Several months ago, I did a post on kitchen organization - but this post includes a few more details on our spice cabinet. I realize that everyone's storage space configurations are very different, but hopefully some of these ideas can be implemented into other spaces too!
This is what it looked like when I started:
I'm sure some people can relate, right? It was a messy combo of spices & other random items. After staring at that disaster for a minute, I realized that the placement of the shelves was not very functional.
There was a lot of empty space on the bottom shelf, so I decided to lower both shelves which:
1) gives me more vertical space on the middle shelf
2) allows me to reach things on the top shelf more easily
It was an easy fix, but somehow I had never thought to adjust the shelves until then. I guess sometimes you can get stuck with certain layouts, & don't even think to change it...
|organize the contents|
To start, I pulled everything out & wiped down the shelves. I found a nice array of items in there including baking ingredients & supplies, foil baking dishes, measuring cup, juicer, oils & vinegars, mortar & pestle, and tea:
My goal was to dedicate this cabinet to spices & cooking ingredients only - so I moved all the baking related items & food prep gadgets to other areas of the kitchen (more details on that later).
|transfer spices to new jars|
Initially, I was storing spices in various containers, most of which were still in their original packaging- but I also had some spices in Ziploc bags & old pickle jars which you can see in the photo above (for our extra special spices that are from Lebanon and/or spices my sister-in-law prepared herself...like mint for example).
I knew I wanted to transfer all the spices into glass jars of some sort. I'm a big fan of uniform storage containers. It's the easiest way to create visual organization.
There are so many kinds of spice jars out there - which did not help my indecisiveness. I checked out The Container Store, Target, and Bed, Bath, & Beyond, but eventually decided to go with square glass jars from Wal-Mart:
I used the smallest 4 oz size for the majority of our spices:
In addition to the 27 small spice jars, I bought 3 medium size jars (for mint, sumac, & cinnamon sticks) & 2 larger size jars (for Lebanese 7 spices & Za'atar):
I love the clear jars because they make it easy for me to see which spices I'm getting low on. One of the other reasons I chose these particular jars was because of their flat sides - which made adhering labels super easy. I made basic clear labels with my label maker (you could also use round labels that would work perfectly on the tops of these jars - if you store spices in a drawer):
|add storage organizers|
I also picked up a 3-tier expandable self organizer (from Garden Ridge) which makes it much easier to see & reach all of the spices:
Much better, right? It wasn't a huge project, but the easy switch to uniform glass jars makes all the difference!