Labels to the rescue! (By the way, I’ve never met a librarian who didn’t love love love office supplies, so having my own label maker is basically a dream come true. Of course, now I just have to convince Ella to let me use it occasionally, because apparently having one is her dream come true too).
One of my main pantry problems is that I buy a lot of stuff in bulk and then I end up with random bags with bits of things in them (or end up with four bags of the same kind of rice because I can’t find the original ones).
The other problem is that so many grains and spices and things look similar and so I end up staring into these bags, trying to figure out what they might be.
(You’re just so impressed by my organizational skills right now, aren’t you?)
I bought a bunch of 32-ounce mason jars because they are trendy.
Just kidding; I bought them because they are pretty much the cheapest glass storage you can buy (I bought 12 for $10 at Wal-mart which was the cheapest place I found them).
I also have plastic bins that I bought years ago for my bigger items like flour and sugar.
I spent a quiet half-hour one afternoon last week printing out labels on my Brother label maker and putting everything back nicely in the pantry. It was unbelievably gratifying to combine multiple bags of odds and ends into one nice jar.
And now, instead of being an embarrassing junk heap of garbanzo beans and chocolate chip bags, it looks like this:
Now to just put up some hooks for my aprons.
Plus! Brother is giving away a P-Touch label maker every day in January as well as a Grand Prize pack worth up to $2000. If you want to be a twin with Ella (printing out long labels that say ridiculously sweet things like “i love you to momy”), you can enter here.