Things got a little messy around here after Christmas (anyone else leave wrapping paper, boxes, and bows laying around for about five days before finally having the energy to clean up? :-p), and part of my New Year’s resolutions include being more organized about keeping our house clean. So what better way to start getting organized than by putting a few more labels on jars and containers in the kitchen?!
Other than the canisters for dried herbs and the magnetic spice rack I set up last year, nothing in our kitchen is labeled. These plain white ceramic jars on our counter store flour and sugar etc. We mostly remember which jar is which, but I figured a few labels couldn’t hurt, and they might even class it up a bit!
Look how fun these are!
I’ve had a picture in my mind for at least 8 months of exactly what I wanted these labels to look like, and now look exactly like I had hoped! I was hesitant to try making them earlier because cutting out that level of detail by hand is not the easiest thing to do. But I recently got a Silhouette CAMEO as a little gift for myself (yay Black Friday sale!) and I knew this was the PERFECT first project!
(After, of course, testing the machine out by cutting out a fun little heart from a Post-It note to stick to JM’s computer.)
But this post isn’t a tutorial on making labels with a Cameo, it’s about getting organized in the kitchen. Labels are a great way to organize things! And they’re so quick and easy to do. You definitely don’t need a Cameo to make labels, just tear off a piece of paper, write with a pencil, and tape it on! I love the way these labels look, but first and foremost, labels are USEFUL. You can make them nice looking or uniform if you want, but at least start by getting a few labels on some things.
Even if you know what’s in all of your containers, it can’t hurt to put labels on jars, tupperware, bins, bags, boxes, drawers, shelves…anything really! This way, not only do you know (and remember!) which things go where, but others can help you put things away. Also, having a label on a bin helps keep things organized, because it’s really hard to put something that doesn’t belong into a bin that’s clearly marked.
Labels can also help make friends, family, and guests feel more comfortable in your kitchen. When I visit other people I hate just sitting around while the hostess bakes or cleans or whatever, but I don’t want to be in the way or make more work by asking “Where does this go?” or “Where can I find a glass for water?” every ten seconds.
Labels can help you get (and stay) organized, and they can help other people find their way in your house. I know I can’t be the only one whose perfectly rational organizing system makes absolutely no sense to anyone else. Right?
So next time you are in your kitchen, take a quick look around. Could anything use a label?
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