When I moved in with Mike, he already had the kitchen pretty organized. For a bachelor I have to admit – he had a lot of kitchen stuff. The spice cabinet was located directly above the stove – perfectly fine for a man of nearly six feet tall. However as a woman of just over 5 feet tall – that proves to be a challenge.
I resorted to getting a child’s stool to help me be able to reach and see – but I had so many spices in there, I was constantly digging around trying to find stuff. Since I began Whole30 I have been using tons of spices that I do not normally use – so I have built up quite a collection. Plus once I began reading labels of what I already had – I realized just how much sugar I was consuming that I had no idea about. However even with the stool I could not reach the back of the cabinet – and would keep buying stuff that I thought I was out of – secretly hoping it wasn’t just where I couldn’t see it.
I was asked to review a product called Spicy Shelf and thought this might be the answer to my problem. Spicy Shelf is an organization system that lets you put all of your spices in a neatly organized elevated row so you can see exactly what you have, and reach what you need. The Spicy Shelf requires no tools – it literally just snaps together and you are good to go. You can stack them or do them side by side – depending on how large your cabinet is.
I actually let Mike do the organizing on this one and he and The Teen got to work. They chose to do the Spicy Shelf side by side. I got this picture in text telling me I should never have to buy spices again… and he had discovered that my abundance of spices had begun to spill over into the other cabinet which is where we keep all of our vitamins and medicines and stuff… probably not a good plan.
It took them about 30 minutes from start to finish to organize my mess – I know because it was over and done while I was on a conference call in my office. Even though I do still have to use my little step stool, I can now not only see – but reach – everything I need. And I can already tell the Spicy Shelf will more than pay for itself – check out how many duplicate items I have because I couldn’t see the ones in the back and thought I was out! Yikes! I can also organize this to have my Whole30 Compliant stuff on one side, and the rest of the stuff on the other – making this another convenience in my Whole30 lifestyle.
There are other uses for Spicy Shelf too. The Teen wants one for her gazillion nail polishes and Midge wants one for her gazillion Littlest Pet Shop critters. I want another one to organize my craft supplies and Mike said it would come in handy in the garage with all of his car stuff.
You can order Spicy Shelf directly from their website – www.SpicyShelf.com.
What would you organize with your Spicy Shelf?
Disclosure: I received a free Spicy Shelf for the purpose of this review. All images and opinions are my own.