This is the first post of the series Buy It Yourself. I am pretty sure there are a lot of DIY Spice Racks out there, but sometimes we just want to get things done the easy and quick way. There are so many great options of spice racks and I’ll share with you a few findings at the end of the post. Because before you start browsing for new spice storage solutions, you need to make sure you:
1. Toss – every spice that has expired or that you are not going to use again.
You might have bought a spice bottle for a specific recipe and never made that recipe again. So the bottle just sits there. Or maybe you have so many spice bottles in your kitchen cabinet that you can’t see which ones you have. You end up with 4 bottles of garlic powder because you think you finished with the first one and need to buy a new one. But the second one happens to end up at the end of the cabinet or the bottom of the drawer, so you need a new one … and it keeps on going until you can’t fit a nutmeg in your cabinet!
Personally, I don’t like too much of anything. My family and friends make fun of me because I am always throwing things out. If I start to feel overwhelmed because I can’t keep up with our home, I will walk around the house with trash bags and boxes trying to get rid of things. We have to feel comfortable in our own homes and when too much stuff gets in the way of that, it’s a problem! That goes for spices. If you do use the ones you have, by all means keep them. If you don’t, let them go.
2. Label – to easily identify your spices.
If the jars are standing inside a drawer put the labels on the jar tops. If they are laying down place them on the sides. At eye level, stick them on the front side of the lids.
And if you have done it all and it still doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing consider swapping all of the different bottles to the same one. It makes the biggest difference! Just take a look at some magazines or catalogs, everything looks nicer and more organized in containers of the same kind.
3. Place – spices should be easily accessible and placed near your prepping and/or cooking zone.
Organizing is meant to make your life easier. You do not want to go all the way across your kitchen to look for the spice you need while you’re prepping or cooking a meal. Make things easier and put them where you use them. Also, keep your spices in one place only. There is nothing more annoying than trying to remember which one of your spice cabinets or drawers that one spice is in. Here’s a rule of thumb: If you need more than one spot for spices, then go back to tossing!
Spice Racks for you to BIY (this is not a sponsored post)
6 Canister Magnetic Strip Spice Rack | Zero Gravity Magnetic Spice Rack with 12 Canisters | Criss Bamboo 18 Jar Spice Rack | 18 Bottle Spice Rack | Acrylic 20 Bottle Spice Rack |2 Tier Wire Rack with 9 Canisters | Olde Thompson Ferris Wheel Spice Rack | Olde Thompson 20 Jar Spice Rack | Countertop 12 Glass Spice Rack | 3 Tier Wall Mounted Spice Rack | Spice Tin Wall Base| 18 Spice Clips
What are your must-have spices? I would love to know. Let me know in the comment section below.
Smart Ideas for Organizing you Kitchen from Real Simple
Space Savvy Ways to Store Spices from Better Homes and Gardens
How to Organize your Kitchen from Sue Rasmussen
Kitchen Work Zones, What Are They? from Garden Web