For everyone out there who thinks design and furnishings are the most important things in a house, cover your ears. I mean your eyes.
They aren’t. A nice couch and a beautiful dining room table are great, but when I redid my house last year I was shocked at what made me the happiest. It was storage.
The bookcase in my front hall changed my life. I now had a place to put my books, photo albums and board games. Yes. I have board games. I don’t play them, but I have them. In case you want to come over for a rousing game of Buckaroo.
I also bought a simple lid holder from Ikea that screws onto the back of your cupboard door. It made me a much happier person and will eventually result in me getting a fantastic job. I’m pretty sure of that.
I redid my freezer, filling it with white tupperware bins so I could easily throw chicken in one, beef in another, seafood in another and on and on. Everything is separated and compartmentalized for easy access. The end result? Prettier hair.
I bet you think I’m kidding don’t you? But the truth is with the time I’ve saved with these few organizing tricks I now have time to play board games, look for jobs and spend more time on my hair.
So now I’d like to share with you how I became a really good knitter.
This was my spice drawer several months ago:
I would like you to imagine for a moment trying to find an emergency “pinch” of ginger in that.
This is what I found at the bottom of my spice drawer. Mm hmm.
This is what my kitchen table routinely looked like when I needed a pinch of ginger.
Clearly this was not working. So I trucked on down to my local Bulk Barn and found these:
And they have a magnet on the bottom so they’ll stick to your fridge (if you so choose). I happen to not choose.
They’re clear on top …
… so you can label them and see what’s inside.
So I bought every single one my Bulk Barn had and bought a few more from my local hardware store. You can get ’em everywhere. I bought the round sticky labels at my Dollar Store and got to work. I’ve never had so much fun in my life. And this is coming from someone who was once interviewed Jerry Springer on the top of a double decker bus. I know fun.
After all the jars were filled and labelled, the really fun part came. Lining them up in the drawer. I KNOW I’m not the only kitchen geek who gets such a big kick out of something like organizing their spice drawer. It’s even more exciting than getting the perfect invisible seal with Saran Wrap.
Here we go!
Oh! I should have warned you. I also painted the cupboard I keep my spices in. Did that during the great Style at Home cleaning fiasco.
See? All painted. O.K. … as I was saying …. Here we go!
EEeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! It’s so exciting!!!
Oh! Oh! Oh! Ta Da!
Isn’t it the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? Seriously. Even those of you with babies. Isn’t it the most beautiful thing you’ve seen?
I really am a grown up aren’t I? Because this spice drawer is one of my greatest achievements. And this is coming from a woman who toilet trained her cats.
Doesn’t it just make you want to cook something? Or at the very least, think about cooking something?
In fact … I think I will.
Right after I finish up with my knitting. I’ve become quite a knitter what with all the spare time I’ve had on my hands. Did I mention that?