Thursday, September 17, 2009

In which I am a Nerd with a Captial "N"

We are guilty of accruing copious quantities of dried herbs and spices. It has sort of snowballed out of control, but that problem is beside the point.
The problem was how to manage it all. We've tried several methods of organization (alphabetized, sweet/savory, etc.) but with all the different container sizes and shapes you pretty much had to remember what you had and where it was.
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After I bought a triplicate of marjoram I decided I had to come up with a better solution.
I ordered uniform glass jars and lids at Container and Packaging Supply
and these spice labels on clearance from MS Crafts.
There is nothing so exhilarating as a box full of clean, new, glass bottles waiting to be filled.
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And I filled 2 grocery bags with empty containers to drop in the recycling bin.
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It took me about 2 1/2 hours, but we are now well on our way to avoiding duplicate spice purchases. Wahoo!
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11 comments:

hairyshoefairy said...

I think I am a Nerd, too. I had to do the same thing in the spring. I'd told my SIL about my problem and how I admired her pretty uniform spices and rack and she ordered a bunch of jars for me from Frontier Co-op. They are wonderful and make me feel so much more organized. Your cupboard looks so pretty with all of them tiered.

Ashley said...

That is quite impressive and I like the look of it! A well spent 2 hours I think.

Martha said...

What a beautiful idea! I love spices too. I have tons of them!! :)

Amber said...

I am inspired - you should see my baking cupboard, it longs for an overhaul.

The Libutti Family said...

Oooohhh... your organized spices are making me very happy (feeding into my nesting hormones, I'm sure!) and a wee bit jealous. Great project and great results!

Katie May said...

Oh, I am SO inspired!

Kori said...

I am very impressed. I desperately need to devote 2 1/2 hrs to organizing my cupboard. Just think of how happy you will be each time you open the little door! Way to go...what were your boys up to while you did this?!

glittersmama said...

That is such a fabulous idea. I can't wait to copy you!

Leith said...

Ahhhh, the eternal organizer. Now I have to go and buy some bottles for my spices too. I have about 5 bottles of cumin, and who seriously needs that much cumin. You are an inspiration.

K-Krew said...

Practical and beautiful. Brilliant.

Taylor and Stina Cline said...

NICE! I should take the time to do it too!

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