10/8/12

The pantry, jarred



Before, I had a plastic box with plastic bags exploding from it. Sometimes the bags broke. We haven't had bugs or mice, but I'm sure they would have been in heaven if they had discovered this shelf.

Now, I have a nice, tidy pantry shelf with clearly labeled jars. No more plastic bags. I have invested in additional jars, and I am saving other containers (the huge cottage cheese containers are just right to hold a two-pound bag of brown or powdered sugar).

Everything is clearly labeled and easy to find. Now I know what I have and how much. Now I can use up odds and ends that need to go.

No more bags.

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After

9 comments:

  1. Looks great I love jars I am always looks for unusual ones at yard sales.

    Erika

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  2. What a fantastic idea.. The pantry looks great.. I am definitely going to steal this idea.Thanks for sharing.

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  3. But you still have to buy the bulk bin items in bags at the store??

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    1. Yes, I buy the items in plastic bags. The jars are just helping me keep organized at home.

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  4. Looks great!

    We sometimes bring our empty jars to the store and have them weight them before fill them with bulk items. That way, we don't bring home more or less than the jar holds, and we don't have to bother with the plastic bags.

    I've read that you can take the ink off sour cream and cottage cheese containers with acetone nail polish remover. I haven't done it, but I think it would be great, because then I could label them with a dry erase marker, and we'd know what was in them without opening.

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    1. I actually tried using nail polish remover on my containers last week. I used a whole bottle and hardly got any of the color off—I decided it's just not worth it for me. Maybe I did something wrong.

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  5. Looks nice. We're still not out of pickles from that 128 fl. oz jar of pickle slices. Any ideas for the jar, let me know.

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    1. I have a giant pickle jar that I want to use for storage, but I can't get the smell out of the lid. I've tried leaving it out in the sun, washing it ten times, bleaching it, leaving it in baking soda . . . and yet the smell always comes back. I give up!

      The jar smells fine. I wish I could find a way to get the lid to give up its smell, or that I could think of a way to use the jar without the lid.

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  6. You just crushed my dreams. I'm just kidding! I was thinking of using it to save pennies, but wondering now how hideous I would look in the end, going to the bank with pickle-smelling pennies.

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