Ah, my Lazy Susan. I’ve hated this cabinet for so long; its where things go to die. Items just fall off the shelves, block the twirl and generally irritate me.
I keep the baking goods here. Since I hardly ever bake, and it is located close to my mixer, it works out well. I only enter when I am prepared to bake. If you ask my husband, that’s never.
But I was up for the “Home Organization 101″ challenge at A Bowl Full of Lemons. This is the before photo:
The first step was taking everything out, including all those “dead to me” items that fell off and blocked the twirl. You know, the ones you can barely reach even after you’ve crawled half-way into the darn cabinet?! Once it was free of all goods, I wiped off the shelves and assessed the situation.
I had two containers of popcorn, three bags of powdered sugar, a container of sprinkles, pancake mix, some ladyfinger cookies for those occasions when we make Tiramasu (aka once every two years, so clearly they are expired!) and several other sugary substances in lots and lots of bags.
I then went to IKEA and purchased some JAMKA food storage containers. I added those to my assortment of large Rubbermaid containers that I use for sugar, all-purpose flour and brown sugar. For someone who rarely bakes, I own several types of flour: cake flour, all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour… Because you never know when the baking mood will strike. And did you know that you should use cake flour when making pasta? I learned that while taking a cooking class in Italy, but I’ll save that story for another time.
Back to my lazy Susan cabinet.
I reviewed all the bags of sugar, flour, etc. and consolidated into my new JAMKA containers. I used the larger containers for popcorn, Splenda, oatmeal and hot chocolate packets. (Yes, if you didn’t already know, we like to shop in bulk!) I used the medium-sized containers for powdered sugar and cake flour. The small containers were perfect for cornmeal, cocoa powder, brown sugar substitute and milk powder.
I kept the large Rubbermaid containers for all-purpose flour, sugar and brown sugar. To label, I used address labels. Nothing fancy, but it did the trick, and my lazy Susan is now bag and clutter-free. Decluttered Mama is happy. :)
Thanks for reading! — Decluttered Mama