Kitchen Organizing – Time to Spice it Up

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I have been trying to organize my pantry for over a year. It’s not done yet. I’m not sure it will ever be done. Probably at least once a day I give it a once over glance and think “why doesn’t it look the way I want it to?” But it’s functional and it’s about a million times better than it was a year ago, so what are ya gonna do?

One part I’m absolutely smitten with is the spices. Here is the before of the spice shelf:

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I didn’t like all of the different size containers and they were hard to organize. I spent hours and hours on Pinterest and other blogs looking for great spice organizing ideas. I found some great ones. Chalk labels, magnetic lids, turnstyle holders….but none of them were perfect for my needs. My next post will have some of the other great ideas I found just so I can share how many creative ways there are to store spices.  I finally found simple, plain spice jars at Bed Bath & Beyond. These were exactly what I was looking for and I knew I could just use my label maker to add the names of the spices.

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I’m not going to lie here people, these weren’t the cheapest things on the market. They were 2 bucks a pop and I needed about 28. So, I got a few for my birthday last year. And a few for Christmas. And a few more for Mother’s Day. I just couldn’t pull the trigger on a $56 charge for spice jars at one time. In my head, spreading out the spending makes it feel like less. (Note: That is not necessarily a good financial tactic, but I did make sure it was something I really wanted and I planned for it accordingly) So I FINALLY have my spices beautifully organized in these jars.

I LOVE them! Let me tell you a few of my ridiculously over-analyzed well thought-out criteria for spice jars.

-They had to stand so that I could see all of the jars at the same time. There were some cute options with pull out drawers, but you couldn’t just open the pantry and see them all at once.

-They needed to have a shaker side for sprinkling spices and also an open side for measuring out into measuring spoons.

-They needed to be tall and thin instead of short and squatty (that’s a technical term).

-I wanted clear jars so I could see the spices.

-I had to be able to put the labels near the top so that I could actually see the labels when the spices were lined up on my stepped storage shelf.

I’m thrilled!

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I love the bright colors of the spices and how all of the jars are uniform.

I hope to share more of my pantry success stories shortly. Right now, they are few and far between so let’s all keep our fingers crossed for some progress!

~Erin