Homesteading for the Average Jane

An average mom, trying her hand at suburban homesteading!


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Spice Cabinet Disaster!

I will admit, my spice cabinet is a complete disaster! I don’t know how many times I have purchased a new spice just to find that I still had some in the cabinet, or how many times I have searched for a spice and not had it, or had lumps on my noggin from jars falling on my head! So I decided it was time to do something about it!

So this is what my cabinet looked like before:

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Could you find anything in there? Oh and did I mention I about 4’9″ so I also have to drag out a step stool to even reach the second shelf. So my solution was to install an organizing rack onto my pantry door. It is right next to the stove and in plain sight so I can find what I need with ease.

This is how it turned out…

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I know it doesn’t look like a lot of spices but they are 2 deep! And they are down low enough for me to reach. Now my cabinet looks like this:

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Look at that empty space! I did use the bottom self for those rarely used spices for canning and seasonal dishes. I also added a small basket for all my spices that come in pouches (which are much cheaper, by the way). Now I have 2 empty shelves to work with and I plan to use them to clear some things from my counter tops.

Now some people may not like having their spices out for all to see, but with 5 children and a small kitchen I will take function over form any day!


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I promise I haven’t been lazy!

So I haven’t posted in awhile but hat doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. The weather here in Tennessee has been horrible! The cold temps and wet weather has kept me inside, so aside from raking leaves into my flower bed to keep weeds at bay and turning my compost pile, most of my time has been spent indoors.

One of the things that I have not always been good at is organization but with homesteading I know I have to get my house in order. So I have been tackling the huge task of organizing all of my storage areas!

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First I started with my pantry. I cleared out all of the expired food and then arranged everything that was left. I have to say I hope by this time next year all of those tin cans will be replaced with jars of my gardens bounty!

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Last night I tackled my biggest project yet…my utility/laundry/closet room. This room is the work horse of the house. It has our laundry, storage, deep freezer, and litter box, while at the same time acting as our closet! To be honest it was nightmare and I’m glad I didn’t take a before pic because I would have been ashamed! I had tools, cleaners, automotive stuff, paint supplies, and a bunch of other things all over the place. So I worked into the weee hours and am so happy with the results!

I know that to have any success as a homesteader I have to be organized. Recently I spent 2 hours trying to find my hack saw (it was in the utility room of death!) Access to my tools and materials is going to be essential to having a great homesteading year! So while the weather is keeping me inside, it is not keeping me down or from realizing my dream to become a suburban homesteader!