Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Organizing the Spice Cabinet

I'm short.  Not really short, but short enough that I can't see into my cabinets without a step stool.  It's made organizing and putting things away very frustrating.  I can't see and I can't reach and things are always falling down on my head. 

Thankfully, God gave me a husband that is a foot taller than me.  But, when he's not here, I am on my own so I have had to find ways to make it work for me.

One thing that has really made my life easier in the kitchen, is how I organize my spices.  I used to have to blindly dig through the cabinet, picking up each bottle until I found the one I needed.  Bottles were getting knocked over and falling out and it was so annoying.

So, I found a small bin that fits in my cabinet.  I placed all my spice bottles in it and labeled the lids with small stickers.  Now when I need one, I just grab the whole bin down to my level, and can easily find the one I want.  Super simple, but it changed my life.

I saved the bottom shelf for salt and pepper and other things I use all the time.  The top shelf is for things I use the least, like cake decorations and cupcake liners.

Maybe one day I will buy prettier bins and replace my spices with matching glass bottles...that would be organizing bliss...but for now, I used what I had and that works for me.


  1. Oh my goodness...I wish that I only had that many spices! lol My spice cabinet is filled to the brim...think I like spices, much?! :) Looks very organized! Great job! I need to go organize something now...hmmmmmmm.

  2. I'm in Jennifer's boat; we have TOO MANY. My husband has previously been a cook and "needs" things to create with (and then there's the times when you want to make a recipe that needs ONE particular spice you'll never use again...). Maybe one day I can pair down...and get rid of that crystalized ginger... (Oish.)
    However, as lovely as organized bliss would be (glass jars), remember you still have to have somewhere to put the plastic bottle if your new bottle's contents doesn't entirely fit in your pretty glass jar, and there is GREAT beauty in simplicity and organization, even if it's a plastic bin. Because it works. :)

  3. Ooooo, good idea. I am definitely giving that a try. I've been trying to come up with a way to avoid the same struggle you've had. I'm trying to convince my husband to install a spice drawer (the tall skinny kind that you pull out and can see both sides of). I thought I would have to suffer until he got around to it, but no! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Oohh, this is a great idea!


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