Organized Spices *affiliate links used
I’ve been looking for some fun new art or something to put on the shelf over my range, but this long time favorite sign just sort of called my name and ended up there instead. We started off the week all feeling a little down (relating a tad too much to Bill Murray in Groundhog Day!) so I thought this reminder might help. It’s so good to be home. :) I normally wouldn’t put flowers up so high (even though they are fake and don’t need to be watered!) but I was craving a pop of color. This little display cheered me up immensely!
Want to know something else that is cheering me up immensely? My kitchen is completely organized. I repeat! My kitchen is completely organized! Every cupboard. Every drawer. I’m pretty sure this is the first time since we moved into this house over six years ago that everything in my kitchen has been organized ALL AT ONCE. Turns out I can get a lot done around here when I’m not spending six hours a day in my car driving my kids around.
Who knew? ;)
I took pictures of how everything is organized and will be sharing it all soon, but first I wanted to share my organized spices because it felt so good to get that little project checked off my list!
One of my favorite features in our kitchen are these pull-out spice cabinets. It’s so nice to have this extra storage right by the cooktop!
Maybe if I was a major chef both cupboards would be full of spices, but since I’m just a major chef in training (ha) I use one of them to hold baking supplies. My flour, sugar and main baking ingredients are all in my pantry, but I use this pull-out cupboard for the fun little stuff like cupcake sprinkles and liners, food coloring, candles and cake mix. It’s kind of the party spot of the kitchen. :)
The other cupboard holds all of my spices, cooking spray, EVOO, etc. I bought this chrome bottle spice rack years ago just to use the little bottles and I still love them for most of my commonly used spices. I used my trusty label maker to label them! (I’ve had my label maker for years but the price on it has gone up and if I was getting a new one I’ve heard great things about this label maker for just $20!) Some spices I prefer to keep in their original packaging because they have instructions or things written on them I want to be able to refer to.
These weren’t too messy to begin with but I needed to wipe down the shelves and I was hanging on to a lot of things that had expired! A few spices dated back to 2017.. oops! Ha. I replaced the spices I reach for often and just tossed the ones we don’t really use anymore. So nice to have only what we use in these cupboards and everything up to date!
As a major chef in training this was a critical step.
In my previous house (which was short on space) I used this expandable spice organizer in one of my kitchen cupboards to store and organize my spices. I’ve linked some other fun options below if you’re ready to take on this fun and easy project too. Since I’ve been watching Julie & Julia on repeat (one of my all time favorites because I relate so much as a blogger AND a major chef in training) I’ll leave you with..
As a major chef in training we repeat this often.
It’s just what we do.