January 30, 2015

Organizing the Basement: Canning Jars

We are using the long, dark, snowy days of winter to reorganize, clean, and reset my home. Over the years, my beautifully set-up storage basement in the Winter House (where I live) has gotten quite disorganized. Things are mixed up, shelves are confused, more stuff has been added without thought as to where it should be put, etc. Just like any closet or pantry, a space like this has to be reorganized periodically. That’s what we are up to right now. The big beginning or SPRING CLEANING.

It is hard work and it helps to find the correct storage bins for your use: Home Depot, Staples, Target, and The Container Store are good places to look for an organized system. Try to buy one type of bin in several sizes that will give your space a neater appearance and still offer practical, safe, time- and space-saving solutions.

Once you start, it is hard to stop—you will be so pleased with the results. Now that my canning jars are very organized, I can start making more jam and jelly with the berries that are still in the freezer from last summer.

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