Yep, like I said yesterday, nesting is in full gear over here and after I organized our spice drawer, many other drawers were begging for a little refreshing too. I'm not sure anyone in my household really appreciates our newly tidied spice drawer, but y'all are my people, so I bet you will! Things like this get us giddy and no one else has to understand, right?! Thank God for each other- this is what caused me to start blogging in the first place when I was a new SAHM and needed women like you to relate with!
This mini project was inspired spur of the moment while I was preparing a crock pot meal and having to add many spices that were past their prime or I was having to reach into both the drawer you see here and the cabinet above to find what we needed. And, the salt and pepper were previously in the cabinet on the opposite side of this drawer, so I figured a refresh was in order.
It took less than an hour to make it all better! And I even alphabetized them!
I emptied out the entire drawer, wiped it clean, then went through each spice to throw out the expired, and then washed the jars ones that needed cleaning. I originally decanted these spices into these airtight glass containers because I wanted to be able to see them all at a glance, and also the mouth of these containers is wide enough to fit a tablespoon, which comes in handy when making a recipe. It makes me crazy those spice bottles that just have little holes in the lid that you have to remove when you want to measure them. Ain't no one got time for that when you're busy trying to get dinner on the table!
We still keep the larger jars of spices in the cabinet above (with small portions contained here for easy access), as well as things like sesame seeds, poppy seeds, Mrs. Dash, and bouillon cubes, but the majority of the spices I'd reach for in a receipe are now all in one place. Those Basil and Cilantro spice jars are the kind of dehydrated spices that come to life when you add water and I'm loving them. I could use a few more glass jars for the other spices to keep things super uniform, but this is all I had on hand. And I broke one while washing it. It was the only one to break in over 5 years!
So as to not make myself crazy with perfect looking labels, I just hand wrote the name of each spice on the label with one of my favorite ultra fine point Sharpie pens.
round label (red)
And I finally got the bright idea to put the expiration date on the bottom, who knows how long some of those had been in there before?! I guess them being crusty was a good sign they needed to be tossed!
The spice drawer didn't look terrible to begin with, but many spices were no longer good and it just needed to be cleaned up. I emptied the skewers from their package and put them in a clear drawer divider too. You can see some of the labels needed to be rewritten.
So much better, right?! Thank you for appreciating a pretty spice drawer as much as I do. ;)
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