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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Winter Organizing

Are you in the depths of winter or are you bathed in sunshine?  Old Man Winter blasted my city with lots of snow and freezing temperatures this week.  Here's how it looked in my neighbourhood. 

Please forgive the poor quality of the photos as they were taken with my camera phone, the wind was howling, the snow was sleeting into my face and my fingers were frozen popsicles.

Now is the time to stay close to hearth and home.  Even though it's not yet Spring,  I have been feeling the onset of Spring Fever.  I've been wanting to organize my kitchen cupboards for some time and, when I thrifted a vintage Dymo labelmaker complete in a box with extra rolls of tape, I was thrilled.

Do you see what the label on the Dymo labelmaker says?  I was so touched when I saw that.  I've decided to leave it on.  Is that a strange thing to do?  For some reason, I feel like, whoever once owned it, is happy that his old Christmas present has found a new owner who appreciates it and is making good use out of it.  Perhaps I'm letting my imagination run away with me?

I had so much fun making labels for my jars.  I know, such a nerdy thing to admit. I used to just cut the label off the packet and pop it into the jar.  However, I found that only worked for large jars and even then it was tricky because the label was often obscured by the contents.  With the jars labelled front and center, I know what the contents are as soon as I open my cupboard doors.

I have a weakness for vintage jars.  I keep my lentils in a vintage French "Le Parfait" mason jar.  I don't come across them too often and, when I do, the rubber gasket is more likely than not, dried up and cracked.  I don't know if it is possible to buy new replacement rubber seals or gaskets?  As I had pulled out my pantry jars, I took the opportunity to wipe down the shelves and do a bit of reorganizing.  I was appalled at the state of the shelves.  I am embarrassed to admit that there was a good quantity of crumbs and spillage.  Now things that I use most often are near the front and lesser used things are towards the back.  I'm very relieved that that is one household project I can tick off the to-do list.

I hope that, if you are snowed in, that you are keeping warm.  Let me know what you've been doing to keep yourself occupied.  Do you have Spring Fever or cabin fever?  If you are in a warmer clime, please send some sunshine my way!


Marium said...

Great labelmaker, I just sold one and was sad to see it go. I would leave that label on, too. I love those little touches of personality!

Jill said...

I'd leave it on too, makes you wonder about "Dad". My Dad had one of these and used it all the time!

Wendy said...

Hi, in Florida and sending some sunshine your way. :) I love the label maker... I'd be labeling -everything-!

Donna Wilkes said...

No snow - just a chilly rain. Why did the old Dymo labelmakers go away? I am glad you kept the Merry Christmas on the Dymo. Wish I had your energy to clean out all the cupboards!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love my labelmaker and play with it, too! I would definitely leave that wonderful old label on it...tells a story! Thanks so much for stopping by my cabinet post, and for your nice comment!

Ivy and Elephants said...

You have been a busy bee! Keep the label, so much a part of it's history.
Thanks for sharing with us.

Diann said...

Wonderful post! I have been really trying to embrace this time of the year and enjoy some homebody time. Thank you for sharing this post with us at TTF.

Leah Orr said...

I have major Spring fever! Im tackling some organization projects too and I certainly need to pick up a label maker! I am your newest folllower!


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