Much to Mr. Husband’s dismay, I am finding organizational inspiration from Vegan MoFo. I am a tiny bit obsessed with organization and have a tendency to reorganize and “optimize” on a regular basis leaving my husband lost in his own kitchen and/or home. The other day I was skimming the MoFo blog feed and stumbled upon this organizational gem.
Mr. Husband and I suffer from what I call “crappy kitchen syndrome.” Our home is old and the kitchen is dated. One entire wall lacks cabinetry and instead is covered by a metal rack. This is actually not a terrible solution if we did not have four cats – anything you remove from the rack has to have the cat hair washed out before you can use it. The kitchen also lacks ample storage and counter space for all our pots, pans, food processors, etc.
All this griping aside, I’m actually quite fond of my kitchen. I create a lot of exciting food in it and, despite its short comings, it rarely lets me down. The one HUGE annoyance, however, is dealing with all our spices, vinegars, oils, etc. All these little bottles take up a lot of space and collect a lot of grime. I find myself wiping bottle after bottle on a near monthly basis. So when I saw In the Mood For Noodles’ post I knew I had to give it a shot.
First, I cleared out all the spice jars and put the spices in “snack sized” zipper bags, each carefully labeled. Then I made quick divider tabs and organized the spices into two storage containers (originally intended to organize Tupperware containers and lids). The remaining bulk spices went down to the basement where we store our surplus ingredients and produce.
All this freed up a ton of space. My oils and vinegars were then organized in cupboards in single file lines, making it easy for me to see everything and make better improvisational choices. I added magnets to the backs of our Nantuckett Off Shore seasonings and put them on the fridge. And then I wiped everything down and relished in the splendor!
Below are some before and after photos. Please excuse the bad photo quality. I don’t take kitchen photos as seriously as I do my food photos… no one wants to eat my kitchen 🙂