- My spice tins were designed for the spice cabinet at my old house. The labels were on the side of the tin, since my old cabinet was an upper one, and I would look at the spices head on.
In our new house, my spice cabinet is a roll-out shelf, and I am looking at my spice tins from above, so I can no longer see the labels without taking the tins out. It is time consuming and annoying playing the "guessing game" every time I need a spice. I needed to find a way to label the top.
- The second shelf is where I keep extra spices. This one had gotten especially out of control. There are so many packages of spices that I don't even know what I have anymore - and I keep buying more. I needed to go through, throw out old ones and find a way to organize what I have so that I can easily refill my little tins when they run empty.
- The bottom shelf is where I keep things like sauces and oils. Again, a little out of control, and some really old stuff in there that I just need to purge. I had also noticed that the bottom was a bit "sticky" - time to give everything a good scrub.
|Special things I was saving for "someday".|
Got too old, now they are in the
So, I embarked on what I knew wouldn't be one of those 10 minute jobs (like the time I organized my tupperware drawer) - but one that would take a bit longer but would be very satisfying. So, I went at it - I started with the bottom shelf - took everything out - and scrubbed. I ended throwing out most of what was in there - a lot of specialty oils I was saving for "some day". This was a valuable lesson - use your specialty items now, don't save them for some day - because like mine, they may just end up getting old and thrown out.
|Labeling with a Sharpie now lets me |
see what is in the little tins from
TADA!!! It took about an hour and half, but I think it really was time well spent! What little space have you been organizing lately? Do share!
|Top shelf for easily accessible spices while I am cooking.|
|Middle shelf to house "refills" and|
some other small items.