Updated: Apr 20
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There are hundreds of tips available for organizing a kitchen. Where to put the knives, kids' cups, plates, baking goods, etc. But, where do you put those little things like the Ziploc bags, aluminum foil, and Tupperware? Today I'll walk you through resetting and organizing plastic bags, Tupperware, and bag clips so your kitchen can be completely organized. Let's do this!
Organizing Food Storage and Tupperware
Do you have a Tupperware drawer or cabinet that always seems to be a disaster? You are not alone. It is a universal pain point. Do a solid edit of what you currently have. Just because it came in a set does not mean you need to keep all the pieces. If there are certain sizes you never use, toss them. If you kept old random pieces from a set but got a new set, let go of anything mismatched, broken, or missing a lid or bottom.
Try containing all the lids in a container or putting all the lids in their own drawer. You can even use a drawer divider to store the lids in one section of a cabinet or drawer. Find a system your family can get on board with. It is important to create systems around who will be doing the putting-away. If your kids always unload the dishwasher, make sure the new system is one they understand and is easy to follow. In the image above, we used a lid organizer to divide and vertically store different sizes of Tupperware lids.
Tip: Find Tupperware or food storage containers that all have the same sized lid, I use a combination of glass Rubbermaid brilliance containers and deli containers for my Tupperware. I have two lids I deal with and they fit all the different sizes I keep on hand. It is not at all fancy, but organizing the lids and getting my entire family onboard has been amazing. The lids to the deli containers also fit perfectly in a 16”x6” bin.
Organizing Plastic Bags
This tip is not for everyone, but let me tell you decanting Ziploc bags is a GAME CHANGER. Have you ever purchased a new box of baggies only to come home and not have the new box fit in your perfectly Tetris-ed drawer? Or have you had the cardboard boxes completely fall apart on you before they are used up? When you decant your Ziploc bags you can always count on the same system, easily see how many bags you have remaining, and it looks beautiful. If you decide to buy Ziploc bags from Costco, or in bulk, designate a place for backstock Ziploc, and then when you run out in the drawer you will have a place you can shop before running to the store. Here are the 4 different products I use regularly to decant Ziploc bags.
Idesign deep drawer organizers: 4x8 for snack, sandwich, and quart, 4x12 for a gallon. These containers are pictured above.
3-tier cart organizer tray: I love this product. Size small fits snack, sandwich and quart, and the large fit gallon-sized Ziploc bags. Note: these containers are quite narrow so most boxes of bags won’t fit entirely and you will need to store back stock elsewhere. They are probably not the best idea if you are going through baggies quickly.
Smart store inserts: medium size for snack, sandwich, and quart bags. This product doesn’t have a size that fits gallon bags so I will often pair it with the 3-tier cart organizing tray. They are roomier than the 3-tier cart organizer trays and shown in the image below.
Bamboo Ziploc bag organizers: This is ALL the rage right now as I’m sure you’ve seen on Instagram. They are beautiful, already labeled, have the advantage of really holding the bags in their container, and are a great (albeit pricier) option.
Organizing Foil, Plastic Wrap, Etc.
There usually isn’t much I do with these items, but things to keep in mind: only keep one of each in the drawer that you are using. If you want to get fancy, I just purchased this bamboo foil and wrap dispenser and am excited to see if it works as well as it looks.
Organizing Bag Clips
If you keep bag clips with your Ziploc bags, match the container to whatever you used for your bags. Every product I shared has a smaller-sized bin that will work (except for the bamboo containers). If you went with the bamboo, you can use a bamboo drawer organizer to corral your bag clips. And here are my favorite bag clips lately. They come in silver and gold and are a fun little upgrade to my kitchen essentials.
Are you ready to make these quick and easy changes? They may seem simple, but having these little things organized will make all the difference in how your kitchen functions.
Jen Martin is the founder of Reset Your Nest, Utah's premier home organization business. At Reset Your Nest we believe pantries should be just as beautiful as living spaces, and living spaces just as functional as pantries. To schedule a free consultation with Reset Your Nest, click HERE. Make sure to subscribe to the Reset Your Nest blog for new posts in your inbox, and follow Reset Your Nest on Instagram for organizational tips and tricks.