Totally missed my Monday post, but rest assured, I was too busy to be moping! The garden finally ripened up enough tomatoes to make a batch of salsa worthwhile, so I spent most of the day on that, broken up by baby care, and finished up with a few quarts of apple pie filling. My kitchen is destroyed, but here I sit, blogging, aren’t you glad? ;) Ah, choices and priorities, haha.
One of the things that made me smile last week was getting my spice cabinet whipped into shape! Ben got me a bunch of fun little jars and bottles for my birthday back in February, and since then they’ve been sitting on top of the piano, just gathering dust and waiting for me to buckle down and make them useful. A wash and dry and some computer printed labels(and a bit of spice floating in the air!) and my spice cupboard is so much prettier!
If you’re interested in doing a similar transformation here are some things I might suggest.
1. Go through your spices and count how many you have in your shelf of regulars. I had 22 on mine. I also have a spinning rack of various dry herbs, but I left those there since they were already pretty nice looking.
2. See if you have any jars you can still use or have been saving from other things(make sure you still have the lids). I had 6 glass jars that spices had come in from the grocery store. With the labels scrubbed off they worked nicely for things I need smaller quantities of. I also had 7 other nice containers that I’d either saved or already been using.
3. Go to Specialty Bottle or a similar site and pick out a selection of jars to cover the number of spices you don’t already have jars for. Choose sizes according to how much of anything you like to keep on hand. Ben got me a good range of sizes when he picked my jars out. He got mostly in the 4-10 oz range with a couple big ones at 14oz and 19oz. I used those big ones for cinnamon and dry onion flakes. I maybe don’t use that much cinnamon, but I like the Saigon cinnamon from Costco and that stuff comes in big bottles!
4. Once your jars arrive, wash and dry them out, print labels and load them up! I filled and labeled each jar one at a time so I wouldn’t lose track of what was what. Then, organize them to your hearts content and sit back and enjoy the improvement!
Once I finally started the project it was fast and easy. I think the thing that had made me delay was thinking that these jars would take up considerably more space than I had and wanting to build a new shelf for them. Obviously they all fit just fine. A few are stacked, and since they’re glass I’ll have to remember to be careful of any wanting to jump out when I grab stuff out of there, but I think I can handle that. Another thing that made me delay was the thought of scrubbing labels off of the jars I was repurposing(I can’t stand to throw glass containers away!), but a few minutes of soaking in hot water made that a pretty easy job. It was definitely a worthwhile project and a big improvement over the jumble I had in there before.
Have you done any fun organizing lately?