Testimonial: The Internet Saved My Sanity.

(Sort of.)

Let me show you what I’ve been living with for, oh, years now, in the way of measuring-cups-and-spoons storage:

Measuring cups and spoons and rolling pin and goodness-knows-what-else all tossed willy-nilly into a kitchen drawer.

Awful, just awful. Unacceptable. I have three different kinds of measuring cups/spoons and none of them match, and I’m pretty sure there’s not a complete set between ’em. It annoyed me, but hey, whatcha gonna do? Just search through the chaos whenever you’re ready to bake, and hope that you find the right instrument. Sometimes, you just estimate your measurements! (This only rarely turns out well, BTW.)

And then I found THIS:

Measuring cups and spoons hanging from hooks attached to the inside of a cabinet door, all lined up nice and neat.

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING SO BRILLIANT? As soon as I saw this sweet little bit of Pinspiration, I had to implement it in my house. So I bought a new set of measuring cups and spoons ($2, at Wal-mart) and a package of those 3M removable adhesive hooks (18 hooks for about $8, or 44 cents per hook), and in about five minutes, for under $5, I had this:

Measuring cups hanging all nice and neat on the inside of MY cabinet door.

Measuring spoons hanging all nice and neat on the inside of MY cabinet door.

PRICLESS.

The only problem with the measuring cup set I bought is that, inexplicably, its measuring increments are 1 cup, 2/3 cup, 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup. Um… why 2/3 cup instead of 1/3 cup? Really? So far this isn’t a problem (as the recipe I’ve made twice in the past week calls for 2/3 cup of sugar) but I anticipate it BECOMING a problem later on. So maybe this week I’ll “splurge” on a set of stainless steel measuring cups. And maybe later on I’ll tidy up the arrangement of the hooks (I just eyeballed it this time) and/or add labels so the clean cups and spoons can be put back in their proper place quickly. But for now, having everything I need organized and at my fingertips… it’s heaven. And it’s saved my sanity! (Or at least a good portion of it.)

Now, to figure out some way to organize the rest of those haphazardly-tossed-in-the-drawer utensils…

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