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My Organized Spice, Vinegar, and Oil Pantry

My Organized Spice, Vinegar, and Oil Pantry

Many of you may remember my great pantry and freezer clean out (to read the post click here).¬† I think I made mention¬†during that post¬†that my spice pantry was is massive need of cleaning and organizing.¬† I tend to be very Type-A (I sometimes think they modeled Monica Geller¬†after me), so I am not sure how it got so out of hand in the first place.¬† My excuse is going to be that when you have young kids and all the activities that come with that, something has to give…I guess it was my spice pantry.

A few weekends ago we had a much-needed day at home.  NOTHING was planned.  Sometimes that is so blissful.  The kids were given the rare opportunity to veg in front of the TV for longer than their allotted hour, and I took to cleaning out the spice pantry.

I am embarrassed to say that there were multiple duplicates (does¬†anyone really need 3 half used jars of oregano?) and quite a few spice jars that had completely caked together, thus rendering them totally¬†unusable.¬† It was so cathartic to combine the duplicates and trash the caked jars (that part wasn’t fun…I hate waste).¬†

Now that my spice / vinegar / oil pantry is organized (yes, it is alphabetical), I find that it is so much¬†easier to cook.¬† I can see everything I have and I don’t have to go hunting for the ingredient I¬†need.

Are any of you in need of a spice pantry clean out?  If  so, take the time and do it.  You will be so happy that you did.


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