3 ideas for pantry organization

“If I buy a new apartment and design it perfectly, will you write about it on your blog like you did about Lana’s and Nikola’s apartment?” – asked Ana the other day.

“Well sure, but apartment doesn’t have to be new, nor designed perfectly, to be featured on our blog.”

“But I only have a few lovely corners in my current home, and the rest of the space is – meh.”

Now, you probably don’t know Ana, which is a shame – because she’s actually the most beautiful and the funniest girl, who occasionally makes a great point. You see, from the beginning of our blog adventure, we wanted upgradesign to be about both design and upgrades.

About home improvements, no matter how small.

And that’s exactly what we did a few weeks ago.

Nina  – and you know Nina, she styled this table, designed Mila’s room and let us feature her apartment –  asked us to solve an organizational issue for her. She bought dozen identical glass jars to store food in the kitchen. The shelf looked beautiful, but after her husband used powdered sugar instead of flour while preparing breakfast, it became quite clear those gorgeous jars are not functional without labels.

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She gave us some guidelines: she wanted to easily wash the jars while she’s doing the dishes and it was important to make the labels removable (when she decides to use the jar for something else) and of course also rewriteable/redoable. Which is great because it is so much easier for us to think of a few options when we have some important things defined.

Here’s what we figured right away: we’re not going to make paper stickers because those are awful to remove. Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to remove the sticker from a pretty jar of marmalade to use it for something else, and it’s just not going away…

So we brainstormed for a while and came up with three solutions for Nina to choose from.

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Paper tags

Paper tags are great! You just need an A4 or A3 paper (depending on how much tags you need) a thicker one – at least 120 gsm (grams per meter), a drawing pen and a thin rope.
We made 3,5 x 6 cm tags and made a hole at an angle, wrote a name in the middle of course, slipped a rope through a hole and laced it up around the jar.

So simple and it looks amazing.

Embossed labels

This one is even easier BUT you have to have the embossing label maker at home (like this one here). We’re lucky to have it because Petra is a little freakish when it comes to organization and has to have anything that can make her life ‘easier’. So if you have this little machine at home you know how easy it is to write something on it, remove the tape protection and paste it on the jar.
Petra swears it’s the best thing ever and she is even planning to replace it with a bit better machine (’cause she’s crazy!).

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Paint marker writing

This one is the most minimalistic approach of all. It is pretty easy nowadays to buy a waterproof paint marker for glass/metal/plastic in almost any bookstore (make sure it is water-based). We decided to write a name of stored ingredient directly on the jar. We used a white marker to make it less noticeable since the jars are stored in the back part of the kitchen island.

If you make a mistake you can quickly remove the writing with a paper towel, and just rewrite it. The paint marker dries pretty quickly (in less than a minute) and after that, it won’t smudge off.  And since the marker is water-based you can remove it in the future with a rough sponge, a little bit of water and some scrubbing.

Nina decided to go with the third option so we (read: Petra) had some fun writing all those ingredients down. 🙂

pantry organization | kitchen organization | jar labels | jar tags | organization containers

pantry organization | kitchen organization | jar labels | jar tags | organization containers

pantry organization | kitchen organization | jar labels | jar tags | organization containers

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Lovely, right? How about spending a few hours this weekend upgrading one annoying corner of your home? Do it few more times, and there’s no way you’ll think your home is “meh”.

photos: © upgradesign

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4 thoughts on “3 ideas for pantry organization

  1. Predivno! Ja sam naljepnice obično printala na papiru pa ih prelijepila folijom, tj. plastificirala ih. Sad imam ovakve slične papirne i napravljene lejbel mejkerom (moj nažalost nema opciju utiskivanja, nego samo printa). Nego, jedno pitanjce, je l’ se ove napisane markerom ne razmrljaju?


    1. Ne…cak se i jako brzo osusi, a s obzirom da je marker na bazi vode moze se prati dok god se koristi blaga strana spuzvice i ne trlja se pregrubo, a u slucaju da se posuda treba iskoristit za nesto drugo onda se samo s vodom i grubom stranom spuzvice naziv moze lako sastrugat. 🙂 sve provjereno i isprobano unaprijed 😉


    1. Thank you very much! 🙂 To us this one with marker works very well with this kitchen, but we (especially Petra) love embossed labels and we don’t know if we would make that decision as quick as Nina did. 😀

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