I’m rather proud of my “new” recycled pantry organization – i.e. mason jars, and I thought, I might share this with you.
For the last year or so I worked at collecting jars with lids of the same size, in order to be able to stack them and to make canning easier. There are two very common lid sizes in German supermarket jars and I chose the wider one of the two (also to make refilling easier).
They sell pickles, canned veggies, canned meat, jam and so on in these jars over here, so there is a variety of sizes. My collection has small jars that hold about 200ml and big ones that hold 750ml.
I like about them that they’re pretty much “one size fits all” which means, if I have an open package of nuts, I can fill the remainders in a tightly closing jar that holds off bugs and stacks nicely in my pantry with the other jars. When there are no nuts (or whatever) in the house though, the jar goes back to its colleagues and doesn’t call for being refilled immediately. Those sweets you see in the pictures are an example of that. I will probably not replace them once they’re used up. When it’s canning season over here I might very well fill all those little jars with jam that served well as containers for seasonal spices in the christmas season. I also used them for storing the over-abundance of self-made christmas cookies last year (for the few weeks until they were all eaten), as well as for transporting food to friends or picknicks. They also do well for storing leftovers (or single egg-whites) in the fridge, as shakers for sauces (anyone else shaking their salad dressing?) and for cooking experiments like making my own joghurt or whatever.
I also occassionally cook in them (the ones with the straight sides do great for pudding).
What I really love about them though is that they all are recycled, I didn’t buy them on purpose, I just used packages of the food I bought anyway. Also, most of those glasses are made of recycled glass. And just as naturally as they came for free, they can be recycled any time. And if I transport food in them to friend’s houses I don’t have to care about getting the containers back. I can give them away just as freely as I got them in the first place.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter something you keep for another’s benefit. This often happens with grown children. For example Dad has a bunch of useful tools that he no longer uses but his three sons often come over to borrow them ~ In this case divvy them up between the sons and let them borrow from one another. If they don’t want to do that then feel free to sell them or give them to someone who does want them. Once again your home isn’t a storage unit or a free hiring service.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow