Have you ever done something because that's the way it has always been done, only to realize it doesn't work? Last year when we moved in I put my spices near the stove, like I had always done. It recently hit me why this wasn't working. In most of my previous kitchens there was a large amount of counter work space near the stove, but not now. So I was going back and forth between the spices and the work counter---which didn't make sense.
SO I moved them, which also entailed emptying some in to different containers so they would fit in the new space. Why do cinnamon and cocoa make such a mess?
And because I hope to get a few glass front cabinets as we work on the kitchen, I had been thinking of moving some other things around too.
These up-to-the-ceiling cabinets aren't very useful to everyday storage, so I moved all the condiments. They were taking up space in the pantry.
It's rough getting old. I often have children get things off of the bottom shelves for me. So I tried to be more careful about what I put on the bottom. I can easily reach the rice, beans, grits, and granola, and I can get the oatmeal on the bottom shelf since it's a big container, right at the edge. Then I put some mason jars on the bottom, I use these weekly when I make yogurt and butter, the bulk of my jars are in a storage room off of the den.