A Dollar Store Hack for Organizing All of Your Plastic Food Containers

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Here’s the unfortunate truth about your growing pile of plastic food containers: No matter how hard you try, it’s bound to be difficult to find space to store them and, worse yet, keep them totally organized. Like any home cook, you’ve probably accumulated quite a bit of plastic. containers. Luckily, we’ve found the perfect answer to containing the clutter. Ready to find out what it is?

To get started, you only need three everyday items on your next dollar store shopping excursion: two napkin rings and a rectangular saucepan. Then comes the clever part (we promise, it’s super easy): With a hot glue gun in hand, take the two napkin rings and carefully (and carefully!) glue them side by side on the baking sheet, choosing the left or right end of the panel. Ta-da! Instant plastic bin organizer that costs just a few dollars. All you have to do is put together containers and lids of the same size and you will have the ideal storage station for your plastic food containers.

Advice: You could even skip the hot glue step if that’s not in the cards. Simply place the napkin rings in the pan as a temporary solution.

Plus, with the holidays approaching and families and friends gathering, this easy, portable organizer is a quick solution to creating a super convenient take-home station for your guests to share leftovers. Keep this organizer in the kitchen and once dinner is over, take everything out and let guests serve themselves. This way, you won’t have to scramble at the last minute, rummaging through your closets while your guests get ready to leave. (We bet they’ll be totally amazed at your organized hosting skills once they see your DIY creation!)

Even if you’re not entertaining this holiday season, think about those times you were left searching through your cabinets for meal prep containers or a way to store lunchtime leftovers. This simple DIY hack provides an inexpensive cart to neatly corral your plastic food containers once and for all.

Do you have any other space-saving dollar store organization tips? Tell us in the comments below.

This post originally appeared on The Kitchn. Look at it there: The Brilliant Dollar Store Hack for Organizing All Your Plastic Storage Bins

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