Nothing worse, than trying to meal prep and you can't see, at-a-glance, what you have on hand when things aren't organized well. Makes that prep time take forever. It's also hard to stay on budget when you accidently (for the third time) get yet another ground cinnamon. You already had three! The other part that hurts, is when you go to make something, and oops that garlic salt is from 2014! Oh, probably not useable now.
But first, Story Time!
You have to appreciate how it was before, so you can understand why it all came tumbling down, on a regular basis. Here is how it was set up. All the spices I had been getting "recently" have been in square bottles. I was excited! We can stack them, it will save space and look great! Um... well... great thought. Here is the before picture. That lazy susan is about 13 years old and was so hard to turn without having bottles jumping ship!
I have two crazy spaces that are both jammed packed. My intention is to repurpose this junked up drawer and make it the spice drawer.
As you can see, well sorta see, in the middle of the cupboard, those are the square bottles. They are stacked 3 high and 4-5 columns of bottles. They topple constantly. Usually, all the items in front of them have to be removed first so you can even access them. Then, all you saw were blank bottle caps. Sharpie to the rescue! Well Mr. Sharpie didn't help when all those cute bottles would topple. Which they did a lot.
So, started out emptying the cupboard and the drawer of everything. Vacuumed and wiped out the blank spaces. Everything needs a good refresh and sanitizing from time to time. Went through all the items, checked their expiration dates (some were old - like 2014 gross old!), removed the old ones, alphabetized and placed them into the drawer on the new liner.
Special note: Using the vacuum keeps the bits contained and you won't have a bigger mess to deal with when you try to wipe them out. Saves so much time and energy!
That liner was a surprise. It came in a 10' roll and you just measured, cut to length, then laid it in the drawer and put the bottles on top. It doesn't move. Super cool! Some of the items were odd shapes or I didn't think would do well laying on their sides in the drawer. So those I kept in the cupboard, the rest as you can see are laid out in the drawer for easy use.
Now, no more chance of getting multiple extras at the store. Meal planning, prepping, and creating will be a cinch! Can see it all, there is space for a few new tasty things to try, and should be relatively easy for the family to catch onto as well! Bonus! I found the missing corn cob sticks!
The whole job took about 10-15 minutes. Quick Tidies are so handy and look how much progress can be made in such little time! You can do it too!
What happened to the BBQ tools and other items that were hanging out in the messy drawer? They have their own spot in a new drawer devoted to BBQ and more seasonal items. This has happened a few times when I start decluttering. I've found using those bottom drawers and cupboards are more useful for seasonal items. I'm quite tall, 5'9, I don't want to be down on my belly, trying to fight for something in the back of the lower cupboards very often. So, I've allocated those spots for seasonal things - Santa's Cookie plates, Spring Easter Bunny dishes, and the serving platters we only use at holiday gatherings.
Imagine having 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗶𝘁'𝘀 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲, when and 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝘁. The house will be the 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 when friends and family visit! Together, we'll be going room by room, one day at a time, spending less than an hour a day to get things organized & decluttered!
I hope you'll join us!