One of my latest obsessions, like a good portion of us, has been to get organized and have systems. In my youth I could have cared less about being organized, just ask my family, some of the stories are pretty legendary! As an adult, I find that I want to be more organized, but could never figure out the best way for it to work for me. Thanks to Marie Kondo and The Home Edit I began to search even more for different options that might work.
I mean, I love a pre-printed label but does anyone really also have the exact same brand and item in containers that often besides kitchen staples? For me, I feel like I am constantly changing brands and varieties, then not remembering exactly what I bought which I find frustrating. So my system needed to be very adaptable.
The storage containers were pretty easy. I have a mix of Rubbermaid Brilliance, Rubbermaid FreshWorks, and classic Ball Glass Jars. The Rubbermaid Brilliance and FreshWorks containers store easily and their unique shape make them very stackable. The Ball Jars are perfect for my deep drawers and are used mostly for dried bean and grain storage.
The next step was to find a way to label my containers so that I knew exactly what I was cooking with! For the Ball Glass jars, it was easiest to just cut the portion of the label and slide it in the front of the jar and pour the contents behind it. The rest of it was the challenge!
Then I found exactly what I was looking for, Sharpie Oil Based Paint Markers! I wish I could remember the blogger who posted about using the markers to label containers for general household storage, but sadly I can't find it. After I read her blog I wondered if I could use the same markers for what I needed? So I searched online to find them in stock locally and off to the store I went to the Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers. Our local Jo-Ann's Fabric had the best selection which I was all about!
The Sharpie Markers have made labeling easy and allow me to write exactly what is in the container. The best part about the Sharpie Marker is they easily rinse away. Now I use them on as much as I possibly can, even to label and date our leftovers!
In my house, there seems to be a recurring problem of my husband eating leftovers that I just didn't get thrown away in time. Now I use the markers to label the containers so that he can see the date of when we made it and know when something has been in the fridge a little too long. Well, at least I hope he makes the right decision......
If you are like us and seem to buy fresh produce to turn around the next day and find it moldy or spoiled then you need to get the Rubbermaid FreshWorks a try! Again, I was skeptical at first, but now they are another thing I couldn't live without. With our schedules, sometimes we eat most of our meals at home and we go through our fresh produce fast. Other times, I have to sit back and think when the last time we actually had a home-cooked meal?
Using the Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers we have been able to keep produce fresher longer which allows us longer to use what we have versus having to throw it away when we get a chance to eat at home. During the pandemic is has been wonderful to know that we have these containers and that they helped us reduce our food loss especially when stores were barely able to keep the shelves stocked.
It was a process to figure out what works best for us, but this is something that we have kept up for months now and I am thrilled to finally have a solution. I hope this has helped you realized that there is no one size fits all when it comes to storage and what works for you, but gives you an idea of other possibilities that might help you to figure out what you need to stay best organized in your own home!