Tuesday, March 24, 2015

operation cabinet organization


These two cabinets were a mess up until two days ago.


So bad that I didn't take a before picture.

Yeah, I know you all want before pictures, but there's only so much reality that I'm willing to share :p

 Anyway, I had finally had enough, after looking for the right spice the other day, and after seeing all the pictures of organized cabinets on pinterest, I went on a Ball Jar buying spree at amazon.

I still have a few more jars coming (mostly for the other pantry), but here's what it looks like now....

Cabinet one:





You don't suppose that I have a spice issue, do you?


I have doubles of just about everything here in the downstairs pantry, if you can believe that.

Well, I guess that proves that I cook a lot ;)


Cabinet two :


In case you're wondering, the empty jars are for pasta that I normally have on hand, but I haven't gone to the store yet.


The labels and chalk pen came in a set from Amazon too.


And since you're probably nosey like I am, here's the jar-less bottom shelf:


I keep the cooking wine, balsamic, salt, pepper, and olive oil on the serving cart next to my stove, and the regular rice, sugar and flour in an open cupboard next to my sink.

To show you what I mean, here's two old pictures from my kitchen post....




Yikes! Not that my pictures are all that great now, but you can tell I wasn't used to taking blog pictures anymore when I started up again LOL

Anyway, I feel sooooo much better, and the best part is I can actually see everything :)

Now on to more organization!

xo
rue


PS

Thank you all for your lovely words of reassurance that you still like me and that you understand that I'm trying my darnedest to do the right thing :)

Y'all are the best!


42 comments:

  1. Lovely, Rue! Beauty in organization! I love those black labels with chalk writing on all that glass. Very pretty! I see nothing wrong with your pics. In fact, I appreciate that your pics aren't all "professional" because it feels more real. Thanks for sharing your results with us and letting us snoop in your kitchen cabinets! ;-)

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  2. Lookin' good, girl! Pinterest kind of has that affect on you, doesn't it?
    Brenda

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  3. It looks great! I am planning to do the same thing in my pantry when we finish my kitchen remodel. I love clear jars. I'll have to look on Amazon for some of those large ball jars...love them! I keep Amazon in business. Don't know what I did before it came along! We'll have to call you the spice girl...lol! I don't use a lot of spices and seasonings...I need to branch out I guess!. I have my favorites and stick to them most of the time. Have a great week!

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  4. That's too funny. When I saw your cupboard, I thought, "Wow, someone with as many spices as me:)" Don't you love canning jars? They are handy for so many things. They all look so pretty on your shelves.

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    1. Yes I do love them and thank you :)

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  5. Oh how I love organizing! It really is calming for me to put everything in little jars with little labels. I've been debating about getting the chalkboard labels, but I think I'll do it. I like the way the look on your jars.
    Hope you're having a good week.
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  6. This is sure inspiring, Rue...I've started some organizing, but have quite a ways to go! Your cabinets look great!

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  7. I'm impressed...super organized! All my pantry dry goods (pastas, grains, dried beans) are in glass jars, too but not all of them are Ball jars. I've just saved large glass jars over the years from things like pasta sauce, mayo, salsas, etc. Mine don't have pretty labels like yours though. ;-)

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  8. I have those same labels, but I got mine from etsy. I have about as many spices as you Rue! I hate when a recipe calls for something and I don't have it because I'm in the sticks. ;).

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  9. Oh, I love it! I am so not organized, but I really need to get my pantry in better shape, especially the spices. Yours looks great, and I love the pictures too! :)

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  10. Very organised indeed!! I hope that you enjoy cooking! xx

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  11. Wow! I love it! Inspiring me to organize my spices! :)

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  12. Hi Rue! Oh, I love what you've done. Your cabinets are so neat and orderly and you can see everything you have there. The jars are great too. Now looking at your cabinet top - I love your vintage toaster. It just suits your sweet little cottage and you! Have a great week.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. I love your cabinets! The organization bug has hit me also. I'm also downsizing a lot! It feels good.

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  14. I am always so tempted to buy those jars and organize. They look great in your cabinets and I bet it makes it really easy to just grab them and go when cooking. Fabulous!

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  15. Nice job. I wish I had the cabinet space so I could do something like this. That is some spice collection. You really must cook a lot. That's great and so much healthier.

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  16. My husband would be very happy to see all the spices, the cook in the family. It's those random spices that you need in a recipe that you really don't use after that drives me nuts. I love your cake plate, my mom has a similar one, part of her wedding collection in the 50s. Have a nice day, Kathleen in Az

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    1. How neat that she has the same cake plat, Kathleen!

      I hope you have a great evening :)

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  17. Honey that looks real good

    At my house that would last one time of cooking a big meal LOL

    I like organization however I guess i'm just a messy gal and can't keep it that way


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  18. You did great! Makes me want to go and rearrange my messy cabinets! But I just sat down after cleaning the house. One cannot do too much work in ONE day, right? Your home looks wonderful Rue!!!!

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  19. That looks wonderful and I love the ball jars. I love getting cool ideas from other people! And there is a place for everything and everything in it's place! I thought I had done a pretty good job on my organizing until I saw this...back to the drawing board! :-)

    Rue, I just love your home!

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  20. Looks great! Don't know if I could pull that off and keep it that way!

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  21. It always feels good to get things organized, doesn't it? Well done.

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  22. Hi Rue, Great job. I love organization and your cabinets are awesome. Doesn't it feel great to have things straight and in order? Love it.
    Have a nice evening.
    Hugs, CM

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    1. Yes, it really does! I have a lot more to do though, but isn't that always the case? lol

      xo

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  23. Hi Rue, Great job. I love organization and your cabinets are awesome. Doesn't it feel great to have things straight and in order? Love it.
    Have a nice evening.
    Hugs, CM

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  24. Well reading and looking at your pictures will 'spur' me on to sorting my kitchen cupboards ....so thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  25. Well reading and looking at your pictures will 'spur' me on to sorting my kitchen cupboards ....so thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  26. The Ball jars are perfect for the cook--and they are perfectly beautiful. I'm making notes for the ranchburger's pantry.

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  27. Looks lovely, Rue! I desperately need to reorganize my bathroom cabinets. They aren't used as much as the kitchen ones, but I'm sure there's stuff in there that hasn't been touched in years - time to toss!

    Poppy

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  28. It all looks great Rue and so well organized. Love how you used the Ball jars. It always a great feeling when things are organized. ;)

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  29. It all looks great Rue and so well organized. Love how you used the Ball jars. It always a great feeling when things are organized. ;)

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  30. Your pantry looks great! I decant all my stuff into glass jars too, but I don't have mine organized nicely like yours!

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  31. Ha ha ha I LOVE when people do stuff like this because then I can live vicariously through them and their cupboards and not have to do mine! :)

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  32. That looks so nice! I wish you lived near me and could help me organize my cabinets and make them look that pretty. :)

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  33. That looks so nice! I wish you lived near me and could help me organize my cabinets and make them look that pretty. :)

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  34. So impressive! Practical but very cool too. I love the clear Ball glass jars you've used. And I love using spices while cooking.

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  35. I'm new here and have enjoyed poking around a bit. I just wanted to tell you that I think you have a beautiful style at home.

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  36. I am such a peeping Tamara at heart, I think. I always love seeing other people homes - not because I'm nosey - at least I am pretty sure - but rather - I have been so curious about others (since I was a kid) and their lives behind their pretty closed doors. Love seeing your home and your jars are PERFECT! Love this - I love jars and they make such a difference, I think. And no plastic taste on the food either! You really have a lovely blog, Rue.
    Big hugs
    Elizabeth

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    1. Coming from you, that means a whole lot.

      big hugs back

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  37. Oh Remember that cute little snack box! Love seeing your organized pantries. :)
    ~Liz

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