Organizing the Spice Cupboard: Step 1

I have been wanting to thoroughly organize our spice cupboard for a long time, but was at a loss on how to approach it. I’m thankful to our daughter Brianna for giving me the great idea of using small canning jars, as it lead me on a succesful search.

One of my favourite shop-stops – Dollarama – provided some nice options. I’ve always loved the spring clip lid bottles, and these were nicely priced at $2 each for the large, $1 each for the medium, and $1.25 for two of the small or extra small.

Their volumes are: large – 3 cups, medium – 1 cup, and small – 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup), extra small – 5 tablespoons. I mainly want the larger of the small ones because I prefer the octagon shape over the cylinder. I would have preferred all to be square, but there were only so many of each.

The Spice Jars

spice jars

For labelling, I choose the “invisible tape” used for wrapping presents because the tape sticks well, but can easily be removed by soaking in water a few minutes and leaves no residue; also, permanent marker doesn’t wipe off.

These neat step riser organizers are from Walmart at $10 each. The plastic coated wire shelves were pretty slippery, and jars were sliding off, so I put some shelf liner (as seen in the two top shelves, and another dollar store find) to keep bottles secure on the shelves.

 Riser Shelf


So this is the beginning of an ongoing project. Check out my follow up post, Step 2 – Organizing & Bottling.

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