There are many levels of organization. At one end of the spectrum, you can’t find your shoes, the shirt you want, or unexpired tomato sauce in your pantry. At the other end, you’re so organized, you’ve decanted every grain of every food and labeled, your cabinets become a work of art and your bookshelves have rainbows. While few live at this end of the spectrum, that’s who I’m talking to today. There are many spice organization ideas in the world. Here’s mine.
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Are matching baskets, rainbowed books, and decanted spices necessary? No. Functional? Sometimes. Pretty? Heck, yes. This is where organizing and home décor meet. Where organization turns from a task to a hobby.
Now, let me be clear:
You are perfectly, 100% organized if your spices have a home, you know what you have, they aren’t expired, and you have and can find what you need.
Stop there if you’re happy with your spice situation. But if you, like me, get a kick out of beautifying while organizing, then read on.
Spice Jar Upgrade
As a budget-conscious mom, I have a wish list of home goods I’d love, but I need to prioritize. Matching spice jars were not a priority, but they were in my “Save for Later” cart on amazon. By some Christmas miracle, my husband noticed the spice jars and purchased them for me on behalf of my daughter as a Christmas gift.
And just like that, I had a project! What a perfect way to spend a winter afternoon!
How to Decant & Label Spices
First, I took all the spices out of their cabinet and piled them onto the counter. I wiped down the cabinet and began sorted the spices. I tossed expired spices and donated the ones I had purchased with good intentions but hadn’t used and probably never would.
Prep the Jars (if needed)
For the past year or so, I had already been purchasing organic spices from the grocery store. These jars are EXACTLY the same as the jars available for purchase on amazon. I peeled the labels off the glass jars and used Goo Gone for any remaining stickiness.
Fill the Jars
Taking the label-free jars and the new jars, I took the spices in plastic containers and poured them into glass jars using a funnel.
Apply the Labels
I applied the labels to each jar, which is always so satisfying. Don’t be overwhelmed by this step. It’s actually quite simple. Here’s an instructional video.
Transfer Expiration Dates
Finally, I used a white paint pen to transfer the spice expiration date from the plastic jar to the glass jar. When I replace the contents of the jar, I will use nail polish remover to erase the white paint and I’ll write a new expiration date on them.
Spice Organization Results
Then, I did what any normal human would do. I lined my spice jars up in various spots in my kitchen as though they were in a wedding and I did a full-blown photo shoot. Obviously.
Spice Jar Upgrade Time and Cost
This project took about an hour, cost about $25. It was so inexpensive for me for a variety of factors. First, I’d already been purchasing spices in glass jars and only needed a set of 12. Second, I already had a cutting machine and vinyl. It may cost as much as $40-100, depending on how many jars and labels you need to purchase. If vinyl labels sound a little over the top, you can label your jars in other ways, but labels are essential!
Spice Organization Update
Since posting this, I’ve since changed the labels on my spice jars and have changed where I organize my jars. Formerly, I kept them in a cabinet in a pullout shelf, but I had a stroke of inspiration and cleared a spot for them in a drawer. We built some DIY Spice Drawer Inserts and my spices are loving life. All the details of our spice reorganization project are here.
So is this project a bit above and beyond? Yes. Yes, it is. But I smile every time I peek into my cabinet or cook dinner. Be honest, doesn’t this make you want to organize your spices even a little? If this isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other spice organization ideas in this round up post — it’s full of gorgeous spice organization ideas.
Send me pictures after you organize your spices and have your own photoshoot!