This is what my spice cabinet looked like Saturday. It was one of those daunting, frustrating cabinets filled with clutter. I could never find anything. There wasn’t any kind of order to what was inside, and quite honestly I hated opening the doors to hunt down what I needed. I couldn’t find basil without also unearthing dill weed. And it was like a full on strength training workout to get the cookbooks off the top shelf.
Saturday afternoon during nap time, and I was filled with these amazing aspirations and beautiful Pinterest dreams. So I pulled everything out, and I wiped out the insides of the cabinets. My counter tops were filled with various spice bottles and ingredients. I piled cookbooks higher than I am tall. I discovered that I have more cumin than I’ll ever need. And it became painfully clear that this cabinet has no rhyme or reason at all.
I got rid of duplicates, consolidated bottles, poured out things that had expired, recycled empties. But I hadn’t made much of a dent in the mountain of spices when I ran out of time. Nap time was over, and dinner needed to be made. Life was calling. So I didn’t have a choice. I loaded the cabinet back up with everything I had left and I closed the doors again. I’ve opened the door sense. The little bit of space I made hardly made a difference, and any organized dreams I had vanished. There’s more work to be done here. There has to be a way to make all of these different shaped bottles work in a tiny space. There has to be a way to fit everything in so that I don’t have to pull out six other bottles just to get to my olive oil. And there has to be another way other than stacking and layering spices on top of spices.
I’m not wishing for the impossible, am I?
So I’m asking you all for advice. How do you store your spices? Are you organized? And if so, would you like to come over and teach me everything you know? Pretty please?