Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It's Wednesday Already?

The other day on her blog Anna suggested we show what's in our stitching bag. Here's mine:

From left to right: ever present old school iPod(iPhoto, I thought I was so cool at the time, LOL), gum from my trip in July (I only chew gum when I fly, it aggravates my TMJ, TMI?), lipstick, my Moleskine-my constant companion, highlighters, pens, A House by the Sea/Midsummer Night Designs, Monkey Sampler/Midsummer Night Designs, Strawberry Blonde a.k.a. Tomato Blonde. What I didn't show, the overnight Kotex, again TMI?

My question of the day, how do you organize your spices? This is my spice cabinet next to the stove. Spices are just kind of flung in there hit or miss. I tried putting my baking spices on the second shelf with the baking soda and powder but it all gets mixed in together. A spice rack seems a waste of space and I have no where to hang one near where I cook, this is a perfect spot I can stand at the stove and just reach up for what I might need, if I could only find it.

I've thought about getting some of those small plastic baskets, you know like baby doll laundry baskets, I think they are really drawer organizers or something like that, and organize them that way at least they'd be a bit contained, or maybe if they make small wire baskets like that, I don't think a clutz like me needs wicker/bamboo near the stove-I am trying to get away from plastic in the kitchen but I don't think BPAs can leach from the basket through the bottom of the spice bottle and unfortunately many of my spices are in plastic I'm starting to buy the spicesin the glass bottles but seriously the price on spices at Dollar Tree and Dollar General are too good to pass up and I've had no problem with the freshness or quality of them.

I've been looking at spice racks that come with the glass bottles that you fill but seriously wouldn't any BPAs already be in the spice from the previous packaging? Maybe I'm over stressing over this BPA stuff because the damage was probably done with the first microwaveable plastics that my parents brought into the house back in the day.

But any organizational ideas would be appreciated. The basket idea is the best I can come up with at the moment and I'm not even sure how I'd organize them in the baskets.

Don't forget to enter Missy Ann's 13 Days of Halloween extravaganza.


Anna van Schurman said...

Thanks for playing!

My spice cabinet looks like yours only I fill the top space with cans that I have to drag a chair over to reach. In our old apartment, we had the perfect deep drawer: they all fit and in a fit of organization all my spices were labeled on the top so I could find them.

In some cheesy catalog (with lots of "As Seen on TV") I saw a sliding, tiered spice rack you could use in the cabinet. I don't remember why I didn't get it. It's such a PITA to pull out every damn jar to find the one you are looking for. (And I don't want to buy a spice rack that already has spices in it, thankyouverymuch.)

Cindy said...

Oh boy!

We have waaaay too many spices in our cabinet! I'm not the one buying them, either :) Unfortunately, they aren't too organized. Right now, we have the opened ones on one shelf and the others on another shelf. We have a couple of the spinny things, but even with that it really takes too long to find what you are looking for.

Lucy said...

I'm constantly changing stitching bags...I think it's an obsession with me! Can't show my (my hubby's) spice cabinet...cause there are so many in there, when I open it, one will fall out and hit the!

Nancy M said...

In my next life, my cupboards are going to have racks on the doors when they are opened and they will all be there, only one row at a time and I can see them all and not dig for them.