My Organized Spice Drawer

My Organized Spice Drawer

This post is sponsored by Brother

We’ve been really enjoying cooking meals in our newly remodeled kitchen over the past eight months! We were getting used to cooking outside or in our electric skillet in our laundry room, but it’s so nice to have a real designated space again for daily meals.

We try to eat at home as often as possible. We loved going out to eat during our remodel (and still do, let’s be honest there are great restaurants in Seattle). But with vegans, semi-vegetarians, non-dairy and all-around health conscious family members, cooking at home means we can all eat well (and more affordably) and have better control over what ingredients are in our meals.

A transition to more cooking requires better organization. Enter my Brother P-Touch D210 label maker. This little gadget is my new organizing BFF. Have you ever used one? It is addictive, but in the very best way.

My Organized Spice Drawer

Knowing what you are going to cook, having quality ingredients on hand and being able to find what you need when it comes time to prepare are key for us in being able to prepare healthier meals. Even when we were working on our kitchen, we thought about how we could be better equipped and organized for meal prep to make it more enjoyable to work in. This led to our decision to install four shallow drawers on either side of our stove and a Lazy Susan cabinet nearby for pots and pans to help maximize our kitchen space.

My Organized Spice Drawer

We mostly shop in bulk so we ended up with lots of small bags or jars of unidentified items stuffed in the drawer. Unlabeled bags or hard-to-read grocery store twisty ties made it difficult to know when something needed to be replenished. Disorganization was causing a slowdown in meal prep because we’d have to open up the bag and smell or taste things to make sure we knew what was in the bags!

While we’ve been excited to prepare daily meals, I’m actually not a great cook myself so if faced with missing ingredients for a recipe I’ll easily give up and order something. After a few too many pizza deliveries in recent weeks, ahem, I decided it was time to take our organization to the next level.

My Organized Spice Drawer

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With the P-touch, it is so easy to type in a word, print out a label, stick it on, and voilá, a minute or two later, you’re better organized. I LOVE IT!

I love that I don’t have to fear making mistakes. I can preview my label before I print it. I’ve also been having fun with different fonts, borders and symbols.

My Organized Spice Drawer

In fact, the P-touch offers 14 different fonts, 97 frames, and more than 600 symbols so you can really get creative and personalize your labels! The P-touch TZe tape is laminated, so it’s water, fade and temperature resistant – perfect for the kitchen.

My Organized Spice Drawer

Now that I’m on roll with organizing and my kitchen is in order, I have many more plans for labeling around the house! Stay tuned!

My Organized Spice Drawer

How could you get more organized with labels?

You can purchase the P-touch D210 labeler at Amazon, Office Depot, or Staples.

Happy Independence Day {+ Deals}

Happy Independence Day {+ Deals}

Hey, friends! Just wanted to pop in and say hi, as well as Happy 4th of July and Independence Day to my American friends, too.

We had company visiting (yay for a newly refreshed guest room!), so we’ve just been hanging out together relaxing on the patio or wandering around town enjoying the absolutely perfect summer weather we’ve had here in Seattle.

Happy Independence Day {+ Deals}

It’s been nice to take a few days off, of course, but I always miss chatting here when I’m gone. I look forward to returning and catching up soon because I have lots of fun stuff to share with y’all! :)

I really can’t wait to update you on our rug designs for the Annie Selke Dash & Albert rug competition this week!

Turns out designing a rug was a lot harder than I expected, ha! :) Fortunately you all shared such great ideas in the comments of the post that you really helped me along and inspired me.

I ran out of time to show you my options before I had to submit them, but I’m so excited to show you the designs you’ll be able to vote on this week (June 6). Stay tuned for that!

Also, if you are in the mood for shopping, below are some deals on lovely pieces as well as places I love to look for home-stuff (especially when they are having such amazing sales!).

This weekend I got myself a new outdoor umbrella and frame for the backyard. It’s a great time to pick up some fun summer items at a discount, too.

SCROLL BELOW TO SHOP or find a list below of places to check out holiday sales.

Happy Independence Day {+ Deals}

Scroll through the above thumbnails for some of my favorite sale finds.

Fourth of July Deals:

World Market extra 10% off + free shipping on $100+ online with code SUMMER

Target up to 30% 0ff home patio and furniture, 20% clothes shoes and accessories.

Pottery Barn buy more save more sale with code FIREWORKS

Joss & Main extra 20% off with code FIREWORKS

Wayfair up to 70% off

Lulu & Georgia Warehouse Sale – up to 70% off

Serena & Lily 25% off everything with code HAPPY4TH

West Elm extra 20% off markdowns, 20% off in-stock furniture, up to 50% off outdoor furniture with code SUMMER20

Overstock up to 70% off

One King’s Lane save up to 75% off

Pier 1 Imports extra 15% off with code EXTRA15

Enjoy the day!

Happy Independence Day {+ Deals}