It's that time again! Time for another Silhouette Challenge! My favorite part of participating in these challenges is the motivation to get some projects done. This month's theme is organization. And boy does my house need some of that! My project has been 2 years in the making, so I needed the extra motivation to finally finish it! What a great feeling! And now I'm in the organization zone, so I can't wait to check out all of these other great projects for some more inspiration!!
My first organizational project on my list was the kitchen. I've been working on getting all of our spices organized and in the same type of container for a while.
The Target brand spices come in cute little jars and they fit perfectly into my vintage Coke bottle crate. I loved going through all of our spice containers to find out we had so many duplicates! Who needs 4 containers of paprika? Really? I don't make that many deviled eggs!
Spices done. Next step, pantry. So a couple years ago I redid our whole pantry, it was actually one of my first projects after purchasing a Silhouette. It's been great. I bought a bunch of jars, made a bunch of labels and gave everything a nice new home. I love my husband to death, but he can not keep a pantry organized to save his life. He doesn't understand the need for homes. So every so often I have to sort through something like this to get it back to normal.
Before I printed labels out on standard label paper, which I do not recommend! My husband swears I have constant wet hands while cooking. I of course denied it, but the proof is in the labels. The ink smeared and the labels wrinkled, and they turned into a big mess. I knew at some point I would need to redo them, but there goes that whole motivation thing again!
I needed something a little more water resistant. I thought I would just do clear labels like the ones I did for the spice jars, but turns out they don't stick too well to the frosted glass jars (which are from Ikea by the way). So I went with vinyl. The weeding process was a little tedious (a LOT tedious), but they were much easier to install than the labels. Vinyl is easier to re-position and I found that the rounder shape was more forgiving when I didn't get it on there perfectly straight...which was ALL of them.
I'm hoping these will last longer than the last ones, but I know they will be easier to remove if and when I do change my mind. The previous labels were a pain. I had to get soap and water involved. It was worth it though, I love how they turned out. They kind of look etched into the glass!
Another obstacle I didn't have last time was food allergies. I constantly worry about my son getting into something he's not supposed to, or my husband and I accidentally adding something in that he's allergic to. I wanted the no-no's to stand out in the pantry, just as an extra bit of precaution. All I did was add a bright border around the label and now they are very noticeable. It's great for us, and even better when we have a babysitter.
Everything has a home again and all is right with the world!
I really went all out on this re-do. I even added the cooking instructions on certain items.
And since I was on a roll, I decided to tackle the last item on my to do list. I've been making my own spice blends for tacos and chili and even onion soup mix. To make my life a little easier I decided to put the recipe on the top so when it's time to refill I don't have to go look up the recipe.
I love checking things off the list! I have so many more projects to tackle in the new year. But now I can at least sleep knowing my pantry is not in disarray. Labeling is a disease!
Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
1. Please Excuse My Craftermath... // 2. Simply Kelly Designs // 3. Daily Dwelling // 4. Ginger Snap Crafts // 5. Our Southern Home // 6. Sowdering About // 7. The Moberg Family // 8. Decor Adventures // 9. Pineapples and Pinecones // 10. Patina Paradise // 11. The Thinking Closet // 12. It Happens in a Blink // 13. Adventures in All Things Food // 14. From Wine to Whine // 15. Practically Functional // 16. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 17. unOriginal Mom // 18. One Dog Woof // 19. Creative Ramblings // 20. My Favorite Finds // 21. Create it. Go! // 22. A Prudent Life // 23. Where The Smiles Have Been // 24. Barb's Life // 25. Everyday Paper // 26. Pitter and Glink // 27. Peanut Life Adventures // 28. Feto Soap Blog // 29. Our Rosey Life // 30. Two Purple Couches // 31. My Paper Craze // 32. TitiCrafty // 33. Lil Mrs Tori
Hope you can get into the organizational mood too!