Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Organization and Simplification

These are two things our apartment needs desperately. We have roughly 840 square feet to work with and I feel like we're not working with it wisely.

So, in a sudden burst of motivation today I decided to take action! I've been looking for a solution for the many bags of flour, wheat flour, oats, confectioners sugar, granulated sugar, brown sugar!!! Ahhhh!!! Then I read this post awhile ago and found my solution. Mason jars! That was it.

 Then at my in-laws the other day it came up that I wanted to go to the Super Flea with hopes of finding cheap ones (they're a bit pricey at the grocery store) and Rose said she had a ton and to take some. Score! So I came home with 8 large mason jars last night and went and bought new rims and lids today and got to work.

I gave them a good wash and got out all my random bags of flour, sugar and everything else I have. As soon as they were dry as a bone (moisture=bad news) I got to filling.

And this is what I ended up with. Eight jars, neat as a pin. I'd like to go back and get even more to store rice and pasta in. Silly me, I almost only took 4 and was talked into eight and now I want more! 

I know it may not seem like a big thing, and it may not be saving me tons of space, but I feel good about it. And hey! you've got to start somewhere.


  1. They look so cool- I love it! I dont know if you want to label them or not, but I have a cool idea if you do. Let me know!

  2. I was thinking about asking to borrow your label maker. What's your idea?

  3. Very nice looking Allison. Now if they would only make Mason jars big enough to hold sweaters and jeans and shoes and purses ahhhh!

  4. hey, it's a work in progress:)

  5. Chalkboard paint! Like this: http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2011/03/diy-colored-chalkboard-vases/
    Then you could change the labels if you changed the contents. And it would look cool. :) Just a thought!

  6. Very good idea, and then you maximize your space because you don't have different sized everything. This is going on my to-do list although mine won't look as cool since I have to opt for something non-breakable due to grabby-mc-garb-a-lot.

  7. Jen you should use the OXO containers. They're awesome and would perfect for this too. They can be sort of pricey, but TJ Maxx has them sometimes so you can buy them individually.