When we moved into this house and did our kitchen remodel, I knew one of the things I wanted to do was to actually have a beautifully organized spice cabinet. I spent hours on pinterest, coveting perfect pantries and cabinets and trying to figure out how to create such a space in my kitchen. I don’t have a pantry so all those systems were out. And somehow, I hated the system I came up with.
These little jars were cute but I couldn’t see the labels and the lids were messy. After awhile, the labels peeled off too. The cabinet ended up being a catch-all for all the other spice containers with absolutely no order. I would always waste time rummaging around for the spices I wanted to use.
Finally, I decided to start all over with a whole new system.
I began by measuring my spice drawer and looking for jars on amazon that would fit. I really liked these hinge lids because I could easily grab a pinch of something or fit a measuring spoon inside. It was a set of 30 and came with chalk labels and multicolored gaskets. And the price was not outrageous.
I also looked for something to help organize my spice cabinet. The cabinet is narrow, only about 9″ but I found these three tiered frames that would fit perfectly.
Once I got my new jars and racks, I started by taking all the spices out of the drawer and cabinet to see what I was working with.
But before getting too far into it, I needed to wipe out the drawer and cabinet. They definitely needed it!
I wanted to be sure that my spice drawer held the most used spices and have the lesser used spices and larger containers kept in the cabinet.
Once I knew where the spices would go (drawer or cabinet), I further organized them into different types and used the colored gaskets for the categories:
- Herbs (green gasket)
- Yellow/exotic (orange gasket)
- Red/spicy (red gasket)
- Seeds (purple gasket)
Then came time to transfer the spices into the new jars. I used a little funnel for this which made quick and clean work. The chalkboard labels were great and easy to use with my chalkboard marker.
And then I began placing the jars by type and then alphabetically. Immediately I was loving the way it looked.
There were a few spices that came in their own grinder jars and I also ran out of the hinged lid ones so I just placed those at the very right. And still had room to put measuring spoons reserved just for spices.
Moving on to my cabinet. I really like the tiered shelves I got to help me see what the heck is in the cabinet. Your girl is not very tall so I need all the help I can get! There were some big containers that I kept because I use them quite a bit so those went on the bottom shelf with the least used spices on the tippy top shelf.
As soon as I was done, I felt massive satisfaction. I had been wanting to do this for ages and kept putting it off. But now, I get to check this off my list and move on to other things. Like reorganizing my lazy susan cabinet. Ugh.
Here are before and afters side by side:
Good luck with your own organizing projects!