I wasn’t sure what decluttering and organizing project to work on next, so when I saw that my friend Kristen at The Frugal Girl was organizing her cabinets and inviting others to join in, I knew that was my ticket to motivation!
I like to cook. I like to try different recipes. I have a ton of spices. Too many, I think. And disorganization usually reigns.
Problems that lead to spice clutter:
- I buy a spice that I don’t usually use for one recipe I want to try.
- I buy too many seasoning blends. Aren’t they fun and easy, though?
- I don’t use all of the spices I own, but I don’t want to get rid of them because I might come across a recipe that needs that spice, and I don’t want to have to buy it again.
- Disorganized spices. I don’t always put them back after using them which leads to spice containers cluttering up the counter, wasted time looking for spices, and buying duplicate spices because I don’t realize I already have an extra jar of nutmeg in the back of that random shelf.
Note to self: You don’t need to own every spice and spice blend known to man and grocery store to be able to cook a variety of meals.
The first step was clearing the space. As I was doing the clearing, I found this fun discovery:
And you know what? 4 of them were pretty much empty, just sitting there. So now I’m down to this:
I also threw out some other things that were very expired and/or gross.
Now let’s focus in on those spices. Here they are on the island along with a cute little boy.
Here’s the empty cabinet:
This next picture is actually encouraging to me. The bag on the left contains mystery spices from who-knows-when (pre-blog). The bag on the right is recent and I know exactly what is in there. I wrote the date on it, too after I took this picture. I think I’m learning something!
Next, I separated out all of the seasoning blends (or at least the ones I think of as blends).
Gabe helped me and we alphabetized the rest of the spices and stacked the duplicates.
I usually organize my spices alphabetically. I’m using the word “usually” very loosely here, because I never seem to keep up with that system very well.
So I decided to take a break to see Kristen’s before and after pictures. She used containers to group her spices by category. I kind of loved that idea, and I was really ready to try something new, so back to work I went with my new plan!
Little Anna “helped” too.
I started out just doing the spices that way, but I was loving it so much that I organized that entire cabinet.
Here’s the bottom shelf, where I am keeping my most commonly used spices. I have them separated into savory, spicy, and sweet.
The next shelf is more of a baking shelf. You will find a nice big, important container of chocolate, one for nuts, and one for dried fruit.
The next shelf up hold less-frequently used spices, and the top shelf holds spice duplicates and some infrequently used spice blends.
I put the more frequently used spice blends on a turntable in the corner cabinet.
Let’s look at that before picture one more time, for comparison:
Now I’m jazzed to organize some more cabinets! I’ll keep you posted on how this new system is working out, too. I’m expecting it to save me time, money, and sanity.
How do you like to organize your spices?