Since we are going to be out of here in less than 60 days (as referenced to in this post) I’d like to go over some the things we have done to our place that we are especially pleased with. So, without further ado…
THE SPICE RACK
We love to cook, but sometimes it can be a challenge in our tiny galley kitchen, especially when it comes to storage and cabinet space. Our cabinets unfortunately look like all of our closets, with everything strategically placed in a jigsaw-sort-of-fashion that requires you to pull out 5 things in order to retrieve the item you went in for – and this really just wasn’t working for our spices. Who wants to pull out cumin, oregano, curry powder, coriander, tarragon, and cinnamon just to get to the garlic powder? Not us!
So, we thought on the topic and I scoured the internet and Pinterest to find a better solution. We considered drawer inserts (which weren’t good due to the lack of drawers in our kitchen), counter-top spice-spinner things (which couldn’t hold enough jars), stackable shelves for inside the cabinets (we already have a lack of cabinet space), but none of the options really seemed to measure up to the idea I had in my head.
We use a lot of spices regularly, and I wanted somewhere where we could easily see and access all of them. Somewhere where we could keep a good inventory of what we had so that I would stop buying a new jar of nutmeg every fall when I wanted to bake a pie… And if the spices were easily visible like this all the time, they needed to look presentable. I then started looking at shelving and jars, and I looked, and looked, and looked some more.
Until I found the perfect ledges – brushed silver, great depth, and a nice lip on the edge so that none of the jars would fall off! Although the ledges weren’t cheap, I just couldn’t resist! You can find them here at crateandbarrel.com. However, there are much more affordable wooden ledge options at Target or IKEA, and it really wouldn’t be too hard to construct the ledge yourself. I just really, really wanted the brushed silver ones- they complimented the appliances and cabinets so well!
The jars were a bit easier to decide on. We decided not to buy a bunch of glass jars, and then buy lids, and then attempt to find shaker tops, fill them with spices, and then try to label them. We simply went with Target’s line of spices, they come in a nice glass jar with a great lid, shaker top, super cute and simple labels, and they even come filled! crazy, right!?
On a side note: We didn’t replace all the spices we had on hand at once with the Target brand ones, we did it slowly as we ran out.
Overall, we are thrilled with the way this project turned out. It is so convenient while we are cooking, it’s freed up some extra cabinet space, and it is so much more organized – I haven’t re-bought a spice we already had since! And the bonus is that it has sort of become a colorful addition for our kitchen, a totally functioning piece of Art! Everyone seems to notice it when they walk in and asks us about the different spices we use. – We love it : D