Treasuring The Journey

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Spiffy Spices August 10, 2011

Filed under: Kitchen,Organization,Thrift Store Finds — Treasuring The Journey @ 2:17 PM
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Our spice cabinets were driving me a little cuckoo and I had been meaning to re-organize them for the past several weeks.  I had my inspiration on Monday and got to work organizing them.  I found a three-tier shelf riser while thrifting for $1.  They retail for around $7-8 depending on where you purchase it from.  I had organized the spices probably a year or so ago, and for the most part it had stayed somewhat organized.  The past few weeks it had gotten more disorganized than I could handle.  As with all organized spaces, it must be maintained.

 

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Here are some before pictures of our spice cabinet situation.  The third shelf is pretty much useless for me, since I can’t reach anything on it. 

 

These cabinets are above the stove. 

 

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This cabinet is to the left of the stove.

 

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I took everything out of the cabinets and put it all on the stove. 

 

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Yes, I am aware we have a ridiculous amount of spices.  We probably only use about 20% of these spices.

 

Besides my $1 3-tier shelf riser, I only wanted to use bins/storage containers I already had on hand.  I did not want to have to buy anything for this quick fix organization project.   I have a plethora of storage containers to pick from, it is a collection, trust me. 

 

Here are a few after pictures.  Quick, easy, and a lot less cuckoo for me! 

 

See the shelf riser on the bottom right?  I only used the first two risers.  Our cabinets are not tall enough to use the third row.  You can’t see the labels I made for the top left containers in this picture:  Bread Dipping Seasonings and Bouillon

 

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Close-up of right side of the cabinet above the stove. 

I stored our extra Ground Cumin on the third shelf of the shelf riser.

Why on earth we have two full containers of Ground Cumin is beyond me. 

I have NEVER cooked with Ground Cumin.

 

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Left side of the cabinet.

 

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Close-up of the cabinet to the left of the stove. 

We use the bottom row for our rubs/spices we put on meats.  These are the spices we use the majority of the time.

The labels on these containers are ‘Peppers’, ‘Turkish Seasonings’, and ‘Dips & Sauces’.

 

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We ended up with 4 jars of mystery spices that were not labeled.  I have lived here for over 2 years and we have never used them.  So, I tossed them out.  Smile 

 

How does your spice rack/cabinet look?  This was quick (took me less than an hour) and cost me $1.  That is my kind of organization – quick and cheap!  And a whole lot less cuckoo!

 

Hope you are having a great week!

 

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