When I look into my cupboards and see how pretty things look it actually calms my mind and spirit. How crazy is that!?
So last year I started to really organize my cupboards. I took it a step further this week. It happens when I get bored. I purge, I clean and I organize.
I try and buy as much food from the Bulk Store as an as I detest absolutely everything about throw away packaging. I don't need anything fancy, just scoop it into a baggy and let's get on with the cooking. At times, the plastic containers for organizing are fully coloured and you can't see how much product you have left in it. Then due to Murphy's Law,you know that the one time you need it, you'll have crumbs in the bottom. That's when using glass can be a Godsend. You know every time you peer into the cupboard exactly how much you have left in the bottom of that jar.
Seeing that it's the end of canning season, Mason Jars are usually on sale right now. The best place I've found to buy the jars are at the local Canadian Tire. I was able to find 12 Jars with lids on sale for $9. Heck the Dollar Store can't even beat that.
With all the concerns over BPA chemicals in plastic (which is what I WAS storing them in) I thought it was time to do the switch-eroo.
I had some round brown labels that I printed off for some of the jars. I mean honestly?? if you don't know what popcorn looks like?? However the Oat Flour and the Brown Rice Flour look pretty darn close. Same with the Flaxseed and the Ground Hazelnuts. Heck you can label all of yours if you wish, but you just KNOW that they'll get messy in a few years and you'll have to relabel them all.
I love mason jars as they hold a good amount, they are frugal to buy, they don't have BPA's in them, they organize easily. The square but rounded edges make for very little unused space. Someone somewhere was thinking.
I suppose it was a person with a massive kitchen or a man in an office that invented completely round containers. I find they leave way too much wasted space. I don't know about you but kitchen cupboard shelving in my household is always at a premium.
So get organizing! Think of how much kitchen Zen it will bring you and try your hardest to reduce the amount of packaging your family brings home from the store.