Spice organization…

I love our kitchen. I mean, I REALLY love our kitchen. When it flooded many years ago and we found out the homeowners insurance was going to pay us a big enough chunk to actually replace the kitchen cabinets, Bob and I put our heads together and planned, planned and planned our “new” kitchen. And we worked hard putting it together, doing a lot of the work ourselves (like the counters, the hardwood molding, and the zebra wood bar and our specially dedicated kid sink). This is a well loved and well-used kitchen. We have 4 or 5 adults preparing foods in any given day and several children as well, learning how to cook, and putting dishes away, etc.

And as much as I love our cabinets, we have had one area that has been becoming a problem. Our spice cabinets! With all of the different people using them, and no clear order as to where  they go, I must say that finding a spice in this kitchen is often and adventure in frustration.

This weekend I took this on as my BIG PROJECT. I have been contemplating this for awhile, imagining the best solutions and trying them on in my mind for several weeks. I finally got to the point to where I was ready to tackle the job. I was excited, by the way. I was envisioning a great, newly organized, easy to use spice cabinets. I’ll let you be the judge as to wether or not I succeeded.

Here are the “before” pictures…

 

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AAAACCCHH! See what I mean? No rhyme nor reason. Can’t read the labels. Duplicates of some stuff… Between my OCD and my husband’s dyslexia, this was becoming quite an eyesore and an unworkable situation….

So the first thing I did was take EVERYTHING out and try to organize it alphabetically. OMG we had a lot of duplicates! We had FOUR bottles of Lawry’s seasoning salt, and two of the four were large bottles and the other two were ginormous Costco sized! Funny thing is, Bob and I won’t use the stuff any more because it is too high in sodium. (Some of the spices I kept for Nick and Blythe to use. Wouldn’t want a mutiny here!) We had four different bottles of cloves, four different bottles of cumin.

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After I got everything alphabetized, I called Bob in to help me decide which spices we really did not want any more. Surprisingly, we decided to keep just about all of them. We did get rid of the ranch dressing seasoning mix, since it was hard as a rock and we weren’t ever planning on using that one again, anyhow. But beyond that we kept just about everything.

Then I started the long and arduous process of consolidating all of the like spices into one container (I bought special containers just for this project) and then I started making labels on my Dymo Duo Label maker.This took a full Saturday and a good chunk of Sunday.

What do you think?

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I love it. What do YOU think? Please comment. like and share….?

3 Thoughts on “Spice organization…

  1. Kari S on July 11, 2016 at 11:55 am said:

    You want to come and organize mine now? haha. This is very motivating me to want to do mine as well. Half the time I forget what I even have. The way you have them organized would make me want to use my spices more often. I love the sticker labels on the top of the smaller round ones also. Great job…again…wanna come to my house? 🙂

  2. Brenda on July 11, 2016 at 12:44 pm said:

    Awesome, you are looking like a professional home design/organizee!!

  3. Samantha on July 13, 2016 at 1:25 pm said:

    Wow!!!! This makes my eyes so happy!!! Looks amazing and now you’ll know exactly where everything is when you make your delicious meals!

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