The Mommy Files: Organizing the Spice Rack

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 by 2 Comments
The Mommy Files: Organizing the Spice Rack

As you’ve probably gathered from my posts here at Modern Baby, I’m a big cook. I love just about anything involving the kitchen (with the exception of cleaning the oven and the garbage disposal).

But there’s one cabinet in my home that I dread … and it just so happens to be one I use frequently. My spice cabinet. First, it’s horribly placed, sitting above the stove. Which is fine and well and good if you’re tall, if you don’t use it that often, or if you’re without a 27-week-pregnant belly that you’re working around.

What I need is a good spice rack or drawer. But unfortunately, I don’t have much counter space or a spare drawer to convert. That means I need to get creative.

Naturally, I’ve been poking around Pinterest for ideas. I know a lot of people criticize Pinterest and all the domestic lustfulness it causes. I’ve even seen people suggest that Pinterest can make you feel like less of a person because you’re not as crafty as someone else.

Look, I’ve always admired Martha Stewart, too. But I don’t feel like I’m less of a person because I can’t be as crafty as she is. ‘Nuff said.

Anyway, back to my spice clutter issue. I really love the look of the recycled/upcycled etched glass jars filled with colorful spices. But honestly, though they would fit in a nice narrow line across my countertop, I don’t have time to sit and etch glass. I just don’t.

On a similar note, this rack and lineup would utilize some dead space under the counter, and it doesn’t require any glass etching. That’s a win.

But I’m really leaning toward a magnetic spice rack. The Kitchn has a great tutorial on how to make one, along with a supply list. It utilizes the small four-ounce Ball canning jars, which I think is genius. But you could even do something like that and put it on the side of your refrigerator … which is what I’m thinking.

That would actually save you a significant chunk of change because you wouldn’t need to buy a piece of sheet metal. You could also do the same thing with a cookie sheet covered in craft paper and magnets, all mounted to a wall or end of a row of cabinets. It would look super-cute.

Finally, if you’re all about aesthetics, this spice rack by GneissSpice at Etsy is stunning.

Do you have your spices organized in a special way? I’d love to hear how you did it and where you came up with the idea!

photo credit: _Josh_Lowe_ via photopin cc

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Stacie McClintock

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  • MomHomeGuide

    I recently painted an oak end cabinet (that has a drawer) and turned it into a spice drawer for my kitchen. But I also hope to add some under cabinet spice storage to my kitchen, too.


    I think the Etsy one is really cute but think making a magnetic spice rack yourself sounds like a lot more fun. I think I might try making this as an ‘under counter’ magnetic spice rack because that is about the only place I have room for one.