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Spice Cabinet Intervention Completed!

A well-organized spice cabinet makes preparing meals a lot less stressful, and saves you money. 

Spice Cabinet OrganizationCan I hear a Ta Da! It’s really sad how happy a well-organized space makes me. Once I finished this cabinet, it was like a virus. I dug into two others. Now my life is complete. Until the next project that is.

When I put out my Cabinet Intervention post, I found that many of us have the same problem. We don’t know what we have, and will re-buy the same thing two or three times. I asked for ideas, and boy did I get them! By putting everyone’s ideas to work, this is how my organization came about.

We all agreed that similarly sized containers should be used, and some sort of organization by use was in order. Everyone pretty much separated their spices by baking verses cooking or sweet versus savory. The following people graciously contributed to the final result. Please stop and check out their sites for some fabulous food, photography, and friendship.

Apsara of Eating Well Diary
Sarah of The Sugar Hit
Petra of Food Eat Love
Nancy of Feasting with Friends
Shamin of For The Love of Ghee
YouCopia

Patti from A New Day Dawns stated that she uses the Youcopia spice rack. My store didn’t have one so I ordered the larger one, after taking inventory of my spices, from Amazon.

Rufus of Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide also suggested that I add hardware for sliding shelves and door racks so that I could see everything. I think that would be an amazing idea but didn’t have the confidence that I could do it. This also brings up the fact that I am not 6 ft tall so the items that I used the most have to be accessible.

I started by removing everything from the two cabinets. I separated sweet from savory. I threw out everything that I hadn’t used in eons. I then wrote down what I had and what kind of a container it was so I could determine what my needs were. I bought spice jars to condense open duplicate containers. I also stored unopened duplicates in another area.

I had plastic bags that held the herbs that I dry. They are forever falling out of the cabinet. I solved this by putting them in a stackable glass container.Spice Cabinet Organization

I always remove the baking soda and baking powder from their containers and put them in stackable containers. Now I know how much I have so am not buying extra or am not running out. I did the same thing for my salt. I have different kinds, and now they are all in similar containers. I’m singing now.Spice Cabinet Organization

Time to fill the YouCopia spice rack. I put the baking spices in the top drawer, and then everything else. I kept spices that are somewhat similar together such as my cayenne, ancho chili powder and chipotle pepper.Spice Cabinet Organization

I always keep my bags of flour and sugar in airtight containers. Here is how I store them.-

A couple of things that I learned was that the square containers stack and fit better in the cabinets, and going forward, I will buy my spices in containers that fit in the YouCopia Spice rack.

I even have a bit more room. I think I will just leave the space empty. Too me it’s like having money that I don’t need to spend. I know, a little weird right?

I hope this has helped you with your spice cabinet organization. Please contact me if you have any questions. Better yet, I would love love to see what you do!

polianthus

Saturday 18th of April 2015

I think I read this back when you posted and it motivated me to tidy my own spice cupboard! done :) thanks

Julie is Hostess At Heart

Saturday 18th of April 2015

Mine are still organized and it is so much easier to cook when I know where my ingredients are. Thank you for visiting.

andy

Saturday 25th of October 2014

It is so much fun to cook in an organized kitchen :D that spice rack looks very useful :)

Julie is HostessAtHeart

Sunday 26th of October 2014

After using it, I would recommend it. It's not very heavy and I am careful with the drawers. I don't know if they would hold up if hung for a long time with heavier jars . I do love an organized space though. Thanks for stopping Andy!

giramuk's kitchen

Saturday 25th of October 2014

Can you come over to my place and help me??? I can never begin to organize my spices!! Ive got too many spices to actually fit into my small cabinet space!! I might have to invest in one of those spice racks to make more space :)

Julie is HostessAtHeart

Monday 27th of October 2014

I'll come over, and you make cake! It would be fun.

Liz

Monday 20th of October 2014

Impressive and great for grabbing spices in a jiffy. I love spice racks. What more can I say? You've inspired me to organize mine asap. Have a wonderful week!

HostessAtHeart

Monday 20th of October 2014

Thanks for stopping Liz! You have a great week too!

petra08

Monday 20th of October 2014

Very impressive and super organized! :) It looks great!

HostessAtHeart

Monday 20th of October 2014

Thanks Petra for helping me out with it!