Add Some Cute (and Convenience) to Your Kitchen

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I have an ongoing list entitled “Crafty House Projects.”  Fun little DIY and creative projects that I want to do to add some personality and personalization to our home.  Projects that I’ve been looking forward to for months.

And yet, I had yet to tackle any of them.  What can I say?  Gardening, canning, dragon boat racing, family reunions and blogger meet-ups have taken up our summer weekends.

On Sunday, we finally had some real down time.  Down time where we didn’t feel pressured to run errands or have previous commitments.

Also known as: time to get to one of my fun projects!

Now, the bulk containers lining one wall of my kitchen are clearly labeled, look great, and bring some color to that side of the room.  And it was so easy to do!

 

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Bulk Container Kitchen Labels

Materials:

Plain white or off-white paper
Decorative papers
Marker
Contact paper
Double-sided tape
Scissors and/or paper cutter

Process:

Clean and dry the outside of your bulk containers.

Create all your labels on white paper.  Just for fun and variety, I did some in print and some in cursive, some in all-caps and some not.

Cut out each label and mount on a piece of decorative paper with the double-sided tape.  You should be able to see between 1/4″ and 1/2″ of the pattern on all sides of the label.

Cut a piece of Contact paper that is 3/4 – 1″ wider and 3/4 – 1″ taller than the decorative paper.  Peel off the Contact paper backing, and center the label with the printed side facing the sticky side of the Contact paper.

Starting at one corner, carefully apply the label to the jar, smoothing as you go.  Repeat with your remaining containers, then step back and admire your handiwork.

Be a Gmail Superstar, Part 2

Did you miss Part 1?

Like I’ve said before, I need my email inbox to be clean and organized. Not only do I have six inboxes, but I make good use of filters and labels in Gmail to keep it my email even more streamlined.

How do I do it?

First of all, I use Labels.

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Labels are essentially folders for your email. As an example, all of the email conversations I have about Savvy Blog Services get the “Blog Services” label. I just finished the new design for Legally Fit, so I’ve archived all the emails between Katie and I about her blog. If she has any questions for me in the future, I’ll be able to easily find and reference all these conversations by looking at the “Blog Services” label!

To create labels, go to Settings –> Labels and create a new label. Easy as that.

Now, decide on the visibility of each label. “Show” means that the label will always be visible on the left-hand side of your Gmail, where the Inbox, Sent Mail, etc are shown. “Hide” means it will only be available in the drop-down on the left sidebar.

I personally always choose “Show if unread.” In the screenshot below, I have 2 unread emails with the “HLB” label, so that label shows up in the left sidebar.

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Once I’ve read those emails, the label will move back into the drop-down instead of the sidebar:

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I love the “show if unread” option because it makes my email look so streamlined and I can see in an instant what unread emails I have.

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To apply a label to an email, simply choose the “Labels” drop-down above the message or inbox and select the appropriate label.

Next up, filters!

To access and set-up filters, go to Settings–>Filters –>Create a new filter.

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Choose your search criteria.    Use AND or OR to list multiple senders, subjects, etc.

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Choose your action. In this example, I chose to have the emails be archived immediately and apply the “HLB” label. When I get emails from healthylivingblogs@gmail.com, they show up like this:

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They aren’t in my inbox, but by using this filter and the “show if unread” setting for my labels, I can easily see that I have Healthy Living Blog emails that I need to address.
Here are a few other filters I’ve set up:
  
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All the comments you leave for me on Savvy Eats automatically go into their own label so that I can see them right away without them cluttering up the inbox.

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All the Savvy Blog Services related emails automatically get labeled, but still go to my Inbox.

Do you have any special organization techniques for your email?