Next up, we have the kitchen! Now, even though I was bragging about my enormous closet in the previous post, I must admit the galley kitchen in my apartment in Jakarta is pretty small. I have to stay on top of keeping things organized and tightly sealed due to potential bugs issues. Arriving back from the US after Christmas I brought back a suitcase full of foods I’ve been missing (almond butter! protein bars! chia seeds, oh my!), so this prompted me to take a look at my kitchen cabinets again:
JOKES, this is not my cabinet, (see BH&G for more pics)… But it does have 2 great ideas that I will try to implement in my cupboards: #1 lazy susan (especially great for high shelves where you can’t reach the back!) and #2 shelf dividers, also great for high shelves. Below is what my cupboard actually looks like, and the mess I made trying to clean it all up. I’m a big believer that it has to get worse before it gets better: organizing closet, cupboards, drawers, whatever, so I usually pull everything out, spread it out, sort it into categories, and then put it back. This gives you an opportunity to wipe down those spaces too.
So, my big solution? MASON JARS! If you’re ever looked at Pinterest than I’m sure you’ve been bombarded with crafty transformations, including lights, tumblers, and even art deco accessories. But here’s a crazy idea… why don’t you try putting FOOD in them?! (I know, genius.) Canning aside, these jars actually make great storage containers: they’re air-tight, cheap, transparent, washable and sustainable. Also, you can take advantage of buying in bulk: I brought back loads of almonds, walnuts and pecans, put half the bag into the jars and the rest in the freezer to preserve them longer. Jakarta tip: I found mason jars at Ace Hardware for 10-20,000Rp each depending on size.
Isn’t that so easy/gorgeous? Thanks to The Rigney’s blog for the photo, I’d highly recommend reading the whole article on a “mason jar pantry” here.
You can still allow your crafty side to have some fun with custom/printable labeling like this or this!