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My Mess…

How on earth did I let this happen?!!!!?!!!


Lets just put aside the fact that I’m completely embarrassed to show you my mess… we’ve all got our messes… right?!?!!

I could go on and on with excuses…

I could blame the fact that I have a kid that keeps me insanely busy….

I could say that I have to put groceries away at lightening speed because she demands all of my attention…

Or, maybe you’re reading this and think I’m just plain lazy… but you’re not thinking that… right????


I was at the Container Store over the weekend and randomly stumbled upon this. The Original Expand-A-Shelf.

It was on sale for 7 bucks. How could I turn down a deal like that?!

I decided to purchase one to see how I liked it.

I started out with my spices. If you’re like me, you’ve got like 40 different spices.

If you’re like me… you have a hard time finding spices in your cabinet and often purchase a spice you already have.

Low and behold… my spices are organized!!!!!!!!!!!!

I found out during this organizing project that I have five jars of chili powder…. FIVE!


I also have:

  • 2 jars of nutmeg
  • 3 jars of cumin
  • 2 jars of black peppercorns
  • 4 jars of parsley flakes
  • 2 jars of ground ginger
  • And 2 jars of season salt

How ridiculous is that? If I would’ve just stayed organized I could’ve saved myself some money…

Now I just need to work on the rest of my organized chaos 😉


In other news….

I’m flying out to Arkansas today for a fun blogging event!

I’ll see you tomorrow morning live from Arkansas!

Have a great Tuesday 🙂

20 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on September 14, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Okay those cupboards make mine look disatrous. Those are not messy at all! I would love to get some of that shelving though.

  2. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on September 14, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I have one of those and it is seriously helpful! Have fun on your trip!

  3. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on September 14, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Okay, I really need to organize my pantry– my shelves are 10 times worse than yours!!!

    Have fun in Arkansas!

  4. Mo@MommyRD said on September 14, 2010 at 9:40 am

    My pantry is a constant battle to keep organized.
    Have fun on your trip. I can’t wait to hear about it!

  5. Coffee and a Book Chick said on September 14, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I don’t think I can open up my cupboard without at least one thing falling out, so I’m pretty impressed with your shelves. Sheesh, I need to find that $7 deal, too.

  6. Chicago Cuisine Critique said on September 14, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Those shelves look pretty awesome. Especially for spices. What a great idea. I may need to look into getting some of those.

  7. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) said on September 14, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Before I moved in with my husband (before we were dating even) I offered to make dinner. When I opened to spice cupboard, I noticed all of his spices were on a rack just like that! WEIRD! I know. 😉 When I asked him about it, he said his Mom gave him the rack as a gift. Ahhhhh! makes more sense now.

    I think everyone’s pantry is in some state of disorder… right ? I know mine is. I organize … and then it gets bad again. Rinse… repeat.

  8. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on September 14, 2010 at 10:52 am

    OK, i think i know where i’m going after work today…container store, here i come! 🙂

  9. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on September 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I definitely need one of those for our spice cupboard!

  10. Emily @ Run Emily Run said on September 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I’m a Container Store dork. I window shop there occasionally and try to think of new things in my little apartment to organize. I just ordered a pull-down spice rack and can’t wait to get my spices out of the messy basket they’re in now!

  11. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie said on September 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I hear ya on the pantry mess.. I am due for a good clean out and organization. My husband has promised new built in shelves and drawers in the pantry. I am hoping he starts on the project soon 🙂

  12. Nicole, RD said on September 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    That’s not a normal looking pantry? Sure is in my house 😉 I’ve done the same thing with spices, but I had so many that I go an over-the-door rack that is now in my pantry…love it!

  13. Lauren at KeepItSweet said on September 14, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    if you think that is bad, you should see my closet!

  14. sophia said on September 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    wow. How did you end up with THREE jars of cumin? All those spices! lol. It’s kind of endearing, actually. And no, I do not think your closet is messy at all. Just full!

  15. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on September 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    DO NOT be embarrassed! I should email you a photo of my pantry…very similar. Have fun at your blogger event!

  16. lynn @ the actors diet said on September 15, 2010 at 1:44 am

    my cupboards are beyond disgusting. i don’t think the expand a shelf could help!

  17. indie.tea said on September 15, 2010 at 3:50 am

    I’m a total neat freak, so I love the ‘expand a shelf’ thingy. Therefore, I’m madly attracted to the ‘after’ pictures. Yeah, I’m a total dork. Your cabinets clearly indict that you are much more normal than I 🙂

  18. Courtney (Pancakes and Postcards) said on September 15, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Wow, if that is your mess, you are way ahead of the curve here 🙂

    I love the container store! it is amazing all the things you see there that you never knew you needed…

  19. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on September 15, 2010 at 6:54 am

    My spice cabinet is a hot mess at the moment. Apparently I think I’m always out of cinnamon because man do I have a ton of it!

  20. Dia said on September 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    oh wow! we actually just recently organized our spice rack… after the old one broke! LOL! but our pantry looks like that… along with our pots & pans cupboard… & my closet… & my shelves in my room…. i think we could all use a good cleaning!