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Kitchen Organizing - Spices

Yay!!! I get to check one more item off of my list of projects.

I've always had issues organizing our spices. I've tried storing them in a cabinet, spice organizers, and our current situation... stuffed in the corner of our pantry. 

Nothing was working. I finally decided to take them out of their original containers and put them all in baby food jars. This worked out for two reasons:
  1. I no longer have to deal with several different shapes and sizes. I now only have two sizes. (I would have preferred to used all larger baby food jars but I didn't have enough so I just used the larger ones for the spices we use most often.)
  2. They all fit nicely inside a drawer next to the stove.
 After deciding how many baby food jars would fit inside the drawer, I removed the labels and gave them a good wash. I painted the lids black then grabbed my silhouette to make some labels.

Oh, wait... I don't have a silhouette!! However, if I did have one, I'm sure I could have made some amazing labels :)

Without a silhouette I had to resort to google search. I found these free printable ones that I liked. I set all my spices on the kitchen table and discovered a few doubles. (This is why I need to organize them.)

I cut out all the labels, wrote the spices on them with a pen, then glued them on using some mod podge and added a couple coats of mod podge on top. Once the tops were dry I put the spices in and stuck everything into the drawer. Ta da.....

Now I have all my spices in a convenient location next to the stove and I don't have to worry about them getting lost in the back of a cupboard.

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  1. LOVE this idea....with a drawer NEXT to the stove!!! Thank you for ALL you share & show!!!

  2. That's an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I really like this but I do not have a good location like this....I think I may have to do something similar though! Thanks for sharing

  4. I really like the idea of having them in a drawer next to the stove, rather than in a cupboard!

    Mine are in a spice rack I picked up for 20 bucks. Each of the containers (there are 12) is a brightly coloured ceramic and I just love them, so they're on display on our open shelves beside the stove.

    I have a super picky husband-to-be, though, so I don't cook with spices all that often!

  5. That is such a great idea!!! Good job and thanks for sharing this!

  6. I need do something with all my spices. This is a great idea.

  7. Pretty good idea! I just don't have asess to baby food jars. Thanks for sharing. I'm sure a collection of same size jars will work as well.

  8. This is a cute idea! :)

  9. great idea! I had a friend tell me one time that I need to alphabetize my spices which was great in theory but there were so many sizes that it wasn't practical.

  10. I organized my spice drawer the same way, but using canning jars. Really love the cute lid labels though...might have to break out the Modge Podge!

  11. Hi there! I was about to link up my spice drawer at IHeart Organization and I noticed your link - and I'm so happy someone used my labels and liked them! Thanks for linking back to them. :)

    1. I love your labels!! Although I think I may redo them and actually type the spice names onto them instead of handwriting them. Thank you so much for taking the time to make them.

  12. Awesome idea! I need to get my spices organized in a better way.


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