I now have a mini spice drawer next to my stove. This has been such a time saver. A duh, why didn’t I think of this before, moment. I did have all my spices on my pantry door which is quite s few steps away from my stove. I moved all my most used spices to a drawer. Convenience is king, I mean, queen of the kitchen.
I am constantly moving items around in my kitchen. I recently moved all my baking items from the shelves in my pantry to a baking cart. This way I could wheel all my baking ingredients from my pantry to my counter top. This has saved many steps and encouraged me to bake more. Pretty good, right?
Organizing A Spice Drawer
The most obvious next step was to move the spices. To a drawer of course. Next to the stove of course. I still have a couple of large spice containers I use frequently in the pantry. I decided I need square jars. Like the Trader Joe jars. That way they don’t roll to the side like that garlic powder bottle did that is above the red pepper. So that is my goal to replace the large containers of chili powder and italian seasoning with Trader Joe spices. Plus salt and pepper. Again the containers I currently own are too large for a drawer.
I bought drawer dividers from Lowe’s. They came two to a package and are spring loaded. This enables the ends of the divider to sit snugly against the front and back of the drawer. I only used one in this drawer which I butted up close to the spice bottles. The other side of the drawer houses my potholders.
I considered buying a spice drawer insert but felt that would be too confining. This way I can add more bottles as I replace the large containers in this drawer by adding the second divider. The potholders will have to find a new home at that time.
These are bamboo dividers which match perfectly to the inside of the kitchen drawer.
So now when I need a certain spice for a recipe or am mixing up a home made batch of ranch dressing, I just reach into the drawer. Instead of walking across to my pantry.
See the little chef potholder, I sewed that. You can get the tutorial in this post. He has been well used and loved.
I have found that organizing a kitchen is a work in progress. Just because an item has always been in that spot doesn’t mean that is ideal. There are times that stuff just has to be moved around for convenience. Tell that to the family when they go looking for the salt and it has been moved to the drawer.