Confession time, with Becca.
I am a labeler. I have this thing–call it OCD, or just the need to not mess around with things in my home unless it is necessary–Things need to be labeled. From staple items in a pantry, to the contents of boxes, to homemade goods, to what switch does what on the entertainment center, my home has its fill of labels.
Full disclosure: I live in an apartment, and we don’t have a lot of space for storing things out of sight. This means that rather than having a nice tuck away place for all of those staple foods and bottles of various cooking ingredients, they are out in the open. Because of the layout of my apartment, anything in the kitchen is in full view of all the common areas in my home. Anyone in the dining room or living room for that matter, can see everything in the food preparation area. As such, my partner and I made a conscious decision to decant and store as much as we can in matching containers. This means that our ingredients now become an array of texture and color, rather than a topic of what brand of cereal we buy. It’s ‘art’.
Labeling is a way of unifying the look of a group of items. I find that labeling makes things seem clean organized, which is arguably the point. While I am cooking dinner, I do not want to have the niggling question in the back of my mind of whether that was the olive oil or canola oil that I just put in the pan. My partner is very tolerant of me and my labeling habits.
I use white, stick on labels called LabelOnce, and they are phenomenal (no, this is not a sponsored article!). This product comes in multiple sizes, which is handy for tight spaces. They allow you to write with permanent marker on them, and have an erasing system. These labels stick amazingly, and go through the dishwasher without a problem. Yes, really. This allows me to label to my heart’s content, and my storage is clearly marked.
When it comes to food, I find that I am labeling the contents and the date it was purchased or made. For cleaning products, such as our laundry solutions, its use and how much goes in the washer are noted. The myriad of accessories that accompany gaming consoles are stored under the couch in boxes, which are labeled by their console.
What do you label?