When we recently moved, we were faced with a much smaller kitchen (about half the size of our old kitchen, and about 25% as large as the kitchen we had in Memphis!). We did, however, get a walk-in pantry out of the deal. It required a great deal of thought and organization to figure out how to best store all of our dry goods and our appliances.
My mother-in-law worked VERY hard to put together a pantry system that made sense. One of the things she spent a lot of time working on was spice storage She kept our most-used spices in the kitchen where we could easily access them. The spices that get less frequently used went in the pantry. While she was cleaning and organizing this area, she made some interesting discoveries. Most notable was the fact that I had SIX containers of nutmeg. Yeah, SIX!
We cook a lot in my house, and we like to try different things. So that means that we have A LOT of spices! And since we have a lot of spices, they are tricky to organize. The nutmeg overload is a perfect example of how many times in the last 2 years I have looked for nutmeg, declared that we had none, and bought some more. I know that I did a serious cleaning out of our spices before we left Memphis, so all this nutmeg overage occurred since we moved to Chattanooga.
What a waste of money and of cabinet/pantry space! My mother-in-law did an excellent job of getting the spices more in order, but I have to admit, I have seen our spice section teetering on the edge of disorganization again. It’s just so hard to keep everything looking nice and its hard to easily find everything when you have to layer your spices on a rack, putting some on top of others, and some things behind other things.
But now our pantry has the SpiceStack from YouCopia, and now that I see how great having one is, I want two! I love how easy it is to grab the spice I need. The SpiceStack gives every spice its own specific home, and it comes with labels so that you won’t forget what goes where. You also can just read the labels and not have to open every shelf on the hunt for the spice you need. While this SpiceStack holds 18 different spices (or more if you have those short spice containers and want to double up), it comes with 48 pre-labeled labels and 48 blank labels, so you have many opportunities to switch up the spices you store!
The SpiceStack gives my pantry a more organized look and feel, and I highly recommend it anyone who groans every time they have to hunt through their spices while cooking. It retails for $27.99 and can be found at a variety of online retailers (you can also search for your nearest brick and mortar retailer at this site).
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary product for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are strictly my own.