderful, deep drawer next to the fridge, perfect for “filing” my leftover containers, and for six years, we got along beautifully….

 

Leftover Containers -- Everyday Homemaking

 

But then we moved, and somehow, stuff just doesn’t fit in a new place like it did in the old. The only place I could find in the new kitchen to stick the leftover containers (and still reach them) was a lower corner cupboard, and it often looked like this (not always — but the day I took the photo I was being brutally transparent):

 

Leftover Containers -- Everyday Homemaking

 

So at  my husband’s request, I ditched the plastic containers and invested in a few glass containers at the Corelle/Pyrex outlet, and I cleared out a shallow kitchen drawer to store them. While we don’t have as many containers here as I’d like, the truth is that if I need more than these, I probably have too many leftovers in the fridge and we need to make soup or have an end-of-the-week fridge-clean-out buffet supper.

 

Leftover Containers -- Everyday Homemaking

 

I do still have a few zip-top bags for in-a-pinch, and they store easily in a drawer by the refrigerator, along with my bowl covers and bag ties:

 

Organizing Leftover Containers -- Everyday Homemaking

And I’ve recently added a few awesome clips for closing frozen food bags, chip bags, bread bags, and more. (See product links at the bottom of the post.)

 

And we’ve tried to replace our plastic wrap and foil use as much as possible with silicone pan and lid covers:

 

Organizing Leftover Containers -- Everyday Homemaking

 

I’d still love to do some rearranging, but for now, this is a tidier and more convenient solution than we’d had in this house.

How do you store your leftover containers?

 

Leftover Containers -- Everyday Homemaking

A few products I think you’d like—from our kitchen to yours….

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