Coffee Break: Color Sticker Dots

sheets of different colored sticker dots

While we’re on the topic of organization — here’s another new thing I’m trying: I recently bought color sticker dots in hopes of setting up a system for my freezer — as well as possibly my makeup stuff.

Here’s the struggle I’m trying to fix: I prefer to keep my freezer organized by type (meats with meats, veggies with veggies) — but when I do that I can never remember what I bought and when, and it’s a pain to find the expiration dates en masse. (Even more so when I buy something that has like a 6-month expiration date, but then stick it in the freezer directly.) So I bought these sticker dots and used an index card to assign a month to each color. Then when I add new items to the freezer, I just slap on this month’s sticker — the hope being that I can find the older stuff in a quicker manner.

I’m also going to start using it with makeup products, I think — I have far more makeup products than I can ever use at one time, so I try to keep newly bought products sealed for as long as possible — but then I can never remember which product is oldest (and thus should be tried first).

This was a bigger problem when I was signed up for on of the subscription services (I think I had periods with Birchbox, Ipsy, and Play by Sephora) and there was a constant stream of new products into my collection. Back then I actually printed out address labels with space to write “date in” and “date opened” — but the address labels I used are too big to stick well to the various products, and too small to write on with any clarity. So I’ve been thinking of taking just a few colors of dots and assigning them 6 month periods of the year – for example, 2022-1 will tell me something came in the first 6 months of 2022, and 2022-2 will tell me it came in the last 6 months. (We’ll have to see how this works in practice, though…)

Readers, do you have any weird systems you use for remembering dates for various products, whether makeup, freezer, pantry, or more?

(You can get similar dots to the ones pictured at pretty much any store that sells office supplies — the pictured ones are the ones I got, from Amazon, for $6.99 with Prime. I like the 16 different bright, happy colors (about 140 stickers for each color).)

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{related: here are my old tips for how I froze food in small portions when I was a singleton and newlywed — I’d forgotten that I used to take a flat frozen Ziploc bag with leftovers and just chuck it in my purse before I left for work in the morning…}

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