Communication is important in families – extremely important. But sometimes there’s no time to communicate and bad things happen as a result – bad things like good food goes bad because no one eats it because they don’t know what’s in the container; or the cottage cheese you needed for the lasagna gets eaten; or no one remembers to change the Brita filter and the water starts tasting really disgusting. See – bad things!
So to solve communicate problems, I use masking tape and a Sharpie.
Our Brita pitcher has a filter that needs replaced every two months. There’s a device on the top of the pitcher that used to flash when it was time to change the filter. But it doesn’t work anymore and I haven’t had time to figure out a solution. So this is the temporary solution:
When I make my grocery list for the week, I found myself forgetting to check and see whether I needed salmon, tuna, peanut butter and jelly. So I solved that problem by creating a specific spot for them in the pantry. Now when I’m making my list, I open the pantry and immediately notice whether I need to buy more.
We recently discovered that our favorite salad dressing doesn’t need to be refrigerated. It tastes a lot better if it isn’t! So I put a little reminder on it in case other people are helping in the kitchen.
I purchased some roasted red peppers today and noticed they only last 7 days from the time you open them. That’s one of those items where you notice it in the refrigerator one day and have no idea if they’re still good or not. So . . .
I also purchased cottage cheese today at the grocery store. I need some of it but not all. To prevent any trouble . . .
And my favorite things to label are leftovers! Then we know what’s in the refrigerator and how old it is. Having the label increases the chances the food will get eaten. It’s funny, but if family members can’t see what’s in the container, they just ignore it.
Do you label things in your kitchen? How do you prevent bad kitchen things from happening?