Today, the Pioneer Woman, in a post all about open shelves (which prior to reading this post, I would have called insane in a heartbeat and moved on with my life) said, "I guess when you cook often (daily), an act as simple as opening and closing cabinet doors can wear on you after awhile."
And, yeah. Wow.
I really don't cook much any more. At all. I mean, yeah, I make supper almost every night for my family. It's typically hot, if that's what you mean by cooking. I've sort of settled into this rut with mealtime, though. Some of it can be blamed on my budget. It's hard being creative without the resources. Some of it can be blamed on time. I've got basically an hour between getting home and the beginning of the bedtime routine on a normal night. But some of it should just be blamed on the blah's.
The other night I made lasagna. Because I had noodles in the cabinet and wanted to get rid of them and move on with my life. Also because it is both The Husband and Brynna's favorite dish and nearly the only way I can either of them to glance sideways at a salad.
Anyway, I was kinda excited about the prospect. Ten minutes later, I was tired and wanted to go sit. Why? Because of my spice cabinet.
I've struggled my entire adult life with my spices. Spice racks tend to not have enough room for me. Fancy chef-type solutions tend to cost more than my kitchen. So, I've always just had a cabinet, where I shove all my spice bottles. For some strange reason, this cabinet tends to be the one that is hardest to get to and up the highest. Why? I dunno. Maybe I'm a masochist.
In any case, the list of spices I dump in lasagna is decently long, and therefore, requires quite a bit of digging. I hate the digging. I hate that I always discover that I am out of parsley, but because I personally find parsley to be useless, I never seem to buy any more and just dump in a little Italian Seasoning. I hate that I seem to have 7 bottles of cumin, but 0 cinnamon. And I hate that as soon as I am done with the dumping I close the cabinet with relief and promptly forget about (or block) the whole traumatic experience.
I've considered many, many solutions and none of them have ever made me even a little happy. I've considered making a wall o spice using Alton Brown's method and I think that might work best, but I haven't gotten anywhere with that.
And, really, it's not just about spice storage. That's obviously part of it. Because of the whole popping into my mind and causing a blogrant, I know that's part of it. But, it's not everything. Or, rather, it is everything. All my kitchen stuff is haphazard. I have three silverware/utensil drawers. One of them, I can't open without opening the oven first. Because my oven is too big. There is no rhyme or reason as to what item is in what drawer. Oh, there has been. But I'm not willing to take over the chore of doing dishes just so things with blades stay in a blade drawer.
And cookware - don't even get me started. I don't have much, understand. I have an unnaturally large collection of Pyrex, though and everything just sort of gets piled places. Not to mention that there are quite a few items that don't seem to fit anywhere (like pitchers) and get stuck on top of my kitchen cabinets. Which requires my tall, tall husband's rescue or a chair.
Sometimes, I have these decorating breakdowns. Moments when I realize that I just can't take it anymore. Since I've moved into the new house, I've waited for my bedroom breakdown. Some other time, I'll bitch about the ridiculous layout and the fact that my side of the bed has to be against the wall or we can't fit in all the furniture. And there's not that much furniture.
It seems though, that thanks to the Pioneer Woman and her ode to open shelving (which I'm still not sure I could handle. I mean, I am just not that tidy) I think the kitchen breakdown is coming fast. And since I'm broke, broke, broke, why don't you all help me out?
Who has storage issues in their kitchen? How do you deal with it? What makes it work or makes it break down into total chaos? What solutions have you discovered that work for you?