a spicy fix




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my kitchen spices were out of control. Sooo, I took my leftover ornament hook tins and glued a magnet on the back of each one and put 8 of my most used spices in them. january 2011 025 1

  More wannabe labels are made by typing them up and printing them out on plain white paper, cut them up, put a piece of satin gift wrap tape over the top of them. They stick to the side of my fridge because we have one of those cool fridges with the pretend stainless on the front and black regular fridge on the side.january 2011 015 1

The rest now fit in the drawer to the left of the oven. As you can see I stick with one brand of the finest, most select, most expensive seasonings ;)
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  They are just to the left of the stove, above little hands’ reach. january 2011 026 1
If I still like them this much in a month or so, I may purchase a bunch more on etsy and put most of them up there. Workin’ on that orange oak!!
Do you have a favorite way to organize your spices?

39 comments:

  1. you are so organized! i love it!

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  2. you know what makes me so happy about this post? the cleanness of your countertop right next to the fridge. AND the lack of paper clutter. I am inspired to go declutter mine right now! whoo hoo!

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  3. What a great idea :-) Have to say I love your blog!

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  4. Hey! I use the same spices too! LOL!
    So glad I'm not the only one who sometimes goes for the .50 cent ones instead of the 5 !?! dollar ones!

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  5. Such a good idea and looks so stylish!

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  6. I mostly go for the 50 cent ones! And I don't taste any difference..but maybe I'm not refined enough??

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  7. That's a great idea, I think I may copy that!

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  8. hahaha! i just did the same thing! i was tired of not being able to find any of my spices and got sick of it! i, however, went to world market to get the little containers because i didn't think to use the old ornament hook tins... brilliant!

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  9. Do you have any idea where to get the small ornament hook holders this time of year? I have never seen anything like that except at World Market, and they want $2 a piece. I think that is a great idea, plus your are smaller than the ones from W.M. Thanks for the idea.

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  10. kathy: I think it was just a lucky find last year, because I couldn't find any more this year. Look on etsy.com under supplies and you should be able to find all different sizes. Good luck!

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  11. I searched round tins or there are lots of square tins as well...

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  12. Love it! I just recently moved my spices to the drawer next to the stove as well. I made labels for the top of the jar and stuck them all in a little basket. That way, they don't roll around as much and you can see what they are from the top. I will definitely be adding the spice jars on the fridge to my to-do list for the most used spices. Fun!

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  13. Great idea!! My spices are a complete mad house. I hope some great ideas pop up; I could certainly use some! Love your blog.

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  14. I broke down and bought a rotating spice rack for my counter for my most used spices, and then got another as a Christmas gift a month later! I like the magnetic tin idea better though...frees up some counter space!

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  15. Hi, I just wanted to tell those asking...they sell those at Ikea! They are about $1 each and are already magnetic!

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  16. I had a baby food jar spinner made by Gerber that used to sit on my counter. I removed the plastic piece with holes pre-formed for baby food jars, and have two spinning shelves full of spices. It fits in my pantry. For those spices I use the most, I write their name with a Sharpie on the top of the cap so I can find them easily.

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  17. Practical AND cute! Can't beat that! :)

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  18. Wow...maybe I will ditch my just-use-garlic-salt-in-everything strategy!

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  19. What a great idea, Melissa! Makes me wish the side of my fridge were magnetic! But girl, if you think you might want more of those containers, you'd better go ahead and order them--I have a feeling a LOT of people are going to be copycatting this one!

    BTW, I'm glad to see that someone else subscribes to my kind of spice buying. I also keep my spices until they run out, not until an expiration date. And I've never noticed any loss of flavor.

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  20. Nice tip, girl! :) I also indulge in those fine spices at our local gourmet Target. ;) I have the most used spices on a lazy susan in the cabinet, and the least used ones are in little wire baskets on the shelf above. :)

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  21. Great idea! Mine are in a narrow drawer in my island where our stove top is. I organize them by the type of cuisine I use them for.

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  22. Hey, I buy those $1 spices too! I'm sure a gourmet could tell a difference, but I can't. I keep my spice jars standing in a couple of those drawer organizer plastic baskets on a cupboard shelf. One basket is labeled A-M and the other N-Z. So I know which basket to pull down.
    I love your tins. I wasn't fortunate enough to find any on clearance, but IKEA sells similar in packs of two for about $5. I keep safety pins and that kind of thing in them.

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  23. No, I don't have a good idea for spices, and they are not mine but my husbands!
    He has so many, they take up an entire shelf in the pantry...I kid not!
    I love your idea, and I like the comment ahead (because I did read all for any ideas to help me-) and I will be heading to IKEA asap...

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  24. Love it! I was going to try something similar with baby food jars and spray paint the tops. I also have the same fridge! Funny thing though, I knew the front was fake stainless but did not know the sides were black until they delivered it since it was sandwiched between two other refrigerators in the store. I'm sure if I would have looked closer I could tell but I really didn't notice! Oh well, it's not so bad.

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  25. So cute! Maybe when my kids get older... They would have a hayday!

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  26. super idea! I have been needing a way to organize and now you done told me:)

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  27. That looks adorable! Great idea. I've seen them at Ikea, and I also think I've seen the tins at Michaels. Fabulous!

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  28. AMAZING Idea!!!!
    Love it!
    Where did you get those tins?

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  29. But they're not alphabetized, Melissa! How do you find anything? Seriously, I'm blessed that my husband does most of the cooking, and he has to have them alphabetized, because he grabs them by their "position" on the spice rack! We have a wooden rack on the cupboard next to the stove which came from Costco before it was Costco. (Price Club?) We added a supplementary one from the thrift store for the overflow and a few "pretties." Thanks for sharing your great ideas with us! I love your blog.

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  30. What a great idea. I have been thinking about doing something similar on the inside of my cabinets (which thankfully are no longer oak). My cabinets looked exactly like yours and we have the same countertop. In some of my organization post on my blog you can see a sneak peak.

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  31. I recently splurged on a spice rack on amazon. It fits on one shelf in my cabinet, but folds out and down so I can see (and reach) all my spices. I have about 25 various size bottles on it. Someday I may pretty it up and buy matching bottles for everything- yeah, right. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-Pull-Down-Spice-Rack/dp/B0000CF37W/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=IH7BOHQ16KLED&colid=1YBT4IMWO4X7Y

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  32. I organize my main spices with one of those 18 jar spinning stands. I have almost NO counter space (old house) and yet the footprint on this is so small I can deal. I also like how easily it lifts to wipe under.

    What I really love, however, is that instead of paying upwards of $25+ for it, I got it for a $1 at a yard sale, already painted red to match my kitchen. I don't think I would have loved it a tenth as much if it had cost me real money but a buck for the custom painted rack (doesn't that sound fancy?) and 18 glass jars? Score!

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  33. My family has a wonderful friend who got me the Martha Stewart Spice Rack for my wedding. I adore it. It sits right beside my stove and I refill the containers as they become empty. I couldn't be happier with my spices.

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  34. First of all, I have way too many spices! I'm sure I could go through and throw half of them away. I have a white wire spice rack on the back of my pantry door, I also have a two tiered lazy susan for spice overstock....like I said, I have way too many spices. I think I'll go through them tomorrow and purge! Love the idea with the little tins on the fridge!

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  35. Love this, it looks great! I think I may steal this idea. We have dozens of spices but really only use a handful of them on a regular basis so this is perfect! I have seen similar magnetic "jars" at IKEA for a great price.

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  36. Thanks- I found them on etsy!

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  37. Oh, we have orange oak in our "new" house too! Drives me CRAZY! Can't decide what to do about it, so I hope you give me some great ideas here! Your blog is always so fun to peek in on. Thanks.

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  38. I'm anxious to see what you do with the "orange oak," because I have it, too! Drives me crazy!

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  39. My husband and I have been looking for a spice rack that hangs on the wall and every single one out there seems to be a countertop, rotating version. I think he has gotten to the point where he is ready to make his own! However, it will have to house only the most used, as I don't intent to have a monstrosity of wood hanging on my already limited kitchen wall! This is great, though!

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