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Organizing Spices 3: Buying Spices

A lot of time when we’re organizing people’s homes, we have to talk about habits that got people into the situation they’re in.  If we don’t, we’re not helping. Staying organized with spices starts with buying quantities appropriate to your use.


Organizing Spices 1: Clearing the Clutter

Organizing spices can cause people a lot of grief. If you have a collection of spices that’s been building for several years, it’s probably because you’re trying to avoid the pain of a one-two punch of being wasteful with money and food. We can get stuck convincing ourselves “it’s still good” because there’s still a faint smell.  (You just have to get your nose deeper in the jar. So deep that everyone watching turns away in disbelief not wanting to think about the contents of your nose potentially being in the contents of the dinner they’re expect to eat.) The spices kinda smell like they should, they’re a few bucks a pop, and no one likes to throw away food that seems, you know, good. So back into the cupboard the duplicate and triplicate spices go, and you try to ignore the fact that with the four thymes of various eras and containers (metal, glass, cardboard, and plastic!) this is not the spice drawer, this is your personal spice museum.


Why Labels Matter More Than You Think

Do you ever get frustrated with your spouse or other family members who never seem to put things back where they belong?  It may seem unfathomable that they wouldn’t know where things go just as well as you do, but actually, this may be the case.  Even if someone has lived in the house just as long as you have, they may not interact with the organization system to the extent that you have.  In fact, the logic of your system may not even be obvious to them — or they might not even have noticed it.