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Thursday
Jun282012

Spice Organization

I am overwhelmed with the unorganized disaster zone that is my home so I am trying to get some sense of accomplishment by attacking some easy items on my list. First up, I present my spice shelf in my kitchen.

At first glance it isn't so bad but since my kitchen upper cabinets are glass fronted I wanted things to look a little nicer and more uniform. The biggest issue was that I have a lot of bulk spices in bags that I just ended up storing in a heap in a mesh colander which was not so convenient.

As a solution I ordered a bunch of spice bottles from Specialty Bottle. I got 6 oz French square glass bottles for most of my spices with a few 16 oz French square bottles for my larger quantity bulk spices. For my baking extracts I bought some 4 oz Boston round glass bottles.

The glass bottles came with black lids which didn't really go with the red lidded glass jars that I use for storing my dry goods. As luck would have it the red lids from my McCormick spices fit perfectly on the 6 oz spice bottles. For the 4 oz and 16 oz bottles I used some red spray paint to transform the lids. I haven't decided if I want to add labels to the front of the jars but in the meantime I cut down some cheap labels and put them on the bottom of the jars with each spice's name and expiration date.

Everything is much neater plus I can find what I am looking for quickly now. There's nothing better than a project that is both pretty and functional.

Have you been tackling any organization projects? How is it going? Are you naturally neat or naturally messy like me?

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Nice and neat. I like your red top jars. My biggest organizational challenge is my scrapping supplies. While I swear to stop buying anymore paper, it just keeps creeping in. I have the paper nicely sorted and I use flat topped plastic containers but now I have the challenge of where to store them. Easier solution would be to STOP buying any more supplies, use what I have, trade what I have, give away what I have then the sorting and organization of said supplies would stop being such a stressor ................... I think I will go take another look at my kitchen cupboards, order would certainly be easier there - I think.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Lou

I'd lean more toward naturally messy. I like organization but at the same time I realize that messiness happens so I deal with it. I tend to let things get messy then clean it up. I like organization though. My spices are in the cupboard but all over the place. I need to come up with a plan to put them in some kind of order. It's not on the top of my priority list so it'll have to wait. I might be using your idea of buying the glass jars. Those weren't very expensive and so beautiful. I loved that! Thanks for sharing.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Mary-Lou- Thank you! I have a really hard time with keeping my craft room neat, too. Too many supplies!

Jen- I'm the same way. I would like to be organized, but I let things get messy and then am completely unmotivated to get things in order.

June 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

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