Here’s where my spices always lived. Yup, I am a sucker for infomercial products and bought two of these Swivel Store spice racks for $19.99 wayyy before I had a house, let alone a cabinet to put them in. (I also bought two for my mom and two for my mother-in-law, haha)
When I designed out kitchen layout, I totally had these in mind and I knew I wanted a narrow cabinet near the stove to hold my spice racks and spices. However, I soon realized that these pull-out spice racks aren’t all they are cracked up to be. Neither was the Ped Egg. Does that stop me from wanting a Wax Vac? Heck no, man.
Anyway… back to my spices. I hate the racks because only certain brands of spices fit right. The expensive ones. And I’m a tight-wad. Plus, having them in the wall cabinet just wasn’t working for me. I found myself throwing random spices into this pull-out cabinet that I originally thought would just hold oil and vinegar kind of stuff.
Since it was already holding some of my spices and there was plenty of space available, I figured my life would be easier if I moved all of my spices to the pull-out cabinet. So I took everything out of both cabinets, cleaned the shelves (which were pretty nasty) and lined the top shelf with some cute paper from Target. I also covered the paper with clear contact paper so any messes could be easily cleaned up.
Once the shelves were back in (and moved up one notch) I labeled the top of each spice. I thought about putting them in different containers that were prettier or printing cute little labels, but I realized that I wasn’t likely to keep a system like that up since I add to my spice collection quite often. So, I decided to just go with Sharpie on the top.
I alphabetized everything, and I had room to throw random-shaped items in on the right. Then, I just threw the bigger stuff into the middle shelf, and short stubby containers into the bottom shelf.
I love that this whole little project was free, and I was able to fit everything that was in the pull-out originally plus everything from the original spice cabinet. Holla!