Earlier this year we did attempt to organize our spice cabinet. It was a hot mess of spices, baking supplies, coffee, tea and who knows what else.
We busted out the tried-and-true organizing moves - use baskets and categorize things into groups. After a massive purge of out dated items and moving the baking supplies to a new cabinet, we ended up with this:
I did label the white baskets with chalkboard labels but I still couldn't tell the onion powder from the cayenne by looking inside.
So charming! And I loved the idea of using a drawer. When I looked at my kitchen, the drawer next to the oven was the only one that made sense. Thankfully, it only had a few items that could easily be moved to another spot.
I cleaned it out and cut a piece of this neutral striped contact paper I've been ogling at Target to fit the drawer.
Now, this may just be me, but the only thing I don't like about mason jars are the darn lids. It's just a pet peeve of mine that you have to take off two parts every time you crack one open.
Since I wasn't using these for preserving and didn't need that pop-up seal, I went ahead and glued the center down to the rim.
One quick run around the inside with a hot glue gun was all it needed. But you do have to get that center down on the glue quick before it starts to dry/solidify!
The next step was choosing a label. I adore those chalkboard painted lids from the inspiration picture but I had some of Martha's Avery Kitchen labels (left over from a failed first attempt at labeling spice jars). The smooth mason jar top was perfect for these and the size was just right.
We filled up the jars and put them in the drawer with the most used spices toward the front.
We ended up with a total of 6 rows (I had to pick up a few more jars) and I LOVE them! I'm so thrilled that I can see exactly what everything is and that we can easily see when we're running low without a label hiding the contents.
We also had some spices in large jars that were too big to fit in these small ones. We keep those Costco-sized spices up on a shelf in that cabinet and just refill the mason jars as needed.
So how about the final before and after?
And After. Ahhhh....
I think I may go open the drawer right now just to look at it.....and I may need to keep an eye out for some cute measuring spoons too :)
How do you store your spices? Is anyone else falling for mason jars? What creative ways are you putting them to use?
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