Monday, February 21, 2011

Daily Declutter Challenge #23 - Spice Cupboard

Today’s Daily Declutter Challenge is a work in progress.  My spice/baking cupboard is in serious need of help.  I could hear the frustration in my husband’s voice (and he is the sweetest, gentlest, most patient man I know – good thing since I’m such a crazy!), when he was looking for the cinnamon.  It was enough to motivate me to tackle this area next.


While I was at the thrift store the other day I picked up this little rack...

It was $6, which is more than I would usually spend on something like this at a second hand store – but I knew I needed to get organized.

Once I got home though, I was hit by a brainstorm.  What if I stored my spices in the drawer instead and shuffled some things around?  I was sure I could start maximizing my space better.

I decided to store spices/seasonings in the drawer & baking spices (cinnamon etc) in the cupboard.  I transferred spices into the new jars so they would fit standing up in the drawer.  Much better use of space!  I'll simply sell the not needed wire rack at my spring garage sale.


This is still a work in progress, since my plan is to pick up some chalkboard paint to cover the lids, and then write the name on the top in chalk.

As for the baking cupboard, I am in serious need of more jars for all my dry good.  I’m cooking so much more from scratch now, so this is an area that needs a plan.  The plastic bags from the bulk area just don’t cut it!  I don’t want to fork out all the dough to buy a bunch more, so I’m hoping to collect some here and there from garage sales.  Mason jars are  NOT to be found anywhere on Craigslist or Freecyle anymore; a lot of weddings and homes are using them for décor!  Guess I should just eat more pickles….


Annnnd on another note….

Mom Starting From Scratch will be taking a digital sabbatical this week since Grandma is coming to visit!  My mom is an amazing woman – she loves projects, cleaning, painting, thrift store shopping, and generally being a busy bee.  She has gotten better at learning to rest while she’s visiting, so admist all the little projects we’ll be doing, I’m sure there’ll be lots of tea drinking, magazine purusing, and chick flick watching.

I’ll try to take pics of any decluttering I get accomplished over the week and just do a mega post next Monday.  Until then, I hope you have a fabulous week and you keep on with  daily clearing out the clutter.  One drawer, cupboard, surface area at a time….remember…it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you're making good progress. You can make your own chalk board paint! I wrote about it here: