January 18, 2011

Mission Organization - The Spice Cabinet

I've been reading a lot of blogs about organizing.  I have been so aggravated lately with the lack of space in our house so I decided to do something about it finally.  I plan on doing several blog posts, but today I'm going to talk about the dreaded spice cabinet.

We do a lot of cooking so we have a lot of different spices, salts, seasonings, etc.  I have tried many different things to keep the spices organized (i.e., lazy susan, raised trays, etc).  Nothing seemed to help, mainly because we never seemed to put things back where they were supposed to go.  The raised trays are a great idea, but I found that they were more of a pain since all the jars seemed to fall down when I'd reach in to get something.

After reading a few blogs, I found one of those blogs that totally made a light bulb go off in my head!  So, here is the before picture of my spice cabinet:

And, here are the after pictures.  

I wanted the magnetic spice tins, but they are SO expensive.  I found a place that you can order the tins from and bought magnets on Amazon.  I had seen several people who used cookie sheets attached to their cabinet doors or just used the side of their fridge.  I wanted to have a piece of metal that would fit the door.  I ordered online and it was fairly inexpensive.  The total price for the tins, metal, and magnets was around $60 I think.  I know that seems like a lot, but it is so worth it to me to be able to just open the door and see the spices right there.  

You may be able to get the metal cheaper at Lowe's or Menard's.  Someone told me after I ordered online that they have it there.  They sometimes have pieces small enough to fit a cabinet door that are not necessarily cut to fit exactly.  I should have checked that before I ordered, but I was so gung-ho to get going on it that I just went ahead and ordered!

Stay tuned for more organizing posts!  I'm on a mission!  ha!

Oh, and just so this isn't completely about organizing, here is a recent picture of Noah.  

Can you believe that just one year ago this past weekend, we made this big announcement?  I sure can't! Time is flying far too fast.  


Trica (Tree' - ka) said...

What an awesome idea!!

Paige @ The Wandering Cottage said...

great work!

Cat@BudgetBlonde said...

Wow! I really love the magnetic strip! I saved the picture to show my hubby later!!!! We currently have a spice rack that sits on the counter. This would help a lot!

Griffin Miller said...

Fantastic idea...looks fantastic!!

Michelle@Sustainably Chic Designs said...

This looks AMAZING!! I would LOVE to know where you ordered the little tins from. I was thinking of doing this as well! Any help would be great! Thanks!!!



Kelli said...

Those containers are really great. And your little man is just adorable.

Tami said...

Ok, this is just brilliant! I've been looking for a fun, creative and functional solution for my spice "situation" and I think you just hit it out of the park! Bravo m'dear! Bravo!

And your li'l guy- just melted me


Jennifer said...

Noah is so cute!!!!! ahhh! I just want to hug him =)

LOVE the magnetic spice solution and how organized you are! fantabulous!

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Kristi said...

I've seen that idea in a few places and can't wait to try out for myself! Looks wonderful!

Marbel said...

I love your spice cabinet! Wow!

allysgrandma said...

My niece's husband did something like this for her on the wall next to the stove. I think there was a kit at Costco at one point. Looks great and Noah is adorable (my same niece's son is named Noah, he is 3).

Sarah said...

Your spce cabinet looks brilliant! What a great idea!

Noah is adorable! My SIL & hubby start their adoption journey this May. I am all kinds of excited for them!

Sarah. x

They call me Natacha said...

That's such a great idea which I will keep in mind for after our move (which will be hopefully soon!). My spice cabinet is a disaster :/ Thanks for this wonderful idea!
Greetings from Luxembourg

Lana @ SweetJilliBeanz.com said...

This is EXACTLY what I want to do...but I haven't actually seen these before and was at a loss of what to use.
My husband is a chef...and my spice organization (or lack of) drives him crazy!!!

iheartorganizing said...

Wow, I just adore those tins! The cabinet looks AMAZING! You must feel so incredible! I am so glad you linked up!


Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Looks so great! your little guy is so cute! :-)

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

ok, I just went back and read allllll your posts about adopting your son! what an incredible story! so interesting! and exhausting!!

Great blog! he is so, so cute!!

Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

You are brilliant - and that baby is gorgeous!