A new year, lots of resolutions. My resolutions have nothing to do with staying organized since that is a necessity (but also a rarity) when moving every six months. I made a few about losing weight... what's new? However, there is something about a new year that gives you the extra oomph to fix the most pesky of inconveniences that plagued everyday life in the previous days. The squeaky door, the loose drawer... for me it was the spice rack.
About ten years ago my mother bought the most perfect spice jars at Ikea (back then we could only buy what would fit back in our suitcases when we went to visit family in Sweden). Clear glass, screw-on lid, made to sit upright or angled to the side... I've envied this purchase ever since I moved out. Well, I don't know if I wasn't looking hard enough, but a few weeks ago while dashing through Ikea, I spotted those exact same spice jars - Rajtan, I found you!
I bought four packages (which later turned into five, six, seven... as of yesterday, eight) and immediately filled them with my spices, but then the obvious problem arose: what was in that jar again? Well, after weeks of opening and smelling five jars to figure out which was tarragon I finally decided to use my brain and make labels.
I chose Avery 5410 1" round white labels on a 4"x6" sheet that runs easily through the printer (I found them in-store at Staples). Since I'm on a Mac and don't usually use Microsoft Word, I just measured the sheet to make my own template in Adobe Illustrator. From there, I created a label scheme and varied color with name to create individulal, easy to identify labels for each jar.
Labeling my spices like this not only helps me find them faster, but it also lets me know when I'm low and need to add something to my grocery list. Any extra spice I have that won't fit in the jar goes in the freezer (usually in bulk containers since I buy these at the farmers market where they're a fraction of the cost and infinitely fresher than the regular grocery.)
If you're interested in getting your spices organized like this, I've saved my template as a PDF to share with you! Just open the -link- and save the PDF to your desktop... buy some labels and print them out! I've made labels for the 36 spices I have, let me know if I'm missing something (and don't say "pumpkin pie spice" because that's not real. Cinnamon, clove, ginger and nutmeg are real!)