A Unique Way to Organize Your Spices!

It’s the age-old question of kitchen masters everywhere: how can I best organize my spices?

While this answer is probably different for each cook, baker and/or kitchen, I knew I needed to get a bit of a handle on mine! Here’s how I had them stored in my pantry:

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Not too bad, in the grand scheme of things. (Note: I have a countertop spice rack, as well, but these are all my extra ones!)

But when I took a look at this I realized how much space they were taking up in my pantry. And I’m all about using extra space creatively to store things in, so I got to looking my pantry over. Have you seen my pantry? Take a look:

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If you’d like to read the entire post about organizing my pantry, CLICK HERE!

After poking around a bit, I realized that I had some space opposite my aprons. So…I headed for The Container Store, of course! I picked up this handy dandy item…

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…and a few of these!

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(You can see my countertop spice rack in the background!)

The skinny strip will either adhere to a metal surface with magnets, or you can peel the adhesive off the magnet and it will stick to almost any other surface.

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I lined all of my items up to make sure they would fit the way I wanted them to…

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…and then I chose to use the adhesive and went ahead and placed my skinny strip:

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I had purchased some Avery labels for my jars…

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…and designed them so they color-coordinated with my kitchen! (My kitchen color scheme is navy blue, white, gray and silver.)

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Here’s a close-up:

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I then proceeded to transfer the spices from the jars I bought them in to their new, labeled containers!

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And here’s where I ran into some issues. Every project has an issue, right?!

The problem was that once I filled the containers with the spices, some of them were pretty heavy! Too heavy for the magnets that came with the strip. And I was pretty agitated!

Luckily, there was a quick fix at Lowe’s!

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Perfecto! And the job was complete! Whatcha think?

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As long as nothing falls off (*crossing fingers*) I’m pretty thrilled with the results! I have room for more skinny strips, and room for more on my pantry shelves, too!

Will this work for YOUR spices? Or maybe for another organizing project on your list?

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101 thoughts on “A Unique Way to Organize Your Spices!

    • You can always visit their website, Stephany! But I’m with you, it’s a good thing I’m an hour away from a Container Store LOL I really have to think before I go LOL

  1. How very clever! I had to address my spices not to long ago. I found I was wasting money by purchasing spices because I didn’t realize I already had it.

  2. I love this idea if you have a close space for it – it looks fantastic. I tend to go back and forth to my spices when cooking because I forget things. My pantry isn’t as close as I would want for this to be truly handy in my house – it would mean a lot of back and forth.

    • It really could be hung anywhere in your kitchen! (As long as there was no one to knock them off the strip…my cat would take it as a personal challenge LOL)

  3. I plan to do something similar in my new kitchen but I want them out where I can get to them easily. I love how easy it is to create and now really can not wait to do my own.

    • That’s my problem, Kori! And I’m short, so if they’re anywhere above me, it’s hard for me to see the labels at all!

  4. Great tips! I too have many spices that take up a whole cupboard and a shelf in the fridge. I buy a lot of my spices from an Indian shop, where they are sold in bags not jars. So I tend to store those in tupperware boxes and old jam jars to keep them fresh. That’s a great tip to save space and I shall give it a go!

    • Yes indeed! They need to be strong, too! Can you imagine if all that fell down?! Mercy!!!

  5. Great idea! Our spices are located in 3 different place because we have so many of them also! I wish there was a Container store near us and an Ikea store too! I love this, easy to find and put back!

  6. Great idea! I haven’t seen this type of organization before. My spices are constantly being rearranged – trying to find the best organization!

  7. This is awesome. I love the skinny strip and those great containers! I have a shelf where I keep all of my spices–alphabetized–that is short enough that I have easy hand access to pull out whatever I need, but not so much space that my spices are wasting space for other things. Having them alphabetized makes it super easy to find just the right spice. :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

    • That sounds great! And yes, when I finish all of mine, I’ll alphabetize them to! You’re right, it does make it so much easier!

  8. I have long been a fan of those spice tins, but for other purposes. You have used them masterfully, and if that were me, I probably would have put them out where everyone could see them and put a frame around them. 😉

  9. This is a great idea. I have a spice rack, but a lot of the spices on it are NEVER used.. I should switch them out for ones that I do use, but I keep thinking as soon as I do then I will want those.

  10. Very creative idea. I hope they do work for you and they look great. I just finished remodeling my kitchen and I have a neat built in spice rack next to my oven that I just love.

    • I didn’t have any leftover spices in jars, if that’s what you mean! It all worked beautifully!

  11. How did I miss this post??? I was over in our group board and realized I had not read it.

    This is so unique and a great way to store spices! Mine are in a drawer next to the stove and they have filled up the drawer and I need a new way to store them. Thanks for sharing this. I’m pinning your great idea!

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