Full disclosure: this idea did not come from me! It comes from my germophobic sister. Let me back up
Back in the mid 90s, Al decided to organize all of my mom's spices. They were housed in an under-cabinet drawer that was an excellent use of space, but did not provide the chef (Mom) with a good view of the spice labels. Well, the first row was fine, but the rest of the bottles were visible only from the top, and most lids look the same. We should have known then that Alison was destined for a top-10 school.
What did she do?
She put small stickers on each lid, with the spice name clearly printed. Pull out the drawer, and see many many rows of spices, arranged alphabetically, and easily retrieved when viewing from above. Genius. It kind of looked like this:
I wracked my brain and hopped onto Pinterest. There are so many good ideas on that website! But so many of them involved expensive systems that required me to decant all spices into identical jars, and/or attach a magnetic piece of metal on the door of a cabinet and stick magnets on the bottoms of the identical jars.
Don't get me wrong, I love identical jars. But for me that was not practical and I am so not crafty, so there goes affixing anything to a cabinet door. Then I remembered what my sister did many years ago for my mom. I don't have a drawer deep enough to stand up all spice bottles, nor do I have a drawer in my pantry. But I do have a Target nearby, and what does Target sell? BASKETS!
What's not to love?
So, as you may have gathered from the above photo, I arranged all my spices on the counter to see how many I had so I could get the right size (During this time I took inventory of other items and ended up buying several baskets of various sizes) I also ordered these amazing labels from Amazon. Alison used small square stickers that were probably originally intended for a garage sale, which she easily found at Drug Mart. I am OCD so I wanted mine printed in a uniform font. It is a sickness.
Once the labels arrived, I took my laptop into the kitchen and made labels for all my spices, printed them out, affixed them to the jars, and voila! I have an easy way of taking inventory.
The most ironic part of all of this? I don't cook. Michael does.
What's your favorite way to organize spices? Or a million similarly designed bottles?