Organizing a Dry Goods Cabinet
Using plastic containers and a label making, I converted a messy dry goods and cereal cabinet into something more organized and user friendly. This easy DIY project only took me minutes to complete.
We all have them. Messy cabinets. Maybe you even have more than one. (Okay, that would be ME!) If your’s looks like ours, it is a natural disaster. What am I talking about? Kitchen cabinets that are out of control. Enough was enough and I knew it was time to take control over our cabinet space once again. I decided to start with the Cereal/Cracker Cabinet located above the microwave and oven. After a little shopping trip to get the perfect sized plastic containers I needed, I was ready to tackle the cabinet with fervor.
I have to say, the reason I started in this particular cabinet is because we are cursed with mealy mouths in this area where we live. These are little bugs that get into dried goods like rice and cereal, etc. Leaving the cereal in the original packaging wasn’t working any longer. Here is what I started with…I am ashamed to show you, but I have to share where I started so you can see the end result, right?
Can you find anything in there? I know I couldn’t. It was getting so bad I could hardly shut the cabinet doors. I used a series of these Rubbermaid Containers which are heavy-duty and inexpensive.
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I love how these Canister Systems stack so perfectly and fit my cabinet to a T. They are semi-translucent – and even though you can see what is inside, I wanted to go a step further and label the containers so I could see at a quick glance what I needed. (you know, old eyes!) 🙂 I used my new Epson LW-600P label printer to do this. *(disclosure: this particular label maker is no longer available. Here is a similar Label Maker by Brother.
I am in love with this little gadget. It’s so easy to use. You simply download the Epson app on your phone, and once you do – making labels is a breeze right from your mobile. There are a range of paper tapes for any organizing project or label needs. The label printer prints wirelessly fromyour smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac. via Bluetooth.
I used the app on my iPhone…
It took literally about a minute to print all the labels I needed.
The Kit comes with an AC Adapator (or you can use batteries if no outlet is nearby), and also includes several widths of label papers. I used the “Can’t see worth a hoot” size label paper. With very little effort, I went from a disaster of a cabinet, to this…
Nicely organized and easy to read containers…
The labels that came with the Kit were not self-adhesive, but you can order peel away, clear labels, etc. I just used some tape to attach the labels.
My husband came in as I was making these labels. He said I was having so much fun, I would be labeling everything. He was right. 😀
Now, I am off to see what else I can organize and
make labels for.
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