These pro tips to organize your kitchen are part of a shop that has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are 100% mine. #PutALabelOnIt #CollectiveBias
My husband is an amazing chef and a 20-year veteran of the hospitality industry. Over the summer he helped his business partner launch a successful food truck and within the next couple months he will be hitting the streets and sharing his original creations in his very own food truck.
Of all his talents, organization is not one of his strong points! Fortunately, what they say about opposites attracting is true — while I am not too accomplished in the kitchen, I AM quite organized, so I am able to help him on the behind-the-scenes aspects of the business. With a little direction, he was more than willing to join in the organization fun!
One of the tools that has been such a huge help in maintaining order on the truck is the DYMO LabelWriter® 450. This is such a versatile label maker, with a variety of label sizes and templates which allow you to fully customize to your heart’s desire! The print is crystal-clear every single time — I absolutely love how clean these labels look!
Setup is very simple, as it is much like a regular computer printer. Install the software on your computer, plug in the power cord, connect the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Value Bundle Pack via included USB cable and you’re ready to start creating (it even comes with 4 different label rolls!) However, there is one way that the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 is NOT like a regular printer: it is a thermal printer, so you never have to buy ink! Awesome!!
With the DYMO LabelWriter® 450, I printed labels for food storage to show which items belong on which shelf and how many of each should be in stock at all times (known as the “par”). This makes inventory take much less time because you can see right away how much of each item should be on the shelf and know how much to order.
I also made labels for dry storage so when the staff is busy they don’t have to search for things like to-go lids, gloves, etc. One glance and you can easily see where everything is. Customers definitely don’t want to see you rooting around the truck while they are waiting for their food!
You can use these same ideas to organize your kitchen at home! Label your pantry shelves so when it’s time to do your weekly meal plan you’ll be able to tell at a quick glance what staples you need to replace. I’m even tempted to label our own fridge to keep in in order!
It’s easier than you would think to organize your kitchen and didn’t take more than an hour or two for us:
- First, we pulled everything off the shelves and put it on our kitchen table and counters where we could see it all.
- Then we grouped like items together.
- We tossed items that were expired, damaged, etc.
- Last, we placed these groups on the shelves and put a label on it — easy as that!
Labeling your home kitchen will also create a sense of accountability. You might have been tempted to just stick something on a shelf wherever there was space beforehand. But when there is a label right in front of you telling you what is supposed to go in that spot, you might have a hard time putting the “wrong” item there!
As a stay at home mom of a toddler, sometimes it can be tricky to find the time to go shopping (not a good idea to mess with naptime!), so I ordered my DYMO LabelWriter® 450 from Staples.com. I got an amazing price (you’ve got to check out Staples Daily Deals!) and it was delivered to my doorstep within a couple days. However, the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 is also available in select stores — click here to look for a location near you. Here’s me ordering from my “office:”
I love my new DYMO LabelWriter® 450 so much that I’ve already been eyeing the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Turbo for when it’s time to upgrade. The DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Turbo prints unbelievably fast: up to 71 labels per minute, eliminates the need for sheet labels, and prints USPS®-approved DYMO Stamps® postage right from your computer.
I showed where I #PutALabelOnIt with the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 — where could you use a little label magic in your life? Share your ideas below!
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