Today, I’m sharing how to organize your spices by making a few adjustments to your kitchen drawers and cabinets.
January is naturally a month of decluttering and organizing after the business and fullness of the holidays. After putting away all of the Christmas decor, I always feel so good about our home starting clean and fresh again. The spice cabinet in our kitchen is next to the stove and although it was functioning ok, I knew it could be better. I cleaned this area up and it’s so much better! I figured I would share my tips on how to organize your spices.
Here’s where I started.
BEFORE: How to Organize your Spices
I know. It’s honestly not that terrible in my opinion but the problem was I could never see what spices I had in the back.
Step 1: Remove all items
The first you want to do is take everything out. This allows you to see what you have, throw away any expired old spices and count how many spice jars you will need. I ended up throwing away super old spices and also found doubles of some of them. When things aren’t organized to where you can see them, you tend to buy them again and again because you don’t realize you are already have them!
Step 2: See if there’s another space you can utilize for all of the spice jars
This drawer sits on the counter right below the spice cabinet. It used to hold all of my oven mitts and hot pads. I removed them from the drawer and decided to hang them up using command hooks in the cabinets below.
This freed up a drawer AND I didn’t have to empty any other area.
If I were to ever build my own house in the future, I would have way more drawers than cabinets. Drawers are so much easier in the kitchen in terms of organization and space efficiency.
Step 3: Line your drawer or cabinet with peel and stick wallpaper or contact paper
I love utilizing my leftover peel and stick wallpaper to line drawers and cabinets. It just makes that area look so much cleaner! I’ve noticed when areas look nicer, they tend to stay cleaner and more organized.
I lined the drawer and also the cabinet because they were in pretty bad shape.
Step 4: Order yourself some spice jars
I ordered 2 sets of these spice jars and they were just enough for how many spices I had. They come with a funnel and a bunch of chalkboard labels. Most of my spices had labels so I didn’t have to write that many. Make sure to wash and allow them to dry fully before filling them up.
Step 5: Place them in a drawer or cabinet with a 3 tier spice organizer
Look how pretty they look! This was quite satisfying to say the least. #organizingnerd
I mean…. now I can see everything!! AND it looks great!
This small drawer perfectly held all of my spices. If you don’t have an empty drawer, try using the spice rack and place them in a cabinet.
The cabinet looks and functions so much better now. I added some other large containers like the coconut oil and measuring cups because they didn’t fit in there prior to this project. There is still space left in there! I have a small lazy susan that is perfect for the large spices and oils I use regularly. I never have to reach for anything in the back because it just rotates. You could also use this type of lazy susan for your condiments if you store them in your cabinet.
This is going to work so much better for our family and especially for me as I cook and prepare all the meals. When it comes to organizing and design, you have to see what will work best for you and your family. Small changes can bring big impact on how the spaces function in your home.
If you organize your spices, make sure to share your photos with me. I’d love to share them! I’ll be sharing some more organizing posts with you guys so stay tuned.
Let all that you do be done in Love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
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