Organizing Tip #16: Sugar & Spice

Organizing Tip #16: Sugar & Spice

Spices are essential for cooking and baking if you want your food to taste delicious! It is easy to accumulate all varieties especially combination spices like italien blends or seasoned salts. Our spice cabinet can quickly become overstuffed making it difficult to find the one you need. A simple organization plan can remedy this problem.

Step 1: Take all spices out of your cabinet. Discard old spices. Instead of looking at the expiration date, smell and taste to see if there is any flavor.

Step 2: Locate the best cabinet for storing spices. I like the one to the left of my stove since I am left-handed. You may like the cabinet on the right, but the idea is to put them near your stove for easy reaching. I use the bottom shelf for spices, the middle shelf for oils and vinegars, and the top shelf for bulk spices, dressing bottles, and small pitchers for sauces.

Step 3: Find a lazy susan or a tiered shelf so you can read labels and organize spices. Even though there are so many spice racks available that sit on you counter, spices should be in a dark cabinet since the light destroys the potency of the spice.

Step 4: Alphabetize your spices. This is the best tip! I thought it was ridiculous when I first heard this suggested, but it is really an amazing tip. I can find my spices so easily. I put the spices that I use most often on the outside edge of the lazy susan and the ones I rarely use in the middle where it is harder to reach.

That’s it! You will never have to organize your spices again!

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Organizing Tip #14: Kitchen Basics

Organizing Tip #14: Kitchen Basics

I have moved so many times in my life, more than I would have liked. But those experiences taught me how to pack, unpack, and organize my house within days of a move. I soon came to realize that once my stuff was organized and sorted, setting up a new house became sort of automatic.

Let’s look specifically at the kitchen. Think about your utensil drawer. Most of us have the divider that separates the forks (large and small), spoons (large and small), and the knives. It is automatic and easy to figure out where each item goes.

The rest of the kitchen is a little more challenging but can be simplified like a utensil drawer if you separate items into categories. Here are some examples: Cookware includes pots and pans, grill pans, and skillets. Bakeware includes baking trays, cooling racks, pie pans, cake pans, and casserole type dishes. Food storage includes plastic or glass containers with lids, aluminum foil, ziploc bags, etc.

Once I unpack and sort into these categories, I look for the best place, easy-to-reach location. I like to use the cabinet to the left of my stove for spices, oils, and vinegars. A lower cabinet near the stove has my pots and pans. My dishes are in a cabinet close to the dishwasher with the utensil drawer right below it. The utensils I use for cooking are in a drawer above the pots and pans.

By keeping “like things together” and storing items in a sensible location, your kitchen will be organized in a few hours with great functionality!

Featured photo by Aaron Huber on Unsplash.