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Labels are your best friend when organizing

2A few weekends ago I completed my pantry organization project. If you read the post you’ll see I was very satisfied with the results. My pantry was 300% better than it was before.

However I made a mistake. I forgot to label some of my canisters. Specifically the large canister where I store flour. You ask, how could that be a mistake. Well… I know the canister has flour but I don’t know what type. Is it white flour, wheat flour, bread flour…  I just don’t know (Actually I know it’s not white flour but I’m not sure if it’s wheat or bread flour).  Nor do I know how old it is.  I also don’t know what type of beans are in the other canisters although I bet my wife knows.

Many of the canister I used I kept the original label inside of the canister. This way I know exactly what is in it.  I should have done this with the flour.

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So, learn from my mistake. Be sure to either label your canisters or tear off the original label and store it inside the canister.

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4 Responses to Labels are your best friend when organizing

  1. Deb Lee @ Organize to Revitalize! December 18, 2008 at 3:17 pm #

    I was tempted to buy another Dymo when I visited Staples last week. I already have two LetraTags (and a Label Writer Duo)so I talked myself out of it. =) I’m very excited for you and your new label maker. You’re going to love it!

  2. Jim Deitzel December 18, 2008 at 2:57 pm #

    I hear you. A brand new Dymo label maker is coming my way on Monday. I’m very excited.

  3. Deb Lee December 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm #

    I love to label everything. When you put labels on clear containers, it makes life so much easier even though you might you know exactly what’s inside. On hectic days when your brain cells are fried, labels can come in very handy. =)

  4. Julie Bestry December 15, 2008 at 3:13 pm #

    Trust me, it could have been worse. My mother has a habit of reusing whatever (washed) container fits her need. Many years ago, a friend was visiting and proceeded to help me make popcorn. She went to the cabinet, pulled out the small jar purportedly containing butter salt, but found something wasn’t quite right once she’d been “shaking” for a while. My mom, unused to anyone outside the family using the kitchen, had filled an empty buttersalt jar with cinnamon-sugar. Let’s just say it made for interesting popcorn flavoring.

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