Get containers that will last a few years and reuse them. While some of the semi-disposable plastic containers can last quite a while when cared for appropriately, they tend to be best for sending food home with family members who don't bring back containers.
Avoid collecting containers that come as packaging, such as margarine and sour cream tubs, unless you have a specific purpose for them and regularly use them up.
Store less frequently-used containers somewhere else. The pie or cake carrier that only gets used on special occasions could go in the garage, on a high shelf, or under the corner of the counter where it's hard to reach. If you use it infrequently enough, get rid of it.
- Using a dish rack (for drying dishes)in the drawer or cabinet is a good way to keep the lids upright during storage. Also, the entire rack can be pulled out for easy searching.
- A napkin holder (or two) can also be used to store the lids upright. One can be used for round, one for square. These are usually available at the Dollar Store.
- Round containers make for wasted refrigerator and storage space. Stick to square or rectangular containers.