I know we are all busy as this week end starts, so I will only take a few minutes of your time.
I want to share with you something that has made my cooking and baking so much easier.
And you know as well as I do that organization is the key to almost all of our household woes… so if we want to keep something organized, it has to also be functionable for us to maintain on a daily basis.
Organization and functionality is the key.
Which leads me to my new organizational system with my spice cabinet.
We have all been there with our spices stacked on top of …or in front of …each other in a cabinet.
I have moved, removed, re-stacked and re-organized my spice cabinet more times than I can count.
So several years ago, I got smart and I bought these spice racks you see below.
Each spice rack held 18 spices and I had three of them so I had 54 different spices at my fingertips.
There is a place for labels on the outside identifying what spices are in each drawer.
The spice rack came with typed labels and I used them along with a few of my own handwritten labels as I had the need.
Yes, I know I could have used my Avery labels and made typed replacements but at the time it was easier and quicker to just hand label one or two.
Each drawer is a pull down drawer as you see above.
You might ask “so what is the problem with these spice racks?”
I know that sounds strange as you could open the door and see the labels and know what is there.
But did I really know what was behind rack number two?
I had to pull down the drawer to see if what I needed was indeed there behind the label.
Trusting my memory is not a good thing because I have been known to buy an extra bottle of poultry seasoning at Thanksgiving…. only to find I had 3 more bottles at home.
Or, I would find a bargain by buying a large bottle of cinnamon and it would not fit in the rack.
Oh I know you might be saying…”save a smaller bottle of cinnamon and reuse that bottle in the rack”
Believe me, I have had these racks for so many years that I have dealt with all the different scenarios.
Perhaps I am just lazy.
If it is not easily done or convenient to use, I most likely won’t do it.
Which leads me to my NEW system!
I started by removing all my various sizes of spices from their original containers and put them in uniform bottles.
Instead of an upper cabinet to store spices, I decided to use a drawer.
When we remodeled our kitchen about 5 years ago, I moved my dinnerware from an upper cabinet to a drawer beneath my counter top.
I also moved my microwave to below the counter top and have never regretted either move.
My theory is if I have the spices in a drawer, I will be able to see at a glance what I have.
And because there is a special bottle and place of residence…if it is empty, I will buy a new one and refill the empty one.
I will know that at a glance by opening the one drawer.
And I won’t have 3 poultry seasonings because there is only one bottle of poultry seasoning in the drawer.
AND if I find a large cinnamon at a good price, I will use it to refill my cinnamon bottle in the drawer and keep the larger one more visible in the cabinet above.
NOT stashed behind the flour or whatever.
I also found these clear plastic tiers to place under the bottles and they are adjustable to fit your drawer.
Yes, I have 64 spices in this drawer if you are counting….and they are alphabetized.
As you know I try to keep it real, so I will tell you that after I washed the 64 bottles and wiped one side clean, I carefully started attaching the labels.
I was so careful because I wanted the labels to be uniform when looking in the drawer, though I would most likely be the only one looking.
This lasted through about 10 bottles!
After that, I just started slapping on the labels and they landed where they landed.
Organization is one thing; perfection quite another.
Do you have a special way you keep your spices?
Have a great and Blessed Day!
1 Corinthians 14:40 NIV