Organize Dry Pantry Items With Ikea Jars and Chalk Markers!


I’m not going to lie to you. It’s an absolute MESS in our baking/spice cabinet.
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We have all of this stuff in different wares of tupper and unusually sized containers and it’s been driving me nuts for quite a while. First world problem, I know. But we have THREE containers of cocoa!!! THREE! This is madness. And something must be done immediately.
organize dry pantry items with ikea jars and chalk markers , closet, organizing
Enter Ikea’s KORKEN Jar w/lid. Not long ago my sister mentioned she grabbed similar jars of assorted sizes for pantry items at her new pad.
So I STOLE her idea and here I am today making it my own. She can’t really be mad though, I mean she got a pretty sweet industrial pipe shelving unit out of me. Just have to take the good with the bad I guess!
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Despite my constant jabs at Ikea and their “meatballs”, they have some pretty great jars. They come with rubber gasket to keep your pantry items air-tight and happy.
organize dry pantry items with ikea jars and chalk markers , closet, organizing
While the Ikea jars are 2 legit 2 quit, their markers SUCK for writing directly on glass. Granted, they’re really meant to be used on the Ikea labels, but I want to write directly on the glass. I have needs too, Ikea!
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Here’s Ikea’s chalk paint marker…pitiful!
organize dry pantry items with ikea jars and chalk markers , closet, organizing
So I grabbed these American Craft permanent chalk markers from Amazon. Here I am practicing on an old mason jar. One problem that I’m running into by writing directly on the glass is legibility. I think doubling the font weight will help with that, but keeping the handwriting nice seems to be an issue.
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The problem with trying to double the font weight is that when you go over the dried marker, it removes your previous stroke. It’s like…a nightmare!
organize dry pantry items with ikea jars and chalk markers , closet, organizing
I’m done with the word sugar. I’m moving on. It’s just not working out between us. I’m in love with coffee. As a matter of fact, I always have been! But it’s got no ride and still lives with its mom so I need to go pick it up.
I stole some paper from my toddler’s sketchbook to get a makeshift funnel going all up in hea!(up in hea!)
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My favorite of the jars looks second worst! I was trying so hard, too! I was being very careful when doubling up on the text, which made this way too rigid. But…
organize dry pantry items with ikea jars and chalk markers , closet, organizing
By the time it was cinnamon o’clock, I started to get my act together.
organize dry pantry items with ikea jars and chalk markers , closet, organizing
And just when I was finally starting to feel like my old self again, brown SUGAR shows up! I’M CALLING THE COPS!
organize dry pantry items with ikea jars and chalk markers , closet, organizing
So at this point I just need to throw down some sans serif sweetness. It’s getting too late! I don’t want to miss my full house reruns tonight!
organize dry pantry items with ikea jars and chalk markers , closet, organizing
FINISHED!
organize dry pantry items with ikea jars and chalk markers , closet, organizing
Let's get these jars into their new habitat and see how they feel!
organize dry pantry items with ikea jars and chalk markers , closet, organizing
I put some cherry wood behind the jars to make them look nicer. I think it worked?
Anyway! This was a fun little weekend project that helped us organize our out of control pantry. Hopefully my sister comes up with another idea I can steal soon! What did you do to organize your kitchen? Do you have a sister I can steal ideas from? Mine may be tired of my nonsense…
Rick

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  • Lala
    on Dec 27, 2016

    Great idea! What about expiration dates? Where did you write them?

  • Catherine
    on Dec 23, 2017

    I need bigger jars to put whole cans of coffee and sugar. Anybody have any ideas for bigger jars?

    • Pat17341816
      on Dec 25, 2017

      I like square containers for this, they fit better and not so much wasted space.

  • Paula K. Varble
    on Dec 24, 2017

    So doesn't this require another storage cabinet to store the original containers that has the rest of the food in them?

    • Ian B
      on Nov 10, 2018

      That has always been my argument, with this or Tupperware etc you buy bulk coffee or flour etc and it doesn’t all fit so you end up with both packages, or you get low so you buy more but don’t want to mix old and new. Then there is the big container for 10 pounds of flour wit three ounces left and takes up all the room. I love the look but the logistics don’t work.

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  • Sue
    on Dec 29, 2017

    Rick you are soooooo funny you should be on the road with the comedians and thanks for making me laugh the whole time I was enjoying reading your great ideas. I do have some things in the jars but I like the idea you have of doing other things like coffee and flour in them. My flour is in zip lock bag in the fridge and coffee stays in the can it comes in. I used to like the metal Maxwell House cans but the plastic I do not like and it doesn't keep the coffee as fresh as metal did so I will start seeing what sealed top jars I already have and get some of the big ones next trip to the store. THANK YOU for this idea!

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