I do not consider myself to be a particularly “tidy” person. In fact, I don’t really consider myself to be a tidy person at all. I’m left-handed, what do you expect? As I kid I was known for having a ridiculously messy room, to the despair of my parents. It didn’t matter how many times I cleaned it, or how determined I was (I really WANTED it to be clean!), it would be messy again in no time. In order to get my ears peirced, in fourth grade, I had to promise to keep my room clean for SIX MONTHS. Straight. No breaks. My mom would check, every day, to make sure it was clean, nothing strewn across the floor or flowing out of drawers.
That was not an easy six months.
It’s a testament to how badly I wanted to have my ears pierced that I made it through — and no surprise that the very next day it was a mess again. You’d think, as my parents did, I would have learned a new habit in six months! Ha! Fooled them, didn’t I?
While I am severely untidy, I do like for things to be organized. Yes, there is a difference. At least in my (messy) brain. Organization saves time. Organization makes it easy to find things. So does leaving clothes folded on the floor, rather than put away in the drawers, but that is another problem to tackle. One place I do insist on having tidy and organized is my kitchen. While budgetary constraints have kept me from buying every organizer available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (and believe me, I would if I could), there are some things I simply HAVE to have. Among these things: organized spices.
When we moved into our new house (which we are LOVING, by the way!) in April, I knew something would have to be done with the spices. We had no convenient place, no hanging spice rack, and no abundance of storage in the kitchen to make it easy. Our spices were living in a Lululemon bag under the chopping block. Gross. Additionally, we had multiple bottles and bags of the same spice (why? WHY!?).
I decided the most convenient place to store them would be on the fridge, in little magnetic containers! Thank you Pinterest! WIN. I ordered some small, airtight, metal containers, bought some magnetic tape and a pen to write on plastic — and that was it! These containers can be bought here, and are highly recommended!
You can get pens and magnetic strips/tape at any craft store that carries glitter. By that I mean, any legitimate craft store.
This couldn’t be easier. I started by organizing (see? organizing!) my spices. I’ll admit that my OCD tendencies made me do this alphabetically.
I then worked, spice by spice, consolidating into my NEW containers! Each new tin was labeled, and then stuck with a hefty strip of magnetic tape. Some of these spices get heavy, so a large strip is definitely necessary. On lighter spices (oregano, basil, etc.) I got away with smaller swatches of magnetic tape.
Fill ’em up, stick ’em on the fridge: you’re good to go! The best part of this operation? Well, besides having organized spices, this was really inexpensive! Not to mention it is so much cheaper to buy spices in the bulk section anyways, so having consistent containers is a must!
The one inconsistency was that I kept “nice” spices separate. Anything from Penzey’s, for example, is still in it’s original jar. Other than that, everything is on the fridge, and really easy to access! I’m very much enjoying this new method, versus our old “bag o’ spices.”1