I went to put a bag of nuts away and I realized I have not done a very good job keeping my shelves very tidy. Some time ago, I attempted to embrace the Tupperware lifestyle but I never truly conceptualized what I use and which containers suited my needs. I’m very happy with the few containers I have purchased, but I wasn’t ready to commit to finishing my storage with all Tupperware.
I also have a somewhat problematic OCD addiction to saving food jars, particularly from Trader Joe’s foods because of the interesting shapes. I have recently developed a routine of cleaning the labels off and stacking them in a basket in my laundry room. I started this because old labels look terrible and the basket helps me keep my addiction under control. If it doesn’t fit in the basket, I throw it away. Maybe there’s hope for me yet!
I have found so many uses though for these jars. Come Christmas, when I give food gifts, I love to have interesting jars for my gifts. In the past, I just bought them from dollar stores but since I have discovered how simple removing the label is, I try to use more interesting, recycled jars. Of course I also use my food jars for storing and displaying items in my office.
Today, I decided to take most of what was in my cabinet and match it up to the empty jars in my basket. I came out pretty well with only one bag of pecans that didn’t completely fit in one jar. I buy most of my nuts from Costco because I use them up pretty quickly.
My husband will be cooking more over the next few months so I know he will appreciate this organization. I labeled the jars with a paint pen. I’m not totally sure but I think this will come off with finger nail polish remover or another household solvent. We’ll see! If not, oh well.
Overall, I had three containers of flour-type substance that were unlabeled, three bags of marsh mellows, a jar of coconut oil that was unseen and unused (sad!) and three containers of brown sugar. Of course I discarded the flour stuff. Two bags of marsh mellows were petrified. I consolidated the brown sugar into a Tupperware suited for the 2lb bag I usually buy from Costco, and of course I put that jar of coconut oil in the front where I can get to it.
Amy at New Nostalgia is my inspiration for getting my cabinets organized. I don’t know if that picture on her blog is her kitchen but it really makes me strive to keep my kitchen in better order. My jars may not all match but I am enjoying the look just the same. Beth.