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Organized Kitchen Cabinet: Spices

How many bottles of cayenne pepper does the average family need? One you say? None? Well, our family has TWO very nice, mostly full, bottles of cayenne pepper. Wanna know why? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not because we cook with a lot of cayenne pepper (although I do love Mexican food!).

The reason is that our spice cupboard was such a disaster that we actually bought a bottle thinking we had none, when in fact we had one!

Organizing Your Kitchen Cabinets - Before and After Kitchen Spice Cupboard || home organization

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It’s so easy to just shove away bottles, boxes, and cans up in that nicely covered cabinet. But I couldn’t take it any longer! I needed a more organized kitchen. I decided to make this cabinet my new organization project and get things in order.

One thing about being an organized travel planner and traveler means it also translates across into my home life. I really do love finding/creating orderly systems for travel and also my home!

So, I bring you… THE DISASTER:

Organized Kitchen Cabinet for Spices BEFORE

There are two bottles of cayenne pepper in there. Can you spot them? I also came across lots of expired food. Did I mention lots? Can I interest anyone in some Minute Tapioca? It only expired in May of 2009. Yum!

I did have some trouble finding containers that I felt would work for the space. Not too big, not too small, not too short, and not too tall. So Goldilocks I went off to the store of dreams for Type A personalities, Storables.

How is it that I fall in love with that store more and more each time? Wouldn’t you know it, they had just the right things at just the right price for my little mess to become an organized kitchen dream. I love our new baskets, and they were affordable too!

I bring you… THE AFTER:

Organized Kitchen Cabinet for Spices using Storables Handy Pantry Baskets #organization #containers

I’m so in love! I was even able to move some tea and coffee items out of another cramped cabinet (next project?) into the newly organized kitchen spice cabinet. It really is a dream come true! And I lived happily ever after.

BUY THE PANTRY BASKETS I USED ON AMAZON – they’re called Perfect Pantry baskets and they also sell them at Ace Hardware.

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Sunday 9th of February 2014

Where did you get the containers, I really like them?


Tuesday 11th of February 2014

Julie, they're from a store called Storables.

Donna Wilkes

Monday 7th of October 2013

Do you do house calls? Love the organization. I need to just throw out and start all over.


Tuesday 8th of October 2013

I should probably get the rest of my own house is order before doing housecalls for others! :) I was amazed at how much stuff had become piled up in that cabinet. It's hard to get rid of some stuff because you think, "oh I might use that". But if you think about it, I'd rather spend another $3 than store the stuff for another year+. Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday 2nd of October 2013

Wow - looks great! I love the containers with the handles so you can pull them out easily. Now comes the really hard part - maintaining it!


Wednesday 2nd of October 2013

Hi Ronnie! Isn't that the truth! So far we're doing well. It works because you don't really get into your spices but for a jar or two on a typical day. I'm pretty good about taking something out and putting it back when it's simple like that. The tetris rubbermaid drawer is another subject...