I see a lot of organizing in my plans this year in the de Jong Dream House. We've been moved in for almost a year so we have a pretty good idea of how we function on a day to day basis.
One of my favorite organized spaces in my spice drawer. I cook most meals from scratch every day. (My son is allergic to dairy so it's easier). When we were planning our house, I really wanted a spice drawer under the cooktop. Some kitchen designers said it wasn't possible, but our amazing carpenter made it work.
I used tension rods from Target to create the dividers. We could have spent a lot more during construction to have dividers put in, but this is more flexible and allows for more options if I ever change the type of jar I use for the spices.
The drawer is full extension, which is really convenient because it allows me to house all of my spices there.
Of course I had to use my label maker.
Here you can see the drawer in context. The other two drawers and nice and deep for all my pots and pans. I just love having everything I need right there.
In case you're wondering, we buy our spices in bulk at a local store. They come in these convenient containers, which will fill up my little jars about three times. When I buy spice, I write the date on the container, like this.
I keep all overstock spices in our freezer.
I didn't used to date my spices, but now that I have, I know that I go through a larger container about every six months. Because of the quick turnaround, we don't have to worry too much about damage to the spices being under the cooktop. It's a great solution for us.
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