In the past few months I've been thinking of removing more and more plastic from the kitchen. I've also been realizing, yet again, what clutter does to me emotionally. So, I'm working on eliminating as much of that as possible too.
I had put most of my gluten free baking goods in half gallon mason jars (available from Ace Hardware), labeled them, and put them back in the cupboard where I had always stored my flours.
Finally, it struck me that every time I opened that cupboard, I smiled. Something about the organization and the colors of those flours and sugar just made me happy. Why keep that in the cupboard?
I pulled the jars down and put them on the counter where I could see them. On my sister's suggestion, I put them in alphabetical order (that also makes me really happy).
My cookbook collection was previously in this spot. It was handy, but every time I took one out, I'd have a mini avalanche on my hands. And ALL those colors. It was visually a bit overwhelming at times. With this move, the cookbooks are now safely on the top shelf of the cupboard. Still easy to get to, but not staring me in the face all the time.
BONUS: The jars don't take up nearly the width of the counter as the books did, so we gained working space!!
There's still more work to do in other areas, but I'm thankful this little area has been calmed!