Organize Your Snack Drawer with These Genius Tips
Organizing your snack drawer can be a frustrating endeavor—after all, snacks are rarely the same size, which can make arranging them into neat rows difficult. This is why professionals usually suggest decanting your favorite bites into uniform storage solutions, like matching baskets and containers. Not only will removing any packaging give you a more streamlined space, but it will also keep your snacks fresher (especially if you decide to store them in air-tight canisters). Ahead, more ways to keep your snack drawer in order, according to the experts.
To optimize this area, Kasey Moore, the CEO of Moore Organized, suggests separating your snacks into two categories. "The first is a grab-and-go snack section," she says; in this part of the drawer, she stores the snacks that are packaged individually, like single-serving crackers, fruit snacks, or bars. "These are categorized and displayed for a quick, easy option when you are packing the kids' lunch bags or rushing out on the way to the gym—or when one of the kids is having a meltdown and you need a fast distraction." This also creates a self-serve snack option for little ones, she notes.
Next, she suggests curating an at-home snacking section. "These snacks have been removed from original boxes or packaging and decanted into tightly sealed containers to enhance freshness and prolong shelf life," she says. "This section is not only functional—all snacks can be seen in their clear containers—but it's also the most satisfying to look at!"
Have a Plan for Overflow
You'll also want to create a plan for where you'll put leftovers that don't immediately fit into your containers, especially if you are a bulk shopper. "Otherwise, clutter will develop in other areas of your home, such as the mudroom or garage," says Amy Davis, the owner LESS, LLC. "The size of the family ultimately determines how much space will be needed to store any back-stock." If you're a small bunch, she suggests placing large labeled baskets on the top shelves in your pantry. For larger family units, store non-perishable items in an extra closet, she says—or if space is an issue, create a back-stock shelving system. "Add labels to your system, so kids and partners know where to place the extras when unloading groceries," she adds.
Choosing containers that fit into your drawer is key—but they also need to be the correct type of canister for each snack. Kris Malkoski, the CEO of the Food Business Unit at Newell Brands, explains that pantry-centric options, like Rubbermaid's Brilliance Pantry Organization Collection ($45.44, amazon.com), are ideal for dry snacks (think cereal or cookies). Whatever brand you choose, be sure that the canisters have an airtight seal, are see-through, and fit into the contours of your space. Containers that offer "360-degree [visibility] and have crystal-clear lids and bases make it easier to find what you're looking for, so you won't run out to the store and buy something you already have," Malkoski notes.
Ultimately, there is no right or wrong way to organize this space, says Davis. "Create a simple system that you will implement consistently over time," she says. "Dividers and containers are your friend when it comes to maintaining an orderly snack station!" And no matter what you do, don't shop for storage supplies—like containers, dividers, or baskets—without measuring first. "Always plan ahead!" Davis advises.