So, it’s been a while since I last posted a project. Putting a house on the market has deemed to be very stressful! I have been spending my time finishing up a few projects around the house, such as painting every inch of trim (I will NEVER EVER EVER PAINT AGAIN) and replacing some door trim that the previous owner’s dog destroyed (and yes, I have been in my house for 7 years and never got around to fixing that due to the assumption that my two mentally challenged pups would just add to the destruction).
They look cute but they can be destructive.
In addition, we have been experiencing some bad winter weather and so I have been working from home a lot which oddly enough throws me off schedule, so the website has been getting neglected the past few weeks.
I am super excited about selling my house and moving closer to my office (I found the PERFECT house that I would buy today if I had even the slightest interest in my house by a buyer). But I still am already missing my kitchen. Each day while I prepare my meals I imagine how that would be in my new home and if I would be able to re-create my organization there or have to come up with new solutions (which I’m totally fine with…organizing and re-organizing sure doesn’t hurt my feelings).
Sundays are my big meal prep days and as I was cooking my breakfast casserole yesterday I thought of how much I would miss my spice drawer. Until I started cooking all of my meals under the Whole 30 meal plan, I had never been much of a spice-user. I would use pre-packaged spice packs or simply pre-packaged foods that were already seasoned. Over the past year I have really learned a lot of spices and used a ton…I never thought ‘Nutmeg’ would be on my grocery list so often!
Originally, my spices were all tossed on the bottom shelf of my baking cabinet that you saw in the last post. On the rare occasions that I needed a spice, I would have to take just about every bottle out to find the one I was looking for. All the bottles were different sizes and small ones got hidden behind large ones. And there were multiples of some…I had 5 containers of parsley for some ungodly reason.
Day 1 of the baking cabinet project…before the cute labels.
So, a few weeks into my Whole 30 adventure I decided I needed a better organized spice solution. I decided I wanted the spices housed closer to the stove, where I would be using them, instead of on the other side of the kitchen. I didn’t want to give up any space in my Tupperware storage cabinet and I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE anything cluttering my countertops, so I decided to turn my oversized drawer beside the stove into my spice drawer.
After measuring the space out, I found cute little glass jars at World Market that would fit within the height requirements. I determined I could fit 3 rows of 6 jars in the drawer (which is how many spices I use on a regular basis) and could have room to fit in all of my cooking utensils like can opener and spatulas.
Once I had the little jars filled, I found cute little round labels that would fit perfectly on the jar tops so that I could see what was in each jar from the top as I looked down into the drawer. I found these labels at Staples under their Martha Stewart line of Avery products (which I am having a harder time finding these days…I’m afraid they may be phasing the line out…*tear). I printed the spice names onto the labels with my computer printer and all was well, except that I have zero patience and touched them too soon and smeared some of the ink. One day I will learn to just wait. One day.
With the extra room I was able to find a few bamboo dividers to house my spatulas and wooden spoons, can opener, vegetable peelers, whisks, and a few miscellaneous items such as our multiple cheese slicers (after our first trip to Amsterdam we became quite the Gouda aficionados). I labeled each container to help the boyfriend figure out the complex system. It did not help.
Of all of the organization projects I have completed around my house, this small project has been one of the most time-saving of all. It has helped make cooking so much easier and quicker. I sure hope I can re-create it in the new home I move in to.