Okay by now you must all know that the basis for any organizing I do is almost always to solve some annoying problem that is bugging me. I’m constantly thinking about how I can streamline systems to save not only space, time and money but also how I can keep from being irritated about things. Take my spices for instances.
We don’t have a bulk store in my town so to save money I buy my spices in bags and refill my spice jars as needed. Of course the bags hold more than the spice jars do so there was always some leftover.
I used to collect all these spice bags in a basket. I’d just seal them off and toss them in.
Here’s what it used to look like before.
Umm can you say overflow? So much so that I, you guessed it, could never easily find the one I needed. I would have to pull out the entire bin to dig through them all to find what I was looking for. Now I’m not saying this is a terrible system. In fact it’s great that I had them contained and that is a really good place to start. I went years this way without being irritated by it. Then suddenly I noticed that it began to bug me more and more often.
We have to pay attention to these things so all the little irritations don’t manifest themselves into one really grumpy attitude. Sometimes all it takes is a tweak or two to fix the problem.
First thing I did was try to move to a bigger basket. I don’t have a picture of that one but while it didn’t look overflowing, I still had to dig for what I wanted.
I decided small containers of some kind were in order. After some searching I purchased 3 of these Rubbermaid container sets from Walmart (no affiliation). They were $2.97 each.
I liked the idea of them having twist and seal lids as I thought they would be easier to open without spices going flying everywhere.
I also purchased a 12″ turntable from Solutions online to put them on. You can also get these at places like Bed Bath and Beyond or sometimes even the dollar store if you are lucky.
I then got to work dumping and filling and labeling all my spices. It was a fun job, I had a great time making a big mess :)
And this is how it all turned out.
This system is working out so much better for me now, I’m really happy with it. The whole project only took me about an hour to complete and now I’m no longer irritated every time I need to find a certain spice. I just have to give my turntable a whirl, whee! Totally worth an hour of my time and the $20 I spent, that is for sure!!
I labeled the sides with some kitchen labels I had from Stuck on You as well as some clear labels I had for my label maker. I also labeled them on the back with the expiry date if there was one.
Many of you recommended I store my spice overflow in the freezer which isn’t a bad idea and I still might do that now that they are all organized into containers. We’ll have to see how it goes.
The actual spice jars on the left of the lazy susan are all labeled on the top of the lids so I can easily see what I’m looking for when looking down on them. I think I’m going to put all of those on a turntable as well. I posted about how I organize my lazy susan here and here if you want more information about it.
Moral of the story: start with something that irritates you in your home, figure out a way so it won’t and get it done. You’ll be so glad you did!
How do you organize your spice overflow? Do you buy spices in bulk? How do you store the excess?