Ever complete a project that just makes you ridiculously and unreasonably happy? You know it’s only a small change (and some of your friends would probably make fun of you for it) but you just love it anyway?
That was this project. Every time I open this cupboard, I get a kick out of it. Just cooking tonight made me smile because I needed to use some whole wheat pasta from my nicely labelled jar!
Such a clean and organized space is only that much more appreciated when it used to look like this.
I could not find anything for the life of me in this cupboard. Everything in bags and random containers made it impossible to find anything and left a giant waste of space on top. Did I know we had extra ketchup in there? Not a clue. Did we buy an extra enormous thing of rice because I didn’t know we already had one back here somewhere? Absolutely.
Part of the reason things go missing up here is because of this…
Our microwave is on top of our fridge, effectively creating even less usable storage in our place. Why did we choose it? It was a trade off. My counter space is even more limited than storage space, so I figured I could find a solution… It just took a while.
I started out by emptying our cupboard…
And spreading its contents over the counter.
A ridiculous mess. That canvas Tom’s bag, if you’re curious, was our garlic storage. I have no excuse.
First up, I gathered all our rice and pastas and put them into lovely, clear, uniform containers that I found at the dollar store for 2 bucks a piece.
I corralled all our extra and lesser used vinegars into a container I already had, and replaced the awkward sized chicken and veggie broth boxes with stackable clear containers.
I had some mason jars at home, as well as some collected jars from jams and sauces and put them to good use. Not only do they allow me to see what’s behind them, they look pretty in there too!
To prevent the second cupboard from becoming a black hole of nothingness again, I also added a super cheap white board to the inside of the door.
Here I keep a list of all the bulk storage we store in the second cupboard (extra rolls of toilet paper, my seemingly unending supply of pasta etc.) as well as all the spices I have in the cupboard above the stove.
I was almost done, but I just had to add a little extra with my favourite label decals.
I love how they turned out!
I used basic brown craft boxes to hold our garlic and ginger, which clearly I had to label too.
The font is called Dancing Script. To see how I created the labels, check out this post.
Once again, the before…
And the after!
Tall clear containers: $2 each for a total of $14
Brown boxes: $1 each
Puppy treat container: $2
Mason jars, tupperware and labels: Already owned
Total: $18. Sweet, especially considering even Ikea’s comparable containers sell for $6 each!
What mundane little thing brings you a surprising and ridiculous amount of joy? One friend told me hers was having a wardrobe full of special felt hangers to stop her clothes from falling on the ground. Share away! I’d love to hear from you.