So, I’m a big fan of baking. My favorite is baking cupcakes. I think it’s the OCD in me; if you mess up on the first one, you have 23 more to get it right. Here are some of my past projects:
Baseball cupcakes for the nephew
Spider web cupcakes for a friend’s Halloween party
Easter cupcakes with candy eggs
Thanksgiving acorn cupcakes
As I was preparing to embark on one of my baking adventures a while back, I opened my cabinet that housed all my baking supplies and was immediately hit in the head by a bottle of vanilla extract. Coming right behind it was the rolling pin. I decided my baking supply stash needed some organization.
At the time I performed a quick and dirty re-org of my supplies. I gathered some empty canisters and containers in my organization stash and got everything separated out and stored. Cupcake liners in one canister, cookie cutters in another, food coloring in another. I tossed all the baking ingredients (chocolate chips, coconut, nuts, etc.) in a small plastic bin. Everything else went in one large bucket. It wasn’t great, but it was better than what I started with.
Then a month or so later I had a little time to kill during my lunch hour and ran into the local Bed, Bath, & Beyond. As soon as I walked in I came across something called the Bake Stack. It was love at first sight.
The Bake Stack is a three drawer organizer that has dividers within each drawer that you can adjust as you see fit. That is something I always look for in organizational products. I hate when you are stuck with only one option in how to use a product. With the Bake Stack I can store all of my cupcake liners in the top drawer, all my food coloring and icing tips can be arranged in the middle drawer, and the bottom drawer has room for my candles, vanilla extract, and sprinkles. The other thing I love about it is that it makes use of the vertical space within the cabinet, not just the horizontal shelf space.
Once I got the Bake Stack filled up, I still had a few other items that needed a home. I found a few small tins at Wal-Mart to keep my cookie cutters, Crisco, candy melts, and cocoa. The thing I got the most excited about (yes, I get excited about my organizing projects. Very excited. Very, very excited) was moving all of my baking ingredients into matching canisters in the cabinet. I found clear, square canisters in a tall size and shorter size at Wold Market. These worked great because I could then have two rows of canisters but be able to see what was in the back row. The tall canisters held the supplies that I keep more of: sugar, marshmallows, flour, etc. The shorter canisters held the items that I keep a smaller amount of: chocolate chips, nuts, etc.
The last step, as in all organizing projects, was to label EVERYTHING. The Bake Stack came with labels, however I opted to use a cute Martha Stewart label from Avery so that the labels on everything matched.
The bottom shelf of this cabinet held some of my miscellaneous spices. I keep all of the spices I use on a regular basis in the drawer beside my stove. (Stay tuned for a post on that coming later). But I usually have a few bottles of back up spices along with a few spices I don’t use on a very regular basis. In addition I have my backup olive oil, coconut, oil, and salt & pepper. So to clean that shelf up a bit I found four cute boxes at Target. These were actually in the gift wrap section, but the dimensions fit the space I needed exactly, so gift boxes we used! When shopping for organizational solutions, look EVERYWHERE! I tossed my backup spices in one, my miscellaneous spices I rarely use in another, the oils in a third, and my salt-n-pepa in the last one. (Every time I open this cabinet and see my “Salt-n-Pepa’ container I immediately think “Salt and Pepa’s here, and we’re in effect”. Every. Single. Time.).
So, with a few cheap products and an hour or so of my time, my once cluttered (and dangerous) baking supply cabinet became one of my favorite places in my kitchen. Makes me want to bake some cupcakes. And eat them all in one sitting. See ya…I’ve got some Di-a-bee-tus to work on.