Sometimes I truly wonder what I did in my previous lifetimes to deserve such a kind, patient man for my husband. Throughout the summer I rummaged through all of our belongings and decluttered, rearranged the furniture in our apartment at least three times, and most recently I set my sights on organizing the pantry. He has taken all of this in stride and repeatedly assured me that I haven't gone "too far." Luckily, hubby (and the kitties) are secure in their knowledge that they will not be decluttered.
The first set in "Project Pantry" was to tackle the ridiculously overstocked shelf that we refer to as the spice rack. I have been searching for a new way to store our spices that doesn't take up real estate on the counter top and that doesn't look like a cluttered mess. After much googling, I came across the idea of storing the spices in a tin and "sticking" it to the refrigerator with magnets. It seems like a great idea to me because then my spices will be portable in future moves and all of the jars will match. (I'm a little obsessed with making things match as hubby can attest to.) Now, there are several websites that are willing to sell me stainless steel magnetic jars for a fee. However, who really wants to pay $3 - $7 for a metal tin? Not this lady!
So, hubby and I went to our local craft store and bought metal tins and magnets. We already had a glue gun and extra glue sticks at home. The store didn't have enough tins stocked for me to complete the entire project, but getting the first seven done was a good start. For about $30 (total) and an hour of my time, I was able to create a cute and functional way to store my spices.
I'm not sure what I'm going to use the existing spice rack/shelving for after the project is done. Any ideas?