I Tried for Years to Organize My Messy Lid Collection, and This Smart $13 Organizer Finally Worked

published Dec 25, 2023
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Whenever my family moves, the kitchen is always the last room to be packed and the very first room to be unpacked — because it’s such an important space in the house. With such a critical function in the home and the sheer volume of traffic the space gets, kitchen organization directly impacts your day-to-day living. An unorganized, overfilled kitchen makes mealtimes frustrating and stressful, but an organized, efficient kitchen has the potential to make every day more peaceful. And I recently discovered the perfect organizing solution to one of my kitchen’s peskiest problems.

Of course, your kitchen should be set up to suit your life and household, but some kitchen organization challenges are pretty universal — like what to do with that tricky under-sink space, and how to manage your jumbled mess of food storage container lids

Credit: Shifrah Combiths

Food storage lids are challenging because they’re thin, slippery, often un-stackable, and come in various shapes and sizes. Plus, when you need one, you really need one! No one has the time (or patience) to shuffle through a tangled mess of lids to find what they need when leftovers need to be put away — so, organization here is especially important and tricky.

I’ve tried various strategies through the years, like trying to keep my lids stacked underneath my food storage containers, or stashing them above my containers on a wire rack. Both methods were okay, but I still had to poke around to get what I needed, the lids slid around, and none of it looked particularly nice and neat (which is important to me).

When we moved into our new house, I decided to try something different. I love an inexpensive organizing hack, but I’ll pay for good products if they offer significant value. And when I saw the YouCopia StoraLid Food Container Lid Organizer, I had to try it. Solving my food storage container lid problem once and for all would be well worth the price of two for $24.99 I spent. 

Credit: Shifrah Combiths

Did the lid organizer live up to my hopes? In a word, yes, and let me tell you why. First of all, the organizer is totally customizable. It has slots that you can fit dividers into, so you can sort your lids by size and configure the organizer accordingly. Second, the organizer allows you to store your lids vertically so that you can grab what you need with a simple touch — no unstacking and re-stacking (or lid avalanche) necessary. 

The organizer is versatile; you can put it in a cabinet, drawer, or pantry shelf and it will function equally well. Finally, because all the lids are sorted by size, you can actually see what you need. While I have the small size and it works well in my cupboard, it also comes in a medium, and an expandable large size with taller dividers.

The YouCopia StoraLid Food Container Lid Organizer has helped me wrangle my messy lid containers for good, which is a feat for my family of seven. Being able to access my lids without frustration has made a marked difference in how well my kitchen operates — and, more importantly, in how relaxed I feel in it. 

Buy: YouCopia StoraLid Food Container Lid Organizer, 2-Pack, $24.99