So you’ve settled on a bento box, picked out your cute accessories, and now… have to store them all somewhere.
I know the feeling.
For the better part of the year, I had all the little things crammed into a box, and my growing container collection hanging out wherever it wanted to. Some on my dishrack. Some in my corner cabinet. Some lids (omg, all the lids) playing hide-and-seek behind the flour jar.
Yesterday, I decided that if I wanted to survive this school year, I’d better get my act together. So this is what I came up with:
TOP LEFT: plastic cutters in a Container Store accessory box
BOTTOM LEFT: silicone cups and plastic sauce cups, also in a Container Store accessory box
TOP RIGHT: assorted fondant and mini cutters (Duff and Wilton brands) in an old lock n lock bento container
MIDDLE RIGHT: more fondant cutters in an old bento container
BOTTOM RIGHT: picks, nori punches, mini sauce containers, lunchskins reusable snack bags, and lunchbox love notes in an old lock n lock container
Then came the task of putting the tools and all my containers within the same zip code. It took a bit of rearranging, but I think I’ve come up with a pretty sustainable solution:
Now, listen: I have no organizational prowess whatsoever. There are reasons why I don’t post any pictures of my home here. So if I can do it, you surely can, too. It would be nice if I could group the plastics and stainless steels, but I’ll take it.
Here is the accessory box, at a very affordable $1.79:
And some other strong candidates I see after browsing The Container Store:
two-sided compartment box, (double the storage!) $1.99-$2.99, great for picks and small cutters:
large compartment boxes, $3.99-$4.99:
Translucent Hobby Case, $16.99 (love that it’s an all-in-one. Might get these for the kids’ homework tools):
Anything from the Smart Store system, since it’s totally customizable:
I’m sure the dollar stores would have something similar, and Michael’s and Joann’s with their ubiquitous 40% off coupons are always a good bet. Whatever you decide, go with what works for you and your needs, and in the spirit of bento, clean and simple.