BIY . Spice Racks

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:

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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!

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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.

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2. Label – to easily identify your spices.

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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.

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For these labels I used the Printable Cotton Canvas from the Silhouette America shop. The font is the free Jane Austeen from DaFont. TIP: when cutting don’t forget to use your fabric blade.

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.

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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)

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6 Canister Magnetic Strip Spice RackZero 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 Base18 Spice Clips

What are your must-have spices? I would love to know. Let me know in the comment section below.

Helpful Resources

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

I am sharing this ideas at Serenity Now and these great blogs.

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18 Comments

  1. I recently went through my spices and tossed a bunch. I just love being organized and having fresh spices and herbs in my kitchen. Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday! Be sure to stop by again this week to link up your latest projects. The party starts tonight at 10pm Eastern time. We hope to see you there!

  2. Juliana, you are so right, many people keep spices and herbs for too many years and use flavorless seasonings. I recently learned that many are already old when we get them in the store. I’ve also discovered that my local health food store has bulk spices/herbs and they are much less costly than the individual bottles in the grocery store… usually organic and way more flavorful.
    I love your little spice station! So cute!

    Thanks for sharing your spicy homemaking ideas with us at Project Inspire{d}!

  3. I love the BIY! When we first got married we got a spice rack full of spices that I never used, but felt guilty getting rid of. It would have been better for to go give them away before they all went bad, it took my almost 10 years to come to my senses {ahem}. Thanks for sharing at Simple Lives Thursday; hope to see you again this week.

    1. Hi Angi, thank you! I know … this spice rack came with some weird things but after testing the spices out, I disposed of the ones I didn’t like or didn’t use and used the bottles to keep the ones I wanted. I just had to make all new labels. It was actually because of this spice rack that I discovered my new found love for Marjoram! ahahaha Thank you for hosting!

    1. Thank you Kim, I rent so there is not much I can do with the kitchen. But I like not having too much stuff, just the essentials, so there’s some “breathing room”. I know right, sometimes buying it yourself is much better?! ;)

  4. I went through a great spice purge before we moved to Florida, and I had many of the things you described: duplicates and spices I don’t use anymore! Now I keep a special spice cabinet like my dad does and keep all the spices I use the most on the bottom shelf. Having a designated cabinet may be a luxury, but my spices were the first thing I unpacked to make our new apartment a home.

    Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings!

    1. Hi Megan, I know right, kitchen space is a valuable thing! And I agree with you, spices are a priority, it makes food tastes so much better! I don’t like blend. What I’m trying to do is to have the dried powders and grow my own herbs! But no good luck … I kill everything :(

  5. I’ve always loved matching jars for spices but I find it takes me so much longer to find the spices I want. If they are in a unique container I can find it fast.

    I always seem to have too many varieties even though I toss them out regularly, hubby just likes to keep buying them.

    1. Hi Stella, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it. If you’re gonna have matching spice jars you better label them, or else it would be very difficult to find the one you want. I personally feel like I can find all of mine with ease because there’s no jar in front of another jar and I can read all the labels the way they are on the lid. I had to toss a few that I only used for a recipe or two and kept my favorites. I guess since you and your husband enjoy cooking, it’s better to compromise :)

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