Last week was a busy week. Brand new internship for my college daughter, end of school year & birthday for my youngest. But there is something I had to share with you, even if it is brief. I just reorganized my spices into an Alphabetized Spice Drawer!
Serious quantities of spices and I go way back. When I started out in my first apartment, one of the first things I bought was a spice rack. I quickly realized it didn’t have enough of the spices I needed, so I bought a second, dumped the duplicate spices, and substituted more exotic things like saffron and cardamom. The two spice racks hung side by side for years.
When I got married and we bought our current house, I moved into spice heaven. An old ironing board storage unit in the kitchen, turned shallow cupboard, held… like a million spices. In any size jars. Alphabetically.
Life was beautiful… until we remodeled the kitchen. Then I dumped everything into a drawer and shut my eyes.
Ever try to find the right jar out of dozens randomly tossed in a drawer?
Here is how I arrived at my Spice Drawer solution (it only took 5 years…).
I use a lot of tomato paste and the glass bottles it comes in are a perfect size for spice jars. After lots of homemade spaghetti sauce, I had enough. You need uniform size spice jars in a drawer or they shift and go out of order (ask me how I know).
Next, Avery (and no, this is not a sponsored post), ran a free shipping special on their “design and print” labels. While the frugal part of me was tempted to print my own labels on brown grocery bags, I knew these would have really good glue and come properly aligned, so I decided to go for it.
They arrived a few days later and voila!
I should have done this years ago (hmm, didn’t I say that about the kitchen remodel too?). Now all I have to do is get the kids to put them back in the right places.
In case you’d like to try something similar, you can visit Avery, or I am including a downloadable pdf of my label proof (just bypass the proofreading instructions on page 1) if you’d like to try printing at home.
Have you done a reorganization that made your life easier?
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