It’s Day 3 – and we’re moving into the KITCHEN (where we will stay over the next few days – weekend included!)
Today is a fabulous warm-up challenge to get you into the swing of things in the kitchen – your herbs and spices! Typically housing a variety of herbs and spices we don’t use and some that expired months (or years) ago, this is one of the easiest areas of the kitchen to sort through in a matter of minutes!
The process is the same – empty out that drawer/ cabinet completely – as you remove everything, sort into “throw away/ donate” and “keep” piles. Be sure to check the “best before” dates and make a note of any that needs replacing next time you do a grocery shop.
Clean the shelf/ drawer and put everything back in a way that suits you – most frequently used spices at the front (if you’re an avid cook) or organised by colour (if you use Robertson’s spices), or alphabetically (if you have OCD). The aim is again to SUBTRACT as much as possible and then arrange what is left in a way that makes you feel like the most organised woman on the planet each time you see it!
On a personal note, my spice drawer has been a royal pain in the butt ever since we had our kitchen redone many years ago. Nothing seemed to fit, everything fell over each time we opened the pull-out drawer and I have often thought of just removing the spices and placing them somewhere else. While doing the ten minute challenge, I realised that if I actually lay the bottles down instead of placing them upright, they fit perfectly and wouldn’t fall over each time we opened the drawer. It did mean replacing a few of the spices with the Woolworths variety (as those are the bottles that fit), but it was well worth the price of a few new bottles as the older ones were almost finished anyway and were horribly old.
Again – it’s not Pinterest-worthy but a good example of making things work for YOU – placing items where they make the mosts sense, getting rid of what is not needed, and streamlining what is left.
Enjoy (and have a glass of wine when you’re done) – see you tomorrow!