Extreme organization.

Extreme organization.

You’re going to either love me or hate me for this post.

Graham got me a label maker for Christmas this year.  Yes, it was on my Christmas wish list.  I write a lot of messy looking labels in the home office and well, I’m an office supplies nerd so I was really happy to receive it on Christmas morning.

On one of my days off last week I started to clean out my pantry, which had been reduced over the last year to a jumbly pile of zip-lock baggies filled with various herbs and spices, some from the garden, some from the Bulk Barn.  I could no longer tell what the heck was in there and I’m pretty sure there were still some jars and containers of ingredients that Graham owned when I first met him, FOUR years ago.  Lordie.

As I was pitching baggies into the garbage, it dawned on me.  “I can use my label maker!”

A couple of hours later, I was even a little disgusted with myself.  And this.

I can actually see what’s in there and find what I need for cooking.  I love it.  And I realize it may make me slightly insane.  I’m okay with that.

Lots of bloggers I know are participating in some cool bloggy projects this year, like Whoorl and Schmutzie, who are doing Grace in Small Things, or Casey at Moosh in Indy who’s doing Project 365.  I would have liked to do Project 365, a daily photograph challenge, but I left my camera at my friend’s house on New Year’s Eve and missed out on the first five days or so of the year.  Instead, I’m going to do Org Junkie’s Monthly Organizing Round-up.  January’s challenge will be to organize the filing cabinet, for example.  Our house is in pretty decent shape but there are definitely some organizational projects I’d like to tackle this year, and I’m hoping that having a group of bloggers to support me will be inspirational.

Also, my menu plan for the week of January 5 is up at For the Love of Leftovers.

14 thoughts on “Extreme organization.

  1. Love it! Hey there’s nothing wrong with practicality – especially if it saves receiving unwanted useless gifts from the man in your life! (seriously, just how many hankies does he think I need?!)
    I actually have what looks like a very similar set of tupperware – currently dotted in and around my kitchen cupboards storing anything from rice and pasta to screws and rawlplugs!! (no, really!) So I can feel some labelling coming on….!
    I so need to get organised and decluttered – thanks for the links in this post – will be following a few of those up for sure! x

  2. Good for you, and yes I do hate you just a little bit LOLOLOL. I wish I had the time (or the skills) to be that organized. Maybe you could come over with your labelmaker to my house, boy would you have fun here 😉

  3. I absolutely LOVE it. In fact, I quickly went to Amazon to look for a label maker for myself. Right now, I like in the world tiniest apartment, so it seems a little pointless to try to organized to this degree, but in 6 months when I move I am TOTALLY labeling everything like you have!!

    I wonder if Boyfriend will think it is too unromantic for a Valentines Day gift…. 🙂

  4. Hubby has a label maker…I think I’m going to borrow it now and try some re-org myself! I have some spices in tins that I sometimes have to guess over. (Dried oregano and basil, for instance…who can tell?)

  5. Oh, that’s awesome! I’m not organized enough to have everything in similar-sized containers (but I *have* to consider that — how much neater would my pantry be?!?), but I’d love a uniform way to date when I purchased things so I could easily determine how long they’d been living with me!

  6. Not only do I love you for this, but I actually think that making those labels sounds like FUN. I think there might be something wrong with me.

  7. Very impressed by this… I am single father of four and my children live with me. I am constantly trying to figure out whats what when cooking. Are you for hire and can organize my kitchen?

  8. LOL, you are my soul sister, apparently! I even have a post on my own blog about almost the same thing — organizing my kitchen cabinets a few weeks ago. And also Project 365. I’m addicted to my label makers (yes, plural!) — watch out, they are extremely habit-forming!

    Now I’m off to check out the other projects you mentioned! I came to your site via Plain Jane and can’t wait to read your other stuff!

  9. I love my label-maker. Our house has virtually no organization, which drives me crazy and is one of my plans for this year – to get at least parts of thehouse in order and purge anything there isn’t a place for.

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