Oh dear Lord….please grant me organizational skills. I promise I’ll be good and will use said granted skills. Thank you!
I thought it best to start with a little prayer. I’ve recently been bitten by the organizational bug. He’s a fleeting character, but I sincerely hope that he’s come to stay this time. The things is…I’ve got a tiny house. It’s cute, cozy, quick to clean, etc….., but tiny. I’ve discovered that this situation requires me to step it up bit.
In the past I’ve seemed to always have enough room for everything to have it’s spot. However, I recently got married, (woo hoo…yay me!), (he’s really hunky…by the way), and moved into his house with my two adult sized girls. I say adult sized because while one is technically an adult in college, the other full grown daughter is only 17. Gosh I love my girls and I couldn’t be happier that I’ve got them both home for the summer, but gosh they’ve got a lot of stuff. I mean a huge amount of stuff. Is this just a girl thing? My stepson, on the other hand, who is somewhat of a ghost in the house, has no “stuff.” Yes, he’s got a guitar or two and of course and computer and his clothes, but that’s really it. He’s not a
hoarder pack rat collector like my girls. God bless him. I love you man!
This organizational thing is going to be best accomplished with baby steps. Otherwise I feel way to overwhelmed and then I end up plopping my fanny on the couch with a salty, fattening snack and watching hours of the Food Network, The Property Brothers, Love It Or List It, etc….. until the feelings go away and I’ve pushed the tasks to the back burner until I decide to take a look around again. Not good. Not good for anyone.
So, with that in mind, the first task of many is to get the two nylon shopping bags of spice bottles from my last home and organize them so that they have a spot and are easy to get to. I’ve done a lot of research on this and have seen many wonderful, beautiful ideas out there on Pinterest and many other places. I also did some research as to what is the best way to store spices so that they last the longest. From this I’ve determined that spices should be kept out of the light in air tight containers. They should also be kept in a cool, dry place and if possible purchased whole and ground at home before use as whole spices last longer. I can do this!
Okay, let me first confess that this has been quite the process. During a certain rather short span of time when I’ve been working on this, I’ve organized my spices three times…..YES! THREE TIMES! Is this normal? Frank looks concerned.
I first thought I’d organize with small round tins. Here’s what I ordered from Specialty Bottle and why. I ordered the 4 oz. sized tins because I wanted to order 4 oz. bags of spices. (Are you seeing the problem already? If so, you’re a whole lot quicker than I am.) I decided to order my organic spices online in the size that I want. My first order came from The Spice House and arrived quickly and was packed neatly…..SQUEAL!….
As far as labeling the spices, I ordered really cute scalloped edge chalkboard labels from CharlieChalkDesigns at Etsy. Last but not least, I bought a white plastic, small set of drawers from Target that fit in my small pantry because I don’t have an available drawer to make a spice drawer. I can’t seem to find a link to that on the Target site, but the cost was about $10.00.
Soooooooooooooooooooooooo…….uhm…..what you just read, did not end up happening. I wrote that post while waiting for my tins to arrive, then I sat my tukus at the dining room table with my new spices and my clean new tins and after filling my very first tin and realizing that I’d grossly miscalculated the difference in 4 ounces dry and 4 fluid ounce containers, and then also realizing that the larger tins that I needed would take up more room than I wanted, I put on the brakes and backed up.
Now, my husband finds this “spice organization complexity” quite funny and at times disturbing. He said something like, “You know you have a problem, right?” He meant mental problem not spice problem. I was not deterred though. I simply shooed him away and went on about my spice organization idea number 2, which was what he suggested in the first place.
Can you even imagine the smug look on his face? Can you see it? It’s a good thing he’s adorable or I could have been annoyed. It’s also a good thing that his idea didn’t work out either or I would have had to live with that smug look on that absolutely adorable, handsome, make my heart go pitter patter, face.
So, because the spices which I ordered from The Spice House, arrived in very sturdy stand up 4 oz resealable bags, I then decided to leave well enough alone and store them that way. I went to The Container Store and bought a drawer that fits the bags perfectly. I then tucked the container in a cabinet where the light will stay away from my spices and felt content……for a few days. *BIG SIGH*
I ended up HATING having to drag out a somewhat large container, pull out the drawer of said container and then trying to find the spices that were slipping and sliding around and just not behaving at all. I also didn’t like scooping the spices out of the bags. It was messy, well, at least it was messy for me. Maybe I lack coordination. Nix that idea!
Thank you for your patience. By this time you’re probably feeling somewhat exasperated and just wish that I would shove my spices “somewhere.” I deserve that. But, fret no longer. I ended up just buying the always available, easy to find, 8 oz. jelly jars. I washed them, dried them, filled them and labeled them. They look adorable and are easy to access on the graduated, no slip shelves that I bought to put in my DIY storage cabinet that used to be an old bookcase. Frank has to put on the shutter doors to keep the light out and life will be grand.
Teresa is happy. Frank is happy/amused.
How do you store your containers? Do you have the same affection for your spices that I do? What does your therapist say about it? (wink, wink)