Have you everexperienced struggling to find the right spice you need because there were too many containers? Or perhaps, you've forgotten where you placed that small box of cereal for the kids' breakfast when you could've just placed them in a container?
Well, you're not the only one. Thousands of people struggle with finding a spice or two in their kitchens, simply because they lack organization.
This lack of organization also doesn't only cost you some important minutes that should've been spent on cooking. Sometimes, that box of cereal you've pushed so far inside the cabinet ends up forgotten that by that time you remembered it, it’s already expired.
That's wasted food that should've been eaten if only you remembered where you placed it. Lucky for you,it's not yet too late. There's still time for you to organize those spices and cereals. Here are 12 great ideas on storing cereals and spices in the kitchen that you can check out:
Classify According To Type
One idea that you can adapt when you are storing your spices or your cereals is to store them according to type. This can help you get the spice or cereal you want without having to surf through a bunch of boxes.
For example, you can store Indian spices together like cumin, garam masala, curry powder, turmeric, etc.
For cereals, you can separate the whole grains from the brands and the other types.
If classifying your cereals orspices doesn't make the cut, you can simply store them according to the frequency of usage or which ones you favor most. For example, if you use salt and pepper daily along with cinnamon, then you group them together in a place you can easily see and reach.
Those you don't use often can be placed in another area where you can still access them easily. For cereals, you can place the most favorite box in front and the other boxes after that.
Use Transparent Jars
Another cool trick you can apply to storing your spices and cereals is to use transparent jars. Since they are transparent, you can easily see what is stored inside. This is especially helpful if you have open shelves where you can place these jars. You can just look for the jar with the right content and pull it out.
For added convenience, especially when there are contents that look the same such as refined sugar and iodized salt, you can add a label to the containers. This way, even when two jars look to have the same content, you will immediately know which one is correct.
You can use stickers and stick them to either the lid or the body of the jars. You can also use chalkboard paint and write the label yourself. This will give the containers a more personal touch.
Use Stackable Tin Cans
Instead of throwing away those empty tin cans, you can repurpose them and transform them into storage for your spices or cereals. You are not only saving money on storage containers, you are also helping the environment by recycling.
Use Drawer Dividers
You can also utilize existingdrawers in your kitchen as storage. You can use dividers to separate smallcontainers of spices. There are drawer dividers available in stores that youcan just place inside your drawer into compartments. You can also place yourcereals or spices in flat rectangular containers and place them inside thesedrawers.
Magnet Containers To Your Cabinet
Another cool trick that you can use to keep your kitchen organized is to use magnets. You can drill some magnets behind the doors of your cabinets or the bottom. Then, use jars with metal lids. The magnets will help the jars stick to the door or the bottom of the cabinet.
You can also screw the lids themselves on the cabinet if you don't want to use magnets. This way, you only twist the containers off and twist them back on.
Use A Pull-Out Rack
There are some racks for sale that are very space efficient. They stack nicely inside the cabinet, but they can be pulled out and down. This is very convenient because you can easily push the rack up when you're done the cooking.
A good tip to go with this is to use smaller jars instead of the big ones.Smaller jars are less likely to crowd and take too much space. And when you have spices that are too granulated to be placed in small jars, you can easily dice them with effective spice grinders.
Baskets are also a nice addition to your kitchen. If you have open shelves, you can use baskets as pseudo drawers. They are not only easy to pull out, they are also chic and stylish. Use baskets with the same style and color to give your kitchen a coordinated and organized look. But, you can also color coordinate the baskets according to content.
Use Hooks To Hang Containers
If you have hanging wall cabinets, you can take advantage of that vacant space underneath by installing hooks. You can hang your small spice containers on them. You've got yourself a nice storage area for your spices plus a nice decor to your kitchen wall.
And since you will be using small containers, you can use effective spice grinders to make your spices easier to store.
Repurpose Old Office Supplies
If you have old file organizers, pencil holders, or extra racks in your office, you can repurpose them and use them in your kitchen. They can be used as racks or organizers for your cereals and spices. This way, you are getting full advantage of their use without wasting money.
Install A Secret Small Slide-Out Cabinet
One of the most trending additions to kitchens today are secret cabinets that slide-out easily. You can build and install a small slide-out rack in your lower cabinet specifically dedicated to your spices. This way you are conserving space by taking minimal space with your storage.
So, the next time you buy boxes of cereal or new spices, don't just stack them in the cupboard. Be creative and purposeful and organize them properly. Whichever method you prefer to use to store your cereals and spices, doesn't matter.
The most important thing is that you keep your kitchen well-organized and clean. A clean and well-organized kitchen is more hygienic and less prone to accidents than a messy kitchen.