To hate my Tupperware cupboard?!

(51 Posts)
GadaboutTheGreat Tue 26-Mar-13 22:37:51

Most trivial/boring thread of the night I knowgrin

But it has come to this; me shouting at hundreds of lids and boxes that are Not Stacked correctly, and not knowing how on earth to sort through the mountain of plastic.

How do you stack yours? Do I need some sort of Overlord tub in which to keep them all at bay?

PoppyWearer Tue 26-Mar-13 22:39:59

I have a plastic crate/box that fits into the kitchen cupboard perfectly and bung it all in that.

My MIL says that she knows her life is busy when her Tupperware cupboard is messy. grin

YouTheCat Tue 26-Mar-13 22:42:47

I'm sorry. I think I have just clicked on an alternative universe. hmm

MidniteScribbler Tue 26-Mar-13 22:45:06

The person who discovers a way of keeping tupperware organised in the cupboard is going to get a nobel prize!

I'm building a new house and the kitchen will have all drawers. I'm hoping that will at least stop the spillage when the door opens.

timidviper Tue 26-Mar-13 22:45:37

I have a giant pan drawer for Tupperware and it drives me mad. No matter how much I ask DH to pair bases and lids up when putting away, he always claims he does yet it is mayhem in there and I know it is not me!

Am considering the tactic of throwing away anything I don't instantly find the other half of then, when it irritates him that he can't find something, make a palaver of buying more and see if that helps!

PoppyWearer Tue 26-Mar-13 22:45:48

No, if it were an alternative universe this would be about towels, not Tupperware.

milkwasabadchoice Tue 26-Mar-13 22:45:52

Yes, use a tub to put the lids in. And chuck out any bases or lids that are obviously "rogue" as they will only confuse the picture and you'll never use them anyway.

I only have a Tupperware shelf rather than a whole cupboard but even so I have to keep it in strict order to prevent plastic anarchy from breaking out.

beachyhead Tue 26-Mar-13 22:46:38

I have a massive cupboard that looks orderly, but no lid fits with any top

KatyTheCleaningLady Tue 26-Mar-13 22:47:06

I keep mine in a very large drawer (which just happens to be in this kitchen I currently rent.) I stack containers on one side and then lids on another, sort of arranged into those plastic baskets you can buy at pound shops.

Try not to keep too many of them. There's no need for that many, really.

My weakness is tiny little tubs that fit into school lunchboxes. I use those Systema boxes and I have lots of little tubs and pots that fit inside the compartments. It makes packing lunches easier but there are an awful lot of tiny lids in that drawer!

YouTheCat Tue 26-Mar-13 22:55:04

Nope. I think I may have missed the Tupperware gene.

I do have a towel gene though. grin

detoxlatte Tue 26-Mar-13 22:58:13

I have found that actually you don't need that much tupperware.

Used to keep it all as felt guilty throwing it away, all that plastic going to landfill etc.

But makes sense to keep as little as possible, and also helps to have it all from the same set as they all interlock etc.

DH does it. Might hire him out at a couple of hundred an hour.

ILoveDolly Tue 26-Mar-13 23:05:57

I have erred as mine is face height and not a day goes by when some or all of them don't shoot out, whacking me in the eye and skittering across the tiles losing lids as they go shudder

GadaboutTheGreat Tue 26-Mar-13 23:13:05

grin 'Rogue' lids and 'plastic anarchy' grin

I think a trip to the necessary hell that is ikea is needed. Get the little sods in order, once & for all. Tupperware that is. Not DC/DH wink

Maggie111 Tue 26-Mar-13 23:53:19

Enjoy! I have the 750ml ones - they're fab!

whois Tue 26-Mar-13 23:58:14

Every few years have a good sort out and buy a nice new set so you have a well fitting lid for every pot. Stack the pots in a couple of piles and keep all the lids in a plastic tub/basket in size order with the smallest at the front. Simples :-)

whois Tue 26-Mar-13 23:58:53

Oooh I have those Lakeland boxes, very useful stacking size!

sallyfromthealley Wed 27-Mar-13 00:00:05

Where do the lids go?

rockinhippy Wed 27-Mar-13 00:01:56

YADNBU - I hate my Tupperware drawer with a passion & can regularly be found cursing it - & my Steptoe DH too, as I keep throwing things out & they mysteriously reappear back in the damned drawer, as they tatty pieces of crap are his favouriteshmm

DorcasDelIcatessen Wed 27-Mar-13 00:02:22

I have tubs with hinged lids that are attached. <smug> Actually not that smug. I need more and they are impossible to find over here unless you want massive ones for pasta or cereal.

Startail Wed 27-Mar-13 00:03:08

Aggggghhhhhh the plastic tat cupboard, I shove and slam the door quick, less I let out an avalanche of ice cream boxes and takeaway containers.

cerealqueen Wed 27-Mar-13 00:03:58

I have two baskets in the tupperware cupboard, one for bottoms, one for lids. Occasionally have a sort out. Sometimes get a job lot off Amazon, nice and cheap but they do eventually have to be chucked when they go a bit white and crusty (what causes that?)

DP hates the Tupperware with a passion and I have to remind him that this house runs on Tupperware, the microwave and the freezer (his worst food scenario is me taking a Tupperware out of the freezer and putting it in the microwave).

Startail Wed 27-Mar-13 00:05:41

Decent boxes are immediately commandeered as lunch boxes, food for the fridge has to brave the cupboard.

OvO Wed 27-Mar-13 00:07:51

I have NO Tupperware. I threw it all out about 2 years ago and have never had a situation arise in which it was needed. Death to Tupperware! Free yourself from it!

BlissfullyIgnorant Wed 27-Mar-13 00:08:19

YANBU. It's devil's work, plastic kitchen crap. I speak as an atheist; there can be no other answer!

ProphetOfDoom Wed 27-Mar-13 00:14:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Nospringchickendipper Wed 27-Mar-13 00:15:06

Everytime I open the cupboard where I keep my Tupperware something falls out,I shove it back in and think I must sort it out I've been saying that for the past two years.

ProphetOfDoom Wed 27-Mar-13 00:16:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

OvO Wed 27-Mar-13 00:18:20

If things need stored in the fridge then it's in a bowl with cling film over it.

That's all my Tupperware was ever used for (or the time we had a leak!). It just sat looking at me evilly the rest of the time, plotting my breakdown as I tried to organise it for the 166,133,670 time.

pollywollydoodle Wed 27-Mar-13 01:07:37

3stacks of tubs
large marge
small marge
put lids in top one of the stack

do not keep any tub that doesn't fit a stack(this causes dh pain as he hates throwing anything away-frankly i care not a jot)

do not buy special lunchboxes or storage boxes...waste of money and space
...they will never stack

avoid lakeland and ikea, the lure of food storage porn will be too strong (even if you are just going in for munchy seeds or some meatballs)

pollywollydoodle Wed 27-Mar-13 01:09:07

didn't know that i was so militant about storage tubs shock

detoxlatte Wed 27-Mar-13 02:41:29

Read a tupperware tip on here once, actually, that made sense: number your boxes and lids and you'll be able to find the right one of each instantly. Guess you'd have to stack them in order too.

Of course haven't done this myself and not because I have a life

SavoyCabbage Wed 27-Mar-13 02:54:02

I've just had extra shelves cut for all my kitchen cupboards and I have made a narrow shelf in the middle of every one. For my cake tins and some Tupperware.

GreenLeafTea Wed 27-Mar-13 03:44:56

Numbering Tupperware? I'm in heaven! I love it!

Or you could name them. Bring me a Bernard!

My end cupboard is also an explosion of plastic.

MyNameIsSuz Wed 27-Mar-13 05:08:26

Tupperware cupboard?? Fancy! You all don't know you're born, I have to balance mine in a pile on top of the fridge!

Mine seems to liberate itself at whim - I seem to have a quarter of what I actually purchased.

I also have a situation with jam jar mutiny. They are kept for decanting those little bags of spices or homemade jam, but they are rebellious and noisy little fuckers.

Oh and the surviving lids obviously do not match up with the remaining boxes. Why would they?!

OrangeLily Wed 27-Mar-13 06:49:34

1 basket and 1 box in bottom cupboard. Small boxes and kids in box, big boxes and lids in basket.

Never seen to have an issue and I use them every day. Use at least 10 a day.

kennyp Wed 27-Mar-13 06:58:41

Bestest thread ever!!!!!!!! From a lover of lock and lock, which is supermessy all the bloody time and it drives me madddddddddddddddd

Euphemia Wed 27-Mar-13 07:20:35

We store them with the lids on. It's changed our lives. smile grin

Bea Wed 27-Mar-13 07:32:47

I just have a monthly clear out and re-clicking of lids... (lock and lock lover!)
always put back with lids on!
"food storage porn "... grin couldn't have said it better myself!!

FourArms Wed 27-Mar-13 08:14:51

Chinese takeaway tubs are the way forward! We have some Tupperware too and have piles of square and rectangular tubs with a lid basket for larger lids. Smaller lids go in a draw for easy selection.

ProphetOfDoom Wed 27-Mar-13 08:28:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

cozietoesie Wed 27-Mar-13 08:35:38

Naughty post SchmaltzingMatilda !grin

I've found that you always use the same plastic boxes over and over - the ones with a handy shape and size- so that at least two thirds of your plastic collection is unnecessary.

Sort a few out and junk the rest.

MothershipG Wed 27-Mar-13 08:36:37

My 2012 new year's resolution was to sort my tupperware cupboard - I still haven't been able to face it. blush

It's a corner cupboard so there is probably stuff that's fallen down the back that I haven't seen for years...

Gadabout I think you are me.

drummerswife Wed 27-Mar-13 08:36:54

gets coat on to go and buy a box for keeping tupperware in and whilst i'm there i might buy some new tupperware
must admit my tupperware cupboard could do with a sort out i have loads of tubs but no lids.
whenever i go into a poundshop i make a beeline for the plastic boxes i think i have an obsession with them

TomDudgeon Wed 27-Mar-13 08:40:09

Random chaos all thrown in
I use a lot , especially little pots for making yoghurt or freezing individual portions of sauces for dc4s lunches
About once a year I go through, pair it all up and chuck and spares

theodorakisses Wed 27-Mar-13 09:12:54

I have just thrown away all of the old ones (donated them to the animal shelter) and gone to IKEA and brought brand new ones. Instead of even considering the cupboard method, I have a big box where they will only be placed once the lid has been firmly placed on. Life is too short for lid looking.

TomArchersSausage Wed 27-Mar-13 09:19:57

I threw a load of it out and dont miss it. The plastic box cupboard was awfulhmm I've kept a few bit but not much.

I'm going to buy some disposable foil containers with lids (like you get from takeaway) for when I want to freeze things.

rockinhippy Wed 27-Mar-13 11:26:12

Right, on the back of this thread - my plastic sand which & freezer box tat drawer will be sorted out today, I've put it off way too long because its like f'ing ground hog day with soddin DH putting it back again DHs is out & its recycling day, so I am now on a mission[ grin]

Startail Wed 27-Mar-13 11:30:08

I have lids, put no tubs, the DDs pinch them to sort Hama beads and DH nicks them to put electrical bits and computer case screws in.

Do they return them, of course not!

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