Cupboard Organization Project
I spent most of my morning going through several kitchen cupboards. I can’t believe how bad I let some of my cupboards get! I guess it is as I said in my last blog post.. we learn to function in dysfunction. In my quest for getting my coffee cups closer to the coffee maker I also wanted take to the opportunity to clean up and organize my spice cabinet. It was a big mess..
I had spice bottles and bags of bulk spices everywhere. Plus I had a few things in there that I had no idea exactly why they were there… :) .. So where do you begin when it is such a mess? I decided that I needed to pull everything out of that cupboard so I could see what I had and evaluate it all. So I removed all items from my kitchen counter, put them on my dining room table and grabbed my bottle of Basic H2 All Purpose Cleaner…
And washed the counter all clean..
Then I brought everything out on the counter…
I had previously purchased some empty spice bottles from Winco and planned on using those for some of the spices. What I found was spices I never use, spices I had bought but never got them into the spice jars, and way to many of some spices because I would buy them not realizing I already had them.. Really now.. who needs this much celery seed????
So I filled spice bottles and labeled them (I have a hand held label maker that I used for this, however labels could be made on the computer as well). For the bags of bulk spices I put the remainder of what I had (after filling the smaller bottles) and put them in canning jars and labeled the canning jars with labels made on the computer.
When I had it all done and much more organized it looked like this…
I took the bigger bags of unopened spices that I had and put them all into a one gallon canning jar for storage…..
Now it was time to get the spices back into the cupboard. This project has been on my mind for some time so I had already purchased (from Amazon.com) a nifty little stair step type organizing shelf that fit perfectly into my cupboard…
I put the spices that were most commonly used on this and less used spices above. I put the extra spices in the canning jars in the cupboard next to this because it had more room..
I did eventually get the coffee mugs moved too.. I have three cabinets next to each other and the center cabinet is a corner cabinet.. I moved the the coffee mugs to the cupboard on the left. My coffee area is next to my microwave.
In the middle corner cabinet I put all my coffee beans and coffee filters as well as tea bags….
I think I have it all organized in a logical way that will be easy to keep this way and no more functioning in dysfunction!!