Our spice cabinet has been a long-standing source of amusement for my husband. He feels that we have entirely too many spices, and really, more to the point, there are a few in there that we have duplicates of. WHY ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH ARE THERE DUPLICATE SPICES IN OUR SPICE CABINET????? It is something he apparently finds maddening, and the minute he sees that I've bought a new spice from the grocery store he immediately goes to the spice cabinet to try to prove that we already have said spice in our inventory. Yes, these are the kinds of things that my husband worries about. It keeps him up at night, I think. I just chuckle.
But...to try to alleviate this potential "duplicate spice" problem, I decided to pull out all the spices from our cabinet and make a list of everything we have. While all the spices were out, I did a thorough cleaning of the inside of the cabinet - lots of salt particles in there - probably could have filled up another shaker with all that salt (but then we'd have two, and we're back to our original problem :). Anyway, I typed up the list and have now posted that on the inside of the cabinet door. This way, if I have a recipe that calls for a spice I don't use often, I can easily go to the list and check to see if I already have it, or if I need to make a trip to the grocery store. Needless to say, this made Abe very happy.
Next, I moved on to the master bathroom. I was reading a blog the other day (can't remember which one) that talked about spring cleaning, and organizing your bathroom under-sink cabinets. She basically said, get a bin (or two), and put everything you need in that bin. If it doesn't fit, it gets tossed. If there's something you want to put in the bin, but the bin is full, you have to toss something that's already in there before adding the new item. I thought this was a good rule of thumb, and went out and bought two bins at Target. I took everything out of my bathroom cabinet and cleaned the inside. I tossed a bunch of stuff that I never use, or that were just old and gross, and I moved a bunch of seasonal stuff (mainly suntan lotion), bulk items, and medicine to the linen closet. I forgot to take a before picture, but here's what it looks like now. I'm loving how organized and clean it is:Then I moved on to the linen closet. Here's a before shot (it really wasn't too messy before):
And here's the after: