One of my goals for 2014 is to get my kitchen more organized. We’ve lived in our house for just over a year now, but I still feel like I don’t have the kitchen exactly how I wanted. I have cupboards that are still half-empty, while other drawers and cupboards are overloaded. First up on the list – my spice drawer.
I knew I wanted my spices close to the stove, and I knew I wanted them in a drawer as opposed to a cupboard. Frankly, because I’m short, and I didn’t want to be climbing onto the counter when I couldn’t reach the cumin on the top shelf.
I cleaned out my spice drawer and made a list of the all the spices that I keep on hand. Then, I ordered tins from container. I chose a metal tin with a clear, twist off lid, so I could easily see the color of the spice in the drawer. (Plus all the colors of spices look pretty!)
Here are the tins I ordered.
I bought some clear address labels, and printed off the labels from my computer. You could easily just label them with a sharpie, but I tend to be a little OCD, and I like the uniformity of the printed labels.
Simply cut the labels to size, stick them on your tins, and fill your tin with the appropriate spices. I tend to stick the spices I use more often in the front, and the less commonly used spices in the back, but you could arrange them however you wanted – alphabetical, by the colors of the rainbow – whatever floats your boat.
See the difference! Gotta love a beautiful spice drawer!Here is a list of spices I keep on hand:
Herbes de Provence
Red Pepper Flakes
*Yes, I know sugar is not a spice, but I like keep a small container in my spice drawer so I don’t have to lug out my big jar of sugar for a pinch of sugar.