Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Spice Drawer

Ah, January. A clean slate for a new year. For me, that means it's time to get organized. New budgets, new binders, new menu planners (this year I'm using the Dutch kookagenda I received from my in-laws--more on that in a future post).

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.

In case you missed it, you can tour our whole kitchen here. I'm happy to say that our original organization is still holding up.


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38 comments:

  1. love it! Do you think the stove puts off enough heat below to affect the spices?

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    1. I did have some concern about that, but my spices have held up really well. I do rotate through them pretty quickly so they don't have much time to go bad.

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  2. That is amazing! I never would have thought of it. Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks! Tension rods are my best friend. I have them hung under our sinks to hold cleaning bottles. I use them in our deep sill windows for curtains, too!

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  3. that is totally bringing me to my happy place :) i love a nice organized kitchen!

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  4. Wow, Jen! Great idea with the tension rods. Thanks for sharing and linking up at my social hop.

    Have a crazy beautiful weekend!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm celebrating my birthday this weekend. It will be crazy and beautiful for sure! :-)

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  5. What an awesome idea! bet it makes finding the spice you are looking for easier then finding them in the random corner I have in my pantry. lol

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    1. Yes! And much easier than walking around the island like I had to do in our old house!

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  6. That is a wonderful idea and less expensive to boot. Thank you for sharing.

    Visiting from Overflowing with Creativity.

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    1. Yes, it was MUCH less expensive than the custom inserts...and offers more flexibility.

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  7. Wow!! That is genius!!! What a great idea!

    I host a weekly Friday link party that I would love for you to link up at if you are interested.

    I can't wait to check out more of your site!

    Ashley
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  8. I love this! How smart are you...now if I only had enough drawer space to carry this out!

    Christy
    www.confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

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    1. I was just looking at your kitchen. Do you ever use that desk area as a baking center. I purposely put in a lowered counter so I would have to knead bread in heels! It would be pretty easy to add a drawer there and still be pretty close to your stove and prep space to the right of it.

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  9. This is so clever! Thank you so much for visiting my link party!

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  10. Can I just start off by saying I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN!!! I live in a tiny apartment with NO counter space in my kitchen, and I am SO JEALOUS. That's a huge drawer! And you did an incredible job! Wow. Thanks for linking up to the Craft Yourself Crazy link party!

    Chloe
    http://rainbowsandhoneysuckle.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks! We lived in a little apartment for a few months when were waiting for this house to be finished. My counter was about 2' by 2'! I did a LOT of crockpot cooking!

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  11. I love a cheap, flexible organization idea and this qualifies. I don't need it because I have a different solution in my kitchen but my daughter so needs this in her kitchen. I am sending the link on. Visiitng from TT&J

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    1. Thank you! I am so happy we did this. I use it multiple times a day!

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  12. So clever! Love it! Thanks for sharing, Jen! :)

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  13. This is such a great idea! I never would have thought of using tension rods in a drawer! Thanks so much for linking up at Thrifty Thursday--we'd be glad to have you back anytime!

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    1. Thanks, I'll be back. I'm working on a post of all the ways I use tension rods to organize.

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  14. Hi, I love your beautiful home and kitchen! The tension rod ideas is genius, pure genius! lol! Hopped over from Tuesdays Treasures. I have a link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. I would love if you shared sometime!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  15. Just a suggestion, I would put your follow button more towards the top. Took me a while to find it sweetie!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you! We've been making some cosmetic changes and I didn't see that it was stuck down there.

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  16. wow - great idea! I am thinking I need to do some organizing in my kitchen - appreciate your inspiring idea! xoox, tracie

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  17. This turned out beautifully. I love how the molding echos the windows.
    Thanks for sharing
    Traci

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    1. Allison! You are one of my blog heroes! (Have you seen our dining room? http://www.dejongdreamhouse.com/2012/11/diy-dinette-decor.html)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. Love love love this!!

    Thanks for linking up! I am showing this off on my blog tomorrow!

    Ashley
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  20. This is awesome.. I love the use of rails to customize it for holding spices. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I love tension rods! They are so versatile! I actually did a whole post about it: http://www.dejongdreamhouse.com/2013/01/uses-for-tension-rods.html

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