Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Organizing: Kitchen & Spices

Well today is Spices and they started out like this: Def not very visually pleasing.. Normally we keep all this stuff above the Microwave and it had to be taken out b/c the Microwave is being worked on...
First thing I had to do was grouping: Chinese Spices soy sauce etc, Marinating Items like dales etc and then for some reason I have like 15 different kinds of Vinegar so they got their own group as well.
Then I made some labels you see below:

And put them on these plastiky Martha Stewart Baskets, which make retrieving stuff MUCH easier rather than sorting through all those bottles which are above my head and I cant see, i just pull down the correct basket and find what I need. Looks beautiful too!
Now I still havent decided between a Spice Rack or a Spice Drawer.... thoughts? I found this really cool article on Martha Stewart.com that you can print your own labels and what not from her templates.
And here are some ideas from the Container Store (a.k.a. Heaven on Earth)

Ladies, Which do you prefer? The rack or the drawer? Leave your comments after the jump and links to any products you love for this! Thanks!

10 comments:

Amy said...

I have the rack, BUT if I had more drawer space I would like the drawer. I like less things on the counter, thus less dust.

Mississippi Candice said...

I think a shelf in a cabinet. If you do the drawer you will be limited. We have a stair step thingie in our cabinet, and it works great!

Courtney said...

If I have enough drawer space, I'm gonna go with the drawer in my new house. If not, your basket idea is cute!
p.s. container store IS heaven on earth. I really don't know why I like boxes/containers so much. I think it's from my mom...haha

grizaham said...

Great organizing love! You get your skills from me I think!

Cary said...

I love the baskets! That is awfully original and cute!
Ha to Erik's comment! I know Susannah definitely didn't get any organizational skills from her dear mother!

Julie said...

I also love the baskets!

Kyle said...

Caroline found one that we mounted on our wall, and it has magnets on the bottom of the little containers, so it is out of the way. I'll have to take a pic and send so you can see what it looks like. Not sure where she bought it though. In addition to that, we also have spices in our cabinet with the little step things to help organize. WDE!

KellyFranks said...

The different levels in the cabinet have been my favorite way to organize spices. You can see them all lined up at once...and I cook a LOT. I would only do the drawer thing if you have lots of drawers! You need your drawer space! ..drawer, drawer, drawer...looks funny now! ha!

AndreaLeigh said...

you're a goddess! i need to get my spices organized. they are just a jumble right now.

Matt said...

I must give a shout out for my girl Martha. I couldn't find a spice rack that I liked, so I bought little glass bottles (rather like the ones in your drawer pic) and a rack for the cabinet. I used the Martha Stewart templates, and they look GREAT. (I don't know where I came up with that one, but it totally works.) Love the blog, Ms. Griz. :)

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