Thursday, April 05, 2012
William Morris Thursday - the spice cabinet
From the looks of this blog over the last few months, you'd think it was dedicated exclusively to William Morris. But I haven't had the energy to do much else lately. I did spend 2 hours on a really great blog post last Sunday and set it to post the following morning, only to find that Blogger had deleted everything but the title and the labels. I didn't have the energy to redo it.
Yesterday, I reached into my spice cabinet and it hit me. I realized I hadn't cleaned the thing out in all the 7 years I've lived in this house. I also realized that while lots of space can be a great blessing, it can also become a curse. When you have enough space in a cabinet to chuck things into it for 7 years with very little being removed, that's a curse.
I didn't waste any time deciding if I had the time to do this project, I just started. And after successfully cleaning and organizing my pantry, I knew this was the next natural step.
This is my great blessing of a spice cabinet, complete with lazy Susan. However, this setup, over the years, has created one seriously lazy Pam. I didn't include pictures of all the things that have fallen over the edge and into unreachable spaces back there.
When I got it all out onto my counter top, I was amazed that it all came from one cabinet.
My next move was to divide the keep from the toss. I know it looks like I was liberal with the keep pile, but there were several repeated items that needed consolidating.
After the consolidation process, I decided that I wanted to transfer a lot of the spices I use frequently to glass jars. Luckily, the hoarder voice in me has been telling me to save jars for the past year so I had a good stash of all shapes and sizes and nearly everything ended up in one.
What was left was a bunch of empty glass and plastic bottles ready to be recycled. But what about all those lids? I hated to throw them all away, but after reading this article, I realized my only choice was to toss them.
Next, I sprayed everything in the cabinet down and loaded up my newly labeled spice containers in a loosely organized-by-category fashion.
There. That's much better.
I'm linking up with Jules' William Morris project,