I needed the curry and opened the cabinet door. I sighed. I knew what was about to happen was my own fault. The bottles and bags hitting the floor could be totally prevented if only I would get busy and organize this cabinet.
I sure didn’t want to. I didn’t want to clean that cabinet for the same reason you shouldn’t give a mouse a cookie. I know that as soon as this one was all orderly and nice, I will have to take care of the one above the stove, the one in the corner, and the big deep one next to the sink. And the drawers would need attention. I just didn’t have it in me to deal with that kind of mess. It was just easier to ignore the whole thing.
On the other hand, I needed to be able to find and use the items in here. Soooooo, I decided to just do this one and the other cabinets could just wait.
Here is what I did:
1) I took everything out. Everything.
2) I wiped the inside of the cabinet.
3) I looked at my stuff and wondered how I would have managed living 100 years ago.
4) I decided that my extra baking supplies and duplicates of the canned goods needed to be on the top shelf because they got the least amount of use.
5) I put the baking and cooking supplies I use regularly on the middle shelf closest to the stove and canned goods I use often on the other side of the shelf.
6) I put the spices I use least in the back, the ones I use most in the front.
7) I lined up the dog food (that includes peanut butter for pills) on the far right of the bottom shelf because that is where they fit and are easy to get to.
8) That left me with the bagged spices. I knew that I had too many to fit in one basket so I sorted them by large bag and small bag and then searched my basement for containers that were the right size and shape. I chose extra bread pans. They worked great
Over all, I didn’t really get rid of anything except to refill jars of spices from bags. I did move a few things to places where they were with more similar products. Mostly I discovered that if I kept like things together, kept the most used items the easiest to reach, and put small or oddly shaped things in containers I could keep the cabinet much neater and my cooking much more fun.
If you have read this far, you probably noticed that this is not rocket science. Pretty much every “home/lifestyle/decor” blog on the web can tell you this same stuff.
How did this help me save money? I discovered that I have MORE than enough canned tomatoes for the winter and do not need to purchase any more, but I do need beans. I do not have the irritation of spice bags falling out of the cabinet when I cook, which is priceless.
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