Organizing Solutions: Bulk Labels!

Buying in bulk is definitely the way to go. It saves so much energy and product and packaging, it’s hard not to appreciate.
Sometimes though it can be difficult to tell the spelt flour from the whole wheat or the couscous from the polenta.
Whether you keep your containers in the pantry or out on the shelf, some handmade labels are the perfect touch to help organize and classify.

Keep them consistent and photocopy one design or let the whole family have their go at it. You can keep it as simple as you want by just using a glue stick to apply the labels or use clear contact paper as a more permanent solution.

If you need some inspiration to get started, check out some old art-deco border designs on the internet or at the library!


Eliza B.
Eliza B5 years ago

who needs to buy labels? Masking tape and a magic marker works just fine, doesn't smear, and is waterproof. The tape sticks better than the labels.

Donna Hamilton
Donna H5 years ago

Thanks for the tips.

Charli S.
Charlotte S5 years ago

It's important to have the following info on your storage items. The name of the product. the date is was stored, the cost (optional). Using a vacuum sealer will extend the time your product is good for. Rotate the items so you use the oldest first. Labels don't need to be fancy. I also put a peice of plastic over my labels so they don't smear.

HINT: Use mint leaves in you pantry. It discourages mice. If storing cans, put an overturned box on the top layer to keep off dust and mice. Put flour and other bulk items in GLASS containers. Mice can chew through metal and plastic. If the cans in storage are the new pop lids (with the little handle) they will not last as long as regular cans. I've opened vegetables that are 10 years old in the old cans with no loss of quality but the new cans don't even last a year.

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

Joan is right... "as long as you have the storage space" is a pretty key issue where I live. Not everyone has a lot of space. I get a few things bulk and store them in big rubbermaid containers, but it's hard to do that for more than a few oft-used essentials.

Bren R.
Bren R.5 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Deborah D.
Deborah D5 years ago

I agree with Laura S - I buy from the bulk foods section in the grocery stores because I can get a quantity that I can use to try out a couple meals with a new ingredient, a new spice.

I can only wish that the stores I go to had labels to print though! I just take the time to write the product code on the twist tie and the name of the ingredient on another part of the tie.

Buying in the Costco style of 'bulk' is a whole different animal. Space is at a premium and a whole lot of the products just aren't practical for a household of only 1 or 2 people. This year I am gonna see if I can tag along with them and pick up some stuff and reimburse them....


Suzanne Loewen
Suzanne L6 years ago

Thank you. Lots of good ideas in the article and by others.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thank you.

Em Fairley
Em Fairley6 years ago

There are lots of free jar labels, or links to them, on Pinterest too