Organizing My Spice Cabinet

Back Story: My husband and I had accumulated quite a spice collection of our own. When we moved into my in-law’s house, my MIL left almost all of her half-used spices. She wanted to buy fresh when she moved. (Clarification: FIL works in another state. H and I are house-sitting/renting my in-law’s house for the next couple of year until my FIL retires. MIL moved in with FIL full time, instead of splitting her time between states and homes.) So we were left with quite a bottles to figure out how to organize.


Yes, combined, we have enough spice containers to almost cover a standard size stove top. I proceeded to organize them by collecting all the same spices and lining them up alphabetically on the counter. (I forgot to take a picture of this.) I combined as many duplicates as I could. When I still had multiples, I numbered them. The numbers helps me to remember that I have another one as backup for when I run out.

I ended up with 3 jars of allspice! And that was after combining them. Seriously, in what universe would I use that much allspice? I had multiples of other spices, but the allspice really stood out to me because of how little I use it.

I went to Walmart and about two of the bamboo risers for cabinets. All the little containers stayed on the bottom shelf, front and center, or else they’d get lost. I tucked the risers up against the left side of the cabinet, leaving the right side open for oversized containers and spices I used daily (like garlic powder, onion powder, minced onion, cinnamon, curry powder—Indian and Jamaican, basil, oregano, parsley, and Old Bay.

All of the pure spices (not the mixes or rubs, those are elsewhere) were then alphabetized and lined up on the risers. That took up the bottom and middle shelves. The top shelf has two buckets that have all the rubs and commercial spice mixes. We don’t use these too much, because we prefer to make our own concoctions.


More book reviews!!!

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I was mistaken. With these five reviews, I’m not completely up to date.

Please excuse the numbering. Copy and Paste is messing up. 

  1. If Life is a Bowl of Cherries-what am I doing in the Pits?
  • Author: Erma Bombeck
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 203 pages / 7/27/2014
  • Brief Review: Funny commentary on life in the 1970s.
  • Recommend: Neutral
  1. Aunt Erma’s Cope Book: How to Get from Monday to Friday in 12 days
  • Author: Erma Bombeck
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: Didn’t finish / 7/29/2014
  • Brief Review: Lost Interest.
  • Recommend:
  1. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
  • Author: Chris Grabenstein
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 291 pages / 8/11/2014
  • Brief Review: Children’s Lit; 12 year old characters; 7th graders; contest in the new library that was designed by a man who is the combination of Willy Wonka, Milton Bradley, and a bookworm.
  • Recommend: Absolutely!
  1. The Wheel of Darkness
  • Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #8 in the Pendergast series / 388 pages / 8/20/2014
  • Brief Review: You learn more about Constance Green in this book.
  • Recommend: Recommended.
  1. Cemetery Dance
  • Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #9 in the Pendergast series / 578 pages / 9-1-2014
  • Brief Review: Voodoo, zombiis, animal rights groups, and an inheritance worth killing for.
  • Recommend: Took a little bit to get into, but then I couldn’t put it down!—Recommended!