Sunday, September 8, 2013

Better













With some clever rearranging, de-cluttering, cleaning and resourcefulness I turned can't-do into can-do and don't haves into haves without even spending a cent. The result gladdens my heart greatly - especially as our pantry cupboard is missing a door. It's been a good week. Do you like to keep glass jars for food storage?



You can do what you have to do,
and sometimes you can do it
even better than you think.
                               Jimmy Carter



39 comments:

Julie said...

Looks lovely - I have been recycling larger glass jars for this purpose too. It is always interesting seeing what other people store in their pantry.

✿ chica said...

Fica lindo tudo assim em vidros, bem arrumadinhos! Gostei! beijos,chica

s.c said...

Nice shots and I must admit I do the same sometimes and have glass pots with content on display on a shelf in the kitchen.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

You have inspired me to do this 'more' in my own pantry. I love seeing your jars of goodies, they make me want to cook something up.

Have a great day ~ FlowerLady

Sarah Lizzie said...

Looks like you've got a chef's pantry there Karen. Love, love the glass jars filled with all those colourful ingredients...looks very purty!!

Linda R said...

Everything looks so organized. I LOVE to put things in jars. I try to collect Old Ball jars.

Hugs~

cquek said...

wonderful jar.. neat and tidy

kramam said...

It looks great! A sight like this would also make me happy. The colours and shapes of all the beans and ingredients are beautiful! Maybe I should try this too, although I do not have so much space. I will keep it in mind!
Greeting, Anita

Carla said...

It all looks so delicious. When's dinner?

Elise Lea said...

Absolutely beautiful! My mother does this with all her food and spices as well with anitque jars, and I think it is stunning. I love all the different shapes and sizes you are using. It makes for a work of art on it's own - no pantry door needed.

flowersandhome said...

O yes I do like! And I even recognize some jarshapes you have. Isn't that amazing? Being on opposite sides of the world but with the same jars ;)
Have a lovely week Karen,
Marian
PS I always use glass jars as vases as well.

Diane AZ said...

What a great idea, they look really nice too! Lentils are my favorite. :)

geanina said...

It looks great! :)

Joyful said...

Looks very nice!

TheChieftess said...

Great idea!!! If I start collecting old jars will my cupboards look as neat and organized as yours???

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Beautiful! There's great light in these pictures Karen!

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Tonia said...

It looks so nice. I am starting a major cleaning/organizing project at my house this week. This was great motivation to me.

Joy said...

That is a nice idea:)

Lisa Gordon said...

This REALLY looks wonderful, Karen.
Well worth the effort.

Dirk Rosin said...

great photos !

Gina said...

Thanks for yet another great idea :)

Michelle said...

I also recycle my jars and you have made a lovely, lovely project of yours.

Erica Sta said...

Oh, it looks fine and what a great idea! Myself, we havn't enough space and it didn't know how to make. My grandmother knew such ... It was another time here. Now we take frozen our food.

Wish you a wonderful week, Heidrun

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Hi Erica, I also thought I didn't have the space.....
I really enjoy cooking from basics, especially soups and Indian foods in the cooler weather.

amanda | wildly simple said...

I LOVE glass jars for storage! We keep many of ours' out in plain view as well.
These look wonderful, in so many ways! Great photos, nourishing contents, and so organized!

Deanne Langford said...

lots of good things in your pantry! I love glass jars for mine too, I like the old coffee ones, but as I don't drink coffee I usually find them at op shops or garage sales

Mary said...

Beautiful glass display! I'm amazed at the number of different cereals and beans you have. I wouldn't know how to cook most of them!

Seeing Each Day said...

Such clear and invigorating photos. I get what you're saying in terms of clearing out and decluttering and getting organised. You should feel very pleased.

Jana said...

very inspiring, I am doing slowly the same at home:-) did u use jars u had finished, I love the high ones, such beauties when you fill them with beans/seeds/flowers:-) happy new week, you should be very proud of U!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Yes, all the jars were kept after we'd eaten the contents. I had stored the jars in various spots around the home as my pantry cupboard and kitchen aren't large. Some of the jars had been empty for a while but I couldn't part with them. I didn't think I had room to keep them all together, until I worked at it.

The very tall ones came with juice in them. The same juice now comes in plastic - not nearly so appealing.

EG CameraGirl said...

I love how clean and neat your jars look on the shelves!

Łucja-Maria said...

Hello Dear KAREN
I like beans, peas and all grains. Storage słoiach is a fantastic thing. And beautiful picture.
I send kisses and greetings.
Lucia

Rebecca said...

How funny. I've has a bunch of old blue canning jars collecting dust and just TODAY I started putting things inside to store them. I thought I was so clever. But you neat me!

Sarah @ mila+cuatro said...

Don't pantry stores look great housed in glass jars? Yours look lovely. I save glass jars but had to start from scratch after moving a few months ago, so don't have many yet, I love your tall ones.

Barb Brookbank said...

Your organized pantry is a dream! How inspiring!!

Loris Glassworks said...

Lovely photos and a great idea for all the old bottles I've been collecting. Thanks for sharing.
Cheers!
Lori in Atlanta

Michaela said...

Just love the photos! And some of the seeds too :)

Cathy said...

I have been converting my pantry items into glass storage this past year. My shelves are not as neat as yours though.

Should I say Congratulations! Yes, I think I should.

thefisherlady said...

'Better' ever feels better :) love this!

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