Can you believe that this is my very same spice cabinet. It’s the same cabinet I had to dig through to find whatever I needed, that everything threatened to tumble out each time I opened the door. It’s the same cabinet I thought might never ever see any kind of order or simplicity. I pulled everything out, again. But this time I was armed. See the canisters to the right of the cookbooks? I consolidated the many bags of flour into one canister (F), and I replaced the round and awkward yellow sugar canister with an identical canister (S). Because the containers are narrow and long, they fit in the cabinet well and make good book ends for my cookbooks. And by separating the cookbooks, the more-used ones are easier to get to on the lower shelf, I made them easier to get out. I labeled Julia Child’s The Art of French Cooking because it wouldn’t fit upright on the shelf. But I know right where she is!
But the biggest change of all is in my spice organization. I decided that the only way to make things look nice and neat and easy to find was to unify the containers that my spices were in. I had a few test tubes from an old spice rack. Some quick searching online, and I found more, empty, and identical glass test tubes. But the trick was finding a container to hold them all. The answer? A CD box that was collecting dust on a book shelf above our garage. It fits in the space, and it fits 50 spice tubes. 50! I used my funnel and transferred the spices over, and I made simple circle labels. Then, I put all the spices I have in alphabetical order. I kind of love the results.