Organize Your Spice Cupboard
Day 2: Spices Add Flavor To Any Meal
The first couple of days of this Pantry Challenge for Beginners will prepare you for the actual week of no, or reduced, grocery shopping. You are doing this over a couple of days for a number of reasons including:
- your busy schedule
- working around your job, family, and significant other
- physical or medical condition
- maybe you are dealing with stress issues such as anxiety, depression, or more.
As mentioned yesterday, this Challenge is to EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE, not increase any stresses in your life. In fact,when you do this challenge in the simple bite-sized pieces you will find it will make things easier.
What Is In Your Spice Cupboard?
The first thing that you are going to do before actually starting this challenge is to see what you actually have in your spice cupboard. By knowing your spice selection, you will be better equipped to get your creative juices going when it comes time to make your meals during this challenge.
There are 3 steps to get ready to do this:
- First, download this Spice Cupboard Inventory sheet and grab a pen.
- Clear a spot on your counter.
- At the same time, gather a small bucket or bowl with hot soapy water and a clean wash cloth and tea towel.
Clear And Clean The Cupboard As You Go
Now one by one, gather each spice bottle, bag, or jar out of the cupboard you normally store them in. Write down the name of the spice on your Spice Cupboard Inventory sheet. With the wash cloth and soapy water, clean or wipe down each bottle as needed and place on the counter. Dry as you go.
Once all of the spices have been removed and recorded on your Inventory sheet, you can now wash and dry the inside of storage cupboard. Remember to wash the outside and inside of the cupboard doors too. Now if you happen to have wooden cupboard doors such as oak, here is an excellent article on how to specifically clean those by Jillee of One Good Thing. As you can see, mine are just a painted surface, so simple dish soap and water worked for me.
Yes, these are my actual cupboards, green outside, orange inside. Love the 1949 original look !!
Restock The Spice Cupboard
Once the spice cupboard area is clean and dry, you can begin to put the spices back. A few key points to remember are the following:
- Gather duplicates of the same spice together. If more that one are opened, can you combine them together? Downsizing the number of bottles and containers will free up space.
- Are there any opened bags of bulk spice that you could refill the appropriate spice bottles? This again will free up space in your cupboard.
- Identify any spices you have run out of that you like to always have on hand—write them down on your grocery list.
- Spices that you don’t use very often, place at the back of the cupboard.
- The most used spices should be at the outer front edge of the cupboard. This will be a time saver when you are in a hurry, and can just reach up and grab what you need quickly.
- When all the spices are put neatly back, don’t forget to close the cupboard. Closed cupboard doors instantly makes your kitchen look cleaner.
Wipe down the kitchen counter and dump your wash water. Squeeze out the excess water out of the wash cloth and hang to dry. Fold neatly and hang up the tea towel.
Finished With The Spice Cupboard
There you have it, you have cleaned one area of your kitchen.
What did you discover today?
- Make notes of the good things about today’s exercise.
- Include a list about the negative things also.
- Perhaps you realized that you would like to get a spice bottle Lazy Susan for the cupboard in the future.
- Or perhaps, you would like to have a spice rack on the wall or on top of the kitchen counter.
Talk To Us
We’d love to share this Pantry Challenge for Beginners journey with you. In the comments section below, share with us:
- what are your favorite spices?
- Let us know also if there are spices in your cupboard that you don’t know what to do with.
Walking this journey of EMPOWERMENT together to help you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE. You can join our Facebook group for this challenge too.
Ready for the next stage? This one might pleasantly surprise you.