I’ve been tackling my kitchen as part of my New DIYear Resolution to get and stay organized. Yesterday, I showed you my new kitchen mail system and today I'm sharing a spicy organization project- I organized my spice cabinet!
Here’s the before shot. All of my shelves were cluttered and I could never find the spices I needed. I had bought a three tiered shelf, but it was pretty useless because the highest tier was too tall to fit any spices. Plus, I couldn’t see the labels of the spices which did fit, making it hard to find what I was looking for.
To tackle this problem, I started by removing everything from my cabinet and then raising the bottom shelf to better fit the tiered organizer. (Why I didn’t do this before I’ll never know).
Next, I needed to label each spice jar so I could still tell what each spice was even when it was partially blocked by another spice on the tiered shelf. I came up with an easy and free solution: paper + marker + tape. I simply cut strips of paper and in marker wrote the name of each of my spices. I attached it to each spice jar with a clear piece of scotch tape. No fancy spice jars or labels here, but it’s works!
I put everything back into the cabinet with the most used spices toward the front. This time, all of the spices fit on the tiered organizer and my simple labels make it easy to spot the spice I’m looking for. Since the tiered organizer is fully functional now, I was able to fit all of my spices on just one shelf which cleared up the previous overflow on the other cabinet shelves.
The top shelf of my spice cabinet houses all of my baking supplies. To organize and add some flavor to this shelf, I made this cute little stripped box (tutorial coming soon) for my often used baking supplies. Since the top shelf is a little high for me, this sweet box (ok, I'll stop with the puns now) makes it easier for me to reach and grab my baking ingredients. Plus, it’s cute! I labeled the box with another simple label I cut out of paper (bonus: if I want to use this box for something else later I can just untape the label and make a new one).
I put everything back into the cabinet and it looks much more organized now. Baking supplies are on the top shelf, cooking sprays and salt/pepper are in the middle, spices are at the bottom, and slipped under the tiered rack are little spice packets. Everything is easy to see and reach now!
Here’s the side by side comparison. What do you think?
Do you have any tips for organizing your spice cabinet?
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