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If you are anything like me, your spice cabinet can become a crowded, catch-all, black-hole of expired products. It was beyond time for me to deal with the mess we have put up with for way to long. Today I want to share with you the process of revamping our spice cabinet. I will share some simple organization tips, my favorite products, and everything in between!
Tip 1: Start With A Clean Slate
Before I could even begin to figure out how I wanted to organize my spice cabinet, I needed to know exactly what I was working with. So, the very first thing I did was drag everything out. This was the yuckiest and most time-consuming part of the process, during which I realized my cabinet actually needed a deep clean as well. I scrubbed from top to bottom and was ready to move on to my next step.
Tip 2: Ditch the Old/Expired Products
I know some people will swear that spices don’t expire, (cough-cough, my husband) but we have had spices in our cabinet that have been there since Tanner and I got married 7 years ago. It was time to purge! I went through every single spice I had and checked the dates. If it was expired, I trashed it. If there was something that I needed to replace, I kept a notepad close by to keep a running list of things we would need to pick up next grocery trip. This made my project much more manageable, and I felt good about what I was putting back into our cabinet. Once this was finished, I was ready to move on!
Tip 3: Measure Your Space / Research Organization Ideas
Once your space is clean and empty, and your spices have been condensed, you can begin to design how you want to organize your space! I started by measuring my cabinets to see what I had room for, and then I want straight to Pinterest to get some inspiration. During this stage of the process, I decided I wanted to upgrade my spice containers and pick up a few baskets to make the space look nice and clean. Buying new products is not at all necessary to have an organized spice cabinet, but for me this is what I chose to do.
Tip 4: Alphabetize Your Spices
Once I received my new glass spice jars in the mail, I transferred all my current spices into them. They came with 3 different styles of labels, which I thought was really nice! I labeled each jar, and then I was ready to alphabetize. I already had a tiered riser, so I used that to put all my spices on in alphabetical order. This makes it SO much easier when cooking! This was my favorite part of the process! Side note- you don’t have to buy new jars to put them in alphabetical order! You can still do this step with the regular jars/ spice containers!
Tip 5: Get Creative and Reuse Things You Have On Hand
There were several spices that we had that were ”specialty” spices and the glass container kit I purchased didn’t come with labels for. This is where I got creative. Tanner and I received a spinning spice rack for our wedding that had mini glass spice jars. Many of the spices were old and empty and the labels were even wearing off as well. I decided I would use these to store the specialty spices. I made sure to wash/dry them out well, and I took a magic eraser to the labels that were still on. I then used a chalk marker to re-label them with what was in them now. This saved me a lot of money, instead of having to buy another set of glass jars/containers.
I also had some large glass jars (similar here) with lids stored away in our pantry that we weren’t currently using, so I decided to incorporate one of them as well. I dumped all our beef/chicken bouillon cubes in it, and now I can pick up the large containers of them from Sam’s Club, and they will all fill up the rest of the jar!
Tip 6: Hide What You Aren’t Using Daily
Finally, hide those products that you aren’t using on the regular! For us, this was mostly refill containers of spices that didn’t all fit in the glass jars, and things that we don’t use every day- like our huge container of taco seasoning. The best way I have found to hide a lot of things in our home is with BASKETS! These can be wicker baskets, wire baskets, plastic baskets– whatever look you are going for! This is also another opportunity to use things you have on hand. I usually have random baskets in storage for instances like this! I just didn’t have one the right size this time, so I ended up purchasing one that fit my space! This last step is what I think cleaned up my spice cabinet the most and made it look nice and organized!
I hope all these tips will give you the confidence to organize your own spice cabinet! Here is the final result of my spice cabinet organization project!
Favorite Spice Cabinet Organization Products:
Favorite Product 1. Cabinet Liners
I already had the cabinet liners on hand, but they serve the purpose of being a barrier to your actual cabinet. If spices spill out or something gets sticky, you can easily pull these out and clean without ruining your actual cabinet.
Favorite Product 2. Tiered Shelf
This product I also already had on hand, but it makes it really nice for you to be able to see all of your spices at different eye-levels instead of them all being at one level.
Favorite Product 3. Glass Spice Jars w/Bamboo Lids
Like I stated previously, these are not necessary for a clean/organized pantry! I, however, chose to use them and I love the way they turned out! The jars themselves are very nice quality, they have the cap with the holes to gently sprinkle/ pour, as well as a larger hole for more of a heavier pour. They come with three different types of labels for you to choose from, a chalk marker, and a funnel for you to easily transfer the spices!
Favorite Product 4. Baskets
You can use any basket that best fits your style! I love wicker / rattan baskets, so this is the style I chose to use. They are great for hiding all the extra products you don’t need seen every day. Here are a few different ideas here, here, and here.
Favorite Product 5. Mini Chalkboard Labels
I chose to label the baskets with these mini chalkboards because I had them on hand from another project! I think it turned out cute and just gives an explanation as to what is in the baskets.