Happy hump day friends! It’s Wednesday and we are back in the kitchen, preparing to clean out and organize another space. During our “Plain & Simple” organizing challenge, each month we will visit a new room, and concentrate on one area in that room, per challenge. There will be several challenges per month. It’s January & we are still in the kitchen. Your goal is to create an “organized spice station” near your cooking area, where you will store your spices, oils, and mixes. Remember the key is functional organizing, so you will want this space to be near your oven!! It’s time to toss out those 10 year old spices and replenish them with fresh new jars. If you missed the first two challenges, you can catch up at any time! We organized the baking cabinet & the kitchen utensils. Happy Organizing!!
- Pull out all of your spices & condiments from your cabinets, pantry, and drawers. Throw out expired items.
- Categorize by size and type of item (cooking oils, spices, mixes, etc.).
- Organize on spice shelves, in drawers or baskets, to fit your needs.
- Designate a space near your oven where you can keep oils, vinegars, etc.
I use 4 oz jars that fit nicely inside my drawers. You can find these spice jars here. I chose to store my jars in the drawer right next to my oven, where I can grab a spice in a “pinch”.
My Tastefully Simple spices, oils, vinegars, mixes, and extracts are kept in the cabinet to the left of my oven. It’s within arms reach of my cooking space.
I use spice shelves to organize my cabinet ingredients. It’s easier to see whats behind the first row. You can find these shelves at most stores. They are inexpensive and worth every penny.
Last but not least, its great to have a “station” on your counters to keep your most used cooking essentials. Olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper & garlic – which is kept inside the brie container, are my most commonly used cooking ingredients. I keep them right next to my oven (being sure to move the olive oil when the burners are on). I replenish the olive oil on a weekly basis so there is no concern for it going rancid. You can use an old cutting board or cheese platter for this station.
The most important thing to remember is to keep your spices & cooking oils near your stove and within arms reach of cooking. It will make your life easier! If you would like to participate in our organizing challenges, join our Facebook group here and don’t forget to share your pictures on Instagram using the hash tag #abfolplainandsimple. Happy Organizing.
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