Monday, August 9, 2010

Decluttering Challenge for a Monday - Spices

When I was cooking last week, I decided that my bin with spices needed some help. I previously organized them by putting small labels on the top of each jar. (I used a Word document, and just cut the labels out and taped them on...don't laugh, this was before I had my label maker!)

I never liked the idea of having a whole drawer taken up with spices, like those specialty drawers...so I didn't ask Handy Man to make one for me. We've been using this cheap plastic bin for years, and it works for us. The only problem was that it was difficult to figure out which spice was which; we had to lift each one up to see what it was. It drove me crazy after a while, which is why I added the paper labels.



I looked through this bin again last week and, yeeeesh! It needed help. I tossed out some spices that were expired, added a few more labels, washed out the container, and put them all back.

The little plastic bags in the back are spices from a friend's garden. She put labels on them before she sent them to me.

This is much better! I just slide the bin into a small cabinet, and it doesn't take up much space.


Do you have some spices that need cleaning up? This is a small project that won't take long. If you store your spices upright like this, it's worth labeling the tops so you can find what you need quickly.


Linking this up to: A bowl full of Lemons/
Between Naps on the Porch/Organize and Decorate Everything/It's a Blog Party/A Little Knick Knack/House of Grace/

9 comments:

Beth R. said...

I have far too many spices for this to work (and yes, I use 75% of them on a very regular basis. Nice job though!

larsinnh said...

I'm not the cook here, Rob is (mostly). He's the one that uses them most of the time. Baking is more of my thing. Some are baking spices.

Leanne said...

Good idea to have the labels on top, so you don't have to lift them all out. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

Meg said...

Labels! Of course! They would be a great solution to my crazy spice cupboard problem. Love it.
Thank you for linking up to my first link party! Hope to see you back next week!

Paige @ The Wandering Cottage said...

Great job!

Amanda said...

Hope you don't mind, but I'm going to have to copy your lable idea! Everything looks the same! Great job

Beth's Blog said...

I love the labels, great idea.

Clean and Happy said...

The more I read all of this 21 day challenge posts from everyone the more I am starting to think that I need a label maker :)

Cheryl said...

It is nice to have them all contained and labeled from the top so that you can identify them. I threw out at least 1/2 of my spices. This was a good challenge.

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