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1/04/2009

Organizing Your Kitchen: Spices

It is January and I, like a million other people, always feel the need to get organized in January. I am still in the "I don't feel that great and it was my birthday and it is the weekend" state of not doing anything, but come Monday LOOK OUT! Unless of course I still have a cold...

One of the things I need to get under control is my spices. Are my spices. (If you are my AP English teacher from high school or an English teacher at all, please do not read that sentence. Or any other sentences I write. Just look at the pictures and say...Oh! That is pretty!)

So back to the spices! I have a cabinet that I keep them in. I am short. My cabinets are not. So I can only see the bottom shelf and honestly probably the first 3 rows of spices in the bottom shelf. SO there is a lot of taking out and moving around when I am cooking and baking. Same with my sprinkles and extracts when I am baking.

I found this idea from Tiffany at Eat At Home:



She used a clear shoe organizer on her pantry door. I am sort of in love with this idea. And I have a double door pantry, so I could use one side for spices and the other for sprinkles.

The only thing I am worried about is that my pantry isn't close to my stove. I love having all my spices right there. Because I can never plan ahead enough to actually GET the spices OUT before I start cooking.

Where are your spices in your kitchen?

16 comments:

Michele said...

neat idea for the kitchen! i read on another blog that she used the shoe holder for stuff that her husband carries in and leaves on the kitchen island. She hung it on the door to the coat closet.

Jessica said...

I love the shoe organizer idea! Right now mine are in a cabinet buy the stove but there is no organizational method and it drives me CRAZY! I may have to try this! Thanks for the idea :)

Lori said...

We have very limited cupboard space. I brainstormed and ended up doing this same thing and it has worked out great!

Tina said...

I have this fabulous, really skinny pull out right next to the stove/oven that holds most of my spices. The rest that are in odd sized containers are in a cupboard to the right. Shoe organizer idea is great!

Paige said...

Now that is pretty smart! I dont cook much, so only have about 12 spices in there, and I just throw them in and slam the door.

Drives me crazy

Anonymous said...

That's a great idea!

Renee said...

I have a spice cabinet, but this is a brilliant idea too!

Toni said...

What a great idea, I love this!

Live.Love.Eat said...

I have seen that idea before & love it but it's not practical for me unless I hang it behind the door of the laundry room. Right now I have mine in the cabinet next to the stove. They are on the 3 tier little wooden platforms. I buy the small spices whenever possible so I go through them faster.

Amie said...

my spices are in my pantry, at eye level, but I still have to do a lot of rooting around and hunting for what I want. I've been looking for a good system for a while (other than alphabetical which is what they're supposed to be right now, but really aren't)

Anonymous said...

This would be wonderful if we had a full pantry door!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

My kitchen is petite, so the spices are simply in the cabinet closest to the stove. And I need to *toss* most of my spices. They is/are bad. :-) I don't think I need as many as I have. At the end of the day, I use like 5 regularly. Maybe?? Plus I've started using fresh a lot more (just hard to get my paws on the cold winter).

Rambling Girl said...

Now I like this idea...but with my little one I bet she would be slamming the pantry door and then my spices would come to a screaching halt ...on the floor! Maybe when she is older I will try this! Love all your ideas you share...

Oh love that owl cake..your friend must be a pro at baking cakes and selling them...I would buy one...awesome cake!

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Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Clever!

Mine are in a smaller cabinet right next to the stove for easy grabbing hen I am cooking,

:)

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