Thursday, January 3, 2013
THE HUB OF ALL ACTIVITY:
A few of our cabinets were overflowing with sugars, flour and other baking goods from holiday cooking projects and another was jam-packed with melamine summer plates, mason jars and random, yet useful, kitchen tchotchkes. To make sense of the baking goods, I grabbed a bunch of mason jars (you can purchase anywhere from Target to tag stores and everywhere in between..I prefer collecting vintage at antique malls or garage sales for around $.50/each), cleaned them thoroughly and filled them with sugar, flower, rice and other items that were crowding our cabinets. You might be thinking...how can you tell what's on what shelf, though? I purchased labels at the $.99 store and placed one on a jar and another on a 5x7 card placed on that shelf. When looking for brown rice, for example, while it might not be at the front of the shelf, I grab the card and know it's there! To organize summer melamine plates and other items I put them in baskets and placed them on shelves in our cabinets. This way I can pull out an entire basket to reach it's contents..all organized by theme, of course. Need extra barware? Pull out the basket with openers, extra napkins, shot glasses, etc. and it's all there, easy to reach, easy to find and very, very organized!