Friday, September 17, 2010

Spice drawer re-do

Blogland is full of amazing pantry projects lately. I drool over each make-over, but realistically, they're way out of my league, organization-wise. However, I am inspired and decided tonight to take the plunge and spice drawer. Baby steps!

So, three-and-a-half boxes of canning jars and a ridiculous number of sneezes later, my spice drawer has gone from this:

(for shame!)

to this:


This was the easiest project ever. Buy several boxes of 250 ml jars, fill them with the mess of spices already in my drawer, and label them with marker on top. Oh, and I alphabetized them and added a drawer liner! How positively Martha Stewart of me! I may go all out and make cute printed labels, but for now, the marker works just fine.

Now that I'm feeling brave and victorious, here's the big disaster I call a pantry:

Notice the top shelf is breaking away from its supports under the tremendous weight of all the flour and other junk essentials I have stashed up there, and the odds and ends that have been squeezed off the shelves ad onto the floor. I'm not sure when I'm going to have time to attack this, but now that I've posted this photo, I feel mortified enough honour-bound to make sure it happens.




  1. Thanks for entering my giveaway! Good luck for it!
    And hope you come back to check out the other projects, too ... There is also going to be more giveaways. ;-)
    Love your spice drawer redo btw! I REALLY should redo my spice rack, too. It looks similar to your drawer - but on a rack. So it is VISIBLE! Shame on me! *sigh*

  2. Wow - you've got quite the spices. Now you can actually find what you're looking for. Isn't it great to be organized. Great "before" and "after". Now on to the pantry - good luck.

  3. When I saw your drawer organization, I immediately thought you should stamp the lids with the names of the spices! I realize this takes it a step into OMG-ORGANIZED (also known as OCD level organization--like parts of my house!LOL), but they would be awesomely cool and really useful! Hope you don't mind I shared (and linked) on my blog!

  4. Love your spice drawer. I never thought of canning jars. I may do something like that, as I am so tired of the various sizes of plastic containers.

    You can do the pantry, take one shelf at a time if need be.

    visiting from house of grace

  5. LOVE your spice drawer! I wish I had a drawer to do this with. I am planning on using canning jars as they would hold a lot as I buy my spices in bulk, but I don't know where to store them in my tiny kitchen yet. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I am always wondering what to do with my spices...a spice rack seems like a waste of space and who has room for all the little jars??

  7. Thanks for sharing your spice drawer! Love the concept! I wish that I actually had a drawer to do it in...

  8. Love this! I have the same issues with my spices :/! Thanks for linking!

  9. Great idea with the baby food jars! My spices are everywhere, so annoying!

  10. I love the idea of having them all in a drawer...makes much more sense!

  11. When you say 250 ml jars - can you give those of us who are measuring challenge and give us a word picture? Are we talking like small jam jars or baby food jars?
    Also - where did you get the jars?
    Thanks - I need all the help I can get organizing this drawer and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!

  12. @ everything.beautiful:

    I used Bernardin 1 cup canning/jam jars from the grocery store. Here's a link: