Organized Spices (Take Two)

One of the things I’ve been meaning to tackle for awhile is organizing my spice drawer.  About two years ago, I emptied all my mis-matched spice containers into 4.5 ounce glass containers (from Crate & Barrel) and affixed clear labels to them.  You can see the original post, from July 2010, here.  (Wow, one of my first posts- so funny to look back!).  My spices were prettily displayed on my countertop on a lazy susan and we were getting along very well.

Until I wanted to clear my counter space, and relocated the spice jars to the top drawer near our stove.  Problem was, I couldn’t see what the spices were without picking them up.  Kind of a problem.  I saw Martha Stewart’s new line of organizational items at Staples over the weekend and picked up some labels.  The small round labels I used for the spice jars fit perfectly, and although it’s hard to tell in my photos, they have an aqua border on them.

It’s so much better being able to open the door and know what I’m looking at.  And of course I alphabetized them. 

I didn’t see how I could feed these labels through the printer, so my handwriting had to do.  I used my all-time-favorite-pen, a fine point sharpie.

The awesome thing about these jars is that the mouth is wide enough to fit a tablespoon into for easy measuring. 

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  1. February 16, 2012 / 12:56 pm

    I'm so glad you posted this. I've been searching all week for ideas to organize my spices (I've been on this weird organization kick lately). This is one of the better ideas I've seen. Bookmarking it now 🙂

  2. February 16, 2012 / 1:43 pm

    Great idea!
    I have one of the lazy susan thingys with my spices. 🙁 I only have 4 drawers in my kitchen, and very little cabinet space. So, unfortunately everything is on the counter. When I see these beautiful kitchens, I just have to wonder where they keep everything? My cabinets are full of serving pieces, I’m begging hubs to build some shelves in my laundry room so I can store the pieces I use less often!

  3. February 16, 2012 / 1:52 pm

    That is my all time favorite pen as well. I cannot write with anything else anymore!

  4. February 16, 2012 / 2:36 pm

    This is also on my list of things to do! Thanks for posting about the jars and labels! I'm glad I'm not the only one that would alphabetize them as well 🙂

  5. February 16, 2012 / 2:40 pm

    Cute! I too am on a counter-clearing kick of late. I saw the flyer about the new Martha line at Staples, but haven't been in to see the goods yet. Thanks for sharing!

  6. February 16, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    So pretty! And I don't know why you'd ever use a labelmaker or print your labels when you have such BEAUTIFUL handwriting. 🙂

  7. February 16, 2012 / 3:58 pm

    What a great idea for storing your spices! Love the little glass pots!

  8. February 16, 2012 / 4:08 pm

    lovely! and you have pretty hand writing

  9. February 16, 2012 / 4:40 pm

    love this idea! I need to do this as well. Just curious where you got all of the little jars?

  10. February 16, 2012 / 5:35 pm

    Megan, you have beautiful writing! This is a wonderful idea for organzing spices. Love the little jars and the fact that the opening is wide enough for a tablespoon. I need to pop into Staples for these labels. Thanks for sharing!

  11. February 16, 2012 / 5:49 pm

    Not sure if I should love you or hate you for this…I've been needing a spice jar solution forever, but now that you've given me the perfect solution it's one more thing to add to my ever-growing to-do list ; ) Looks great!

  12. February 16, 2012 / 7:19 pm

    These turned out really cute – you have such good handwriting – mine would not turn out that cute! haha!

  13. February 16, 2012 / 7:22 pm

    I just found your blog, and I cannot wait to keep reading. It is beautiful!

    I have those same spice organizers with little slips of papers tucked into them, too. Great idea to organize and label them!

  14. February 16, 2012 / 7:57 pm

    I've been searching for spice organization as well! One question, how tall are these bottles?

  15. February 16, 2012 / 8:09 pm

    Love what you did and those jars are adorable! Cute little project!

  16. February 16, 2012 / 9:14 pm

    Trés cute!! I love the MS style…I guess I have a reason to go check out her new line now, huh? 😉

  17. February 17, 2012 / 4:15 am

    Very cute…but what stops me from doing this is expiration dates for the spices. I'd have to write it on the labels..and then the labels would have to come off when the spice got refilled.

  18. February 17, 2012 / 6:58 am

    Love those spice containers. I just blogged about the Martha line today also, it's so fantastic! I adore how your spices turned out!

    xoxo!
    Jen

  19. February 17, 2012 / 7:23 am

    So jealous of your perfect handwriting! I'm thinking of doing something similar with my spices, but unfortunately I'll have to do computer printed labels since I write like a 4th grader. Great job!

    ~Melissa
    http://www.servingseconds.com

  20. February 18, 2012 / 4:42 am

    Thanks for the nice comments on my handwriting! You made me smile today:)

    The glass jars were found at Crate & Barrel and I think Target sells them too.

  21. September 28, 2012 / 11:51 am

    Just the post I needed. My spices are driving me crazy.

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