4M Organizing your Food Storage Containers
Two weeks ago, I reviewed the wonderful Lunch Blox system by Rubbermaid and this week we continue with a review of the Easy Find Lids system from Rubbermaid. I love Rubbermaid, I have said it before, it’s nice to see them on social media*. They have been gracious enough to host a few events at the annual Professional Organizers in Canada National Conferences. I have met the sales rep. a few times and discussed some of their wonderful products in depth. But this is the first time I have seen a blogger outreach campaign. Whoo hoot. Can I hear a hallelujah?
It should not be hard to see why a professional organizers would be first in line to review this quintessential kitchen organizing system. One of my favourite rooms to organize is the kitchen. There is something about keeping a kitchen organized that makes a family function better. In the 4M organizing series (otherwise know as Margarita’s Manic Monday Minutes), I try and give you projects that you can do in 15-20 minutes or less. This weeks task is organizing your food storage containers with an added bonus: my review of Rubbermaid’s Easy Find Lids #EFL.
I am not sure about you but I have a full cupboard dedicated to my storage containers. Whether it is to hold sandwich containers, larger leftover containers, cold cuts and one just for iceberg lettuce (o.k. that one I don’t use as much). Big, small, short and tall, I have all sorts of containers for all sorts of needs. I also have containers that the kids use for their school lunches and also for snacks on the go. I try as much as possible to avoid using plastic baggies because its bad for the environment and its important to teach your kids that lesson. Every.Day.
- Take everything out and wipe down the shelves
- Sort through what is still good and what is cracked and ready for the recycle bin (most plastics can be place in there)
- Re-evaluate your needs. Get rid of sippy cups and Cheerio holders if you don’t have babies and toddlers anymore
- Match covers to containers
- Nest containers within containers
- Place storage containers close to where you are going to use them
- The cupboard beside your stove is prime real estate so use it wisely. We use that cupboard everyday, multiple times a day.
- Store measuring cups in this cupboard for easy access
- Don’t be afraid to get rid of unused storage containers. You can always donate them to GoodWill
What I don’t have is margarine, sour cream or yoghurt containers. Why? First of all because none of these containers were meant to be frozen or put into a microwave in addition, they may not be BPA-free. They are flimsy, may leak and when you heat them they may melt (and you want to avoid that catastrophe). Mainly, you want to keep your food safe and tasty. Those containers serve a purpose but storing your leftover food is not one of them. Those containers go directly into the recycling bin.
What I do have are storage containers that are durable, can be washed in the dishwasher and are safe to place in a microwave. Fortunately, Rubbermaid containers have all of these and are BPA-free. I also have a very cool organizing product that I love: it is a wired basket that separates the lids from the containers and helps me stack them easily in my cupboard. I can take the whole basket out and rummage through it to get the right lid and I don’t have to empty the cupboard while doing it. All the lids are in one place, on one shelf and are easy to find.
I also have labels on my shelves. Yes, you read that correctly… I have labels on my shelves. That is to help those that are ‘organizationally-challenged’ put away the items where they belong. I always say, the easier you make it for people to put things away in the right place, the easier it is for them to do it… no excuses! So I label my shelves so you know where things should go. It doesn’t happen 100% of the time but it is more likely that they will return home.
Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids Review – Easy to Love
In this week’s 4M I also wanted to show you the Easy Find Lids containers from Rubbermaid. I loved this product because the lids are always #TogetherForever! You can snap them together and they are not all over the place. You can also see one very cool design feature that I discuss in the video. I prepared another short video for you so you can see how well they stack and store. More importantly, I wanted you to see that they have made it easier to keep all the lids together or have the lids attached to each container.
*What you need to know about Rubbermaid on Social Media:
Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids website: Easy Find Lids
If you are interested in other reviews and storage ideas be sure and follow the #EFL and #ForeverTogether hashtag
Disclosure: I am part of the Rubbermaid Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.