I´m sorry I didn´t get my Monday organizational post up yesterday but I started playing Barbie with my daughter around 9 and we didn´t finish up until lunch. We also played with Frosty and Santa, the two invisible friends of hers that have outlasted the others, and then I let her run around and dig in the yard, something that she loves to do. She´s great, a mix between a tomboy and a girly girl. She´ll play with trucks while wearing a dress; she´ll kick her soccer ball around while wearing princess fairy shoes.
But enough about my glorious day spent with my almost three year old! Now let´s move on to the spice rack or cabinet.
I received some great tips from readers. Melanie in Georgia suggested not purchasing a large amount of dry spices but instead picking them up fresh each week to cut down on the large quantities of spices that you collect but never use. I do this to a point, especially with spices such as parsley and cilantro, which I use on a regular basis. But how often do I really sprinkle thyme in a recipe? For those types of spices, I prefer to purchase dry.
Another reader, Bobbie from Southern California, suggested purchasing spice bags, which contain a smaller quantity, and then storing them in a small plastic container that is labeled so that they don´t spill all over the cabinet. I have actually done this in the past, since the bags are messy but the bottles of spices hold so much that I can never get through them.
For my spice cabinet job, I wiped down all containers, threw out everything that had been in there for over a year (I hear they are not as potent at that point), made a list of spices I would like to replace, wiped down the shelves, and then, in an oh my gosh my mother would be proud moment, I alphabetized those spices from A to Z! Yes, Ill admit it, I´m turning into my mother. But last night when I went to find my garlic, I knew where to look. Hey, every second I can save these days is a blessing!
Since we are in the kitchen, let´s organize those plastic containers this week. If you have any great tips to pass along, send them in! I´m enjoying hearing what you are all doing as you go through t he house and clean up one mess at a time.