Does anyone else hate how their spices are organized? This was always pretty annoying to me, and I’m not even the big cook in our family. John is the head chef in our house, and I figured that reorganizing our spices was the least I could do. So that’s what I did. First let’s look at the old set up.
I’m sure that lots of people have these magnetic spice containers and love them. I loved them when we were in an apartment and our stove was right next to the refrigerator . It was easy to just stick them to the side of the fridge, and we could keep track of them all. However, we were newlyweds and had only 10 different spices. Fast forward almost 4 years, a house, and a more distinguished palate later, we have over 30 different spices to store. When we moved, my mother-in-law thoughtfully gave us the metal holders and some additional containers, but there just wasn’t enough room to hold it all. So we started stashing the extras behind the others.
While the stashing definitely helped with the clutter, we were constantly knocking them over and forgetting that they were back there. Over time, the containers started to leak spices all over the counter, and it got really gross. Our fingers rubbed away the dry erase labeling that I once thought was so clever, and while this wasn’t an issue for John, I had to ask him every time I couldn’t find what I needed.
This set up just wasn’t working for us anymore. So I emptied out the closest drawer, which was in need of some organizing itself.
It was just a mix of commonly used kitchen tools and rarely used spices in oversized containers. I relocated the kitchen tools and got to work.
After researching the many ways that frustrated people like us have meticulously organized their spices, I settled on the mason jar method. I liked that it was simple and moved our spices from semi sealed plastic containers to fully sealed glass ones. All this method required was 4oz mini mason jars that I purchased at Target in a 4-pack, and a Dyno label maker.
Side note: If you are a borderline obsessive organizer like me, get your pretty little self a label maker. It will make make your heart sing and butterflies and birds with fly around your projects blessing them with glee. Ok maybe not, but you definitely won’t regret it. Mine looks like this:
From here it’s pretty self explanatory, I made a label for each, slapped it on the container and filled with my spices. About and hour and a half later, the drawer was full of newly organized spices, and I felt more in control of the chaos. FTW
The width of our drawer is only about 6 inches so it would only fit 2 jars per row, but you could easily make more rows or place them flat on their bottoms with the label on the top. I just wanted to fit more per drawer so I put them on their sides.
The labels are so much easier to read now, and it’s easy for us to know exactly what we have and don’t have. The best part? We now have a cleaner, less cluttered countertop. We were even able to move over our large kitchen utensils that were formerly crowding our knives. It’s a small victory for us in our kitchen, but a victory nonetheless.
Do you have a clever method for organizing your spices? Have you taken on any small but satisfying tasks lately?